Partner in prime: Estee Lauder Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer


Normally I wouldn’t do a whole review on a primer, but when I tried Estee Lauder’s newest one, I thought it justified an entire write up on it.

The massive beauty brand already had two primers in their lineup, the Mattifier and Radiant Perfect Primers, but they’ve just released a third one to the family, the Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer.  Now, with three different primers to chose from, it makes it perfect to find the one that will suit your skin type and texture. These primers are enriched with technologically advanced formulas and skin-perfecting ingredients. As a result, these guys create a perfect canvas for makeup application.

The Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer is great for all skin types and is infused with skin-softening apricot essence. The texture of it is like gelatine, and once applied, it leaves skin feeling smooth and helps to maintain the moisture balance in skin. Not only that, but once you have this primer on (and a little goes a long way), it will minimize the size of pores and imperfections.

close up

I’m not really picky about primers. I’ll try and use any one that’s in my collection. Obviously, I have some for everyday wear and others (which typically tend to be the more expensive ones) I reserve for night outs. This guy retails for C$44, which is pretty average for a primer, which for some reason are often a pretty pricey makeup item in general.

I was very impressed with this primer, mostly because my makeup looked so amazing still even after 10 hours. Also, I want to add in those 10 hours, I was at work, I did a TV appearance, and taught a workout class.

before and after

I have been using this primer all week under my foundation. During the week I paired it with the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation.  For these photos I used NARS Sheer Glow. Regardless of the foundation used, my makeup still looked pretty good by the end of the day. Obviously there was some fading, but compared to other primers in my collection, this made my makeup hold up incredibly well.

I haven’t tried the other formulas of these primers so I can’t give my review on those, but I absolutely love the Smoother formula. Even if you don’t wear foundation, look into this product because it’s designed to blur out any imperfections. You can find it at Estee Lauder counters in department stores, as well as Sephora and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

What’s your favourite primer?

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