[unpaid/ad/sample/affiliate] Tackling both the look and oil production of pores, the sister to L’Essential Foundation comes in the same Mathieu Lehanneur designed bottle. It’s only now that I realise that it’s an interpretation of balance.

Guerlain L’Essential Shine Control Primer

I love it although I’m never sure if the picture is straight or not! So, I don’t have particularly oily skin although I notice it to be more so than it used to be but I do, like most people, have some pore minimizing to do across my nose in particular. The texture of this new primer is serum-like – with a mild tightening feel when it starts to dry. It absolutely does give a bit of pore blurring but it’s not at the vaseline-on-mirror effect of ‘blur creams’. However, unlike actual blur creams, it’s more or less weightless and doesn’t interact with other products, such as foundation (tested with L’Oreal True Match and Shiseido).

Guerlain L’Essential Shine Control Primer

It’s really a very grown up version of high street blurs. In terms of keeping make up in place – it certainly seemed to – and I like the fact that it contains a high percentage of naturally derived ingredients, using, for example, avocado extracts to help control oiliness. That seems counter intuitive but apparently, it is so! Avocado extracts are good to find in skin care because the fruit is made from fatty acids, vitamins and beta carotene amongst other things so I like to see it as an ingredient. It’s also got pre and pro biotics but mainly I think the thing you’ll notice is that it’s mattifying in a more light feeling way than certainly any similar product I’ve come across. In the summer, I feel that will make a huge difference because nobody wants weighty beauty in the heat and my general feeling is that it’s kinder on older skin than stuff designed for 20 year olds.

The Guerlain L’Essential Shine Control Prime is £38 HERE, non affiliate HERE.


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