Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer Review
By Ree

Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer Review

3 Feb 2020 (Updated: 25 Jan 2021)

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Guerlain fans, here’s some newness that you might be interested in!! Check out the Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer which comes in the same super cute bottle as the brand’s most recent foundation launch. Here’s what you need to know.

Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer
Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer

So this is serious product eye candy isn’t it? I love the bottle that Guerlain’s L’Essentiel foundation is housed in and this is a softly frosted version with a pipette delivery system.

What is Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer?

  • Light-weight formula
  • Smoothes the texture of skin
  • Mattifying finish
  • Promises to improves the longevity of your foundation
  • Made from 97% naturally derived ingredients
  • Features Avocado Extract to help absorb excess sebum
  • White Cocoa Bean Extract helps to refine the look of pores and supports skin’s natural balance and barrier
  • Prebiotics from Yacon juice are combined with probiotic derivatives to create a total formula that helps support the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Defends against pollution
Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer
Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer

My Review

The formula of Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer has been designed to work like a protective barrier between the skin and foundation. It creates a super smooth base for foundation to be applied over and I found I needed much less foundation to achieve really good coverage.

Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer
Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer

I have been using my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless foundation a lot recently and this works really well with it. You need the tiniest amount for super full coverage and it gives a soft matte, smooth look, without being flat.

Primer applied

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of a matte finish, as you probably know, so I only applied in on the t-zone, and in areas where my pores are more visible, so that I was still able to see the glow I love on the high points of my face.

With primer and foundation

I really like the texture of this priming fluid. It is super light and sinks into the skin really well without adding a perceptible layer. I never enjoy the feeling of wearing a primer, and this doesn’t feel like you are wearing one at all, which is great.

Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer
Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer

It lasted really well with my Charlotte Tilbury foundation, although that one is pretty long lasting on its own. I do think it did well to control the shine in my t-zone, but to be completely honest, that shine really doesn’t bother me as I’d prefer to be be shiny rather than matte anyway.

In terms of the appearance of pores, I think it has a subtle smoothing effect. It isn’t like a silicone primer which literally fills in pores, it is more of a light subtle blur and has a much more pleasant feel.

Where to buy Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore-Minimising Primer

The new primer is available now

Before you go, check out my Best Skincare Products for 2021.

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