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Estée Lauder Perfecting Primer The Illuminator 30ml

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A hydrating, illuminating face primer that can be used over or under makeup.
  • Sulphate Free

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SUPERIOR - 91% recommend

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Skin Concern:

  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry

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Estée Lauder Perfecting Primer The Illuminator Reviews

4.4 of 81 reviews

91% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Best primer and truly illuminating!


This is my favourite primer, it is super smooth and goes perfectly under my Double Wear foundation. It is much better than the Smoother version of this primer, as my skin looks like it is glowing after using this one.

Most Helpful Criticism

Nice texture


This primer was recommended to me by a beautician. I do like the texture, it works well as a primer, but I cannot see any glow if used under double wear foundation.
  1. efficient, sooth


    cover my pores before I put foundation. Skin looks glower
  2. Best primer and truly illuminating!


    This is my favourite primer, it is super smooth and goes perfectly under my Double Wear foundation. It is much better than the Smoother version of this primer, as my skin looks like it is glowing after using this one.
  3. excellent product

    Love this

    This is an excellent foundation or foundation alternative if you like:) I know some write that they cant increase their coverage with this item...but you can,,take your time bc its easier to add than to take off & give yourself time & plenty of practice......youll acheive exactly the look you want .......go on,have ago:)
  4. Smooth protector


    verified purchaser
    Great product, highly recommend to put on prior to any make-up. It creates such a smooth base and gives the face shine.
  5. Perfect !!

    Love Estee Lauder

    Ive used Estee Lauder off & on for 40+ years, but Ive always used their primers & foundations as ive found no-one else makes them better. I remember some yrs ago when estee Lauder brought out this primer - I think it was about the first on the market of its kind - & they had a lot of difficulty explaining this & how it worked to absolutely everyone - I asked them to make up my face with the foun...
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  6. Glowy finish


    This is a great hydrating primer and gives you glowy finish of used properly under the makeup.
  7. Really love this primer.


    verified purchaser
    I really like this primer. I am cautious with illuminating primers as I don't want to look too oily or glittery like some do, this gives a subtle but nice glow (not sparkly or chucky) and its really moisturizing. Makes skin look healthy, smooth and fresh.
  8. Good primer


    I always have a nice glow when I use this. All Estée Lauder products are good
  9. Flawless!

    Laura R

    This primer is a must! I used it under Double Wear Nude Water Refresh foundation - it holds it in place all day!
  10. hydration


    illuminating and hydrating skin, gives a better look with foundations.


    this is a really thin primer it goes on so smoothly and makes my foundation (double wear) look more hydrated rather than its usual dry.
  12. Illuminates


    Beautiful primer not too heavy , a perfect base for most foundations . Left my foundations looking illuminated and glowy without overdoing it . Very natural finish .
  13. Decent primer


    It lives to its claim of illumination without making you look like a glitter ball. I find it a bit too moisturising for me compared to their matte primer. But this does the job of making your makeup stay longer.
  14. Radiant shine


    I thought this made my makeup too shiny as I have oily skin however it turned out to be my sunscreen and once removed from my routine the compliments I had on my makeup were through the roof!
  15. Love!


    This is such a beautiful primer! It goes on easily but without too much oil or colour change. It has a slight sheen which isn't noticeable after foundation but still makes me feel like I have an extra glow.
  16. Nice texture


    This primer was recommended to me by a beautician. I do like the texture, it works well as a primer, but I cannot see any glow if used under double wear foundation.
  17. Lovely soft glow


    Love to use this under my EL double wear foundation to soften the matte look and gives it some reflection.
  18. Great!


    Its looks glowy and perfect. I have tried lots of primers but I love how my make up looks after using this primer first. Highly recommend it.
  19. liquid satin!


    This is easily the most amazing texture I've ever felt in my life. It feels like satin when it goes on and even just between my fingers, it's AMAZING. I wouldn't recommend you to use it alone if you have very dry skin, but after your normal moisturizing routine.
    Proves almost ineffective on top of areas of eczema though
  20. Great primer


    Keeps makeup on a lot longer I find and it gives a beautiful glow but not too over the top
  21. Glow


    It gives a slight sheer glow and enables a very smooth makeup application.
  22. Worth the penny !


