I’m always up for a product that helps me skip a step in my beauty regime, which Laura Mercier has achieved with its new Foundation Primer with built in SPF 30. If you’ve been struggling to keep your make-up in place during the hot weather, this is your new friend, with the additional bonus of a substantial SPF 30. I’ve been using this regularly for several weeks and (reluctantly) testing the same base products without it….
When I use this, my make-up glides on more smoothly (if I close my eyes I can pretend I have immaculately flawless skin, as that’s what it feels like) and 100% lasts longer. I’ve spent hours in the sun wearing this under my usual foundation (YSL) and come home with my make-up looking exactly as it did when I applied it.
If you’ve used the original formula, as I have done for years, you’ll know that this is how the product works. The fact that it now has dual benefits is a bonus, an important one. I’ve used it without any other sunscreen (for research purposes) and not burned, though obviously this isn’t something I’d recommend. If you’re spending time in direct, hot sun, I always suggest additional protection. In fact I think the benefits will come into their own in Autumn and Winter, when let’s face it - we know we should, but the inspiration to use a separate SPF hovers around zero.
The generously sized tube contains 50ml, shot here next to my i-phone to give you an idea of scale. Oil-free and creamy in texture, it can be smoothed on over moisturiser or on bare skin, creating the perfect canvas for make-up. I tend to let my moisturiser to sink in for a few mins, then add this and wait another minute before applying foundation.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect costs £28 and is available exclusively at Space NK