Review: L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

What happens when you have horrid large pores having parties every day, all over your face? You fill them up, that’s what you do! That is pretty much the function of face primers – they’re silicone-based products that are applied to the skin before foundation, to leave you with a super smooth base to work on. I have combination skin, and, as a result, I’ve tried a number of different primers to assist with reducing oil in the t-zone, medium sized pores around the nose, as well as prolonging the wear of foundation.


L’Oreal’s Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer comes in functional packaging – a glass pot with black lid. As you might already know, I prefer tube/pump dispensers as I am bit OCD about dipping my grubby fingers into a pot. As a result – I use a cotton tip to remove a little product each time. The product is quite small – like an eye cream and contains 15ml of product. The product quantity is a little questionable, as the price per ml is actually similar to high-end brands, including M.A.C’s ‘Prep and Prime’ and Smashbox ‘Photofinish’ Primer. (Yep, primary school mathematics sure came in handy!)


The primer is fragrance free (bonus for my sensitive skin), and is a viscously textured, pale pink paste. I needed to warm the product between my fingers to aid it in spreading across the skin. On application, it was super smooth, and blended beautifully into the skin, blurring the size of pores and imperfect skin tone, leaving a matte finish. It felt light after application and was it was invisible, and my pores didn’t feel suffocated. It also helped to help the skin appear more youthful and radiant, as it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines. I trialed the primer under liquid and powder foundations, and I felt that this product performed well with both these mediums.


I loved using L’Oreal’s Base Magique Primer – as I felt that the product delivered reasonably long lasting results and performed well according to it’s claims. However, I didn’t feel that this product under or over-performed it’s competitors. Being the primer junkie that I am, I found the pricing and results to be quite similar to the high-end brands that I usually purchase. The bonus? It’s easily accessible and readily available. Plus, keep your eyes peeled as drugstore brands are perpetually on sale. The day retailers stop regular discounts on brands such as Revlon and L’oreal, I will most certainly eat my hat.

REPURCHASE: Undecided. I have to deplete my shamefully large stash of primers first!
RATING: 7.5/10
PRICE: RRP $29.95 at Priceline, Myer, Target, Big W.

Have you tried this product?
What’s your favourite primer?


  • Reply godsaur Friday 23rd November, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    love it!

  • Reply seachelle Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    hrm a bit pricey – am also not a fan of the ‘scooping with the fingers’ type packaging :c

  • Reply T1NA Sunday 12th August, 2012 at 9:56 am

    can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply julzjulzz Sunday 17th June, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for the review!

  • CandyFairy
    Reply CandyFairy Thursday 14th June, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve tried and reviewed this on my youtube channel. It wasn’t as great as I’d thought it’d be. But not bad if you need a primer, but don’t expect miracles.

  • Reply inaa1 Thursday 7th June, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Great review! I was debating whether i should get this product 🙂

  • Reply Audrey1989 Monday 4th June, 2012 at 12:44 am


  • kelgri
    Reply kelgri Friday 11th May, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    This is briliant stuff i will never apply make up without this primer base again i love it

  • Reply djchilds Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This was one of the first primers I tried, and its still one of my favourites.

  • Reply paperplane__x Monday 7th May, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    It’s not that good…

  • Reply thugsy Sunday 6th May, 2012 at 8:22 am


  • Reply doogs Sunday 6th May, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Would love to try

  • Reply bardie Sunday 6th May, 2012 at 8:16 am


  • Reply jarjar Sunday 6th May, 2012 at 8:14 am

    haven’t tried it

  • Reply midnightstarfish Wednesday 25th April, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    🙂 ooh i’m considering trying a number of primers…I heard the laura mercier one is pretty decent as well 🙂

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Wednesday 25th April, 2012 at 2:08 am

    A must try for me

  • Reply aalana Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 11:14 am


  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I’ve never really found L’Oreal to be any good. Most of their products leave my skin feeling dry and unprotected. I love Smashbox photo finish primer. It is worth every penny!

  • flossyfewclothes
    Reply flossyfewclothes Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Ohhh..thanks for the review..I won this one on fb..and haven’t used it as yet.. {kiss kiss}

  • Viggy
    Reply Viggy Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Will give it a go

  • Reply Mkett57 Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I love using primer but havent yet found one I want to stick with so I do take advantage of special offers to try a few – I’ll look for this one next time I’m low.

  • Reply fayzeedayzee Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 11:28 am

    thanks for the review… 😎

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great price for a great product

  • Reply traanster Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Great review, thanks! 🙂

  • Reply teekendall Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 9:24 am

    i’m tempted to try this. i’d love to smooth out my skin tone.

  • Reply KNY Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Good review, I like this primer too. Interesting that the price works out to be the same as high-end brands!!!

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