Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sample Month Day 17: Lancome LA BASE Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer

I really dislike one-time use sachets. Usually there's enough product sealed in there for 2-5 uses but once it's unsealed, the rest will dry up or go bad or congeal and become useless. If I'm not impressed with the product, I swear from now on that these sachets get the toss after exactly one use.


Primers. I love 'em when they're done well. This one is just like any other out there. Smooth and silicon-y sort of feel, which can be nice depending on who you are and how much makeup you like to layer on as base. But ultimately, this one went shiny on me in a span of two hours, which counts as no good in my book. This one also caused my liquid foundation to pill when I was trying to do some spot concealing. Definitely not good.



The full size will set you back CAD$46. I think you can pick up any drugstore primer for equivalent performance for much less $$$. Me, I'm tempted yet again to pay the full CAD$60 for my beloved Hourglass Veil Mineral. So far nothing has compared. [I have nothing - nothing - nothiiiiiiiiiing! if I don't... have... yooooou....]

Sample with purchase from Sephora.

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  2. I squeeze sachets into a small sample pot, much easier as then they don't spill everywhere! I also scrape a ruler along the sachet to get everything out, I've had a week's worth of use from some sachets that way! It's especially good if you've multiple sachets of the same thing.

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    1. Very few products are worth that kind of effort for me. I should keep little pots around just in case...!

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  3. Haha! That Hourglass one is pretty awesome! :)

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  4. Is that the entire extent of the ingredient list???

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    1. Seems like it! Sephora is usually good about listing the ingredients but they don't even have a section for it. Bad Lancome.

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  5. nothing compares, nothing compares, to you! ;)

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  6. Bummer this didn't work out, but your review has definitely helped me not feel sad that I didn't receive a sample! (They evidently ran out before shipping my order and stuck in the new Taylor Swift scent instead. Gee, Sephora, you know me so well.../sarcasm) And I am definitely going to try the Hourglass once I run out of my Cover FX stuff––I'm kind of hoping it doesn't work for me, because ouchy at the price!

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    1. I haven't sniffed Swifty's scent but I imagine it smells like a broken heart walking through a rainy rose garden with the faint sound of guitar strumming in the background. >:D

      Lot of people told me Hourglass didn't work as well for them so it might just be my weird, finicky skin that loves it!

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  7. Booo--that sucks :/ Yeah I tend to always get the same results with these clear, gel-like, typical silicone-y primers--my face just eats them and I am in shine-city within an hour and a half to 2 hours. :/ The only exception is CoverFX's one for acne-prone skin. It doesn't keep me matte all day but it doesn't pill, doesn't break me out, smooths out my pores, and doesn't make me super shiny. I recently got the Hourglass Veil primer to try so I am super excited about that one now!

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    1. I didn't really like the Clear FX because it still made me shiny and I think I was still breaking out while using it (not because of it but it certainly didn't keep any acne at bay for me). But then they've redesigned it since so I don't know if the formula changed.

      Some people say they get a chalky effect with Veil Mineral, which I don't see on myself, but I hope you like it!

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  8. I usually just toss primers. And I'm with you on the satchet thing. I guess you could squeeze 'em out into those little jars but who has the time or inclination or just the fuck to give to do it? Oops. Sorry. If you have a no eff-word policy i'll understand ;)

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    1. Fuck, did I spell sachet wrong this whole time? Phew, no. ;)

      I'd only depot these things if it performed miracles on my face. (Like Hourglass Veil Mineral and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.)

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    2. lol, sorry. These words get away from me :P

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    3. I'm just butting in here - I love a good expletive filled conversation. It shows passion! Fuck yeah!!

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  9. I love that you are doing this series. Fuckin' love it.

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    1. Thanks for reading! And for taking part in the totally approved swearing portion, lol. ;)

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  10. HATE this primer. Can't believe I bought this sh*t without reading the reviews OR sampling it. Though, this was way back before I started looking up reviews & was a total makeup newb :T

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    1. OH NO, ASHLEX!!!!!!

