Thursday, 14 January 2010

L'oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

I was very excited when I opened my second Primped VIP package and found this as I've been wanting to try something from L'oreals Studio Secrets line. The Studio Secrets line was inspired by and created in collaboration with Linda Evangalista. According to L'oreal the first five secrets of studio make-up are:
A perfect skin surface.
A uniform skin tone.
A flawless complexion.
Glorious eyes and
Sublime lips.

Smoothing Resurfacing Primer is secret number one and is designed to create a perfect skin surface.

As you can see in the pictures Smoothing Resurfacing Primer is a pale pink colour in the pot but goes on clear. I use this around my eyes and on my t-zone. It does a great job of hiding my large pores, once I've put this on my skin looks smooth and flawless. Whilst it doesn't totally hide my fine lines it does make them a lot less noticeable. 

One of the best things about this primer is that it doesn't need long to settle. Other primers I use need at least five minutes to settle but this one only needs seconds. I pat it onto the problem areas and then then apply my foundation 30 seconds later. 

When I use this my make-up stays put all day. The place that it performs miracles is under my eyes. It makes my concealer go on smoothly, helps it last all day without fading and stops it sinking into my fine lines. I would buy Smoothing Resurfacing Primer for this purpose alone.

L'oreal says: Inspired by professional make-up, the Smoothing Resurfacing Primer is an invisible primer for a soft, smooth and instant zero defect skin. The primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin, making it incredibly smooth and soft with a remarkable velvety touch. Thanks to its high elastomer content this primer confers an astonishingly smooth texture and a remarkable ability to disguise wrinkles and open pores. The combination of soft yet light powders gives a matte look with a silky finish. Applying the primer is made easy and pleasant through the addition of a slippery silicon oil that leaves no greasy redisue. Used alone or under foundation, this primer guarantees a perfect complexion every time. 
Result: wrinkles smoothed, open pores and lines disguised, skin becomes smooth and even textured. 

In the picture above the primer is on the right side of my hand. It's a bit difficult to tell, but the skin on that side of my hand looks smoother and isn't shiny.

Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer costs $39.95. Whilst the pot looks small a little goes a long way so with daily use I'd estimate that it would last at least four months.

Would I buy this? Yes, it's a lovely, effective product.

Ingredients: cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone corsspolymer, silica, acrylates copolymer, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminium hydroxide. 


  1. What are the ingredients in this? I'm just curious because "cone" based primers look fantastic on me for about 5 minutes... and then I look like a greasy mess! :( It looks similar to Clarins Instant Smooth primer in terms of texture.

  2. Ive so wanted to try this! I have HUGE pores aswell!

  3. Thanks for the review! I've been eyeing this one off for a while now.

  4. Katherine, I've updated my review to add the ingredients in, thanks for reminding me.

  5. Primers are a big deal for me. Right now I'm loving the Smashbox primer, which like this l'oreal one has silicone in it which give it a nice matte smooth finish.

  6. you paid £39.95 for it? It's only about $20 in the uk. I've got volcanic pores and I love this product. Let me know if you buy some more.

  7. wow thank so much for the review, you are one of the small number of reviewers out there who mention the effects around the eyes, which is precisely what I'm interested in. Thanks alot ! :)

  8. How long did this one pot end up lasting you?


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