Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

BY LAURA MERCIER #6 in Face Primer

4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%


Unlike traditional primers that are overloaded with silicone smoothers, Laura Mercier™ Primers are water-based and include a minimal concentration of the lightest silicones. That's why they feel fresh and lightweight, and why they work as well as they do. In addition, they create an invisible "buffer" for your skin, with an antioxidant vitamin complex that helps protect skin against harmful, aging effects of the environment.

Natural Finish

Our most universal primer, it gives skin a natural finish, with invisible coverage. The lightweight, creamy, water-based gel is ideal for all skin types.

Formulation Details

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Dermatologist tested


  • Aqua/Water/Eau
  • Tridecyl Neopentanoate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Stearic Acid
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Lanolin
  • Triethanolamine
  • Carbomer
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
  • Glycerin
  • Allantoin
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Tocopherol
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract
  • Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract
  • Mel Extract/Honey Extract/Extrait De Miel
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Pelargonium Graveolens Extract
  • Rose Extract
  • Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract
  • Geraniol
  • Limonene
  • Linalool

May Contain:

  • Ci 19140 (Yellow 5)
  • Ci 14700 (Red 4)
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Top Questions See all 307 Q&A

  • help! I am in need of a foundation primer that actually w...5 Answers
  • What foundation and concealer do you pair this primer wit...1 Answers
  • Which hydrating primer Laura Mercier Foundation Primer o...2 Answers
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Reviews (3,083)
Q&A (124)
Media (110)
  • "i love a good primer, and this one is definitely one of my top winners. it doesn't matter what type of skin you have this primer does it all. i suffer from dry skin so a matte prime does not help me in any way. so when i tried this one it just made my skin look amazing before i put makeup on." in 170 reviews
  • "i have the smaller size in this and i went through it like no tomorrow! one thing is that even if you use a little bit it goes quite quick, but also contridicting myself a little as if you use a little product it goes a long way on your face. it feels hydrating and fresh once applied and its tacky which is what a good primer should be to be enabled to stick your foundation to it! i dont think oily skin users would love it so much but im dry and i love it & highly recommend it!" in 65 reviews
  • "A little goes a long way with this product!" in 1 review
  • "I find myself using less foundation and all you need is a little bit." in 1 review
  • "highly recommend this and the radiance primer." in 1 review
Bre R.
Stoneboro, PA
443 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Hands down my all time favorite primer. 38$ for the bigger tube, 22 I do believe for the small one(this is the one I purchase) I think it has a good price, the primer lasts forever! I received a deluxe sample for free from Sephora like three months ago and I still have it (it’s only 15ml, half the size of the 22$ tube) bought another (22$) tube for when this sample finally runs out! A little goes a long way, i always seem to use too much. After applying it seems to feel thick and “tacky” but honestly makes such a difference. I can use cheap foundation & this primer just seems to make it look amazing! Never cakey, always ends up with a smooth “naturally shiny” looking finish. Although I use other primers this will forever be my go to & in my collection!
karen P.
San Jose , CA
135 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This is a fantastic primer! I don’t usually buy primers because I find them expensive and I’m not sure if they actually do what they claim. However, I received this for free in a recent Voxbox and I absolutely love it. I’ve been using it daily to prep my skin before applying my makeup and I really do feel that is makes my makeup apply smoother and look nicer. This pairs great with the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but also works amazing with any other foundation you use. I’ve used it under my Bareminerals powder foundation and it looks great. This primer is great for normal to oily skin. The packaging is great and you get a lot for your money. It lasts a very long time and I would highly recommend this primer if you are looking to try a new one.
Tarah L.
14 reviews
SO refreshing and hydrating on my skin. Smells fresh and calming like a spa treatment (if that makes sense). Helps lock in moisture under foundation so that at the end of the day your skin looks refreshed and healthy after removing makeup.

FEEL and LOOK: This product provides a healthy, dewy glow under foundation. However, I've never had any issues with it making my foundation look too shiny or glossy. It dries just a little bit tacky to help your foundation stay in place all day. I've also never had any skin irritation from using this product, in fact, it feels very cooling when you initially apply it. 

