Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base


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My Go-To Primer!

I absolutely love this primer! I have tried many different primers to help with my oily T-Zone and L'Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Secret No. 1 Magic Perfecting Base has beaten them all. I work long 8+ hours shifts at work and by the end of the day I was noticing that my foundation around my T-Zone area, especially my nose, was almost off. Believe me I thought I had tried all primers. Even super expensive ones but none of them were doing the job! I actually decided to try this primer out because of reviews that I was reading on Beautylish. I applied this primer on before I put my foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to still see my foundation still intact around my nose area. I definitely recommend this primer for anyone with annoying oily skin such as myself. I finally don't look like Rudolph the red nose reindeer at the end of my shift!! I also have been noticing this product always being sold out at my local Ulta and Target so I think a lot of people have been enjoying it as much as I do!

it works with some foundations, unfortunatley, not all of them.

So i did my research on this product, listened to a few reveiws, then got all excited ran out and purchased it. I would love to write a whole bunch of good things about this product, but unfortunatley, my soul won't let me be dishonest. The packaging is cute and its alot of product. I bought it for about $12 bucks CDN. Now anyone, who knows me, knows i go insane over products that help with oil control, which this product clamed to do as well. You don't need alot of product, i onlt apply it where I get really oily, which is my tzone. Here's my issue, this product gives you a smoother surface to work with, however, you CAN NOT use it with every foundation as it says on the package.The first day I used it, I used it with my revlon photo ready foundation, and my tzone was waving at every 2 hours later. So the next day i tried it with my MUFE HD foundation and it worked like magic, and i fell in love. The next day i used it with my MAC founcation.....again my tzone had a party. So the next day i used it with my MAC face and body foundation (which means nothing, cause this foundaion can be used on its own, yall know i love my face and body foundation) and it worked beautifully. So moral of the story is, it works, WITH SOME FOUNDATIONS NOT ALL!!! So ladies and gents use this product with caution or you'll be disappointed.


The product was alright, it really didn't do anything to my face, i did not notice anything different. I stopped using it in spring because it seemed like an extra unnecessary step and plus it was getting hot but now that winter will be rolling by i will go back to this step.

It's all in the base.

L'Oreal Claims: Get the perfect skin texture, instantly. Wears all day. Smoothes lines Hides pores Banishes imperfections The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch. The result-a unified matte finish that's flawless. I never used a primer before I applied my make up and a friend told me that this would help my make up stay longer and help minimized the appearance of my huge pores. I decided to try it out since I really had nothing to lose. If I didn't like it I could just return it, there wasn't anything for me to lose. When I first tried putting this on my skin felt like a babies bottom. Super smooth and perfect. The huge pores on my nose were down to almost nothing and my skin looked flawless even without wearing any type of foundation on top. I was truly shocked on how well it worked. I decided to wear foundation and test it out. I can honestly say that this primer is amazing. I love the way it smells, the way it looks and how well it applies. The only down side of this product is that it doesn't really control oil the way other products do, especially M.A.C's Matte. M.A.C's also comes in a squeeze tube for easy application where this comes in a glass container. The glass container can harbor bacteria specially if you use your fingers to apply. If I hadn't purchased M.A.C's Matte to help control my oil better, I would still be wearing this. Pros: Smooth Application Minimizes Appearance of Pores Minimizes Appearance of Fine lines Can Be Worn Alone Cons: Container Can Harbor Bacteria Poor Oil Control http://makeup4men.blogspot.com


I have used this for months now and at first I really liked it but now I try to avoid it if I can. I like how it minimizes my pores and fine lines but when I apply my foundation it makes it incredibly hard to blend out. It's like the foundation sticks to it and doesn't move. I only use this around my nose and mouth so the foundation sticks to it in those areas but blends out anywhere I haven't used this primer. I have tried to make this work but it just ruins foundation. It's a pity as it used to be really nice. I have no idea what went wrong :(


Iam always looking for the next best thing . I must admit I was skeptical about this product because it is a drug store primer . So I really did not know what to expect . I have been going back and forth with this product and i have to admit for a drug store product it not bad at all. The texture is amazing it a moussey sliky feeling . It was very different for me because I have always used textures that feel more creamy loction like . So it took me a while to get use to that . But after I got over that it was great . The foundation doesn't settle in makes my foundation flawless. Makeup lasts longer and it controls a bit of oil threw out the day. A little goes a long way. CON'S Dont get me wrong there is some down side for this product it a little expensive for a drug store prouduct unless you can get it buy 1 get 1 50% off that the only time that i would even bother buying this product . Some people do not like that cream moussey feeling how it feels like a mask or they feel like they can't blend out the foundation . I dont seems to have the problem but everyone is different . Some people have broken out from it and that because it has silicone oil makes the primer easy to apply so if you are allergic to silicone stay away from this product . Hope this review helps anyone who is looking for the next best .


This is the first and only primer that I use. There are a few setbacks, but overall I really like this. I really like the fact that I can use this by itself, or with foundation. Most of the time I just put this on and it gives a really nice "no-makeup" look. It evens out the texture of my skin and fills pores. I have a little bit of acne scarring and it fills them in very well. It really helps my foundation glide on evenly and overall better. This also works great as an eye primer, letting me use less shadow and it stays on longer, with out creasing or looking cakey (same goes for my foundation). I don't see a matte like effect with this primer, but since my skin is so oily, I think it helps give me a nice dewey look. I have very oily and acne prone skin and this did not break me out surprisingly. Especially with the feeling I get that I am spreading crisco on my face. Because that is what it feels like. I am light complected, so I don't get the chalky look that I have heard from other people. Now on to the downsides. I do not like the packaging at all. I have longer fingernails and I end up with a lot of product in my nail, so I end up wasting quite a bit. If there is another way of getting this stuff out, please let me know. I do not like the greasy feeling, but it hasn't caused me to breakout, so I'm not that worried about it. Plus, as I said above, it tones down the shine and I don't have such a dull look. I also thought that the price was way too high for what product it had, but trust me when I say that a little bit goes a long way. I use this about 4 to 5 times during a given week and this primer lasted a few months. So that isn't bad at all. I really do like this primer and I will keep using it until I get the nerve to venture out and purchase another brand.


This does not do too much for my skin, but it is good for minimizing my pores. I don't really like to dip my fingers in the pot, but I always make sure that my fingers are clean. But i would never put it all over my face, only my cheeks.

Just ugh..

Nah, nope, nah uh. I bought this on a recommendation from a beauty advisor because of my oily skin. Took as little as I could to cover my t-zone area. To me, it was a gritty feeling when applying it to my skin. Then it just left me oilier! Nah, not for me.

use it everyday

Since this is such a small pot and it is a bit pricey I do not use it as an overall face primer. Even though I am 15 I do have a few wrinkles under my eyes, I use this under the eyes before I apply my concealer. This smoothes over any wrinkles and gives a flawless look, and since I do not have acne the only spot I would even need a face primer is my under eyes because I have dark under eye circles. This is perfect because not only does it smooth over wrinkles but it helps my concealor and my foundation last longer! Recommend this for that reason ♥