Review: Dermalogica AGE smart Skinperfect Primer SPF30

I’ve used plenty of primers in the last couple of years, and I’ve even deemed them as optional extras (although that was pre-29. I think I hit 30 at 29). Some of them were great, some of them were basic silicone formulas that merely made foundation application a little smoother.

With this one, its a completely different ball game. At first I was concerned about how I would ever write about another primer again, but then I relaxed, because it’s in an entire league of its own. Here’s what you need to knowabout Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer:

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer

It has skincare benefits

Ingredients like White Tea (antioxidant), Peptides (temporary wrinkle smoothers), Sodium Hyuluronate (hydration, collagen formation) and Soy Protein (evens skin tone) Dermalogica’s Skinperfect Primer aims to address addresses key skin concerns. It also has an SPF30 in the form of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that prevents UV exposure, which should be your biggest concern with regards to skin ageing.

It photoshops you

Silica temporarily fills lines and absorbs excess oil, keeping your skin radiant yet shine-free for longer – although I did not find this product to have an excessively matte finish, which made me love it even more. There’s nothing like a slightly dewy finish to make your skin look alive. Silica will also help your makeup last much longer, and apply more evenly, and Pearl Powder adds radiance.

It’s not just for priming

I love using the Skinperfect Primer on its own, without foundation, on days when I’m only popping out to the shops or meeting someone for coffee. I find it very soothing, and I’m sure it’s legit to say you’re not wearing makeup if someone asks… On that note, I’ve gotten many a compliment in the couple of weeks that I’ve been using it, both with and without foundation – I’ve yet to find another product that can match the smoothness and radiance.

Look & feel

The tint in the tube looks way too dark, but as it’s universal, it neutralises and blends away perfectly. I tend to use a tad more when I’m using it alone (not under foundation) for the illusion of perfect skin. It feels absolutely amazing to apply, and it smells exactly like other Dermalogica products I’ve used, i.e. very spa-like (I smell Lavender in it).

Hand without Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer
Hand without Primer
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer swatched on hand
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer swatched on hand
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer seamlessly blended into hand
Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer seamlessly blended into hand. Oh look, another primer in the background and I’m too lazy to try and crop it out *hangs head in shame*

The plot thickens

As I was going through the research, I made a mental checklist: Multi purpose product (primer, oil control, skintone corrector and more), ingredients with long term skincare benefits (evens skin tone, deep hydration, antioxidants, etc), high SPF (30)…  Are they managing to do for us what the Eastern market is getting right with BB creams? I like BB’s, but I think most of the BB’s for the Western market are being shy with their actual skin benefits. Hmmm…

My one and only criticism of it is the price. At R625 for 22ml, it’s out of reach for many people, which is sad because I would want everyone I know to use it. While I’m aware that you’ll be paying for high quality ingredients, it’s going to last between 8-10 weeks if I continue using  it the way I currently am, which is 4-5 days a week. I would probably sacrifice something else for it though – it really is amazing.

Available exclusively from salons and spas that stock Dermalogica products.

C xx




  1. Jan 28, 2013 / 6:19 PM

    I feel like Dermalogica has a lot of really good products- not so budget conscious, but for what you’re getting it’s worth it..We carried it in the salon I worked in and I loved it- have you tried the ultra calming mist? It claims to basically set your makeup- I haven’t coughed up the $32 bucks for it yet but I am thinking of trying it

    • Jan 28, 2013 / 6:30 PM

      They do – the overnight repair serum, for example, is phenomenal, as is the resurfacing cleanser (which is actually an exfoliator). I’ve used the Ultra Calming mist, but as a toner, not to set makeup. Smells divine! (although I’m not v bothered with toners tbh, I didn’t use it for long). Recently sampled Ultra Calming tinted SPF – to die for!

      • Jan 28, 2013 / 10:40 PM

        The calming smell of lavender is so refreshing, i just love it- i will definitely be trying.. i have heard very good reviews on the resurfacing cleanser—if you were only going to try one, which would it be?

        • Jan 29, 2013 / 12:28 PM

          I don’t rate toners/spritzers v highly, so that’s eliminated 🙂 Depends on what you need – resurfacing/exfoliation (cleanser) or cheating + some skincare benefits (primer) or nourishing, anti ageing night care (serum) xx

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