Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

IMG_2948I have never found a primer I get along with, my skin is oily and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them that claim to help mattify but almost every one is silicone based. I get what silicone does and when you first apply is it definitely LOOKS matte and evens everything out but it FEELS greasy. I also don’t understand how it helps makeup stay put as it never sets, surely everything just slides away if you touch it? If you’re a huge silicone primer fan I would love to know specifically what you love about it as I just don’t get it.. it MUST work or they wouldn’t have made so many, would they?

IMG_2888IMG_2889I’ve also tried primers which leave your skin tacky.. this I ‘get’ as it’s almost like a glue for your makeup.. the problem here is that you can get a less than flawless finish if you don’t blend it out well enough. All in all I’d written primers off as not for me after countless products failed me and I would never had tried this one had it not been in a beauty box. In truth I probably still wouldn’t have tried it had you guys not told me how amazing it was, so big thanks to those of you who told me I needed to give it a go because I seriously love it. It’s not a product I would use every day as I think primers, setting sprays, longwear foundations etc can suffocate your skin and I know mine has suffered from overdoing all of the above in the past but when you want your base to stay in place this is my number 1 recommendation.

First of all the texture is like gel, it absorbs (or seems to) in the skin quickly leaving a semi matte finish and no residue – the perfect base for whatever is going on top. There’s not heavy fragrance and the packaging is user friendly.. you can squeeze out a little more than needed which is annoyingly wasteful but that’s the worst I can say about it. A couple of points to mention – I feel that it does dry my skin a touch (but again.. this is why I wouldn’t recommend it for daily use) and my makeup seems to sit on my skin which is no issue whatsoever.. unless you touch it. I suspect that all primers must do this to some extent.. you can definitely smear your foundation when wearing this underneath but I guess you can also touch up and redo things without it looking as cakey as the makeup never seems to totally settle in the same way it would on my bare skin. That sounds like a negative but really only applies to us face touchers!

Do you wear a primer? Do you find it really helps the look/wear time of your makeup or are you like me pre-Laura Mercier goodness and still searching for something that makes any difference at all?

Available online for £19.00 here

Miss BB



  1. kirsty
    14 October, 2014 / 8:23 am

    I have had a similar experience, beimg that i have combination skin it is near impossible to find one that doesn’t make my dry patches stand out or cause my oily patches to look worse, i like the idea of this one if it weren’t for the price i might attempt a sample size.

    • Elizabeth
      14 October, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      I suggest you buy one and only apply it to the oily patches after moisturising your dry areas. I just use mine through the (greasy) centre of my face and it helps even things out.

  2. Josie
    14 October, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I’ve never tried their Primer, but love LM tinted moisturiser! I guess they would go well together!

    Josie XOXO
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  3. Julia
    14 October, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    I’ve heart great things about the NΒΊ7 Stay Matte primer, maybe you could try that one? I’m a fan of the Rimmel Fix & Pro myself, along with the white Max Factor one!

  4. Rosie
    14 October, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    I’ve been using the porefessional for a while now. But I’m a big fan of Laura Mercier (especially their tinted moisturiser) so will have to check this out!
    RosieLM – Beauty(ish) Blog x

  5. 14 October, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    I can’t abide siliconey primers either, they just make my face feel so greasy! I swear by Witch’s Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer but I think it may be discontinued soon as it’s becoming harder to find πŸ™ x

  6. Gillian Pidler
    14 October, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    I personally love a silicone primer, mainly for the way they ‘fill’ my pores in and even things out. I do have to say that I have normal/dry skin though. My personal favourite primers at the moment are the Superdrug B Prepared primer, the Avon Magix primer and the Max Factor Facefinity, which isn’t a silicone based one but grabs onto your make up like no ones business!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 October, 2014 / 1:59 pm

      I’m tempted by the MaxFactor as I love the foundation of the same name

  7. Katie
    14 October, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    I do like silicone primers, but my skins more dry with large pores and pitted scars.
    I prefer the maybelline one to the porefessional as it does dry after a few minutes.
    It’s good for covering pores and dry flakes

  8. Rebecca
    14 October, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    I love silicone primers! Ive tried benefit porefessional, lancome la base pro and baby skin from Maybelline. I love the lancome one, I have oily skin and visible pores. This primer fills in my pores, creates an even smooth base, keeps my makeup on longer and keeps me matte for more than 2hours which is great for me! Benefit porefessional is good too but doesn’t prolong my makeup just fills in my pores and the same with the Maybelline one. Ive tried non silicone primers such as no7 beautifully matte which is ok but feels like glue and sets so fast and rimmel stay matte which is very good a budget favourite for me!

  9. Louisaa
    14 October, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    I got a really good size sample of Laura Mercier Radiance primer when I bought a bath product, it has just a hint of bronze and slightly different texture but really nice under a matte foundation if it makes you a little dry.

  10. Valeria Kelly
    14 October, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    Hey… I only use mineral powders with a bb cream by kiehl’s in the begining.
    Have you ever try a primer in powder??
    Works great for me and I have dry skin, I think those will work better on you.

  11. tina
    14 October, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I have found this to be amazing.I had mine in the september space nk goodie bag.
    It stops my foundation caking.Helps it last all day no shine.

  12. 15 October, 2014 / 4:16 am

    I have tried the hydrating version of this primer and I find it does moisturize my skin and make my makeup last longer. Although, I feel like there is a slight tacky feeling left behind. I will have to try out the original formula, since I like everything else about the other one. Thanks!

    Abby from Abby Talks

  13. Jodie
    16 October, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    Silicone primers are the only ones that work for me because they’re the only ones I can rub on my face. The dry ones just go all bitty when I try to put them on. But I’m using the maxfactor 3 in 1 foundation now and I don’t feel like I need a primer with it. Which is saying something because I’m super oily around my nose and foundation usually just melts off. That foundation is good for about 7-8 hours and I’m usually just starting to get to the stage where I’d want to powder by the time I get home.

  14. Andrea
    19 October, 2014 / 1:07 am

    I’ve used that primer before and although I love Laura Mercier so much, this definitely did not work out for me ! I do like silicone primers though, I’ve tried the mister matte by givenchy and the one by ELF and they are amazing ! Worth they try πŸ™‚


  15. Uri
    29 October, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Smashbox primers work well enough for me during spring/fall but I try to wear not too many layers during summer due to my oily skin. So during summer I stick to my Dior BB cream which offers great coverage.

  16. Vicki
    12 November, 2014 / 10:52 am

    I found this made my foundation (the one foundation that never does..) oxidise like a bitch on me :/ I wanted to love it after you said you liked it xx

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