I have been wanting to try Laura Geller Spackle Classic Original Makeup Primer ($30/2oz) for a long time and I finally pulled the trigger and bought it. Part of my hesitation was I didn't want to put more stuff on my face than is necessary. I'm really trying to simplify my routine. Also, after watching countless presentations for it on QVC, many of the models looked greasy or shiny after it's applied. Let me break this down for you: my face is SHINY and GREASY ENOUGH. Spackle is also not the most natural skincare product with its ingredients, although it does contain aloe vera and chamomile "to help calm and soothe." It also contains antioxidants for skin protection like centella asiatica and white tea extracts. Maybe these things will balance out the talc (yikes), silicone and other scary sounding things found in the ingredient list. All that being said, I am not super precious about natural products (I do the best I can) and it gets strong, positive reviews across the board. Quite frankly, if something helps my skin look good, I will try it. Spackle is described as "a remarkably lightweight formula that glides on to perfect your skin's texture for effortless makeup application while extending the time between touchups." Basically, this primer creates a barrier between your makeup and your face so it will not disappear hours after you apply it. For an oily girl like me, I need that badly. It may be worn alone or under foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturizers. You can even apply it to your neck and chest. It is white and feels cool on the skin. It definitely has a lightweight consistency and it fastly absorbs into the skin. I did not detect any scent which is fine by me. So, did Spackle make my skin dramas disappear (temporarily)? And while we are at it, can it make all my life dramas disappear too?
Verdict: I do think this product lives up to the hype! Consider me sold. Firstly, it feels cool and soothing when you apply it, not at all greasy or heavy like I thought. It absorbs nicely and leaves your skin soft and prepped for makeup. I used this with a CC cream and a BB cream and it worked well with both. It creates a smooth, blurry effect to any skin imperfections, making the skin look uniform and polished. I have some sebaceous hyperplasia (oil glands above the skin and yes, I am getting them taken care of soon) so this will not smooth out existing bumps like that or pimples but...it makes everything look better. I have not experienced any breakouts with its use so far which is wonderful. Overall, it's a great product that leaves your face looking fresh, smooth and soft. Wouldn't it be nice if there was Spackle for everything in life? There are several formulations of Spackle like Champagne, Supercharged, Hydrating, Ethereal, Tinted Bronze, Mattifying (missed that one), SPF 30 (nice) and Neutralizer (redness). Basically, whatever your skin needs are, there is a Spackle for you. QVC sells supersize versions and more of the specialized formulations, while Ulta and birchbox.com sell limited versions. You can also check out laurageller.com for more information.