    I love a radiant make up look but I also like a smooth canvas that blurs my pores .this product offers both. it gives the skin a dewy pearlescent glow while allowing for a smooth seamless makeup application. I also like using it on top on my cheekbones and as an eye shadow primer.
  23. Glow! Gow! Glow!


    Its great for oily skin. Love this primer, it goes really well under my foundation.
    It gives your skin a beautiful glow!!!
  24. like it


    Goes on really smooth and stays on all day. Really happy with this product.
  25. Love


    This is the best primer I've used. It is very light and moisturise, doesn't clog my pores, I use Double Wear foundation on top and it makes my skin glow.
  26. Beautiful!


    It gives your skin a beautiful glow. Its even great for us Oily humans! Love this primer, it goes really well under my foundation.
  27. Amazing

    Chele Pagno

    First of all, I have really dry skin especially around the T-zone, and I always had problems finding a primer and foundation that didn't exacerbate the dryness. This primer made for a very good base, and helped to lightly moisturise my dry zones so that my foundation went on a lot easier. The other plus was that my skin didn't look dry after a whole day of wearing, which has also never happened be...
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  28. Illuminating Primer


    Adds a glow to my skin. Has a nice skin feel and helps makeup stay on longer. Quite expensive though
  29. Perfect under matte foundation


    I’m so glad I came across this illuminating primer as I’ve been looking for one for a long time.
    It came highly recommended by a beauty editor.
    I love it because;
    • it does what it says
    • it leaves your skin illuminated & sparkly
    • it work a treat under matte foundation without leaving lumps & clumps

    Would highly recommend it.
  30. Great Primer

    Bec G

    I have tried lots of primers but I love how my make up looks after using this primer first. Its looks glowly and perfect. Will definetly purchase again
  31. Too shimmery


    This primer is too shimmery for me and leaves a bit of a glittery look under my makeup. Not sure if that’s the idea with an illuminating primer but it’s not for me
  32. So glowy


    Smooths your skin and gives a healthy glow under makeup I love this product because it makes your makeup last so long and doesn’t slide.
  33. AmaZing


    I was sceptical when given a sample but im converted! My skin is very dry but its great and leaves it feeling so smooth and soft!
  34. WOW


    The formula in this is amazing! Doesnt get tacky and ball up and leaves a STUNNING and GLOWY finish to my makeup!!
  35. Good


    This is a great primer that smoothes out my skin but it can be a bit expensive. My foundation lasts super long with this product
  36. Subtle


    I use Estée Lauder double wear which is quite matte so when I want a bit more of a glow I mix this in with it. Feels very moisturising and leaves my skin looking very dewy and natural.
  37. Glowy bass


    Beautiful primer that adds a glowy look. Feels nice on the skin without the silicone feeling. Really helps my makeup stay on longer and look a lot nicer
  38. Estée Lauder Perfecting Primer The Illuminator


    I found it did the job as described but Id say if you like being "lit up"then maybe not for you....as Im older I like to be bit brighter but not lke a 20yro...Id buy again...
  39. Nice moisturising primer but isn’t illuminating enough for me


    Really nice moisturising primer but I don’t find it illuminating enough. I layer it with a liquid highlighter and it’s perfect, really works well at filling in pores and prolonging my makeup.
  40. Not illuminating enough


    Not illuminating enough for me, was hoping with all the great reviews it would be. I tried it with the Mac strobe cream on top and that was great, was not by itself.
  41. Beautiful luminous skin


    I love this primer, it goes well under any foundation, it gives your skin a beautiful glow. Its even great for us Oily Girls!!
  42. Surprise result


    Not a fan of primers in the past due to oiliness and pores clogging, this one is different, goes on smoothly and is neither greasy or drying.

    I can wear the extra coverage double wear foundation without it, gives a nice glow, love it.
  43. Love it


    Easy to spread and gives dewy look..quiet hydrating for my combination skin..primes my skin very well..sets foundation with in no time.
  44. Lovely glowy skin


    I love using this with the double wear foundation. It gives such a beautiful glow and helps the foundation stay on for much longer I find
  45. Fantastic primer!


