Happy Sunday dearest! I had a super busy Saturday and I was all around going to different places! I can seriously feel December! So many people inside the mall, traffic, Christmas songs...ahhhh enjoying it while it last! (the good and the bad)
To those who read my CBox (a chatbox on the right hand side of this blog), I was asked random queries and I usually answer them directly! One query that caught my attention is the multiple queries on good face primer! A lot of them asked for a good primer that's not too pricey! Sad to say, I haven't tested a lot of face primers recently because I've been using BB Creams for the longest time. I usually suggest Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer Light to those who have oily skin and to some who have dry skin, the Becca Silky Hydrating Primer or Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer for normal skin.
Come to think of it, most of the primers I mentioned are quite pricey to those who are just starting on makeup! Where are the drugstore brands when we need them? Thank goodness L'Oreal FINALLY came with one! And it looks like this....
L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer ---
Transform your bare skin texture: The 1st smoothing primer that makes your lines and pores invisible for a visible and touchable smoothness.
A unique blend of silicon oils and soft light powders create a sensational smoothing velvet formula to refine the skin.
- Smooth wrinkles and fine lines
- Perfectly hides pores
- Skin imperfections are corrected.
- The rosy shade brings out the translucency on bare skin tone.
Ingredients: Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicon/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, etc...
AMW says ---Pros
- No weird scent.
- Skin feels super soft and smooth after application.
- The look of the pores decreases a bit.
- Foundation application is easier!
- No allergies or skin irritations on me!
- Works on normal/combination/oily skin.
- Makeup stays longer with this base primer on.
- No need to put a lot on your face, you can choose to apply a thin layer all over face, adding a bit more on areas that are needed.
- Comes in glass jar which keeps the product fresh for longer period of time!
- Smooth and creamy texture makes it easy to blend
- Disappears into skin, blends really well, no white cast or any shades.
- Does not feel heavy on skin and foundation looks better!
- Foundation holds up longer and the parts of my face that oils up within the day remains oil-free!
- Packaging! I am not a fan of dipping my fingers on wide mouthed jar!
- Has silicon! Not for people who are allergic to silicon!
- Very dry skin individuals may need extra moisturizer prior to application.
Not a bad primer! I am actually quite impressed with how smooth the foundation application is on both myself and to other people!
This is a nice primer to start up especially for people on the budget. It's still NOT the cheapest around but this works!
- Rub the velvet texture between your fingers to ease the spreading.
- Apply a thin layer over the face, especially focusing on areas with fine lines, and visible pores.
- Use a spatula in getting the product especially if you are a makeup artist and plans to use this for other people.
- During application, use patting motion with your fingers and press the product directly onto the "fine lines", "wrinkles" or "visible pores", then gently blend the rest of the product out to not create patches.
- Always close lid tightly to prevent product from drying up.
- I think using CLEAN fingers during application is the best for this product.
- Apply with light, feathery strokes as product dries up easily and may have product flaking.
- Can't stress this enough, but try to check if counters have testers for you to take the "feel" of the product.
- L'Oreal has sale once in awhile so if you have the patience, you can wait for it! :)
Yes. Though I am not a fan of primer as I prefer BB cream, this is great for my "very dry skin" days and if I prefer to use liquid/cream foundation as this makes the application easier!
To whom do I recommend this to?
People who likes to use primer. People with oily skin and have visible fine lines and pores.
Where to purchase and how much?
Locally at L'Oreal counters for Php945.00 (approx. $22.00). I think in other countries, this is also known as L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base.
The close up look on the mousse-y texture
Applied a tiny amount (photo above) on half of my hand
You can see the lines blurring up a bit (click photo to enlarge)
I've used this for a couple of weeks on myself and it works! Note that I do have dry/normal skin (dry on sides of the nose and forehead while normal on cheeks), for oily/normal (oily on t-zone and normal on the rest), my model Karen was ready for a shoot and I've given this a huge test! She had her shoot inside a home and it's not air-conditioned and she had to pose on camera near windows or direct sunlight! I brought along with me a "re-touch" powder and I did not use it much for 3 hours straight! I did blot twice but even if I didn't, it still looks good! The primer made the foundation easy to apply and it does not create white cast on photos as seen (super closeup) below.
Have you seen this primer around?
What's your most inexpensive primer that works to date?
(Note from Author: Products were sent by company for review purposes. The writer did not and will never receive any kind or form of payment for positive reviews. The review has been done base on personal experiences. Please purchase at your own discretion.)