Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Primer Pioneer

The Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer was a product I was talked into buying by the extremely pushy blonde saleslady at Brisbane's Laura Mercier counter. Prior to this I had only experimented with Face of Australia's Face Base Primer and the Australis Matte Out mattifying primer stick and neither had really enthused me but seeing as I use the Laura Mercier Mineral Powders as my go-to daily foundation I decided if I was going to get a primer, I should try the corresponding formula.

The tube says it's a liquid to powder formula; it's not. It needs to be worked into the skin and dries down to a slightly dewy finish. It's moisturising, not tacky and it hasn't broken me out. It does the job and lays down a smooth canvas for foundation but I don't find it particularly mattifying or glowy, which I don't mind. Combination skin is tough to please and you can't win 'em all. Blotting to remove excess moisture and blotting the t-zone midway through the day is something of a habit for me, even with the inclusion of rosehip oil and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo in my skincare routine. The water-based formula works better for acne-prone skin because silicones in primers like the Smashbox Photo Finish and Benefit Porefessional can clog pores if not removed properly (no, non-comodogenic on the label means absolute squat if you don't cleanse sufficiently). But I'm happy with this, and on days I need my makeup to last longer I swap this into the morning routine and swap moisturiser out. Rae Morris deems both day cream and primer unnecessary, and it can be almost counterproductive because makeup could slip right off. 
At $25 for 30mL and $49 for 50mL, it isn't much more expensive than the Bourjois primer ($21) that I had contemplated buying instead. Seeing as Laura Mercier are credited with being the inventors of primer, I'm of the belief 'why not?' when it comes to trying one of them out. Between Foundation Primer, Oil-Free, Radiance, Radiance Bronze, SPF30 PA+++, Hydrating and this Mineral formula, I'm sure one of them could work for you. 


  1. Oh wow I didn't realise that the price was so comparable to the Bourjois! I have the normal foundation primer though I think the tube is a bit old as it has a horrific stench :S regardless it still seems to work really well? I've never been to a Laura Mercier counter though I'd love to swatch out the blushes.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. I really don't like pushy cosmetic counter ladies. I mean, I understand it's their job to sell but I've worked in retail and I know you can make a sale without being pushy. Anyway, I digress. This sounds like an okay primer. I've bought the LM tinted moisturiser. I loved it until it oxidised and turned orange on me. :/

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