I realise that nowadays it's becoming easier to find primers in stores here in Brunei. A few years back I was just starting to get interested in the use of primers and went around town to see if I could find one. I searched all over the place and just can't seem to find a store selling em! I remembered walking in to The Body Shop and asking if they sell primers and they look puzzled. ugh you have no idea how frustrating it was!
Luckily for me I found Laneige's Sebum Comtrol Primer which I am still loving very much! It's a little bit pricey though so I'd always be on the lookout for cheaper alternatives. Then I saw this at Guardian!
L'Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
Description at the back of the box
Funnily enough I can't find this in the KB branch or even the Sg. Liang branch. My brother bought this for me from Seria's Guardian. Yes I have a younger brother who buys me makeup! #win If I'm not mistaken this retails for roughly B$25.
I wondered if this primer is similar to L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Primer because they seem to have the same packaging. Only the names are different. I googled pictures of the Studio Secrets Primer and the color and texture from the pictures are similar to this Base Magique Primer! If so, I don't know why they would wanna give a different name to the same products but I digress...
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional primer. Def similar to the Base Magique Transforming Smoothing primer!
The texture of this primer is creamy and it's not the gel-like texture that many primers come in with. It takes little effort to blend into the skin and I find that it leaves my skin feeling pretty smooth! Applying primer always assures me that my skin is ready for foundation haha because I notice that my pores are more visible if I didn't apply a layer of primer on my face beforehand =/ I also like the fact that my foundation lasts a lot longer with the primer on and it also takes a longer period of time before my skin gets oily. I rarely ever put on my makeup without a primer. 9 times out of 10 I'd apply them.
What I'm trying to say is, primers are essential!!
I quite like that the L'Oreal Base Magique primer doesn't have a strong scent to it. I recently gave the Revlon Photoready primer (it's just released in Guardian along with the Revlon Photoready mousse foundation, go check them out!) a sniff and it smelled like Jacob biscuits! I kid you not!
This is definitely something I'd repurchase but I would probably give the Revlon Photoready primer a try too before I decide which is the one I'd like to use as a staple item.