Save Your Money: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base

{Image from L'Oreal}

*Spoiler alert* There was nothing magical about this primer. I had been meaning to try this primer for a while. I haven’t made my love for L’Oreal products a secret, as seen here, here, and here. I am a huge fan and believer in the magic of primers, so when L’Oreal came out with a “magic primer” I knew I had to try it and give it a go.

Right off the bat, I was a little surprised at the price, $12.99 MSRP. I’m always a little taken aback by drugstore prices, my professional products are not that much more. I digress; the primer is a soft baby pink and comes in a small (0.5 oz) jar. I don’t like makeup in jars; I think they’re impractical and can become unhygienic and dried out rather quickly. This L’Oreal primer reminded me a great deal of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch {another primer I never cared for}. The texture was another serious negative for me. It’s thick and cushy at the same time. It didn’t spread out as evenly as I had hoped over my moisturized skin, so I found myself using more product to apply it all over my face. The thick texture was off putting to me {thick and springy to the touch} as I am used to more lightweight lotion primers. I have larger pores on my cheeks {thanks genetics!} and this filled them in as promised, but visibly so. I could see my primer filled pores. Undeterred I thought my foundation would cover it. It did, but my foundation also smoothed on differently and looked streaky. I buffed my face with a powder brush to make everything even, but my makeup was coming off, the complete antithesis of what you want your primer to do for you. I let it go for the day, anything for you guys, to see how well it would last. I noticed some t-zone shine as the day went on, and the entire day I could feel like I had makeup on, this is never the case. I put it on and forget about it typically; much like the Ronco Rotisserie {set it and forget it!} I felt greasy and that at any given moment my makeup would slide off. I blotted with an oil blotting sheet, and wanting to test that theory, slid it across my forehead and off came my makeup. Suffice to say, this drugstore disappointment was promptly returned.

Let’s recap. Cons: Heavy, thick texture. Small size that comes in a jar. Visibly fills in pores and makeup has a tendency to slide right off. Didn’t absorb oil or shine as primers are wont to do. Pros: Somewhat inexpensive and its light pink? To be fair in my review, I have combination skin and am prone to midday t-zone shine but nothing as drastic as to warrant a greasy, heavy feeling all day, or to have my makeup completely slide off. This primer may be better for someone with drier or more mature skin. If you’re already a fan of the Clarins primer, this is a more cost effective dupe that is worth trying. To be honest, I’ve never had much luck with the thicker, more viscous silicone primers; I have found that lotion formula primers work best on me and are more easily absorbed. Through trial and error, I have found what works for me and I urge you to do the same. Just make sure you keep your receipts. ;)

Have you tried this L’Oreal primer or its tinted counterparts? What did you think?

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6 Responses to Save Your Money: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base

  1. Sam says:

    I’ve tried it too. I didn’t like it very much, too heavy! My mom loves the clarins primer, I’ll have to tell her to try this one too…


  2. Maggie says:

    Thanks Bre! I’d love another self-tanner review, time to get ready for spring!


  3. Hi Bre! You’ve just described my skin type so I don’t think it works for me neither! I’ve read good things about the high definition foundation from the same line and I actually thought this was a very nice range of products.

    If you feel like covering this topic, I am interested in getting a blush, but I’m always afraid of looking like “Heidi of the mountains”. I was thinking maybe Nars has good ones? I’d be great if you could recommend some, especially for my yellow based skin tone. It’d be also great to get some application tips :) Besos guapa!

  4. Johanna says:

    Thank you so much for this review! I had been thinking about getting it for a while now, but I think I’m just going to leave it like this, and invest in a higher end product for a little more expensive.

  5. Breanna says:

    @Marta OK I’m intrigued by this “Heidi of the mountains reference” does this mean one looks apple cheeked and mountain fresh? haha NARS blushes are amazing, they’re all I use on myself and in my kit (with a few from M.A.C. to round it out) they’re highly pigmented so a little goes a long way when it comes to applying it. I would be happy to make some blush shade and application recommendations Marta! Thank you, and look for it in an upcoming post!

  6. Breanna says:

    @Sam Your mom will definitely like and benefit from this L’Oreal primer, it’s extremely similar to Clarins! Let me know how she likes it!

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