As part of my ongoing quest to find the perfect foundation, I recently tried some Laura Mercier products. In the process, I decided to pick up some of the oil free primer, which tends to get very good reviews.
The Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer is a bit different from other primers that I have used. Instead of being silicone based like Smashbox Photofinish, or DHC Velvet Skin Coat, the primer feels like a light moisturizer. Because of that I found pros and cons to it.
On the good side, the primer feels wonderful. It goes on silky smooth and gives a light moisture, yet it is oil free. I had no issues with breakouts when using it. It also contains some particularly good illuminators, so it gives the skin a wonderful radiant glow. I have found that I like to wear the primer best when I am not wearing foundation, solely for the illuminating effect.
On the downside, I don't know that it primes for foundation all that much better than a regular moisturizer. Silicon primers tend to really smooth out the skin and fill in fine lines to make foundation look great and last longer. The Laura Mercier product does not fill in lines and smooth the skin the way a silicon based product does. Nor did I notice it make my foundation last longer. I would say that it stayed on about the same as if I had simply used a light moisturizer first.
The cons, however, do not make this a bad product. It is a product that I highly recommend as long as the expectations are correct. I love it for its ability to act as an illuminating oil free moisturizer. In fact, I think it is one of the absolute best of those out there and I will keep using it as such. But I don't find it to be a foundation primer in the way I have tended to define the term.
I also tried several of the Laura Mercier Foundations and Concealer. Watch for reviews of those soon!