Estee Lauder

Illuminating Perfecting Primer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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This foundation primer isn’t as good as Lauder’s Matte Perfecting Primer, mostly because it lacks the range of beneficial ingredients the Matte version has in abundance.

The sheer, soft cream texture smoothes on easily and leaves a radiant (non-sparkling) glow. Its slightly moist finish isn’t nearly as silky as that of most primers, though we appreciate that it’s fragrance-free, because fragrance isn’t skin care.

This is an OK option for normal to dry or combination skin, but is not preferred to prepping your skin with a well-formulated serum or one of the primers on our list of Best Foundation Primers.

  • Easy to apply and doesn’t feel greasy.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Adds a radiant glow to skin without obvious sparkles.
  • Doesn’t offer much more than light hydration and a touch of shine; the best primers also contain beneficial ingredients, such as antioxidants and skin-repairing substances.
  • Finish isn’t as silky as that of most other primers.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Water, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pullulan, Isohexadecane, Coco Glucoside, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Polysorbate-80, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Blue 1 Lake, Iron Oxides

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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