Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral) Review

Worn under foundation, this good-for-skin Mineral Primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh and color-true for hours. Ideal for all skin types, even sensitive, it nourishes with a blend of vitamins and minerals to visibly improve the look of skin. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it contains antioxidant vitamins A and E.

I used to use mineral foundation because of my oily-combination skin. After my skin started changing I switched between a lot of different kinds of foundation. However, while I had been using mineral foundation, I thought I’d give this primer a try. I wanted to see if it’d be any different since it was targeted towards mineral makeup.

Laura Mercier carries several variations of this primer, including the original, hydrating, and radiance amongst others. I don’t know how the other ones stand against this one. This particular primer did not perform very well for me, however, so I was pretty disappointed.

The mineral primer was different from the usual ones I use since it is not a silicon-based primer. You won’t feel that super smooth sensation when you swipe your finger across your skin! I thought I’d try a primer that wasn’t silicon-based to see how it fares against its counterpart. The problem is that, although it does provide a smoother canvas when compared to using no primer at all, it’s still not sufficient enough. My skin feels really weird after applying this onto my skin. Almost gritty? Maybe it’s because of the liquid-to-powder formula.

The liquid-to-powder formula always proves to be a bit drying. I find that weird since it’s meant for mineral makeup. I expected there to be a bit of tackiness so that the powder to cling onto the primer. But since it dries to a powder, it’s as if I’m just caking on more powder on top. It doesn’t give a very natural look, nor does it give a nice even application.

I will say though that, initially, it seemed to be a good primer for oily-combination skin because it gave me matte skin as soon as I applied. It dries really quickly – not so quickly that you won’t be able to work it through your skin – so you don’t have to stand around waiting for it to absorb. It didn’t seem the oils at bay though. I would probably need to blot my face after an hour or two. To be fair, I don’t think I’ve come across a foundation or primer yet that has lasted longer than that before I start to get a bit shiny.

I don’t know if the antioxidants it says it contains really did anything for my skin. I didn’t notice any changes after using it. I will note, however, that it didn’t break me out, so I’ll give it that.

I wouldn’t actually recommend anyone to buy this, but if you’re curious and want to try, I would suggest that you only do so if you have oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, it might just enhance flakey skin.


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