Sampling the Goods No.4: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance Bronze

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze

I once had a Laura Mercier primer back in 2014 that left me hanging. It was oil free and ideally for someone with an oily skin type but it wasn’t consistently doing good for me. Eventually I just gave up on it when I was halfway through the tube. I got an opportunity to try another one of their primers when I received a sample from one of my purchases a while ago.


Subtly tinted primer brings a healthy bronze glow to skin as it creates a smooth surface for flawless makeup application. Pearlescent pigments add a hint of radiant tint as they help minimize the look of pores, fine lines, and redness.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze2

The Radiance Bronze Foundation Primer I have only contains 15 ml/ 0.5 fl. oz. of product in a squeeze tube similar to the other primer. It has a bronze tint to it and its scent kind of reminds me of how my mother’s makeup used to smell. Like actually the lipsticks from way, waaay back.

A thin layer is all I use because I never wanted to look too warm. Once blended, I noticed it has some very fine micro shimmers — that’s the reason why it has the glow — but it has never made me look greasy. It doesn’t leave a tacky finish and it partially covers my pores. After the 4th hour mark, no other area but my nose gets shiny. It takes another two hours before the sides of my nose start to oil up.

It supposedly suits someone with medium to deep skin tones but I have a fair to light skin tone and I can wear it. At first glance, I thought I wouldn’t be able to because of the deep bronze tint. So I tested it first at the back of my hand and was surprised to find the tint doesn’t make me darker. All it does is provide a subtle warmth with a touch of glow on my skin. You’ll see what I mean with my swatch below.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze swatch

As you can see, a small amount primer is heavily tinted right? If it were you and you first encountered a primer this dark, would you still go for it? But next beside it is how it looks like once blended on the skin. I couldn’t capture the shimmers on my camera no matter how much I angle my hand, sorry.

Honestly, I like this variant better than the first one I’ve bought. It basically acts quite similarly to the Oil Free version with better oil control but the added soft warmth and glow to the skin makes it better in my book. I might purchase the full-size in the future if I’ve run out of primers.

Who has tried primers from Laura Mercier? Including this one? What’s your take on this? Let me know down below!


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