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When a friend recommends a primer you take note. It’s always that one thing that can make or break your makeup. And when that girl friend also happens to be a model (and one of the new faces of Carol’s Daughter) you tend to listen. “Girl, the makeup artist used this on me on shoot and let me tell you! you have to try it,” I was instructed late last year. A few months later after going to Sephora for three samples I made the trek back to finally pick up my own bottle of Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer.

Full disclosure here, I’m oily and Nikia is not so I wondered how I’d use this primer (for those with normal and dry skin, this primer works perfectly out of the box). It looked soooo good on in the store – damn those bright stage-like lights that make you want to buy everything – that I was hoping that it would translate to real life (read: yellow florescent in-door bulbs and high noon harsh sunlight). The first time I used it, it broke down on me within a few hours, so I quickly had to formulate a plan to get it together or this was going to have to go back.

After trying a few things, I stumbled across the idea of mixing it with something clear. I needed a mattifier with this so I mixed it with my Lancome ‘La Base Pro’ Perfecting Makeup Primer and voila! A match made in heaven. You could easily mix Radiance with any other clear primer that is formulated for oily skin and get the same results. To apply it, I add a drop to my foundation – IMAN Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup Clay 2 – then a drop of Lancome ‘La Base Pro’ Perfecting Makeup Primer.

What I really like the most about Radiance is that your skin really does radiate. Used alone, it’s a quick pick me up – perfect for running errands or just when you want that naked face look but one that looks refreshed and awake. Underneath your makeup, it’s a stubble hint of golden, dew that perfectly comes through. We love, love, love this primer and radiate your skin it does. Talk about instant, sexy, dewy glow. Laura Mercier has it in the bag. But are you even surprised? The price tag makes it a primer that you don’t wear everyday though it’s not at all sparkly. Instead, it makes your skin glow kind of like you just ran a mile effortlessly in stilettos just barely breaking a sweat or maybe you just finished your prancersise for the day.

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