I wanted to put my hands on this primer for a really long time, as I wanted to have a product in my makeup bag to neutralize occasional redness.
Price: about 10 USD
Design: Arrived wrapped in plastic. I like the design of this product: it’s a narrow tube of matte plastic with a black dispenser and transparent cap. It’s nice to the touch and looks decent.
Ingredients: there is Dimethicone and Alcohol, and no organic ingredients, but who would expect them from a L’Oreal Primer? I think it’s quite normal for such a product.
Formula: The primer is green and watery, with a barely perceptible sweet scent. When blended out, it shows little shimmers, which are visible through foundations too, but the glow they give is very delicate.
blended out (shimmer particles are visible)
The primer must be shaken before use. It’s supposed to be applied in a very thin layer. I take a pea-sized amount and blend it out on the whole face, to avoid the greenish color on my skin. The primer blends out pretty good and gives a delicate glow.
Now to the most important part of the review - its anti-redness properties.
I chose a day when not only blood vessels were visible on my face, but also a lot of pimples in the chin and nose area. I gave this primer only three stars because, in my case, it turned out to be useless. It did neutralize the redness, but it didn’t improve the look of my pimples. Don’t even hope it will!
When there are only little blood vessels standing out, or irritation, this primer works well as a makeup base.
I don’t know if it’s because of the alcohol or it’s just the peculiarity of the primer itself, but it makes the peeling stand out. And if you have crusty dried up pimples, they’ll be emphasized too. So you’d better apply this primer onto moisturized skin only. In winter, my cheeks are extremely dry, that’s why the primer doesn’t improve my complexion.
In general, this primer is okay as a foundation base. It improves the lasting power of the foundation and prevents my face from shining, even without finishing powder. It may differ depending on the season, though
before and after
before - with primer - with primer and foundation
Recommended, but not totally.