Best For combo/normal and/or oily skin, not for 'mature' (old) skin, the dry matte pasty look can accent wrinkles
This product is VERY disappointing! After you apply it on your face, Illuminating Primer starts to thicken and dry. You have to apply foundation and spread it quickly as the foundation adheres to the primer and quickly dries. There is no 'slip' (in the Primer) so your foundation does not spread smoothly. The foundation grabs the surface of Illuminating Primer which causes 'drag.' That is too much pulling on your skin. I went to a dept store and asked a Lauder Lovely behind the counter to evaluate the way my foundation looked (I did not tell her I had on Illuminating Primer and Renutriv Intense Creme MU - which is creamy, soft, and for dry skin so it does NOT drag - but the Primer MADE it drag). She said my skin looked matte and dry. There was NO 'illuminating' and dewey look. I know I looked pasty and pale. This product is for combo/normal and/or oily skin - NOT 'mature' (old) and dry skin. I am returning this poorly designed and poorly formulated product! Watch out ladies - it smells bad like some awful chemical. There is NO aromatherapy fragrance which would make application pleasant.
Best For people with dry skin that wants to be hydrated all
I have dry skin so therefore I use a hydrating radiant foundation. Throughout the day I feel somewhat dry again and that my foundation not staying on. I've used the Illuminating perfecting primer for 2 weeks now and ...WOW my skin looks radiant and dewy and my foundation stays on all day.............Estee Lauder, what took you so long?
I was very hesitant in trying this product. I've tried many other primers, from book order places and drug store products. I H A T E D them! I didn't want to try this because it is summer and for less is better. This product makes my 50 year skin look so much better. I love it and wear it every day!
I love the primer. It is like putting on a coat f primer paint. It helps smooth out the imperfections in my skin. I let it dry and then apply my make up base. When I did not let it dry, it was hard to blend my make up.
I love how this primer goes onto my face. I am 60 now, so sometimes it seems every line and wrinkle shows. The Illuminating Primer helps to make my skin look more young and with a healthy natural glow. I have been told that I look much younger than my age!
It's rarethat I don't love an Estee Lauder product
Date:January 9, 2013
I got this as a sample. I usually use another brand of primer, but was happy to try this one, since I use EL eyeshadow, mascara, perfumes, and skincare. Unfortunately, I felt this primer "grabbed" the makeup *too* much - it was hard to blend foundation smoothly, though once on, it seemed to "hold" the makeup nicely. Also unfortunately, "illuminating" translated to "shiny" & "greasy looking" under office lights, which I didn't think would be possible on my dry, 50yo skin. I'll stick with my current brand.
I have never used a primer before, never thought it necessary. Boy was I wrong, Received this primer as a free gift with my purchase and tried it. I absolutely love it, made my skin feel wonderful as soon as I put it on, smells really nice, and not only does my foundation go on smoother but looks hydrated all day long. My skin also looks younger, I will be purchasing this as soon as my sample runs out, Thank you Estee Lauder
I received a small sample tube of this primer while buying other EL products. I'm so glad I did! After a week, I returned to the store to purchase a full size tube. With high humidity, makeup tends to "melt" right off your face whenever you venture outside. Perfecting primer keeps this from happening. You can pat your face dry and little to no makeup comes off. I love this primer and I will never go without it again. Well worth the extra step.
I WEAR DOUBLEWEAR MAKEUP. I HAVE RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON MY MAKEUP THAN I CAN COUNT SINCE I HAVE STARTED USING THE PRIMER. WONDERFUL PRODUCT. I AM 55 YEARS OLD AND FOR SOMEONE TO NOTICE HOW GOOD MY MAKEUP LOOKS IS A REAL COMPLIMENT. COMMENTS HAVE BEEN, YOUR FACE LOOKS FRESH, CLEAN, MAKEUP LOOKS PERFECT... THANK YOU FOR THIS PRODUCT.
At the age of 74 I do not expect miracles ... but this product makes a significant difference in the appearance of my skin. Used after moisturizer I do not need foundation, and it gives a wonderful glow to my complexion. I will be buying more for sure!
I first received this product as a sample in my previous purchase so I decided to buy the full size. Such an amazing product!!! This gives you "model face perfect" skin. Put it on after your moisturizer and before your foundation, and you will get amazing comments all day about how great your skin looks.
It's fantastic!!! I will never go without it again.