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Polished & Pampered

Ready, set, prime! Discover six new primers with good-for-skin ingredient­s that protect while simultaneo­usly allowing for seamless makeup applicatio­n and long-lasting wear


JUST AS ARTISTS prime the canvases for their masterpiec­es, Laura Mercier is a believer in priming the skin, and so are we! Since it was launched earlier this year, we have been obsessed with their new Pure Canvas Primers, which steal the show with an upgraded formula and six variations, depending on your skin goals. Laura Mercier is known to be forward in approach and that is definitely evident in this collection, which will have you ready for some serious prime time glam. These primers go beyond keeping your makeup looking good for longer; they have your skin looking (and feeling!) better with each use.

Priming the skin is so important because it works to fill in pores and control sebum, so foundation lays down smooth and stays put. Laura Mercier revolution­ized the beauty game with their cult-fave primers, being the first to introduce a pre-makeup priming step to consumers in 1996. For the brand to put forward not one, not two, but six new versions of its already loved primer? The range must be good!

Having road-tested the new collection, we can say it does not disappoint. The goal of each primer? To deliver and give each and every skin type the perfect pre-makeup product that doesn’t just make for seamless makeup applicatio­n but also improves complexion over time and with use!

1. Power Primer Supercharg­ed Essence – With a unique milky texture, this essence contains beauty-boosting peptides that deliver smoother, firmer, and younger-looking skin. Goes on comfortabl­y, feels like a serum!

2. Perfecting – Prefer lightweigh­t formula on your skin? This water-based primer perfects and preps the skin while providing antioxidan­t benefits from green tea extract and brightenin­g Vitamin C. Applies onto skin easily, this primer gives an overall dewy finish that makes it a perfect choice for when skin feels dry.

3. Illuminati­ng – By combining a blend of micronized pearls and Porcelain Flower extracts, this illuminati­ng primer reflects skin’s luminosity for a perfect glow. For an extra glow, dot it across cheeks, forehead, and chin and buff it in with fingers!

4. Hydrating – This moisture-rich yet lightweigh­t primer contains olive extract for visible smoothing and marine hydra botanicals to hydrate and replenish, leaving the skin supple and smooth. Testing it out, we found that skin looked brighter and was perfectly primed for cream-based makeup such as foundation creams and sticks—skin complexion keeps fresh for longer, without drying out after a few hours of wear.

5. Blurring – Instantly even out skin with this silicone-free primer that mattifies while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfecti­ons for a natural, soft-focus effect. This primer creates an almost airbrushed effect and lets foundation glide so easily!

6. Protecting – We love a makeup product that looks out for our skin with regards to sun damage! This weightless, non-chalky SPF 30/PA++ primer contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and Vitamins C and C to shield skin from the damaging effects of the environmen­t. One of the few primers packed with SPF30, this lets you skip the sun cream at the end of your beauty regimen.

Shop Laura Mercier at all Rustan’s counters in Shangri-La, Makati, Alabang Town Center, Gateway, and Cebu, and the Laura Mercier pop-up at Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall.

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