In my teenage years my Skin always had to be matte but now I’m older (the wiser part is debatable) I like my skin to look glowy and fresh so when I received a sample of this primer as part of a gift with purchase I was quite excited. I love primer and I love highlighters so this seemed like it was going to be a winner, especially as I like to apply liquid highlighters and illuminators under my foundation…
The sample of this comes in a little pod and I found that it didn’t dry out once opened so I got a good few uses out of this. The full sized version of this comes in a squeezy tube and is priced at £21.50 which is what I would consider high end.
The product claims are as follows:
“Soft-reflection optics minimise the look of pores and flaws to create an even, supple canvas. Special hydrators and skin-soothing Vitamin E, Rice Bran Extract and Shea Butter nourish and perfect. Ideal for Normal/Combination and Dry Skin.”
I do have combination skin so, so far so good. My skin typically leans towards the drier side but I do also get redness and blemishes plus my skin is sensitive which can be a bit of a git when I’m trying to find products that work for me.
The primer has this white pearlescent look to it, a closer look reveals shimmer and minute glitter particles (ugh) but from the swatch it does look quite illuminating and brightening. I applied this all over the face before my base products to see how it would shine through my foundation. I was hoping that this would add a sheen of glowiness to my skin that would then illuminate my foundation to create a glowing look, sadly this wasn’t the case.
I didn’t have a bad experience with this but I will admit (forgive the pun) that this was lacklustre. Similar to some other reviews that I’ve read this just didn’t seem to do anything at all. Applying it, it did have a little drag, it didn’t quite feel drying but it wasn’t creamy and it didn’t glide across the skin, as a result I didn’t find this hydrating at all.
The end finish just didn’t seem to do anything, the texture isn’t siliconey but my face felt slight tacky indicating that I had something on my my skin wasn’t perfected in any way and there was no added glow at all, I just couldn’t see any difference which was really surprising considering the swatch.
Overall, I was disappointed, I didn’t see any noticeable difference and for the price point I had higher hopes that this was going to work some wondrous magic on my skin – sadly that wasn’t the case. I wouldn’t recommend this and I wouldn’t repurchase either.
The Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer is available here for £21.50 for 30ml.
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