Matte Perfecting Primer
This lightweight primer has a silky texture just like most foundation primers. But this goes the extra mile by offering skin a good range of beneficial ingredients, making it more advantageous if you prefer to prep your skin with a product labeled “primer” instead of one labeled “serum.” In truth, any well-formulated serum does double-duty as a primer, but perhaps the serum you prefer has a texture that doesn’t pair well with your foundation. In that case, a primer like this is worth a look, especially if you have normal to oily or combination skin.
This does a very good job of smoothing the skin’s texture while slightly filling in large pores and leaving a soft, slightly absorbent matte finish that works (for a couple hours at least) to keep excess shine at bay. In terms of filling in large pores, the effect is minor but noticeable, and of course, it’s temporary, lasting a few hours or less depending on how oily your skin is and the type of foundation you apply after this primer.
One last attribute of this primer is that it’s fragrance-free. It contains many of the same great anti-aging ingredients Lauder includes in their serums, but most of their serums contain fragrance, which isn’t helpful for anyone’s skin.
- Goes beyond what ordinary primers do because it contains a good range of beneficial ingredients.
- Lightweight, silky texture smoothes skin and refines enlarged pores.
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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