      But I used to do that too, and Lancome was my go-to before they discontinued one of my favourite foundations. I had to break up with them afterwards and went to MAC for a while.

      Having said that, I realize I just got a new primer without testing it out and I'm crossing my fingers that it works out... eeep.

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  11. I sometimes squeeze samples into little pots, but generally only if I have more than one sachet handy, to really make it worth it. I did that with my Kerastase Nectar Thermique to hold me off buying a full size of it, haha. Too bad this didn't work for you, my skin doesn't love silicone-y primers very much :(

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    1. Oh yeah, you have to do that with a Kerastase - those suckers are expensive!!!

      Well, you do get a nice smooth coverage at first but I can't deal with the pilling. It might have been fine with a powder foundation but I don't know. Can't be bothered to re-test at this point.

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  12. Loving this series! Especially when it's expensive samples that are just not worth the money!

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    1. I try to mix the positive and negative reviews so that it's not just one continuous rants or raves. So far I think it's been about 3 negatives: 1 rave on average. :)

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  13. Ever since I tried KORRES antiageing face primer, I've been so satisfied that I don't feel the need to look at anything else; as to your beloved Hourglass, I believe I've mentioned to you before that it totally did not work out for me, but I'm glad you have an option that agrees with your skin. As to dinky sample sizes, I'm with you: why bother even giving something that small out if it doesn't give the consumer an accurate idea of how it works? Bahhhh.

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    1. I love it when that happens - that's our goal, isn't it, to find things that really work for us? Skin is a mysterious thing! It's totally an individually subjective matter and what works for someone else will not work for others. Having said that, maybe this Lancome one will work just fine on you although it sucked on me! lol ;)

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  14. I don't mind these sachet samples too much, especially if they contain at least 3 uses worth. I don't squeeze the remainder into a jar -- I think that's too much work even for me. Instead, after opening the sachet by cutting off a small corner, I fold down the corner 2-3 times and use a couple bobby pins to secure the folds. This keeps the product from leaking. This has kept even toner packages from leaking. I don't have any qualms over tucking these half-used packets in the side of my makeup bag for when I'm out and about.

    Give it a go! It's easy and takes a few seconds.

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    1. Nah, I can't, unless the product in it is gold. It's too small to fuss over unless I'm depending on it to tide me over between purchases!

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  15. I used to use this one all the time when I worked for Lancome, and felt it performed very similarly to the Smashbox one... I didn't find that it made me shiny, though, and I didn't have a lot of problems with pilling so maybe they changed the formula?

    MAC Face Protect SPF 50, Liz.

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    1. I HATE the Smashbox primer. It does nothing for me and I hate the greasy feeling it gave me. Maybe you feel the effect less because you use powder foundation? I am shine city when I use it under liquids.

      Remind me of MAC Face Protect again on my next primer rant! LOL

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    2. Okay, need to bring you a tube of Face Protect along with your Orpheus pencil.

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  16. I hate one time use sachets!!!! I find them useless. Samples should be little bottles you can actually TEST out. Blah.

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    1. Even then the "bottles" are sometimes so tiny that it's impossible to test properly. Bah, they were free, so whatever. :)

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  17. This has like...no ingredients at all! I sort of like that, because less ingredients usually means less irritation, but it doesn't sound like its working here so - SKIP! I'm really enjoying my deluxe sample of Hourglass' No.28 primer serum and I think I might have to splurge on the full-size when I finish it ~gulp~ Though I'd like to use up my other handful of primers first.....gah.

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    1. I think this is a case of them withholding information rather than using just a few ingredients. :(

      Damn Hourglass and their nice primers. I can't quit them!!!

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  18. Thanks for posting the pic with the ingredients - I was looking everywhere for this. Dimethicone (as with most "cones") tends to cause breakouts for me. I just got a sample of this in one of my subscription boxes - the tube sample doesn't have the ingredients on it! :/

    I have heard that if you're looking for a cheap primer you can use monostat anti-chafing gel because it's comparable to Smashbox's photo finish primer (again, both have dimethicone though so it rules it out for me.)

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