Foundation / Base Review Series: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

On June 17, 2011 by Michelle



Taken from the website:

Foundation Primer is a lightweight, creamy gel meant to be used prior to foundation, creating an invisible layer that acts as a buffer to outside elements. This colorless gel leaves makeup looking fresh and colour-true the entire day.

  • Ideal for all skin types.
  • Ingredients.
  • Featured in the Bridal collection.
  • 1.75 oz.
  • USD$30


Water, Tidecyl Neopentanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Citrus Auraantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Honey Extract (Mel), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Yellow 5, Red 40


Texture: It is indeed very lightweight yet creamy. However, it does not get absorbed into my skin immediately and I had to wait a while for it to settle into my skin.

Smell: A very odd smell is what I can describe though I cannot pinpoint what smell that is. Just a very unnatural smell.

Packaging: I like this squeeze tube bottle as it allows the right about of product to be dispenses. In additional, this plastic packaging is very easy to be carried around.


First of all, this is a primer that I am fairly disappointed with. Here are some things that caused my dislike towards this primer:

  • My foundation does not stay on as long as it could have with a primer
  • It causes my foundation to oxidise much more
  • Its ingredients is not skin-friendly (to be discussed more below)
  • Dried out my skin.
  • It has almost nil oil controlling properties. In fact, it made my dry skin oilier when my skin produces more sebum due to the lack of moisture.


Let me explain how I purchase my bases or any products that come into contact with my skin. I check up on the ingredients at and take into consideration the reviews by Paula – the founder of Paula’s Choice skincare line which I have reviewed HERE. Anyway, from, Paula said that, “Foundation Primer is a thin, lightweight cream-gel that contains some antioxidants whose effects are counteracted by too many fragrant extracts and oils, all of which damage skin. It’s supposed to contain light-reflecting ingredients that protect the skin, but it doesn’t (unless you consider the emollient shine from the finish protecting). The formula won’t help skin in the least. Although Mercier was one of the first to popularize the concept of makeup primers, her original formula is far from the best. “

That sounds like the worst primer in the world isn’t it? Well, I was quite surprized it is named one of the top few primers by magazines or websites. Perhaps my skin simply does not like it at all. This might work for others but well definitely not for me. If you have normal or great skin, I think this might be for you.

Will I repurchase it again?




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