Laura Mercier Primer Review

This is a review of both the “Radiance” Foundation Primer and the Eye Canvas from Laura Mercier. If you want to see the Eye Canvas in action, just flick back to yesterday’s post – it’s used in the Monthly Favourites video. I’m sorry that it looks a little orangey in the above photo – it’s not quite that orangey in real life! More a medium concealer kind of shade – you can see it in the video for the absolute true tone. I used shade EC2, but there are others to choose from!

OK, let’s start with the Radiance Primer. I love the texture of this – nice and moisturising – but BOY does it give off a glow! It’s unreal! I tried it under the heaviest foundations I own and it still shone through like a beacon! So yes, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Primes (very nicely, actually – base goes on like a dream over this) and Radiance-s. I would be tempted to use this sparingly – ie, not on the T-Zone. Perhaps it’s because I have combination skin, or perhaps it’s because it’s summer and my face is a little shinier than usual, but this primer is a little too much for me as an all-over product. I have been using a mattifying primer on the T-Zone and then this one on my cheeks and temples – almost as I’d use an illuminator, but underneath my base rather than over the top of it.

(Thinking about it, Laura Mercier “does” radiance very well indeed- the Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser is one of my all-time favourites for mega-watt shine. There are some days that it’s just a teeny bit too much for me, but as a pick-me-up for dull, tired skin it’s an absolute miracle worker! It was one of my first ever makeup reviews, you can read that in a new window here.)

On to the Eye Canvas. This is great. I have been using it daily, and sometimes without even putting any shadow on top! As a shadow base, it does its job perfectly. Colours are more vibrant and intense and the Canvas conceals lid darkness and unsightly veins without being thick or waxy. It has the consistency, in the pot, of a solid concealer, but it’s surprisingly soft and easy to use – I just use my fingertips, but you’re probably meant to use a brush. For hygiene reasons. Oops.

 Laura Mercier Radiance Primer £28 from House of Fraser and Eye Canvas, £22.50 from John Lewis

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  1. June 29, 2012 / 9:27 am

    that sounds amazing!! Definetley going to buy that primer! xx

  2. Lynh
    June 29, 2012 / 9:49 am

    Great review! I Like the hydrating primer myself.
    What mattifying primer do you recommend? My noae tends to get extremely oily.

    • Ruth
      June 29, 2012 / 11:11 am

      The new Estee Lauder one is brilliant – review next week! x

  3. Love in a mist
    June 29, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Ohh I’m glad you’ve reviewed this primer, I am deciding which primer to try next, and had read good reviews on Laura M generally, think I might go for a LM one but not the radiance.
    I have been using Dior skin flash primer, but TBH it’s not thrilling me :-(
    Anyway keep the reviews coming I’m making a list ( and checking it twice lol! ) I’m coming to london for the first ever time in July just overnight so plan to make the most of the shopping and actually see brands in the flesh that we just don’t have where I live, it will be a carefully planned military style expadition lol! Any tips for really good stores that are a must visit for make up/ skincare? Xxx

    • Ruth
      June 29, 2012 / 5:13 pm

      Space NK, Selfridges Beauty Hall, (or Harrods, House of Fraser, John Lewis Oxford Street!) and of course good old Boots! x

      • Love in a mist
        July 3, 2012 / 5:57 am

        Thank you!

  4. June 29, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I go between No7 Airbrush Away primer and Benefit’s That Gal. I know quite a few LM fans though who swear by this brand. Great review Ruth.


  5. July 2, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    really want to try some laura mercier products!

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  6. Alli
    June 6, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Has anyone tried the Sunday Riley primer? I’m told it’s amazing. I have the LM one and love it but always looking for something more!

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