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L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

I’ve never used a face primer before? Is that a heinous beauty crime? I don’t know. I’ve never really used one or seen the need for one to be honest.

But of late I’ve been looking at my pores and fine lines and thinking it’d be nice if I could do something more than I already do to camoflage them a bit.

And so I spent £14.29 buying the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. It has four of five stars on the Boots website and some decent reviews so seemed as good a place as any to start.

The product description certainly made it sound like it was just what I was after. Claiming to be inspired by professional make up artists, it masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin, making the complexion feel smooth, soft and velvety.

You are supposed to use it on shadowy areas such as under the eye, and on the least smooth areas, such as the forehead, sides of nostrils and around the mouth to stop lipstick running.

Well first things first this product does feel remarkable to the touch, and indeed as described, velvety, it’s beautiful. I should have properly read the description before I bought it though since I was hoping it’d work on my nose which has some rather obvious pores, but it doesn’t suggest using there. I ignored the instructions and put it on my nose anyway, all I have ended up with is clumpy foundation on my nose and I’ve tried two different foundations with it. It looks awful. It doesn’t do anything on those ravines I have on my forehead either. It does do a decent job of the smallest lines around my eyes, but I need it to do more than that.

Not impressed. If anyone wants it, £10 inc recorded delivery, used twice.

My search for a primer to minimise my pores continues!

8 responses to “L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer Review”

  1. Debbie says:

    I was going to try this to see how it compares to the Clarins Instant Smoothing perfecting touch, which along with the longest name in beauty history has a £23 price tag! I think the Clarins one works well on fine lines but doesn’t achieve what I want it to on the pores on my chin, have never managed to find a pore filling primer that lived up to expectation so will be watching your quest with interest! x

  2. louise says:

    It’s not a primer as such, but have a look at Clinique’s pore minimizer instant perfector. It can be used on top of or underneath make up and is a tinted product, I find it leaves my skin feeling amazing. Only problem is it comes in a tiny tube, so I just use it on my problem areas – it doesn’t promise to act as a primer and keep make up on, but it may help!

  3. Simone G says:

    Good suggestions by Louise & Debbie. I have slightly noticeable pores on my nose also and find Laura Mercier Oil-Free primer a godsend. Its a little bit on the expensive side, so maybe grab a sample first and give it a go.xx

  4. Essie says:

    I’ve never used a face primer.
    I just don’t really think it would do much for me.
    The Loréal one is also quite expensive for what it is, I think..


  5. Cat says:

    I swear by the YSL Top Secrets primer. Expenny, but definitely worth it.

  6. Charlie says:

    Thank you all for the recommendations, I’m going to have a good google for reviews of all of the above.

    Very much appreciated!

  7. Pah, bad marketing on their behalf! A primer can’t be a wrinkle/ridge filler, nor a pore minimser, they’re totally separate things!

    a true primer just makes the skin ready to receive products on top, and helps hold them on the skin.

    If you’re after a pore minimiser, I echo Louise above, and recommend the Clinique pore minimiser. I use it in my kit for pro work aswell as on the days when I’m a bit too open!

    If you’ve got crinkles and wrinkles that need more than just a slight layer, have a look at Smashbox Targeted Pore and Line Primer. This also has a slightly dodgy title, its not a primer in the true sense of the word, but it is damned good at filling in those lines! If you go to QVCUK you can probably see a video of it being applied to the lines in the palm of the hands! wonderful stuff!


    Sam x

  8. Skin Scrubs says:

    I’ve never used primer before either and never knew it existed until my mom informed me that she gets hers from Smashbox at Sephora – even my dad knows which one she uses although he calls ‘face spackle’!

    I think it’s something I’m going investigate for my wedding makeup.

    Annabella x

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