Is it Monday already?! Where do the weekends go? I thought I would have time to do a review yesterday, but alas I was gone all weekend and didn't have access to my own laptop. I want to share my thoughts on L'oreal's Magic Perfecting Base. When I saw Linda Evangelista modeling the ads, I had to give this a try!
Here are the claims on the back of the box:
~Get the perfect skin texture, instantly and all day.
~Hides pores (big selling point for me, as I have quite large pores on my cheeks)
~The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch
~The result-a unified matte finish that's flawless
~suitable for all skin types
My Thoughts: I actually didn't have very high hopes for this primer, mainly because I have tried a few here and there and just haven't seen a real need for using one anyway. Before trying this particular product, I had just finished using the Korres Vitamin E Primer. I liked that one a lot, but still wasn't convinced that a face primer is really necessary. I think that just using a good moisturizer and waiting a few minutes to let it sink in before applying foundation is enough. However, this primer feels much different than anything else I have tried. It has a mousse-like consistency, which I really like. It almost feels like my HD powder from Makeup Forever. It has that same smooth feel. I do notice that my pores appear less noticeable as soon as I apply it. Instant gratification! My foundation glides on evenly. The primer appears light pink when you first apply it to the skin but then blends right in and becomes translucent, so I think any skin tone could wear it. My skin feels pretty matte all day, but I think applying setting powder is the real reason why, and not just because I am wearing this. Is it a miracle product? No, but I do think it stacks up to the more high-end brands I have tried including Korres, Prescriptives, and Smashbox. In fact, I will re-purchase this over any of those! There is only one thing I don't care for - the little jar. I have to dig my finger in there to get any product out, and it's just really cumbersome. I wish it came in a tube instead. That's my only complaint.
It blends in to a clear finish.
I do recommend the L'oreal Base if you are in need of a new face primer. Otherwise, I would just skip primer altogether and just stick with a good moisturizer!