Making makeup stay put in our hot and humid country is always a challenge. That's why primers are a must if you're always out wearing makeup for long periods of time! One of the newest primers out of the market is the L'Oreal Base Magique, also known as the Magic Perfecting Base in other countries. It claims to smoothen the skin and cover pores on top of helping your makeup last longer.
L'Oreal recommends the Base Magique for oily skin, and I rather agree since this silicon-based primer is non-greasy and feels like nothing on my face - if applied correctly.
What I love about the product
- It's a good primer. It helps foundation and blushes stay on longer! I once used it in an all-day shopping event, and my makeup looked great at the end of the day. There was a bit of oiliness, but nothing major.
- Helps makeup glide on, preventing patchy application.
- Smoothens skin immediately upon application. It adds a nice velvety layer onto the face. I can't say if it helps fill in pores, as I do not have obvious ones.
- It can also be used as a handy eyeshadow base. It intensifies the color, helps smoothen application, and makes the product stick on longer. It's not in the same level as UDPP or TFSI, but it's a great locally available alternative.
- No breakouts.
- Accessible in major department stores.
What I don't like about the product
- It will take a few practices to apply this properly. Too much, and your makeup will flake and slide off. Too little, and you won't get the smoothening effect. It also requires a couple of minutes to dry and completely set.
- A lot of reviewers have complained that for the price (P945) you will only get a 15ml jar. They say it's rather hefty for a drugstore brand. I think the price is fair though, because you only need a tiny, tiny amount per application!
- Silicon-based products are known to cause break outs, so if you're sensitive to that ingredient, this is not for you. Personally, I haven't experienced any irritation.
This is a good primer for oily-skinned gals, and I don't hesitate in recommending it. It's a very useful tool especially in this heat. I'd just like to share a few tips in applying it:
- Make sure to warm the product with your fingers or on the back of your hand before putting it on. It doesn't diffuse easily even if you spread it around.
- Instead of spreading the product like your typical lotion or serum, pat it on.
I like this primer. I use this on days that involve strenuous physical activities and I know I'll be out for an extra long time. Because even if the makeup used is top of the line, they still don't stand a chance in the crazy Philippine heat!
What do you think? Does this look like something you'll try?