This past spring as the weather started to get warmer, I noticed that my skin was starting to get a little oilier and I decided that I needed to make a change in my makeup routine to keep my foundation lasting throughout the day. In addition to experimenting with moisturizers, I tried a small handful of primers to see if one of them might help me out: Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, Bare Minerals Prime Time, and Benefit’s The POREfessional. Unfortunately, they weren’t making a difference for me and I was starting to feel like I was getting ripped off. Closer to the beginning of summer, I decided to try L’Oreal’s Magic Perfecting Base when my local drugstore was offering 25% off L’Oreal cosmetics. This primer stands above the others that I’ve tried, and I’ve continued to use it daily all summer long.
This product promises to smooth fine lines, hide pores, and provide a matte finish. It comes in a small, clear glass jar, and the primer itself is a very pale pink with a lightweight mousse-like texture. I can see a difference in the texture of my skin as soon as I apply it, and I’d say it fulfills all of it’s promises along with helping me control oil and minimize the number of powder touch-ups I need to make throughout the day. It applies smoothly without balling up and I don’t need to very much of it. The total amount of product I use for my whole face is smaller than the size of a pea. I use this daily regardless of which foundation I will be applying and it helps with every one of them (I see the most benefit with my NARS tinted moisturizer, which would normally make me oily by lunchtime during the summer months). I’d prefer that it was packaged in a squeeze tube so that I wouldn’t have to keep dipping my fingers in it, but I do appreciate that the little jar is attractive and easy to store. $12.99 for 0.5 fl. oz. is a really attractive price, too, as similar products can go for two and three times that price.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that every once in a while I’ll see jars in the drugstore that look a little off. The color will look a little uneven, like it’s spent some time in the sun and parts of it have darkened or yellowed. It’s packaged in a box that’s open in the middle so that you can see the jar, so I’d suggest taking a good look at the jar before walking off and purchasing it just to make sure you don’t see any signs of spoilage. Unfortunately, the product is probably a little extra vulnerable to sunlight due to the clear glass.
The only other issue I see is that I’ll eventually need to stop using my fingers to dig it out of the jar. The lower I get, the more the product gets under my fingernail as I try to get it out. Q-tips or popsicle sticks would do the job (if you don’t keep one or both of these in the bathroom already, I’d recommend picking some up as they make pretty effective tools for problems like this).
I really do like this primer a lot, and at $12.99 I’d say it’s a pretty good value. I personally like it better than some of the more expensive options available, and it’s been great to me all summer long.
Ingredients: Cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, acrylates copolymer, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminum hydroxide