When I first started wearing makeup, I didn’t believe in the power of primer. I’m a naturally skeptical person, and to me, primer just seemed like a gimmick that companies created to fix a problem that they created as well.
Lancôme La Base Pro was the first primer I tried that I felt really made a difference in how my foundation sat and stayed on my skin. I’ve always had very textured skin, but this primer evened out the roughness and made my foundation go on like a goddamn dream. According to Sephora’s website, the primer uses Elasto-Smooth technology to diffuse light to create smoother skin.
Price: This primer is not cheap. As a makeup newbie, I was susceptible to the price-quality inference and believed that the higher the price, the better the quality. At $42 for 0.8 oz of product, it’s more expensive than most of my foundations. The good news is that one bottle will last you a good three to five months, depending on how much and how frequently you use the primer.
Packaging: The frosted glass bottle is sleek and luxurious, and has a definite weight to it that makes you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. The pump dispenses a good amount of product; I typically need just one pump to cover my entire face sans nose (on which I use a more mattifying primer to control the shine).
Texture: This is a silicone based primer, so it has the usual slip and smoothness (like Smashbox Photo Finish). It’s on the thicker side, but as you rub it in, it almost immediately melts into your skin like a gel moisturizer. It doesn’t dry tacky or greasy; it feels so silky and weightless on your skin that you won’t even notice it, until you go to put on your foundation and realize how seamlessly it applies.
Effectiveness: La Base Pro does what it says it will do: smoothing your skin to prep for foundation. Granted, no product can take textured skin and make it completely flawless, but I notice a significant difference in texture when I wear La Base Pro and when I don’t. It definitely blurs your pores
One thing to mention, however, is that Lancôme doesn’t claim that it will significantly extend the wear of your foundation nor will it control shine. La Base Pro isn’t the one-and-done primer of my dreams, so I’ll typically use a different mattifying primer where I need it and powder my face before applying foundation. I’ve found that this works very well on my combination skin.
Despite the hefty price tag, Lancôme’s La Base Pro Primer is a reliable primer that does exactly what it’s supposed to do — give you a smooth and silky base for your foundation.