Foundation Primer by Laura Mercier Cosmetics

Foundation Primer

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CLAIM TO FAME: Laura Mercier’s classic, translucent primer for a longer-lasting fresh beauty look

FAST FACTS: Primes, protects, and nourishes with vitamin A, C, and E; lightweight, creamy gel formulation creates an invisible layer to protect skin from outside elements; leaves makeup looking fresh and color-true all day

PERFECT FOR: Normal to combination skin types

Perfect Primer
November 24, 2014
“Great price, doesn’t clog pores, works great with my foundation.”
–HMK (from
A Good Way to Start the Day
April 29, 2014
”I recently rediscovered Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and it’s now a part of my daily makeup routine. I stopped using it because, at the time, I really needed to streamline my morning and waiting for a primer to dry just didn’t fit my schedule. After a recent makeover at the Laura Mercier counter, the makeup artist showed me how my current foundation looked without primer and then made me up with the primer. It was a noticeable difference and I was sold (again) on the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. Now I am sure to make time for it in the morning. Laura Mercier’s Description.
I have combination skin. It tends toward oily in the T-zone, but it’s normal on my cheeks. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is a creamy white gel that easily rubs into the skin and disappears leaving no trace of color. The gel appears a little thick when squeezed out of the tube, but it’s quite slippery and if you aren’t careful can slide right off of your fingers. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer has a fresh, clean scent. I find the primer to be very light on my skin and is does absorb well to create an “invisible layer”. My makeup definitely stays put longer and looks great all day. It does not clog my pores or cause my skin to break out, which is something I did worry about.
–Ellie B. (from

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Foundation Primer

Apply a liberal amount of primer all over the face, massaging it into the skin for a few minutes to stimulate your complexion. Use after moisturizer or sunscreen.\
Laura’s Tip: Place the Foundation Primer in the refrigerator before use; the coolness is extra refreshing and helps reduce puffiness.

As a personal makeup artist to Hollywood’s celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, and Juliette Binoche, Laura Mercier has perfected the art of flawless, natural makeup. Her eponymous line of cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, and bath and body treats is a global phenomenon that has garnered praise from magazine editors and beauty-savvy customers alike. The success of Laura Mercier the brand is a testament to the quality and versatility of its namesake, with colors both classic and current, catering to women of all ages.

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Top Reviewer

Holy grail primer

This primer is my HG primer. I think its a good value for money considering you don't really use much of it. It doesn't do much for pores, but it helps make my foundation apply smoothly, and helps it last all day. It doesn't break me out or irritate my skin. A little bit goes a long way and I really love this product.

4 months ago

Radiant indeed!

I got this foundation primer in Radiance and have been using it for 2 years now. I love this product especially when I use it with a foundation that has a matte finish. It just gives you that extra glow you want on face when your skin feels like it needs that extra life. It also helps my foundation not to crease on certain areas of my face.

7 months ago
Top Reviewer

Glowy primer

This primer gives me such a healthy and natural-looking glow! It does not have giant sparkles but just subtle shimmer which I really like. I love how I only need a bit to prime my entire face because this bottle is rather expensive. Worth it for me though as it makes my face look flawlessly smooth too.

9 months ago
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Holy Grail!

I usually break out from skin primers that are filled with silicone and other smoothing ingredients. I like how this primer prepares my skin prior to my liquid foundation application. It creates a smooth canvas to the skin that makes my foundation glide easily on my skin. It also made my make up last so much longer with this product.

10 months ago
Top Reviewer


Most primers break me out for whatever reason but this one thankfully does not. I am really happy to have finally found a primer that works for my apparently difficult skin. Also I think it may help fill in fine lines just a tiny bit, bonus! Definitely one of my faves!

11 months ago
Top Reviewer

A Primer That Is Definitely For Keeps!

The texture of this primer is divine. Its lightweight formula makes it glide on my skin like a dream, but without the slippery feel that most silicone-infused primers leave. It is lightly scented and is easily absorbed by my skin too. Most importantly, it really delivers. it makes applying foundation as easy as making tea. No more blotchiness or unevenness. It keeps my foundation/base make up intact longer. I have normal-to-combination skin, and this certainly helps keep the oil at bay. It is even infused with Vitamin A, C and E that act as antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment. Best of all, it never irritated my super sensitive skin in any way. Now, that's a primer that is definitely for keeps!

12 months ago
Top Reviewer

I love the gel formula

If you hate the feel of silicone primers on your face, I would suggest this foundation primer. It doesn't have the sticky feeling I get from other silicone primers, you know, that feeling that you have to wipe off your hands. It's not the best primer for all-day wear, but it's good enough for everyday.

about 1 year ago
Top Reviewer

Not that impressed

The foundation primer went on very well, wasn't too heavy wasn't too light and made my make up look pretty good at first. It didn't last very long though. After a few hours my mineral foundation and/or concealer was spotty and worn off. It also made my liquid foundation oily and shinier than usual. Maybe this primer is not for me.

3 months ago