10/10 would recommend. 
Annie M.
Chicago, IL
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I typically don’t wear a foundation primer, but tried this
product as part of the Laura Mercier Influenster campaign.  That said; I will definitely use it on occasions when I’m either applying a full face of makeup or looking for an
especially long wear.  What I loved about this product is that it went on super light –like a gel moisturizer – and left
my skin feeling hydrated and looking even. 
It provided a slight tackiness, which a good foundation primer should
do, to create a base for the rest of my makeup. 
I did notice my makeup stay on longer (look fresher) throughout the
entire day – so it definitely works! However, for someone with oily skin, I would suggest potentially skipping
moisturizer (or seeking a very light one) if being worn beneath this product as
I did start to feel a bit oily as the day  progressed. 
Jessica M.
Cincinnati, OH
79 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This primer boasts an ingredient list more akin to a serum, so that softens the $38 price tag, but may not be worth the extra dough if your main reason for using a primer is to soften the appearance of fine lines and pores.

While this primer does a great job of soothing skin and adding enough moisture to help makeup glide on easily, it does not have the pore-smoothing and mattifying capabilities of a silicone based primer. If you’re looking for a hydration boost that won’t slip around under your makeup, this may be an option, but for most people, your daily moisturizer can do all of the same things.
Shyanne C.
Nacogdoches, TX
78 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I find that stickier primers tend to work a little better and this has no stick to it. It did help my makeup stay on when I have used it, but I also used a setting spray. But every time I put it on it feels more like a moisturizer or something just to prep my skin before applying makeup. The texture of it kind of scares me because it feels like my makeup could literally slide right off of it, but it doesn’t do that I promise. It’s not oily either if that’s something you worry about. I would recommend if you’re doing a light look, it will give your face a slight glow, but don’t depend on it for those long work days or long nights out.
Christina B.
Gresham, OR
19 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have tried other primers prior to this, mainly from Smashbox and one from Fenty. I liked the consistency of this primer from Laura Mercier and I feel like my makeup has stayed on throughout the day, even amidst the heatwave running through my state right now. I use the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer afterwards too. My skin looks great after using these two products! Would recommend.

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 
Berneta A.
Whistler, BC
477 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I tried this primer a really long time ago and while I really wanted to like it I couldn’t because it did react with my sensitive acne prone skin. Laura Mercier cosmetics are really good and my mother gave me a sample that she got if this. I think the first thing that I noticed was that it didn’t really do much visibly to smooth out any of my pores or improve the appearance of my skin which is what other primers I’ve used does for me. Its also a gel so it’s very different from any primer that I’ve used before and I noticed that I started getting bumps in my t zone area. I probably should have done a little patch test to see of how my skin reacted instead of slathering this all over my face. If you have sensitive skin I would highly recommend that you learn from what I did!
Nirvana S.
Fresno, CA
5 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I’ve been given the great honor of trying out three new awesome products by @lauramercier thanks to @influenster 🤩 Got this subtle #nomakeupmakeup look with just the right amount of glow using the perfect combo of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free, and Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder✨ What do you think? Are you too a fan of no makeup makeup looks?
#LauraMercier @Sephora
#complimentary #contest.
Rachel R.
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Primer isn’t too tacky to sticky and goes on very smoothly! I usually just apply it with my fingers and spread it around. I’m really bad at using primer in my daily make up routine so it’s hard to say if it makes a big difference. I prefer pore blurring primers like the Benefit pore professionals but this is super lightweight and keeps your make up in place! Competitive price point compared to other primers and I always know I’m getting a quality product with Laura Mercier
Natalie C.
244 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
How good is this product? Does it compare to a more affordable primer?
Kristine E.
Terrace, BC
81 reviews
Did you find this product to try your skin out?
Mimi E.
Hermosa Beach, CA
74 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
help! I am in need of a foundation primer that actually works and doesn't break me out! I have very sensitive skin! I have heard a few good things about the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and I wondered what everyone's thoughts were or if you can suggest something else! Thanks!
McKenzie M.
Atlanta, GA
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
My friends rave about this product. Does it work for dry skin?
Heather S.
Ankeny, IA
121 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Do you use this every time?

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