Primers and I are not really bosom buddies. Most primers I've tried either have no discernible effect or leave me looking like an oil slick ("mattifying" primers, I'm looking at you); so when I first received a sample of the Lise Watier Luminous Correcting Primer to try, I was pretty damn skeptical. I was even more skeptical because the PR person who had selected the primer for me had done so by examining my skin color and tone in a dark party room. Insert side-eye here.
However, as I've said before, you've got to sometimes put caution to the side and take that leap of faith as you never know when that dud could become a stud.
The Lise Watier Luminous Correcting Primer is a primer and corrector all in one. What makes this primer unique is Lise Watier's proprietary Diamond Lumiere complex, which contains light reflecting particles designed to brighten skin and give you that youthful glow. Depending on your needs and skin color, there are four shades to choose from:
- Abricot - restore a healthy glow for medium to dark skin
- Banane - highlights fair to medium toned skin
- Rose lilas - eliminates sallowness in olive and Asian complexions
- Vert - neutralizes redness for uneven skin tones
I received the shade Banane, which is formulated to correct redness and provide a soft glow.
The primary ingredients in this primer are:
- Propylene glycol - a humectant which helps skin to absorb moisture, but can cause skin irritation for some.
- Polymethylsilsesquioxane - a silicon that provides a slippery texture and also acts as an emollient
- Polyacrylate-13 - not much info online about this one, but seems to be an ingredient whose purpose is similar to a silicone and provides a smooth film over the skin
- Polysorbate-20 - an emulsifier. There is some debate online about the safety of this ingredient, but it has been cleared for use in food and cosmetics use by the FDA. Read more here and here.
For the most part, this primer is pretty straightforward and contains mainly synthetic ingredients designed to smooth skin and minimize pores. The only surprise in this ingredient list is that it actually does contain diamond powder!
Price & Packaging
The Luminous Correcting Primer comes in a squeeze tube and retails for $39. It's the perfect size and width for throwing into your purse as well for quick touch-ups. Since you only need to use a little bit each time, I think the price is well worth it.
To use this primer, simply apply to areas of your face where you need redness correction. The primer has a watery texture and is a mustard-yellow color. It absorbs readily and spreads easily. Unlike a lot of silicone-heavy primers, it doesn't feel super thick, nor did it just sit on top of my skin like a mask.
The trick with this primer is to let it sit for about 30 seconds while its absorbing so that you can see the awesome effect it has. I was super surprised as within that 30 seconds, the redness around my nose and on the apples of my cheeks was greatly minimized! In fact, I hardly need to use any foundation at all when I wear this primer and now only use it to cover up pimple scars and hyper-pigmentation. On weekends, I just wear this primer alone with setting powder and I'm good to go for a light look while running errands.
In terms of making my makeup apply better and longer, it's a little harder to tell. I don't usually have issues with making my foundation last and so I didn't notice any difference in longevity while wearing this primer. In terms of oil control, although the Luminous Correcting Primer isn't designed to be mattifying, it did a better job at doing so than its sister product, the Lise Watier Base Miracle which had me looking, as Mr. Artist aptly put it, "as shiny as a bowling ball."
Buy - a great deal for color correcting awesomeness!