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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating

What it is: A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color. What it does: Worn under foundation, this hydrating primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh, keeping color true for hours. Ideal for drier skins, this hydrating formula nourishes with moisture-rich vitamins to soothe and condition. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it contains antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E and hydrating properties thanks to glycerin and hyaluronic acid. What else you need to know: Just as a painter primes a canvas, Foundation Primer—the original—was created by Laura Mercier in 1995 to prime the skin. After creating the industry’s first primer, she “reinvented” it and made another version perfect for drier, dehydrated skin and customers who needed more hydration, moisture, and conditioning. She added soothing hydrators that offer anti-inflammatory benefits, help hold water in the skin, and nourish with a moisture-rich vitamin formula. The colorless gel acts as a buffer to outside elements, while vitamins A, C, and E act as antioxidants and protect the skin from the harmful, aging effects of the environment.
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Questions & Answers for Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating

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Problem with product separating
I really like this primer, my only problem is that the product has separated in the tube, and when i try to squeeze it out i get mostly liquid then some of the cream. It makes it a little difficult to apply to my face. Is this normal? I've tried shaking the tube to get the product to fully incorporate itself, but it doesn't work. Do I have an expired primer?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
cathendy
(Oak Harbor, WA)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
9 answers
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answer 1
Mine new primer separated too. I am so comforted to know that someone else experienced this problem. This is my third tube. Only this one has this problem. I will return it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
huntsy
(Pasadena, CA)
answer 2
I'm having this problem as well... I just bought this tube, came in the box 2 weeks ago. I'm planning to return it.
answered 3 years ago
saba15
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
I think I may have recieved an expired or faulty tube. I ordered another tube and didn't have the same problem. I don't know why it was bad, I never left it out in the sun, and I thought it was brand new.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
cathendy
(Oak Harbor, WA)
answer 4
i didn't have this problem.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mercierlover
(oklahoma city)
answer 5
I too have had this primer seperate. Actually, I was on line to see if anyone had this happen. My tube is 2 monthso ld. I will assume it is expired and buy another. I really like this product
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
skipper40
(Virginia)
answer 6
Never had this happen. Did your product get left in the heat?
answered 4 years ago
suzuki77
(Tucson,Arizona)
answer 7
I have never had this primer separate on me.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
wendiannm
(Lansing, MI)
answer 8
I've been using this for a couple of years and that has never happened. Maybe it was a bad or old tube. It should always come out creamy!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
hocc
(Dallas, TX)
answer 9
I think you have an expired tube. I've used this primer long enough that I've gone through several tubes, and I've never had that experience.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
sephoraismymecca
(Birmingham, AL)
Question
adult acne
I have dry to combo skin which is very sensitive to breakouts. I'm not sure if it is adult acne or reactions to products. I will have clear skin for a while than bam...crazy! Anyway, been searching for a primer my skin could tolerate without making it look dry. Tried so many...a friend suggested this one, but I am wondering if anyone with "sensitive" or breakout prone skin had any issues. Thanks for any advice!
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
9 answers
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answer 1
Although my skin is changing, I still periodically get acne, very oily skin and very dry patches. The dry patches seem to be due to my rosacea which I've developed over the past 6 years or so. I just started using Laura Mercier primer after the store manager recommended it to me for hydration and sensitivity to rosacea (even products for rosacea irritate my skin). I have only used it for about 2 weeks but really like it. It applies fairly smoothly and evenly. It doesn't seem to cause any irritation and doesn't add to my oily nose area. It also really helps with my dry, flaky patches mostly under my chin and near my jawline. It's not perfect but the closest I've experienced.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
mnm14
(Highland Park, NJ)
answer 2
Its perfect! I'm 21 and have slightly sensitive skin and this has not caused any breakouts, nor does it make me look/feel oily
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 3
I too have sensitive skin, and this has just been the best product. No breakouts or irritations!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
vanita
(Brookings, OR)
answer 4
My skin can be sensitive. I have had no reaction with this primer. It is very light weight, possibly because it is water based.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
missjan
(Dover, DE)
answer 5
My skin is VERY sensitive and I've never had a reaction to this primer.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
nicbeane
(Washington, DC)
answer 6
I have sensitive skin and tend to break out easily with most products but have yet to have any issues with this one. I have been using it for about a month and love it - I use very, very little as it spreads out so easily. Literally just under a pea sized drop for my entire face and neck.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
debe8
(Ridgecrest, CA)
answer 7
I have very similar skin -- very dry, very sensitive, prone to breakouts, and acne scarred to boot -- and this stuff is the absolute best. I don't even have to use a moisturizer half the time because the hydration factor is ideal and really helps. And it feels like heaven.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
henke
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 8
I have slightly dry skin and sensitive, and I loved it this product, until it separated and got all gross. I am fairly certain that the reason it separated is because I took it to school one day and kept it in my car and it got cold. I loved it until then, so I would recommend if you keep it inside.
