It's a known fact that drug stores carry affordable gems that can quickly become staple items in any makeup stash. We love the hype behind designer brands, but when all is said and done, saving a few bucks and still leaving with an A+ item in tow is worth even more of a hype.
After my glam session at Glam Hair Miami, my mind was set on getting my hands on L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base. The makeup artist used it to prime my skin prior to applying the airbrushed foundation, and the canvas that my skin had become was immaculate.
In comparison to Smashbox brand primers in the Photo finish line, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Perfecting Base is a bit thicker and is a whipped mousse-like consistency. It does do a better job at filling in any wrinkles, or scars, which is a problem that I deal with, since I have a tiny scratch mark on my cheek. The perfecting base, when layered and stippled into the scar, almost diminishes it to a nonexistence, at least for those who aren't taking extra precaution to find it. Both brands are recommended by me. I used to live and swear by Smashbox Photofinish primers, but the hefty $40 price tag had always kept me looking elsewhere, in case I could find something similar, and I finally have!
L'Oreal's perfecting base is a tad greasy to the touch, but its a tricky effect they add to these primers that make them work. Even though they feel greasy, they're not. In fact they completely remove any shine your face may have had, and leave your face a perfect canvas for foundation. Your foundation will glide on much smoother and look more even. The concentration of foundation will be evenly distributed so you won't be left with spots that have smeared clean or lines that give it all away. L'Oreal's primer fits perfectly into the description, and whereas you will most likely find a primer in Sephora that you may fall in love with and swear by, as I had before, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you would probably be very happy with L'Oreal's creation.
One con I have about the product is the packaging. When the jar top is unscrewed you are left with a small opening where your finger may not have enough room to lay flat on the surface of the product to get enough of it out. Scooping your finger inside the jar get some product under your nail, which is just annoying. I would recommend using a sponge for this primer, which is another couple of dollars to spend, but if you're picky about using your hands on your face, or get annoyed with the small opening of the jar, it is always an option.
Product - 5 out of 5
Packaging - 3 out of 5
Price - $12
Where to buy - Any major drug store (Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart)
Overall - 4 out of 5
Disclaimer: This is not a paid or sponsored review. Product has been purchased by me. All opinions are my own.