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Discover the secret to perfect, instantly smoothed skin texture with the Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base by L'Oréal.
Rated 4.05 out of 5 stars
Reading some of the negative reviews of this product have compelled me to attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions. First of all, as much as cosmetics companies may wish to make you believe otherwise, not all products are universal; some are really created for certain skin types. This is one of those. If you have drier skin and are hoping for a dewy glow, you will hate this.For skin like mine that is continually, irritatingly greasy even in my 40s, it's a godsend. Second, some of the complaints I have seen referencing a chalky finish, a white cast, or goop under the nails tell me that we have some overly enthusiastic appliers. This is NOT meant to be applied liberally. Pat the pad of your finger on top of the base and pat it onto your problem areas (T-zone especially.) Pat it in, and then blend. It should disappear into your skin leaving a faint powdery finish. You can then pat some additional base onto your less-problematic areas (I love this as an eye primer for my starting-to-get-crepey lids.) If you let it set for a minute before you apply your foundation (I use BB creams) it should not clump or flake. If this happens, you are likely using too much primer and not enough foundation. Finally, for those who complain that this "spackles" their dry, rough patches and amplifies the flakes: if you exfoliate properly as part of your cleansing routine, this will not be an issue. Do not even THINK about applying this primer without exfoliating. Of course it will spackle your flakes! Ultimately, this is a great product if used properly on the right skin. For me, a 40-something with a dark, oilpit complexion, huge pores, UV damage, and fine lines, this stuff is pure gold.
I have such oily skin, oily primers don't work for me at all. I can't make it past an hour without having to blot. I used this previously and thought if it worked then, it might work now. The only problem is that I need my makeup to last more than three hours on my skin. I have 18 hour days, school, work, etc. It has a thick feel, when you put it on, which is why it is in a pot. The pot is unfortunate, a lot less sanitary, and if you have any sort of fingernails (not clipped to the nub) then when you start using this product up, the deeper you have to dig down in the pot, you can't escape getting this under your fingernails, no matter how little nail you have, and that is frustrating. It is very thick, and feels sort of like it has silicone in it (I'm not sure if it does or does not). But it is thick on the skin, and that feeling doesn't fade. The primer never dries down, no matter what you put on top of it, it always feels sticky, tacky, etc. It works for a while, but then that quickly goes away, and my makeup is melting off my face.
GailRRT from Tennessee
I don't wear foundation, just this product with some cheek color. I found with my mature skin, it's flattering, and evens my skin tone.Foundation enhances my flaws, but this smooths and covers my pores. Hope they never stop making it!
love from south Texas
this really works. i was hesitant at first because I'm picky what i apply on my skin but i really liked this! it left my skin looking smooth and flawless.
Madi from Oklahoma
I have really oily skin and large terrible pores but I love the way my skin looks and feels when using this primer. Don't put on too much, just smooth it on and let it set. I mostly use this on my days at home when I don't put on makeup. It makes my skin feel velvety in the best way and helps some with oil control. I think it works fine under liquid foundation but I haven't found a liquid foundation that I really like so I'm still out on that judgment. For me it has the same feel as the Skin Food peach powder - it makes my face feel soft and keeps the oil at bay a little longer than if I hadn't put the product on at all.
Terry from Toledo
Cin from Sacramento
I have never written a review on a product before but this primer is the ONLY thing that can blur my huge pores. I've tried soooo many primera but this one is the only one that has worked. It also helps minimize my oily tzone. The only thing is it is a bit tacky to spread but nothing too bad.
GiGi from Florida
It was very stiff and difficult to apply. I had to really rub (like scrub) my face to spread it around. That causes wrinkles and I have enough already!! I have used similar products that would glide over my skin.
This just did not work for me.
80sbaby from Marion, NC
I have very oily skin. This primer is the only one that can keep me shine free.
Kate from Virginia
Love this primer! I have combo skin, oily t zone. This has always been a primer I can rely on. It reminds me of benefit porefessional. Only thing I do not like is you have to scoop out product. I use a makeup spatula so I am not putting my finger in there and getting bacteria on the primer. Overall good for a matte finish! And a decent pore filler that is not a high end brand.
Dolly from New Port Richey, Fl
This is a great primer, better than the more expensive ones!
I use this with or without foundation.
Rebecca W from Charleston, WV
This is an amazing primer, I have tried so many from the high end to the lower end primers, I have some fine lines, but mostly large pores. OMG it works!! It actually conceals my pores, and lines. I even wear it when I'm not wearing makeup and I have gotten compliments, and friends asking what I'm using because my skin looks great. This is an inexpensive product , but it's worth so much! I've spent so much money on primers that do not work. I would have never imagined this primer would work so well. I love Revlon products, and I will be buying this primer over, and over. Please don't ever change it. It is truly awesome.
Angie from Milwaukee
Love love this product. Have tried more expensive primers and none can match this one. Minimizes pores, smoothed out lines. My skin glows with this primer. Best primer on the market
Cmiller from Texas
I put this on adter moisturizer, before foundation. Instantly smoothed my skin and blurred the appearance of my pores. Even without putting on foundation, you could see the difference. Very lightweight and non greasy feeling, and I only had to use a tiny bit of product.
Gina from Wake Forest, NC
The 1st time I bought it was for face only, but now for under eye use also:)
lolalulu from SC
I love this and in my opinion it's totally a dupe for the tarte smoothing primer and at half the cost!
shelbie from Michigan
I'm not sure if I used this wrong or what happened but everytime it made my foundation pile up in little chunks.
MakeupFandi from MI, US
I really like this primer for my oily t-zone and pores right by my nose! It does a good job of pore filling and mattifying. It is a little finicky though just because if there are any dry spots on my face, it really makes my foundation look bad.
JAYLE from MICHIGAN
This primer is not worth the price. easily you can get better performance from:
Maybelline- baby skin primer
Revlon- photo ready in pink bottle
and they would each cost less per oz. and perform better. remember application is EVERYTHING in pore filling! tap it in! let it set minimum 5 min ideally 15
Meg from Georgia
Best pore filling primer. Comparable to the Revlon pore filling primer, but even better.
Den from Manahawkin NJ
Whenever you want invisible pores.
Jen T from Roseville, CA
This product has been causing major break outs. It also makes my makeup ball up and looks bad a few hours into the day. I really wanted to like this product due to good reviews.
Jenny L from PA
it just doesn't blend well under my makeup.No matter how much I tried it just ended up balling up under my makeup.
Rebekah from TX
This stuff is magic that's all I can say about it magic
Broken Angel from Granite Falls N.C
I seen the word magic and was drawn in. I read up on this product and it was offering everything I was looking so I bought 2 jars. Ended up throwing the second jar away after I realized that it was clogging my pores and causing major break outs. I do not have sensitive skin but my skin hates this product. I will stick to my tatcha silk canvas yes it's pricier but it out weights the bad since it took me weeks to clear up my skin that i used up all my cleanser
Rachel from Las Vegas
Helps my forhead not crease as much. Better than most expensive primers I've used
Megan from WA
I love this primer! I tried many primers before finding this one and it is the best! I pair it with the Rimmel London Stay Matte primer and together they are the only things I've found that actually keep my skin less oily. I apply the Rimmel first and allow to dry then use this primer, let dry for a few minutes, and then apply liquid foundation with a sponge. Perfect!