Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Reviewing new products is wonderful and easily one of my favourite things to do full stop. However I do think it is equally important to revisit products I once raved about and perhaps forgot about along the way to see if they stand the test of time. A somewhat forgotten staple of mine was Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I was recently sent a tube to try out and as it was just awarded Best Primer within the Instyle Beauty Awards 2015 I was keen to see if it still lived up to expectations.

When it comes to primers I rely on a formula that will not only grip onto my foundation, prolong the wear time of any base applied on top but also create a flawless canvas and control oil; if it can blur imperfections that also wouldn't go a miss. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer doesn't quite hide my enlarged pores but then again very little does, what it does do it evens out the skin before you apply your base, prolongs foundation wear time and to some extent it does control excess oil. By that I mean that those with oily skin like myself will still have to give their problem areas a little dusting of powder after around five hours or so of wear. Some primers can be overly matte and that is not what everyone is in the market for. The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer will not alter the finish of your foundation but it is one of the few that I find prevents powder products applied on top from becoming too heavy/cakey. It is a great general all round, suit all primer but if you have oily skin be prepared to carry powder around with you - then again most of us with oily skin already do!

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

With the warmer weather hopefully on the way the majority of us will be seeking out lighter formulas and this is where this primer slots in nicely. I highly recommend this if you have dry skin as it is hydrating without clogging the pores and does feel refreshing/cooling when you initially apply. It is also great should you have a drier complexion for preventing make-up from clinging to dry areas. For those with oily skin it will not overwhelm the skin even in the balmiest of temperatures. Out of all the primers that I own none feel quite as light, silken or comfortable on the skin as Laura Mercier Foundation Primer does. It is so lightweight almost gel like, so much so that it literally feels like you have nothing on your face and it allows the skin to breathe without altering the finish of your foundation. As an added bonus this primer contains vitamins A, C and E which act as antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful, ageing effects of the environment - great for city living. .As I have previously stated a great all round primer, one to reach for when in doubt and ideal for warmer weather as it not only cools but smooths and prepares the skin for anything applied on top. It is also wonderful applied over the eye lids should you wish to prolong eyeshadow/liner.

In a nutshell I still think this is a wonderful primer :great for everyone, not laden with silicones and a little goes a long way - so much so that I would suggest purchasing the travel sized version over the huge 50ml version.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer £29/50ml via John Lewis - link.

This post contains a press sample.