L'Oreal Paris - Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
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L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing 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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Rating: Sep 29, 2012 10:07pm
A wonderful 'drugstore' find! Best in Beauty 2012
What happens when you have horrid large pores having parties every day, all over your face? You fill them up, that’s what you do! That is pretty much the function of face primers – they’re silicone-based products that are applied to the skin before foundation, to leave you with a super smooth base to work on. I have combination skin, and, as a result, I've tried a number of different primers to assist with reducing oil in the t-zone, medium sized pores around the nose, as well as prolonging the wear of foundation.
L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer comes in functional packaging - a glass pot with black lid. As you might already know, I prefer tube/pump dispensers as I am bit OCD about dipping my grubby fingers into a pot. As a result – I use a cotton tip to remove a little product each time. The product is quite small - like an eye cream and contains 15ml of product. The product quantity is a little questionable, as the price per ml is actually similar to high-end brands, including M.A.C’s ‘Prep and Prime’ and Smashbox ‘Photofinish’ Primer. (Yep, primary school mathematics sure came in handy!)
The primer is fragrance free (bonus for my sensitive skin), and is a viscously textured, pale pink paste. I needed to warm the product between my fingers to aid it in spreading across the skin. On application, it was super smooth, and blended beautifully into the skin, blurring the size of pores and imperfect skin tone, leaving a matte finish. It felt light after application and was it was invisible, and my pores didn't feel suffocated. It also helped to help the skin appear more youthful and radiant, as it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines. I trialed the primer under liquid and powder foundations, and I felt that this product performed well with both these mediums.
I loved using L’Oreal’s Base Magique Primer – as I felt that the product delivered reasonably long lasting results and performed well according to it’s claims. However, I didn’t feel that this product under or over-performed its competitors. Being the primer junkie that I am, I found the pricing and results to be quite similar to the high-end brands that I usually purchase. The bonus? It’s easily accessible and readily available. Plus, keep your eyes peeled as drugstore brands are perpetually on sale. The day retailers stop regular discounts on brands such as Revlon and L’oreal, I will most certainly eat my hat!
Rating: Sep 29, 2012 2:50pm
Decent Primer Best in Beauty
I'm re-reviewing this for Best in Beauty. After having had this for longer than I did when I wrote my initial review, my impression of this product remains the same. Well I suppose that means that at least it is a consistently decent performing product.
The product is a silky smooth light pink material that is probably silicone-based. It feels like it is completely waterproof and does not absorb into the skin. I smoothed it on prior to using foundation but after using moisturiser and it seemed to stay quite well. It enhanced the staying power of my powder foundation. I didn't use it with my liquid foundation as that stayed quite well on its own. The primer increases the wear time of the powder foundation but also allows other products, such as blush, to stick and hang around for longer as well! To me it has fulfilled the function for which it was designed and therefore I am satisfied with the product. There are no bells or whistles associated with this product and I have found it to be a simple straight primer. Might not use it daily but very good for night on the town type wear. Recommended since the price is pretty good too and it is easily available at most chemists.
Rating: Sep 28, 2012 3:41pm
best in beauty 2012
This is a great primer, i love the fact that it's a primer and moisturiser in one. I have oily skin and at the end of the day this primer makes my skin look less oily.
I will definitely continue using it.
Rating: Sep 26, 2012 4:55pm
Kind of thick
Not my favourite, but it was ok.
The main thing about this would be that I found the product thick on my face. I found it kind of hard to rub into my skin.
It does its job, my skin felt very smooth afterwards, yet it is not as liquidy as I am used to, perhaps I would describe it as overly creamy. So much so, that it is hard to rub in.
It is not my cup of tea.
Rating: Sep 26, 2012 2:53pm
Works great but very thick
I received a number of tubes of this to try out and don't quite love it, although I can see why others do.
Firstly, this primer is very thick. It is the thickest I have used. This is good for plugging pores and smoothing out wrinkles, but when using it I can feel it is on, which means it is a bit too heavy for me.
My makeup application was as smooth as using any other primer so quite good. It stayed on all day and didn't budge.
Another bonus is that it doesn't have a scent which is nice.
This is a very good primer, I just wish it was a tiny bit softer.
Rating: Sep 20, 2012 5:46pm
Silky Smooth Base!
This primer is an absolute god send for those who have massive pores like me. Foundation never looks as good as it sinks down into my large pores but with the help of this primer, my skin is so silky soft, just like a baby's butt.
