Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance

It’s stating the obvious to say that these days I embrace a ‘dewy’ makeup finish. Pass on the powder, rank up the highlight and job’s a good’un. There are plenty of cream shimmers, powder glimmers and liquid luminizers swimming around in my makeup sea, but one thing that I’ve never tried and tested is a primer targeted at primarily boosting radiance. I’ve had my eye on the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance for a while, which unsurprisingly serves the outlined above purpose. I added it to my Christmas list (yep I’m a 23 year woman who still writes one), crossed my fingers and would you believe it – after having to draw a map directing my Mother to our local Space NK store – there it was under the tree. Babe.

It’s worth noting that I’ve tried a Laura Mercier Primer previously, the Oil-Free formula to be exact and we didn’t see eye to eye. It left my skin feeling a little tacky and had a whiffy ‘plasticy’ scent, so off that was shipped to a willing family member. But I’m pleased to report I’m getting on better with it’s Radiance counterpart. It ticks all the boxes a dewiness injecting primer should. It leaves a sandblasted glow to the skin, pronounces natural highlights and adds a little more longevity to your base, all without a chunky glitter particle in sight. So far, so good. When paired with something light over the top, like the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle or the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser, all the cogs start roll, everything aligns and it looks like fresh skin perfection. But when layering on more of a medium to full coverage base the effect isn’t so good. The shine is lost, shimmer engulfed and you need to layer on some sort of highlighter to get the original effect of the primer back. Lesson learned – low coverage bases are the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance’s perfect partner.

So it looks like another product to add to my summertime stash. First the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm and now this? I’m developing quite the kit. But with snow forecasted for the weekend I think it will be quite a while till I can rock the faux-beach glow…