answered 3 years ago
chellybear
(IL.)
answer 9
I have sensitive skin and have found that this product works really well with my skin. It feels soft and smooth on my skin and really helps make my foundation go on smoothly and evenly.
answered 3 years ago
aec484
(Boston. MA)
Question
does this minimize pores?
i have large pores, i dont notice it until after i have my foundation on, but does this help minimize pores?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
klu102609
(Sumner, IL)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
8 answers
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answer 1
I have not noticed this product shrinking the look of my pores. I don't think the consistency is thick enough for that.
answered 10 months ago
jacee1
(Athens, GA)
answer 2
If you're looking to minimize pores, I suggest looking for a toner as well. This won't minimize the pores, but it will hide them. I have large pores around my nose and this just makes them appear to be gone.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ctrlaltmuffin
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 3
I think it doesn't diminish pores, but, it fills in the pores, and it makes the makeup glide over the pores, so they are less noticeable.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
patticaker
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 4
If your "bumpy" skin is caused by oil, I would not recommend this product.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
funbonnie
(Sylacauga, Alabama)
answer 5
I think it does
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
krun
(Kennebunkport, ME)
answer 6
Using this primer I have noticed that my pores do seem to appear smaller. Skin appears smoother all over as well.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
tenne
(San Diego, CA)
answer 7
I have large pores on my nose moreso than my cheeks and I love this primer. That's my main complaint about other primers is they didn't "hide" my pores. I think this is the best I've found and you don't have to cake it on to get good results. Sometimes I notice some of my pores after I've applied my foundation and I simply rub that area just slightly to blend in the foundation (I use the mineral foundation and apply it with a brush) and it's perfect. This primer helps "set" your foundation so it really stays where you put it. I don't get lines or creases throughout the day either. Sometimes, for extra coverage, I'll add a tiny bit of the primer on top of my foundation and that helps too. I definitely recommend giving this a try, I don't think you'd be disappointed!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
rds94928
(Rohnert Park, CA)
answer 8
It doesn't minimize pores but it does keep my makeup looking fresh all day.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
indyboyzmom
(North Vernon, IN)
Question
can this replace moisturizer under makeup?
I have problems with finding moisturizers that will quench my sensitive and very dry skin, yet sinks in quickly and doesn't cause my makeup to slide off.

can this be used under makeup as a replacement for a moisturizer?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(near somewhere you would know, ca)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
8 answers
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answer 1
I find this product only lightly moisturizing and still use a facial moisturizer beforehand. I apply Clinique Moisture Surge Intense and let it sink in for at least five minutes before applying primer or any cosmetics. My skin is very dry. If you are only slightly dry, using only the primer may work.
answered 10 months ago
jacee1
(Athens, GA)
answer 2
I use this on top of my moisturizer for extra long lasting moisture all day! I use clinique moisture surge and then place this on top. I wouldn't use this as a moisturizer on its own.
