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Friday, 17 May 2013

this or that: radiance primers

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance: £28.00* (mini size shown)

I've been quite into a bit of radiance at the moment. I'm very much into that glow from within look so in comes the radiance primer. I've been testing a few and I've come across two that I thought were very similar so I'd do a "This or That" post on the two. A bit about my skin is quite odd, I have a very olive skin tone but because I'm fairly pale it can often look sallow or lack brightness. Primers often give that soft focus, blurred out look at the skin which really makes a huge difference to the way the skin looks.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance is a a very pretty glowing primer that smooths out the face and provides a flawless base. It has a slight tint to it and provides a natural sheer dewy finish. It clocks in at a whopping £28 for 30 ml so it is on the pricer side. I prefer to use this with alongside a smoothing primer (such as the Clarins Instant Smooth) as I feel it doesn't smooth as much as I like. It's slightly on the watery side I feel which feels nice on the skin but prefer something a little thicker. It does bring a lovely amount of glow to the face and enhances the complexion. It blends seamlessly into the skin and gives a non-glittery, radiant base. I like to mix this with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation as well because it blends so well.

Makeup Atelier Paris Eclat Makeup Base is a new brand to me so I've been trailing a fair few of their products out. Make-Up Atelier Paris is a a professional makeup brand. The products are exported globally from France and used by professional make-up artists and consumers all over the world. It's packed full of light enhancing and reflecting pigments to reflect light off the surface of the skin. The Eclat base is very similar in colour to the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer but with more of a pinky, lighter base compared to the peachier Laura Mercier one. It's a little thicker too and less fluid on the face which in turn smoothes out the skin a little more. It can be used before or after makeup to create a radiant, glowy base.

I think they look very similar when used on the face and do a great job of adding radiance and brightness to sallower skin tones. I think i slightly prefer the Makeup Atelier one if I'm being honest because it smooth out the skin a little more than the Laura Mercier. Also the price of the Laura Mercier one is about £10 more than the Makeup Atelier one for the same product!


  1. I love primers and agree it's nice to find something which gives you a radiant glow and leaves skin soft and smooth! :)

    Layla xx

  2. I'd really love to try the Laura Mercier one! I've heard so much about these products that I'm just really curious to try them :) I'd really like to try a tinted moisturizer from LM aswell! Great post!

    X Valérie

  3. I really want to try the Laura Mercier primer!

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  4. I'm not normally a huge primer fan, but I'm interested to give one of these a go!

  5. I added the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer to my wishlist after so many beauty bloggers raving on about it! I've never really been a fan of the whole matte skin finish as I love a glow and bit of dimension to my face. Like you, I have olive skin (though I'm much darker!), but it's not really a golden colour, so it just looks dull. I might see if the Makeup Atelier primer ships to Australia, otherwise I'm definitely keen to buy the Laura Mercier one. :)

  6. I'm addicted to trying new Primers, and like yourself, i love a good radiance glow. I haven't tried either of these, but i think i'm definitely going to give them ago, especially the Makeup Atelier one ago!
    Thanks for the review!


  7. I love anything that makes me look radiant; these sound fantastic!! :)


  8. I've been wanting to try the Laura Mercier one for ages!

    B xx

  9. I love the Laura Mercier one even though it's expensive it's something I always need to repurchase x x x

  10. They both look really nice, after your recommendation I think I would have to go with the makeup atelier one though! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  11. i like the sound of both. ill need to test out the textures first before purchasing


  12. I use a 17 Primer at the minute, but when it runs out I really want to use a high end primer! I really like the sound of the Laura Mercier primer even if it is £10 more xx

    Gemma | ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  13. Never tried anything from Makeup Atelier either so thanks for getting them on my radar! I've never really got on with Laura Mercier products in general so I'd probably get the cheaper option if I was looking for a primer xx

  14. I layer my Laura Mercier Radiance Primer over something smoothing too as I find it doesn't keep my make up in place without doing so! I've been looking for a cheaper dupe for it :) x

  15. I like Laura Mercier primer but it is too expensive for me. Does any one know something better deals for it?

  16. so happy you did this as i was going to buy the LM but now i'll just buy the cheaper option
    S xx

  17. This sounds lovely, i really want to try the laura mercier primer.

    jess xx

  18. Super helpful post, and I've been looking into both of these primers! Thanks for helping me decide :) x

  19. Thanks for these radiance primers LILZ!
    I love how you laid everything out so well.


  20. I reaaaaally want to try the Laura Mercier primer!!

    I've just posted a spring fashion haul on my blog, would love it if you guys could check it out! :)

    Laura xx - Black & Gold


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