Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer
I'm having a bit of a Laura Mercier moment right now. Two products in particular have ticked all the boxes for me recently and they are both in notoriously tricky categories to get right. See my review of the fantastic Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer HERE which is the best concealer I've ever used for under my eyes.
But today I'm talking about a primer. I would say that I have pretty typical combination skin. I have quite an oily t-zone so, left to its own devises, the foundation that I put on in the morning will be breaking up around my nose and chin by midday. This has always led me to use primers which are formulated specifically to mattify and, although these have helped to keep my foundation in place, I don't love that they are generally silicone based and can make my skin look a bit flat. Enter the oil-free version of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.
Although not completely silicone free, this primer is water based and has a light gel-like consistency. It feels more like skincare than most primers I've tried and I can apply it over my entire face as it's hydrating enough even for the non-oily areas. It doesn't leave a completely matte finish so this won't be for you if that's what you like. I've found it's best to wait a couple of minutes before applying my foundation or it can go on a little patchy. If you let it sink in a little first then the foundation glides on evenly with no pilling. My foundation lasts a lot longer with this primer but I do still find that I need to blot around midday.
If you are after an oil-free primer that isn't packed full of silicones and doesn't completely eliminate your skin's glow then the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer could be the answer. If, however, you have very oily skin you might find that it doesn't quite pack enough of a mattifying punch.
At the time of writing you can find the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Oil Free 50ml for £30 HERE. Don't be put off by the price as 50ml is very generous for a primer and a you only need a tiny amount for your entire face.
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