L'Oreal Paris - Base Magique Primer

L'Oreal Paris

Base Magique Primer

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L’Oréal Paris Base Magique Primer is a moisturiser designed to hydrate and protect skin as well as work as primer used to mask wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin before applying foundation. The formula erases fine lines and pores, and contains soft powders to help absorb sebum and mattify skin to reduce shine. Silicon oil enables easy glide-on application with no greasy residue for longer-lasting make-up.


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This is a fantastic primer for my oily skin.
I love how silky smooth it feels going onto my skin and the awesome mattifying job it does for the application of my foundation. I can generally last about 6 hrs with this as a base before I start to get a tad shiny. Will definitely re purchase!



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This is a fantastic primer for my oily skin.
I love how silky smooth it feels going onto my skin and the awesome mattifying job it does for the application of my foundation. I can generally last about 6 hrs with this as a base before I start to get a tad shiny. Will definitely re purchase!



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Makes skin feel smooth

This is a fantastic primer. When applying it, I notice that the consistency of the primer is so soft and makes it easy to apply. It would also then make my skin feel very soft and smooth. This makes it the perfect base for makeup. I love that it doesn't feel heavy on my skin, but feels very light. The primer does help in balancing your face and making pores look smaller. Sometimes I would just apply this on without any foundation.



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hard to blend and a bit drying

When fully blended, it does fill in pores and smoothes out the skin near these areas (such as the nose and the cheeks). It doesn't really fill in fine likes though.

The packaging is just a simple tub, where you dip your fingers in, which I find extremely unhygienic. The formula itself is hard to blend on my dry skin and I actually feel it dries my skin even further. Because of it's sticky consistency, blending foundation over it proves to be quite a struggle and the foundation occasionally clings onto the parts where the primer hadn't been blended in completely. A very patchy look results. I also don't really see much of a difference longevity wise for my face makeup after applying this product.

This primer is quite pricey for a drugstore product. I don't recommend it because I find the formula extremely hard to blend and not suitable for dry skin. I also don't find it to really extend the wear of foundation as well.

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The product did give me a smooth matte finish, however when I tried to apply my Napoleon foundation it would not apply properly over this. It was like mixing oil and water. After reading all the great reviews I was very disappointed.

Dipping fingers in the product isn't hygienic either.



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Primer have you tried her?

My favourite primer yet! I loved the texture of this primer it was so silky smooth and glided on beautifully to my skin! It was great as it hydrated my skin yet also mattified it as well which I of course loved! My makeup lasted a lot longer than when using my previous primer and it didn't leave my face feeling oily. I found my foundation applied a lot smoother to my face after having this on which was a great bonus!



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Love it!

This primer is amazing...I had been using the Bare Minerals Primer and that was more convenient to use than Loreal's Base Maqique Primer.
But the difference it made....woooooh! Loreal gave me such a flawless smooth complexion that the makeup seemed to glide along my face! It was amazing!
BTW, I have oily skin and this worked great for me!
I highly recommend!


Make sure you rub it between your fingers...I find a little goes a long way so there is no need for a large dollop of it.

Ideal for

Everyone that wants a smooth flawless finish.



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Perfect Primer

Understanding the importance of using a primer before foundation, I thought I would give this base magique a try. I also liked the idea that it moisturizes at the same time, so can incorporate 2 beauty routine steps into 1. The consistency of this product is quite thick, so it is really good for dry- normal skin, and also in the colder months. It left a smooth layer over my skin after application, which allowed my foundation to glide on in an even layer. I also think this product pro-longed the wear of my foundation, allowing it to stay even and put for longer than usual. I would definitely recommend to give this primer a try, as one thing I love about L'Oreal products is that you are getting high-end quality for lower drug-store prices.



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I thought it would be better

Upon first applying the primer, my face is left with a beautiful matte finish and a silky feel to it as well. Any shine is instantly eliminated, and even redness is somewhat dulled. At the same time, the primer also seemed to brighten up my complexion, or at least give a little colour to my skin. My pores are also completely hidden, it's like someone has used a smudge brush on Photoshop and blurred out all my imperfections!

The reason I only give this product 3 stars though is that the effect after applying foundation is always less than stellar, and I find that my makeup doesn't seem to last throughout the day.
Part of the reason why this primer is so effective in soothing out all the oily and red areas is because it is so thick and heavy. It's almost like applying some kind of gluey paste onto your face and rubbing it thin across the skin. Everything looks alright until you apply another layer on top of that.

What I've found is that mineral powder seems to look exceptionally bad when applied on top of primer as thick as this one. The powder, instead of being able to smooth out over the face nicely with a brush, basically gets stuck once it hits the primer. The result is that you no longer get that flawless, airbrushy finish you otherwise could've gotten.

With a liquid foundation, the story was slightly better but still pretty bad. The same deal happened as soon as I tried applying a bit of foundation over the primer. The finish is by NO means perfect, what should've been foundation applied silkily on the skin is hindered by this sticky primer, and I'm left having to rub my skin a billion times before it seems like things have smoothed out. Maybe it's because I need to be more careful in not applying too much of the primer on one area, but I don't feel like this is something anyone should have to worry about when it comes to their primer.

Also, what I expected out of a primer as thick as this one was that it would last me the day. This was definitely not the case, as by noon I could already see the makeup melting off. Since wearing it with foundation had been so disastrous, I decided to try with wearing the primer all on its own. This proved just as useless, as the primer definitely failed to mattify my face for even just half a day. My face is typically dry with a tinge of oil if I sweat a bit in the afternoon, but it seemed like none of the shine I usually get was covered by the primer. Nature ended up taking its toll this time, and I was left with a dull, makeupless face by the end of the day.


1. Don't use this product if you also use foundation powder. Thick and thin just don't mix.

2. What I found, though, was that if you left the primer on your face after applying it for well over 10 minutes before you put on foundation, the primer's been given more time to harden and dry up on your face (think of a mud mask when you leave it on for a while), and it seemed to make applying foundation just that much easier.

3. Avoid sweeping strokes when you're applying liquid foundation. Try to dab your makeup on, this tends to make the primer underneath seem less obvious, and there's less of a chance you'll smudge the primer.

4. DON'T use this product if you're thinking of something for a night out. It's pretty much useless under heat and sweat after a couple hours and you'll be left at the end of the night totally regretting your decision.

Ideal for

People with extremely good skin. If your skin pretty much emits no oil at all in the afternoon, then by all means go for it. This product seems to have been made for the flawless-skinned people in the world.

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Thought it would be better

I can only really wear this one under make up at night as it jst makes me make up look about to chalky & made up for daytime.. It works perfectly for nighttime makeup..

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