The texture of this product is like a mousse, very thick but light and airy at the same time. So whilst, the product is quite expensive for such a small jar of primer, a little goes a very long way. I find that if I dot it all over my face, gently warm it up by massaging it into my face, it spreads a lot better. It has absolutely no scent so it is suitable for those with sensitive skin. Unlike other primers, this comes in a jar which in a way, is more user friendly. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to squeeze out such a thick, mousse like primer from a tube. Since it is a jar, it's very easy to control how much I use.
Main selling feature about this primer is that this is almost a 'pore eraser' giving me a silky smooth face every time. Generally speaking, my foundation doesn't tend to last that long because it always sinks into my pores, especially on hot days. However, I find that by using this primer, my face becomes matte and all the ridges, and large pores are covered up completely giving me a smooth surface to apply my foundation. Not only that, since this gives a matte finish, it is great to use during Summer to control my makeup melting away. Similarly, the redness around my nose area instantly fades by applying this primer, transforming my skin to be as soft as a baby's butt.
This primer boosts the overall condition of my skin, gives longevity to my makeup whilst at the same time, transforming my skin into a smooth, canvas, so I believe this is a great investment for those who have large pores, wrinkles and redness on their skin, as this erases all of my flaws.
Rating: Sep 19, 2012 10:02am
Best In Beauty Nominated Product Review
I love this primer, it is simply amazing. It comes in a jar with a twist off lid, I found this easy to use and decide on how much toner I was going to need. The mixture has little to no scent and is also quiet thick. Don’t be put off by the thickness as it works a treat in smoothing over your face. It does not leave a greasy residue behind but rather feels like you’ve just applied a pressed powder over your face.
It gets quickly absorbs and provides a ready canvas for me to start the art on my face :) I’m amazed at what this product actually does to my skin. It really does make my fine lines disappear. I have fine lines around the edges on my mouth and around the corners on my eyes. This primer fills them in and they really are gone. It makes me look more youthful.
I have sometimes worn this primer without foundation because I find I look fine without the extra make up. This primer smooths over my facial skin and evens out the texture of it. If I decide to wear foundation, the primer assists with it really well. The foundation easily applies over the primer and doesn’t budge or melt away. This primer helps hold my foundation on the day through as well as keeping me fine line free.
I have dry to sensitive skin and I never once had any reactions to this product and I found it suited my type quiet well. It provides an extra touch of hydration that I always need.
Come night when I remove my make up, it’s easily removed with all my other make up with a remover wipe.
This is the perfect base for every day wear and I highly recommend it.
Rating: Sep 18, 2012 9:58pm
On my third jar now...
I've been using this product since I was first sent a sample to try from their website. It simply agrees with my skin - it reduces pores and fine lines as well as controls shine which has always been a problem for me. My makeup application is much smoother. This primer has made such a difference to my look! Couldn't recommend it any more!
Rating: Sep 17, 2012 4:51pm
Beneficial Base For Foundation
BEST IN BEAUTY AWARDS REVIEW 2012
L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer is used to even skin surface and smooth pores prior to using foundation.
It is applied after moisturiser, when moisturiser has fully absorbed.
The pink primer has a thick consistency with a light and smooth texture.
Skin feels silky smooth after applying primer, the perfect base for foundation.
I use liquid and mousse foundation, the primer good to use with both varieties.
A thin application is ideal and is all that is needed to help achieve a flawless finish to foundation coverage.
The primer helps foundation stay in place when my combination skin produces to much oil, especially on warmer days.
The primer can be worn solo but I prefer to reap the benefits of this handy product when I wear foundation.
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Rating: Sep 16, 2012 8:22am
BIB - L'Oreal works magic for me every day...
While I was road-testing a variety of primers for bh a few months back, I couldn’t help but compare them to this L’Oreal one, which has been my favourite since it was released, and I always have a spare in my drawer. Some primers seem to specialise in filling pores and minimising fine lines, others focus on creating the perfect base for foundation so that it lasts, and then there’s the ones whose forté is controlling shine. L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer does ALL THREE brilliantly, and all for a great price.
I far prefer this cream formula to the silicon variety as I find it best for keeping my oily-T under control, and the mattifying finish ensures my foundation adheres 100% for all-day perfection, even works with “budget” makeup brands. Love the velvety soft feel it gives my skin plus the obvious pore & line diffusing effect too, and as so little is required, it lasts a long time.
Most other primers come in a tube, but I don’t have a problem with this jar as I apply it straight after my shower when my hands have been scrubbed clean - I let it sit for a minute, and then start applying my war paint (lol). 5 stars L’Oreal!