Foundation Primer (Radiance) by Laura Mercier Cosmetics

Foundation Primer (Radiance)

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CLAIM TO FAME: A lightweight gel primer that minimizes imperfections for a luminous look

FAST FACTS: Primes, protects, and nourishes with vitamin A, C, and E; visibly minimizes the look of flaws with a universal pearl tint for a soft-focus effect; 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 skin types

I was skeptical but this actually works
November 9, 2014
”OK, so I used to never wear primer under my foundation because I didn’t think it mattered that much, but I decided to give this a shot and am so glad I did. I have light-medium combination skin and generally wear a powder foundation; my problem was that my skin looked kind of dull and wan all the time. The first day I added this primer into my makeup routine, I immediately noticed a HUGE difference in my face. My skin was glowing and looked soft and smooth and healthy. It’s expensive but I really think it’s worth it.”
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WHAT YOU GET: (1) Foundation Primer (Radiance)

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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Radiant glow

I am absolutely obsessed with this primer! I use it under a light tinted moisturizer and it gives me this amazing dewy glow that lasts all day. It just looks so fresh and naturally pretty. It's the perfect illuminating product—no enormous sparkles on your face, and definitely no shine or grease. Instant HG!

11 months ago
Top Reviewer

Highly Recommended!

I just got a small deluxe size of this Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Radiance) from a gift set that I got some time ago. I like how this primer preps my skin before applying my foundation. It really adds that subtle glow and radiance to my skin instantly. It makes my make up dewy and fresh.

10 months ago
Certified Buyer

Holy grail!

I have tried a lot of primers but hands down, this is the best all around. I love this primer! Gives my skin a very dewy complexion without looking shimmery. I use it under my foundation and it looks like my skin has been airbrushed and it lasts for hours. Oh my goodness! Dewy RADIANT goodness. Would repurchase 😍

11 months ago
Top Reviewer

Enoying it!

Imo, Laura Mercier has the best primers. I have only been using this for a few weeks, but im really enjoying it! I use this with a little face powder if I want just "something" on my face. I have not use used it as a true primer, so I cant say how it holds up through the day. I just like it to give a healthy quick glow. Love!

11 months ago
Certified Buyer

Fake that healthy glow!

I absolutely adore this product. It's lightweight but long-lasting, and has a slight peachy tint and a dewy, luminous finish. It helps in minimizing the discolorations on my face and even makes the dark circles under my eyes less pronounced. I wear this on its own or with a dab of translucent powder on my t-zone during hot, humid days.

11 months ago
Top Reviewer


Amazing primer!! Never fails even during humid days.

about 1 year ago
Top Reviewer

Ultimate Go-To Primer!

My go-to primer for the past few years, this really makes a difference with regard to how long makeup lasts. I noticed that my foundation did not get cakey, even after several hours, and this caused a sort of matte but natural radiant glow that I loved

about 1 year ago

Works on oily skin without making you look like an oil spill

I ordered mine off Nordstrom about a year ago and I've really been enjoying it since. I was quite hesitant in the beginning to order this mostly because I have oily skin and anything with a glow/radiance tends to exaggerate slick on my face. But this particular product doesn't do that at all. I still do use moisturizer (Glossier's face primer/moisturizer) underneath, just because this isn't meant to moisturize. It will give your face a nice glow even under foundation (I sometimes use Mac's Studio Finish foundation, or Glossier's skin tint). If you have flawless skin (which I don't, mind you. Covering dark spots on my face is a daily struggle) this will look incredible just as is. But if you do have blemishes, or acne of any kind (because ditto) this product won't draw attention to it, so long as you dust it with a matte powder, or just set it with any powder. Worth the money and you get a lot of product.

10 months ago
Top Reviewer

A Primer That Works With Most Anything

The opposite of a mattifying primer, Radiance primer is meant to produce a dewy, glowing look. It doesn't dry out the skin, so it will pair nicely with most liquid foundation formulas. I don't think its purpose is to prolong makeup so much as it works to lock in a layer of moisture or smooth out the skin.

about 1 year ago

For a dewy glow

If you are looking for a dewy look, this is a great product for it. I mix a small amount with my foundation and it leaves my skin looking healthier and glowy. However for people who want a matte look or have oily skin types, this may not be worth the money, I would say.

about 1 year ago
Top Reviewer

Basically a primer with shimmer

I acquired this recently, to add to my other two LM primers. While I liked the two others, this one makes me a bit iffy. It's basically a primer with a wee bit of shimmer, which is something that I don't like.

about 1 year ago
Top Reviewer

Not the greatest for oily skin

This was given to me as a gift by one of my friends. The word "radiance" was really scary to me, as I do have oily skin and prefer to use primers with a mattifying finish. Unfortunately, this primer did not work well for me at all, as I had expected. It did not keep my oils at bay, and they started to appear a mere two hours after application. I think this primer would work best for those with drier skin types, but this was a miss for me.

4 months ago