Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Estée Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer

estee lauder illuminating perfecting primer

I must admit, I never really used to use a Primer when applying my makeup. I think that I never really understood what they were for, so could never really see a difference. I think that and the fact I was probably using the complete wrong type! Last time I went to pick up a new foundation at Estée Lauder, the assistant mentioned the Illuminating Perfecting Primer to me. At first I thought that it was just another upsell, which I suppose it still kinda was, but when she swatched the foundation with and without the primer I was sold. 

estee lauder primer

The primer itself is a pearlescent cream, which dries with a slight golden shimmer. You only need the tiniest amount to cover your whole face and it only takes a few seconds to settle. As soon as this is applied, my skin has a nice subtle glow. It really is subtle though, there is no chance of an Edward Cullen sparkle! Even after foundation is applied, it still has a radiant glow to it.
esteem lauder illuminating perfecting primer swatch

The main difference that I found using this as a base is that it smooths out drier areas. I have extremely dry skin on parts of my face and this primer seems to create a sort of barrier to stop the foundation from clinging. My face looks a lot smoother when this is on and a just a lot more glowy in general.

My face doesn't seem to go shiny since using this either. There was a time, when my face would suddenly go super shiny in a few hours, but this seems to stop this from happening which is always a plus. I ran out of this a little while back and immediately had to repurchase, after a few days I could really tell that I wasn't using it again, as my foundation was looking really flat. 

This is part of my everyday routine now and I can honestly say that I cannot apply my makeup without it.



  1. This sounds so nice, and the packaging is lovely. I have quite dry skin so if it works wonders on dry patches I need this in my life. I always find the ladies at Estee Lauder counters so so lovely, too! I'll have to give this a go with my double wear!

    Em | beautyandbullshitt x

    1. Totally, it works wonders for mine! I always find them so lovely too :)

  2. I use this every day with my makeup and love it. Can not imagine applying makeup without it. I agree with you Its a great product :) x

  3. Ohh the illuminating effect is so visible, pretty!

  4. This primer sounds great! I find my skin can go super shiny a few hours after I've put on my makeup so I'll have to give this a go. Great post lovely!

    Ella xx

    1. It's definitely worth a try! Thank you :)

  5. This looks stunning and the packaging is just great

  6. I have dry skin too and this sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!



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