I’m really not sure why Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer is loved by as many people as it is. Sure the consistency is as light as any lotion you would care to apply to your skin, and the tube it comes in makes it super easy to squeeze and apply. However, when I try to apply my foundation over the top of this primer, I have the feeling that I’ve just applied Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to my whole face. Instead of enabling my foundation to glide over the surface of my skin, it seems to drag, taking my delicate facial skin with it.
The product itself has a slight pink tint which disappears on application. It also has a slightly odd artificial vanilla smell which, again, disappeared on the skin once applied.
When I first starting using my sample of Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer I was using my go-to Kryolan TV Paintstick and rubbing (or trying to rub) the product in with my fingers. My first thought on encountering such difficulty spreading my Kryolan foundation was to switch to a liquid foundation. But to me, a large part of a primer’s duty is to ensure a smooth application of whatever foundation you choose to apply over the top, including stick foundations. If a primer does not enable a smooth, easy application of your foundation, then it’s not really doing its job.
Once the primer was on and my foundation applied, the finish seemed more or less the same as when I choose to skip the primer. The primer didn’t seem to extend the wear of my foundation either, nor did it inhibit my shiny midday t-zone. So for now, Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer will remain my favourite primer.
Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer is available from Strawberrynet.com for AUD $39.