    If you’re after glowy skin then this is for you (if you’re after a matt skin - move on). On first use I though the consistency was slightly sticky compared to the primers I’ve become accustomed to but after a couple of uses I loved it! My foundation stays in place all day and gets a lovely healthy glow. I have quite dry skin, particularly around my nose and I find this one to be quite hydrating. D...
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  46. Absolutely love this product!


    This primer is absolutely amazing! Made my foundation look so much more flawless, and helped it stay on for a much longer duration as well!
  47. This primer is a beauty essential!


    I used this primer with the Estée Lauder double wear foundation and it is a must for a flawless and smooth foundation application! My double wear foundation stays on much longer with this primer and the finish is just amazing. You need to try it for yourself
  48. beautiful glow


    This primer is so illuminating, it gives my face a beautiful glow when I use this under my foundation and sometimes for an even sparklier look I mix it in with my foundation!!
    It is a great primer, it smoothes out my imperfections and makes my skin look so much more radiant. I have oily skin and I still love this, it helps with my oil control even though it has an illuminating finish.
  49. Soft glow


    A really nice moisturising primer that dries down nicely. Leave a soft glow, not too over the top. A little goes a long way with this product too
  50. Good!

    Ngoc (Adorebeauty Staff)

    I like how it gives me a dewy finish but not too over the top!
  51. So good!


    This is amazing! My makeup applied perfectly and looked flawless. This primer smoothed my pores and gave my overall look a natural glow from within. My makeup lasted all day and I got so many compliments on what foundation I was wearing but it was the primer making my skin look flawless! Highly recommend
  52. Love it


    I have never used Primer before I received a sample of this one. As soon as I tried it, I ordered it full size. I have rather big pores on my chin and around the nose and with this Primer they are nearly invisible when I put foundation over. I was a bit concerned that the illuminator primer would maybe make my skin shine oily, but it doesn't at all. Totally love it and will keep using it.
  53. Nice primer


    A great base for long lasting makeup. It does brighten up/illuminate skin as promised. Feels nice and velvety. Bit exy but you really don’t need to use much.
  54. Amazing Primer!


    This is one of the most amazing primers I have ever used! It really makes my skin look illuminated. Whilst the product is quite expensive you do definitely see a difference when you use it! Will certainly consider buying this product again.
  55. Undecided


    Gives my skin a nice glow although did not notice any improvement on my pores, still very undecided if I’m liking it, still feeling the need to try different primers to suit my skin?
  56. Lovely product but pricey


    I tried this product as a sample and really like the illumination it gives your skin, the light feel and the mild scent. It works great as a primer and dries quickly but is it better than other primers which are a quarter of the price? I don't know.
  57. so hydrating

    perfecting skin

    this primer is so hydrating. i just got a sample of it and i am in love with this product. it would give you a glow from within yet hydrating your skin for a smooth makeup application. i use it under estee lauder double wear. i have dry skin.
  58. good with some foundations


    This primer is really good under some foundations. I find this works under already dewy, silky or light-med coverage foundations.
    But under matte foundations it doesn't sit well, it sort of balls up when I rub my foundation in like it doesn't settle nicely together.
    Other than that it has a lovely illuminating look, you can wear this by itself for a nice glittery fresh face look too.
  59. Beautiful primer


    This primer is beautiful. It feels so luxurious on my skin. It’s not at all silicone feeling or greasy. It’s beautiful, it’s spreads easy and it dries nicely. It leaves a lovely glow
  60. Love this!


    Makes my skin glow and look flawless, absolutely beautiful finish under my Double Wear Foundation. I’ll never go without a primer again. So happy with this purchase!
  61. Slight glow


    Creates a smooth glowy base for makeup
  62. Great

    Theresa Green

    This primer suits my skin. I have light to medium skin tone and when applying this first before foundation I can be assured of a natural makeup look. (foundation is so easy to apply after this) What I like about this primer is you can just apply and dab a bit of concealer under eyes and your good to go! Natural looking!
  63. Overrated


    After reading so many amazing reviews I thought this product would be my new go to. Unfortunately I really didn’t see the benefit. It left my skin feeling a bit more smooth but not so much that I couldn’t live without it. Doesn’t seem to prolong my foundation either. It does leave your skin with a slight glow, but it’s smoothing properties aren’t worth the price tag.
  64. Nice but not amazing