answered 1 year ago
britlovesmakeup
(Ontario,Canada)
answer 3
I use it over my Embryolisse Anti-Age moisturizer (a fantastic French brand you can find online). It's a rich, luxe moisturizer that absorbs very well -- no greasyness.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
luxe212
(Washington, DC)
answer 4
Probably depends how dry your skin is and the type of climate you live in. I use it under tinted moisturizer, and it holds up all day. I have maturing skin that's beginning to be a bit dry and I live in an area of long-term, exceptional drought, so I'd say it works well.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
cloudwoman
(Austin, TX)
answer 5
I love this product, but I don't think it should be used as a full time replacement for a moisturizer, especially if you have dry skin.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
nolasev
(New Orleans)
answer 6
I use my moisturizer and then this. I don't have slippage. I give about 1-2 minutes for the moisturizer to absorb and then the primer, following within 30 seconds my makeup.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
becketts
(San Jose, CA)
answer 7
I have the same problem and OT really helped under my Laura Mercier moisture foundation and it lasts with out looking greasy at the end of the day
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
carley
(Park City, Utah)
answer 8
No. You still need a moisturizer with this.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
lillybarney
(Croton on Hudson, NY)
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MATURE SKIN
How does this primer work on mature skin, does it prevent foundation from settling into fine lines and wrinkles?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
lola01
(modesto,ca)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
7 answers
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answer 1
It will definitely help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because it will slightly fill them in, but depending on what type of makeup you are using over it and how deep your lines are it may still crease. If you're 35+ mature it will help, but if youre more into the 55+ range you will probably still have some creasing.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ctrlaltmuffin
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 2
Works well on aging skin
answered 4 years ago
georgia2319
(Kennesaw, GA)
answer 3
I still have to use my Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch over my smile lines for them to not be noticeable. I use the Laura Mericer primer first, then the Clarins, then my foundation and concealer.
answered 4 years ago
northwestbeauty
(seattle, WA)
answer 4
I dont have "mature" skin, but I do have a few lines under my eyes. This product definitely helped my foundation glide over them instead of settling into them!
answered 4 years ago
kayteen
(Lake Cowichan BC Canada)
answer 5
I find that it helps foundation float on the skin, rather than settle into creases and lines.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
wendiannm
(Lansing, MI)
answer 6
I particularly like it for my more mature skin. It's moisturizing and that makes your skin feel more supple when you're wearing it. I wouldn't use it if it felt dry.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
hocc
(Dallas, TX)
answer 7
Does keep makeup smooth. I only use lightweight products in both primers and makeus
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
venturagirl
(Ventura, CA)
Question
Can this be used around the eyes?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(East Hanover, NJ)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
7 answers
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answer 1
I'm not sure if you meant as an eye shadow primer or just into the physical eye area. I use this all the way up my cheeks to my lower lash line, but I would not use this as an eye shadow primer. It won't burn or sting your skin if the area under your eye is sensitive.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ctrlaltmuffin
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 2
i have actually used this on the upper lid to prime my eyes before eyeshadow and haven't had an allergic reaction. I have also used this under my eyes as well. It was fine on my eyes, but I am sure it is different for everyone.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
whimsicalgirls
(New York, NY)
answer 3
Yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
yankees7
(Syosset, NY)
answer 4
i use it around (under and on top of the lids). it makes my eye shadow and concealer last longer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
shoelover6
(new york, ny)
answer 5
I do use it under my eyes, I apply it the same way I do my moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
indyboyzmom
(North Vernon, IN)
answer 6
Yes! I use it around my eyes. I would be careful putting too much of it close to it. Take a small amound on the tip of your finger and rub it with the rest of your fingers and apply. There might be a little stinging but it goes away immediately. Which is why I say don't use a lot.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kiwistar
(Chicago, IL)
answer 7
yes
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mercierlover
(oklahoma city)
Question
does this make you break out
i heard the oil free primer caused breakouts, does this one?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Emmi16
(whittier, CA)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
6 answers
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answer 1
not at all, it actually protects your skin from the make-up you apply over it. It works as a barrier between your skin and the application of foundation and other oil-based products.
answered 2 years ago
shaiimint
(NYC)
answer 2
I am typically sensitive to cosmetics, but this primer did not make me breakout. I still use it today.
