Review: L Oreal Base Maqique Transforming Smoothing Primer

If you check out my blog on a semi regular basis, you will know that I am pretty good at using up my skincare items; colour makeup, not so much, which is why I usually have to wait for a bit until I can write up a blog post (if you are curious about my recent colour makeup that I’ve actually used up – find it over here).

Primer, then, sits uncomfortably between makeup and skincare for me personally.

What do you think? Is it more of a skincare or makeup item?

I wanted to talk about L’Oreal’s famous Base Magique primer today, which has been around for many years – so clearly, someone out there is loving this!

I will confess that I have never been much into primers, myself. My skincare routine is convoluted and I don’t see the point of adding primer on top, especially seeing as I feel that it might dilute said sunscreen (I might be mistaken). I did finish up this primer last summer but I have not bought any primers whatsoever since (yes, my reviews are super backlogged haha!). Let’s have a look at this primer then!

・What it is: ・

This is a silicone based primer that goes on after your skincare.


Smoothing but the finish is too dry for my personal liking.

・Price & Availability: ・

I got mine for around a manner at Lalavla Korea (~₩10,000, give or take).

・Size/Quantity: ・

This comes in a pot of 15ml.


A refreshingly short ingredients list! Lots of dimethicone and silicone, which I presume are what gives this primer its smoothing consistency. Greenlisted by cosDNA too.

Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminium Hydroxide. (May contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides.)

Source: cosDNA


The primer comes in a rather plain and simple glass jar that has been coloured baby pink on the inside, with a black plastic screw on lid. Functional, minimalist packaging design, neither bells nor whistles.

I have seen some reviewers online complain about how they don’t like products packaged in little jars or tins. To this I say, some textures just don’t lend themselves well to tube or pump packaging! If you take offense at dipping fingers into jars, like I do, just use a little spatula or a dessert spoon, even. God knows I have at least a dozen spatulas from various skincare items, which I wash diligently after use and then reuse for the next application.

・What the company says:・ 



In terms of texture, this is a very thick balmy texture that requires some warming up between fingers and massaging to really come into its own. It’s as stiff as mashed potatoes but with that characteristic smoothness of silicone.


None whatsoever.


On the left, there’s my face post skincare and sunscreen application. As you might be able to see, my face is a bit shiny and white in places where my Innisfree sunscreen/primer bunched up. You can read my review of said sunscreen/primer hybrid over here if you are interested.

On the right, there’s my face with a large pea sized amount of primer massaged in. You may be able to detect that my skin texture appears noticeably refined and mattified, the white primer parts are pretty much gone.


I thought you might be interested as to how this primer looks like with makeup on, hence see above. I would liken this primer to an Instagram filter IRL: fine lines are smoothed over, ditto for acne marks, skin texture is super mattified.

But you know what? It looks a bit like a mask. No glow whatsoever. And that’s the way it stays throughout the day. Matte skin, no glowy skin, no pores. My natural sebum never pushed through this one, even in the midst of summer when humidity levels were through the roof (if you have been to Korea or Japan or Australia in the summer, you will know how crazy humidity can get).

I wish I had found this primer in my teens or early twenties, when I was basically a grease monster due to my not hydrating my skin and it overproducing oil in return. I would have loved this one ten years ago.

I would recommend this primer for people with super oily skin and/or very textured skin, think acne scars, pimple marks, fine lines and wrinkles. It works like spackle and smooths over any textural issues you may be having.

・Final Thoughts:・  

This is a great product and I can see why it has been around for what seems a decade now. It is well formulated, does what it says on the tin and then some.

Personally, it was not for me because I prefer glowy, shimmery, wet looking skin on myself these days. Younger me would have loved this one, though.

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