I had been looking for a radiance and glow boosting primer, something to wear on those days when I didn't feel like going matte (which are rare to be honest, but they still happen). Since the Radiance Foundation Primer ($20) is one of Laura Mercier's most popular products, I decided to go with that. I bought the smallest travel size just in case I didn't like it. Although there's always exchanging or blog sales, this was a smaller hit to my wallet. Laura's primers are pretty pricey after all (first name basis).
It's gosh darn near impossible to capture the small shimmer in this primer without a proper camera lens and photography knowledge (at least for me). So I'm not even gonna try. The swatch above is as good as it gets. So I suggest swatching this in person in order to decide whether it's too much shimmer for your personal taste. Now, I already knew this had some shimmer because I had read reviews, but I was expecting it to give me something... more, not just tiny glitter particles on my face. So, I do think the Radiance Primer is nice. It blends amazingly well, feels lightweight, and prolongs the wear of my foundation by a few hours. However, it doesn't add any glow or dew, it's just glitter. And don't get me wrong, it's very pretty glitter. It's refined, subtle but not invisible, and mostly noticeable in sunlight. It's just not what I was looking for. If you are looking for a primer to add glow and radiance without shimmer (something that will make a matte foundation dewy on those days when your skin feels dry, for example) then I highly recommend the Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer.
A few last words: this primer acts very similarly to the L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer in the sense that it adds subtle shimmer (although the L'Oreal Magic Lumi has more pearlessence). I personally feel like the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer looks more natural/subtle on my medium complexion because of its peach tint. However, if you are very pale the L'Oreal Magic Lumi might be a better (and cheaper) alternative.
Have you tried any of the primers mentioned in this post? What's your favorite radiance primer?
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