answered 2 years ago
MackensieK
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
I've personally never had any breakouts from using this, I've been using it for a little over a year. I have combination skin, and this actually prevented clogged pores caused by my foundation.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ctrlaltmuffin
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 4
Every person's skin is different. I can't say "This won't break you out". I'm prone to blemishes but I haven't had ONE breakout since using this product. You'd just have to see for yourself really.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kiwistar
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I have the most sensitive skin in the world, I believe. However, I think that oil free makeup tends to irritate the skin, (in my case however), more than any other. However, this primer does not cause breakouts or rashes, it actually feels like my skin is getting better. This primer feels calm and just right for sensitive, dry skin.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
sammmie
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
Not at all! In fact, I did experience some breakouts prior to using this, but have had none since!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Joates
(Lapeer, MI)
Question
dry skin - is this product plus tinted moisturizer enough?
Does anyone with dry skin wear this with tinted moisturizer, and no additional moisturizer underneath?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
ellabean
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
6 answers
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answer 1
you shouldn't need any other moisturizer this helps provide the essential hydration and primer functions you need before applying foundation.
answered 2 years ago
shaiimint
(NYC)
answer 2
I have dry skin and Iuse this primer with the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.
answered 2 years ago
MackensieK
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
I have dry skin but I'm no fan of "tinted" moisturizers. I wouldn't suggest it simply because if your skin is dry then I'm sure that additional chemical in it to provide color would probably dry it out even more. I would suggest getting your skin hydrated first before applying tints.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kiwistar
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
No, I still wear moisturizer underneath.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mercierlover
(oklahoma city)
answer 5
I have dry skin. I use a moiturizer underneath and a moisturizing powder foundation on top and my skin has never looked or felt better.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
dkmiami
(miami beach,fl)
answer 6
In the winter, I apply another moisturizer under this and then wear a tinted moisturizer over it. In the summer, this product provides enough moisture on its own.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
BFaye
(Elkridge, MD)
Question
can you get sample of this product at the store?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
6 answers
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answer 1
As of right now there is no sample, but you can certainly try it out in-store.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ctrlaltmuffin
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 2
I have never been refused a small sample of any product at a Sephora store or given a problem about returning a product.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
funbonnie
(Sylacauga, Alabama)
answer 3
you can pretty much get a sample of anything at sephora. I know they sell the LM tinted moisturizer in miniature size for $19, but I don't think they sell the primer in miniature size.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
whimsicalgirls
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Yes, you can definately get a sample of it in the store. That's how I decided to buy it for myself. She gave me enough to use for 5 days (since you only need a little) so I can make sure it didn't break me out and that it was the right choice. I've been a believer since!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kiwistar
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
Yes! I had problems with primer purchases so after returning several different kinds, the SA just went around the store with me and gave me samples of whatever I'd like to try. This turned out to be the winner so I went back and purchased this! The search for the perfect primer is over for me!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
magster
(rural CA)
answer 6
At the store, a Cast Member can make a tester for you of any products that we carry. They can also answer questions for you and make recommendations for other products. To find a store near you, check out our store locator. Thanks!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How does this compare to the original LM foundation primer?
I've tried the original LM foundation primer and like it but would like something a little more moisturizing.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
SephoraNewbie2
(Centralia,WA)
on Foundation Primer - Hydrating
6 answers
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answer 1
You must try this product then. It primes and moisturize the skin at the same time.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
luvxlin
(Fresno, CA)
answer 2
It is more hydrating, but it is a little bit thicker and heavier than the original primer. This one is a white lotion, as compared to the thinner Original version, which is more translucent and feels lighter going onto the skin.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
susiel2012
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
It is wonderful and has more moisturizing qualities than the regular primer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
indyboyzmom
(North Vernon, IN)
answer 4
This is much more moisturizing than the original!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mercierlover
(oklahoma city)
answer 5
I have found it to be very hydrating
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
wendiannm
(Lansing, MI)
answer 6
I find the hydrating primer does help supply the extra touch of moisture that my dry skin needs and, because I have such VERY dry skin, I even apply a light moisturizer to my face before the hydrating primer. I had tried the regular LM primer, also, and it is a good product, too, but this one is better for me due to the added hydration factor. It is not oily at all, though.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Lollie
(Carmel, CA)
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