--What does the promo say?--
"L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer gives a uniform skin tone. All women can harness the power of these primers to create the illusion of a flawless complexion. It’s just a matter of obeying the laws of complementary colours. To neutralise a shade, simply apply its complementary shade. The green tinted primer reduces the appearance of red, giving the skin a more even tone."
A very slim, travel-friendly pump-action bottle. L'Oréal have kept the packaging simple, both in terms of packaging and in terms of ease of use. The lid is secure and prevents leakage effectively; the bottle is also transparent, allowing you to always know how much primer remains. Professional-looking and lightweight.
One is advised to apply L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer in little dabs on red patches, and then tap with your fingertips to work it into the skin. No problems with this.
Quite runny, but not to such an extent that wastage is a problem. Blends into skin more easily than its No7 rival.
The lotion is a slightly-alarming-if-you're-not-used-to-it pale green, which leaves no residue or tide marks on the face while still calming skin tone and providing a smoother-looking base for makeup. Redness is toned, though not completely faded (but hey - let's not ask the impossible).
Doesn't slide off, keeps makeup in place, and keeps redness toned down for most of the day. A generally solid performance.
--Value for money--
With the same RRP as No7's equivalent, and putting in as good a performance, it's difficult to tell which will fly off the shelves faster, although the Studio Secrets range has had far more publicity. The consistency is also a winner here, as is the extremely travel-friendly packaging, and its performance augurs well for the rest of the range.
Other available products
L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Anti Dull-Skin Primer, £9.99 (available in pink for light skin and purple for dark skin)
L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer, £9.99
L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, £11.99
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