    I have good clear medium olive skin and don’t necessarily use or need a primer for day to day make as I always wear sheer (Estée Lauder water fresh nude) for work and primer makes me feel ‘too made up’. However if workin through the evening or at trade events I need primer with my heavier foundation. The illuminator is a lovely primer but hasn’t made any difference the 5-6 times I’m used it. ...
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  65. Beautiful primer


    I love this primer. I have patchy and dry skin. This product makes my skin feel smooth and works well with Estée Lauder double wear foundation. It makes the foundation last twice as long and smooths it out perfectly.
  66. Great primer


    This primer is great as it both helps your makeup stay in place throughout the day and also gives a nice fresh and natural glow effect
  67. Beautiful glowy skin


    I love this primer, it sits so beautifully under the Double Wear foundation. I use it in conjunction with the mattifying primer over my t-zone, and use this one over the rest of my face for a dewy glowy finish.
  68. Soft glow


    Great primer with a soft glow
  69. Glowy skin!


    Lovely product. Gives a nice glow. You only need to use a very small amount, so this product will last for ages.
  70. A nice product


    I received this primer as a sample. The luminosity was nice and the texture was great. A great primer to wear under the double wear foundation. A very nice product; however, the sample didn’t really provide enough to be able to try for a long period of time.
  71. Pleasantly surprised


    I have normal/combination skin that tends to get a bit oily come the afternoon, so I tend to shy away from anything 'illuminating'. But this combined with the Double Wear foundation is flawless! Wore all day at the races with no touch ups at all, and my skin looked glowy without the shine. Love.
  72. Too expensive for what it is


    Don't get me wrong, this product is beautiful. It just doesn't earn the price tag. In a market full of beautiful primers, you can get one similar thats half the price.
  73. Love this primer with double wear


    Really love this primer when wearing with Estee Lauder products (double wear and double wear nude) it creates the perfect base and gorgeous finish. It doesn't perform as well with other foundations which is a bit of a draw back for me but not an issue if you are just using with other el products
  74. SO GLOWY


    this product is sooo glowy, can be applied before makeup or afterwards on the high points of the face. if it were cruelty free I would repurchase after liking the sample
  75. perfect underneath double wear foundation


    I have used this product underneath my double wear foundation and I notice that it makes my skin glowing and my foundation stays put for longer!
  76. Love it!!!


    I have previously used Laura Mercier, and was devastated that they were no longer supplying to Australia. I bought this instead and am in love! 100% would recommend
  77. Really nice


    This is my all time favorite primer! I am not fond of matte primers as I feel it makes my skin look lifeless. It's moisturizing, provides even application for foundation and lasts all day!
  78. Perfect primer with double wear foundation


    I received several primer testers and this one was by far the best for making your foundation last. I wore this primer with my Estee Lauder double wear foundation and my make up didn't budge all day and well into the night. Highly recommend if you want your make up to last the distance. My skin is on the dry side, so there are more hydrating primers out there such as the BECCA hydrating first l...
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  79. Excellent

    Theresa Green

    If your having trouble finding the right primer to use this would be the one for you! It applies so easily and perfectly. Leaves no dark mark on the skin as some do ( I have fair to medium skin tone). Even if just wearing alone your skin looks more evenly toned and still remains supple looking. If you apply the foundation over top your face looks perfect. Still, you have to find the foundation yo...
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  80. The Best!


    Received this as a sample and had to purchase straight away. Does such a great correcting job and really evens my skin tone so it’s perfect for applying foundation. Subtly illuminates without being too over the top.
  81. Great product!


    I use this primer everyday as it's great for normal/ combination skin. It's light and smooth of my skin and doesn't cause breakouts. I use this primer with my Estee lauder double wear foundation and it's the perfect combination for nice even coverage that lasts all day.
  82. Great Primer!


    I have sensitive skin and this is one of my go-to primers. It feels moisturizing on the skin and adds a nice glow/illuminating effect that is long lasting


    Great for dry/normal/combination skin but would not recommend for oily skin types as this product will give you that shiny complexion you may be trying to prevent due to excess oil. Perfect for a dewy, natural and smooth complexion.
  84. Great product


    Great product, make up lasts well and I love the illuminating factor. Would recommend to all skin types. Good product for a good price
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