Review: Dermalogica primer

16:00, Oct 30 2012
MAGIC POTION: Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer, $98.

I'm a firm believer in the importance of the girl chat. Like mummy coffee dates, girl chats allow women to share vital information that often takes us years to work out on our own; like the best waxer in town, who has the best deals on pantyhose and the easiest way to get rid of a bad fake tan job.

A recent girl chat led me to discover Dermalogica's Skinperfect Primer. This woman had skin I'd wrestle tigers for and she totally swore by this product. She hauled it out of her bag for me to see.

Unlike most primers this one had a tint to it, so was able to be worn on its own on for a bit of light coverage. It also has an SPF of 30, and my favourite part of any primer - silicone - for that perfect smooth texture.

I got my hands on some the following week and took it home to play. The price seemed a little prohibitive at $98 for 22ml, and as a devotee of Napoleon's Auto-pilot primer, and now Revlon's as well, I didn't expect it to be able to measure up in the performance stakes.

How wrong I was. This primer is a slightly different beast from the aforementioned ones as it's more of a multi-use product. Not only does it give ultra-light coverage and SPF, it contains peptides and soy proteins to prevent ageing and improve skin tone over time. It also has a slightly luminous quality once applied.

I tried it both alone, and worn underneath my foundation. It provided a smooth base to work on, and helped my makeup last all day. And to top it off, it smells glorious - of white tea and a healing scent much akin to tea tree. A steep price tag but a must-try product.

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer, $98.