Studio Secrets Professional Secret No. 1 Magic Perfecting Base
0.5 fl. oz. for $12.99
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Thanks to the blend of silicones and a spackle-like texture, this light pink primer does a very good job of filling in pores and fine lines, while adding a matte, soft-focus finish to skin. The trick to keeping this from balling up is to pat the product into skin, and only where you need it.

Foundations of all types smooth on nicely over top, and those with oilier skin will appreciate that the absorbents in this primer help to control oil throughout the day. As well as this performs on the skin, the jar packaging poses noteworthy problems. Primarily, it's difficult to get the right amount product out of the small jar. Squeeze tube packaging would've made this a Best Product.


Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide; May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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Not worth the money

This was an "impulse" buy, my first time using a primer. Wanted to see what fuss is about on primers. I use a tiny spatula to get it out. It does give my foundation longer wear and smooths out my lines. But that effect is only temporary, about 2 hours. Then, my lines are more prominent, like a Google roadmap. I'm 53 with dry skin, so I need a moisturizer underneath first. But this is a tiny amount for such a price. Won't get it again, but will use it up. Not sure if primer is needed.

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I almost cannot believe the incredible results from this product! My skin has noticeable pores, some red marks and unevenness, and this stuff blurs these imperfections to such a degree that I look smooth, soft and rested! My foundation (Maybelline Dream Smooth) goes on perfectly over top and keeps me looking fresh and matte most of the day. I apply in circular motions as instructed on the packaging, adding more where I need it, then smooth downwards to ensure an even distribution. Marvelous!

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Shelley d.
Very Good Product. Container is great!

I really like this product. I have combination skin that gets super dry in the winter. This product gives you that polished, smooth look. It really is amazing. But, I so disagree with Paula's review about the container. She likes the tubes, I do not. I like the glass jar you can actually get ALL of the product out of the container and you can SEE what is in there unlike the tubes and hard plastic containers that PC uses.

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Yokie M.
exactly what i've waited for

unbelievable flexibility! on my light skin, mixing this with moisturizer allows rapid fingertip spread over my entire face (avoiding eye area) and provides the illusion of flawlessness for everyday wear. smooth upward on the neck to make for great improvement. adding a tiny drop of foundation to the mix provides more coverage, when desired. bronzer gel and/or concealer can be applied atop to achieve a lovely, fresh and natural result. finish by patting moisturizer overall for a longer lasting freshness. caveat: since eye area rapidly loses moisture, product becomes visible in tiny creases within a short while. moisture/concealer there. be aware that rubbing the skin will dislodge product, as in wearing glasses. just a pat will set it right.

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