Wednesday, January 26, 2011

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base

To give any indication how this review is going to go, I've been looking forward to reviewing it! I have been using it for more than a month now, so I feel it is finally time to give my two cents.

The jar is extremely small and holds .5 oz. of product. Even being a product sold in a drugstore, this sells for around $10 (US). However, if you compare it to the Smashbox primer price and size ($32 US for 1 oz.), you're saving a bit of money. NOTE: I'm not saying this is better than Smashbox per se, only in value.

You do not need to use a large amount of this. Though, I do still feel that it will empty out relatively quick. It is a mousse-like consistency and does make my skin feel instantly smoother. I have very dry skin and this takes care of those little flakes that powders can exacerbate. To be fair, I cannot tell you if it truly makes my makeup last longer because I use a setting spray.

I also don't use this on my nose, where I have oily skin. I feel like this does not mattify oily spots like they claim. Therefore, if you have super oily skin, I probably would not recommend this be the base that you use. If you have dry skin or dry patches, I find that it works very well at creating a nice base. For me, this is worth it just because of how it makes my skin feel and how much easier it is to apply face and cheek products on top of it. It is also very light on the skin, which I like.

Are there better primers out there? Yes. For this price? Not that I have come across...yet. If you are on a budget and cannot afford the higher-end brands or cannot justify buying them, this is a primer I would recommend. As a matter of fact, I will probably be repurchasing this when mine runs out. :)


Justine (Productrater) said...

Actually not to be a downer but, if you look at the size of this product...The MAC Prep and Prime (non-spf version) is $30 CAD for 1 oz and this is $15 CAD for 0.5oz, so you're actually paying the same

Wendy Banner said...

Ah. I found it in the States for under $10, so I was quoting the American prices for it vs. the American price of Smashbox. :) I'm American, so if I don't put it as Canadian money...I often quote the American price. Sorry!

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