I’ve got a fair few products to review and talk about, I wasn’t sure which to review first, the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer has seen a few email questions about what it was like so I thought I’d write this one up first.
As many of you will know who saw My Shopping Haul I bought the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer last week as I’d heard mixed reviews about the product and wanted to make my own conclusions about it.
I purchased mine from Boots for £14.29, it was on a 3 for 2 offer and this was one of the more expensive products I bought as part of that offer.
I’m no expert when it comes to primers and have only ever used two before; 17 Photo Flawless Primer (Which I liked as it didn’t break me out and went on really smoothly) and a Clarins one which I didn’t like at all (I can’t remember what its called). I don’t have very oily skin and mainly use primers to make my foundation last longer, to give a smoother base and to even my skin out a bit.
The L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer claims it masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin making your skin smooth, soft and velvety. Here’s my views on the product, whether I feel it meets those claims and is worth the money.
The packaging of L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer is quite low key and boring. Black lid with a clear jar like bottom. I guess you could say the fact it is a glass bottom means you can see how much product you have in there – but you could see that when open too. It states clearly its a L’Oreal product and although the packaging is basic and clear – I was disappointed that it took me a good few minutes to find it on the stand – this is a product you may have to ‘look for’.
Inside the jar you are greeted with a pretty pale pink primer which is quite thick. It doesn’t really have a scent that I can smell and I would go as far as to say the consistency of the primer is almost mousse like.
On the skin is blends in really well. I found I needed to use more than I normally would of my 17 Flawless Photo Primer. It made my skin feel smooth and velvety and gave a good matt finish. My skin tone looked more evened out too. However I do not feel it masked any wrinkles at all, not even minimally.
I have done a couple of swatches on my hand below with the primer under foundation and with just foundation. You will see on the left of the line Bourjois Healthy Mix blended into my hand. On the right of the line I have applied the Studio Secrets Primer and then applied Bourjois Healthy Mix and blended it. I’m not sure how clearly it will show up on camera.
Hopefully you can see the finish with just the foundation is not as even, the skin looks bumpy and drier (Hence using my hand and not my face), the side with the primer and foundation looks smoother, the skin looks more plumped and less dry but also more matt. Healthy Mix has lost its ‘healthy glow’.
So do I think L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer is worth £14.29 and was a good purchase?
This is a tough one; on one hand I like the finish it gives, my skin does feel smooth and my foundation lasts throughout the day without needing to touch it up. But and there is a but, I can get as good of a finish and the same results using 17 Flawless Photo Primer which is also under half the price (£4.99 at Boots) and will probably last me longer.
I have used the primer daily for over week to see if I would get any reactions to it with my skin and can honestly say I didn’t. So on sensitive skin this product (For me) was ok.
I’m not sure I would buy it again as I feel it works ok but for the price I can buy other things that are cheaper and give me the same finish. Maybe I don’t have enough wrinkles for it to show me how great it is?
One thing I did really like about this primer was this, I have got into a habit of applying my concealer under my foundation. I have no idea why I started doing this but I have found it works well for me. When I apply Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer over the Studio Secrets Primer I can honestly say I could get away without using a base! I like foundation and always apply it but its not a necessity with this primer. I can not say the same for 17 Flawless Photo. I thought I’d add that for anyone who might want to know.
So that’s my review of L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, I’m kind of on the fence about it. I think if it was cheaper then maybe I would have picked it over 17 Flawless Finish. It does give you a good base and makes you skin nice and matt and is lovely to apply foundation over but (For me) it didn’t do all that it claimed and was slightly over priced.
Have you tried L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer? What did you think?
Lots of Love,