Before I bought Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Oil Free), I can almost confirm and very sure that I will like it. Yeap! Even before I bought it no thanks to all the raving review online. I am so sure that I even dream of it. When I FINALLY bought it (at a really cheap price) I couldn’t wait any longer and used it immediately the next day. Heck! My world came crashing down over me.
You might not expect this coming right? Behold cause this review ain’t going to be a pleasant one.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Oil Free) is said to have oil controlling ingredients to ensure long wear and flawless application. Foundation Primer is meant to be used after sunblock and before foundation. Besides keeping makeup fresh and stay longer all day long it also create a layer that acts as a protection to outside elements from penetrating into the skin.
A reader recently requested for a point form review. Nah here you go :). The summary of Foundation Primer (Oil Free).
- Specifically created for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin types; oil free
- Contains high water content and addresses surface dehydration around active blemishes
- Oil controlling ingredients ensure long-wear and flawless application
- Vitamins A, C, and E act as antioxidants & protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment
- Cooling Foundation Primer in the refrigerator is refreshing for the skin and reduces puffiness
The one I bought is not the full size but it’s the deluxe travel size which is more pocket-friendly. If only all other brands are selling their deluxe sizes. It would be great for someone who get tired of using the same thing again and again *points at self*
Either size… both comes with a screw top cap. I don’t have problem with this type of packaging as the primer is quite solid so it doesn’t overflow when I unscrew the cap off. I kind of like this shiny tube because it’s so small, cute and travel-friendly as well.
Here is the dollop of Foundation Primer and swatch on my hand.
Honestly and seriously. I really have no idea why everyone love this Foundation Primer so much. Thus the rave and hype. For oversea user I can understand. For Malaysia’s humid hot weather it’s not helping at all. I have oily skin to begin with. Getting the oil free version seems like the sane thing to do but noooo. My face is still as oily as ever. This have no oil control at all as opposed to what was claimed by Laura Mercier. Because of this my foundation especially on my nose area slipped off. So the long-wear and flawless application claim also doesn’t work on me. It took me so many try and it’s still the same.
The scent is a yuck! It’s awful! It smells plastic-ky which is similar to the rubbery plastic smell that you get from Barbie Doll. Thank goodness the scent went off after the primer sets on the face. Otherwise I’d be throwing up. I wonder why is it so smelly?
Laura Mercier application advice is to first create an even surface then massage a liberal amount of primer all over the face for a few minutes. Massaging the skin is stimulating and healthy for the skin. I’ve tried this method but no use. I’ve read that the recommended amount to use is just a pea size. Today I used a pea size for the whole of my face which is not enough and kinda dry but dry is always good for oily skin like mine. I was crossing my fingers and toes that this pea size amount will work wonders but it’s still the same except that the oil control was slightly better.
Here is the description and ingredient list for those that are interested.
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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Oil Free) is the one product from Laura Mercier that I was excited to try and purchase but gives me a major let down. I was expecting a lot from this after reading all the positive review from other blogs but was so disappointed that this doesn’t work for my skin. Read the fine print “my skin”. You may have oily skin and this may still works for you but unfortunately not on my skin. I suppose ladies with normal or dry skin would prefer this over anything else as it could have work much better on their skin type.
When I pick this up at the counter the BA took a look at me and asked me why would I want to get this. She said I need Secret Finish and not this. Now I understand why. I told her because it’s only RM38! And thank God it’s only RM38 that I paid.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.