January 23, 2012

LaROCCA Skincare C-Gold Reparative Primer: swatches, pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I'm really excited to share with you an amazing product. This is one of those products that comes along and really stands out from everything else. It's one of those products where I call my husband at work to tell him how amazing it is. What product am I talking about? It's LaROCCA's C-Gold Reparative Primer.

Now I want to mention right now that this is not a cheap primer; it costs $90. Ever hear that saying "It's how much?!! What is it made of gold?"... well now you can answer "Why yes, yes it is!". This primer features 24K Gold, which is luxurious in itself. Now you may be saying "There is no way I'm paying $90 for a primer!" but what you're getting in this bottle isn't your typical makeup primer; it's skincare too. I'll explain why this is so amazing and more than just a makeup primer in my review below.

Check out my pics, swatches, stats, and review...

LaROCCA Skincare C-Gold Reparative Primer



LaROCCA Skincare C-Gold Reparative Primer PRO's & CON's:
PRO's: most amazing makeup primer, great skincare benefits, luxurious
CON's: expensive

Basic Stats for LaROCCA Skincare C-Gold Reparative Primer:
Formula: liquid-gel
Cost/Availability: $90.00 (1 fl oz full size). Available on LaROCCA's website, and everywhere else LaROCCA Skincare is sold.
Packaging: pump-top tube; pull-off lid
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

This lightweight liquid-gel primer is made with 24K gold that protects, repairs and smoothes! 24K helps stimulate cell regeneration, protect against UVA/UVB rays and repair sun damage, making skin appear smoother, firmer and healthier. LaROCCA's Skincare's exclusive Cellular Gold Complex is formulated with 24K Colloidal Gold which is known to promote electron transfer with the metal ions naturally found in the skin to stimulate anti-aging cell turnover.

This primer clarifies and brightens the skin providing a more even skin tone. Helps accelerate collagen production resulting in optimum skin health. Assists in reducing the appearance of acne. Cyclopentasiloxane smoothes and hydrates skin while firming for a healthy glow. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stabilized form of 15% Vitamin-C that easily penetrates into the skin. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate has better improved absorption and stability qualities. Unlike absorbic acid, it will not exfoliate or cause irritation. It's a great antioxidant, a lightening and brightening agent. It also helps decrease wrinkle depth.

$90.00 (1 fl oz full size). Available on LaROCCA's website, and everywhere else LaROCCA Skincare is sold.

Pump-top bottle with pull-off top.

LaROCCA Skincare C-Gold Reparative Primer Review:
I know this is an investment, but it's one that is totally worth it. At least it is to me. This is literally one of the best products I've ever tried --- not just one of the best primers, it's one of the best products out of any makeup, skincare, or other beauty item I've ever tried. That says a lot. It really stood out to me with how great it was from the first use!

Now if you think about the cost you need to actually break it down into two products: a primer and a skincare serum-like product. This is a two-in-one, so really the price isn't that much for what you're getting (if you look at it that way). The amount you'd spend on a primer ($20 to $40 average if shopping at Sephora), plus a skincare serum ($30 to $50 average if shopping at Sephora), you could put that money into this one product that will work wonders. This is one of those products where I will re-arrange my beauty budget in order to make sure it's always on my makeup table.

I can say this is hands down the best makeup primer I've ever used. For the price, I expected it to work wonders but I often expect a lot from products and don't get it back. This primer, however, delivers a perfect canvas for makeup application. You think your makeup goes on smooth now, well give it a try over this primer and you'll feel and see a difference in how your makeup applies. I mean, I thought I had great primers before (and I do have other great primers) but this primer makes everything seem just okay. This creates the perfect base for your makeup to go over. Not only that, but it held my makeup on all day long. I have oily skin, so sometimes primers don't work on me. I didn't have any issues with this, even though it's very moisturizing.

A little goes a long way; I only need one pump for my entire face and I usually have some left over that I will rub onto my eyes and neck. It has a golden shimmer look, which I think is beautiful because I love anything shimmery, but don't worry; you won't turn into a disco ball. Your skin will have a great glow to it after application.

I haven't been using it all that long to really see long-turn results, as I currently only use this before makeup application and I don't wear makeup every day. However, LaROCCA recommends applying morning and night because remember: this isn't just a makeup primer, it's skincare too!

Overall, yes, without a doubt I would recommend this! It is a luxury item but consider it an investment. This is one luxury item that not only feels great going on, but works like it says and it works really, really well!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this primer? Have you tried this or is this on your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. I think that looks awesome. I've been looking for a skin brightening product. The price is way too steep for me but I loved your review. You had me convinced that I need it, lol.

  2. Qué buena pinta tienen estos productos, aunque no me suena haberlos visto en España...


  3. Hi, just received this in full size with my first Beauty Fix subscription box. After reading this I'm really looking forward to trying it ! Thanks

  4. @ Anonymous: I signed up for a Beautyfix subscription specifically to get another one of these primers! It is an insane deal to get this primer with everything else for $49.99 (although I only paid $19.99 with a special coupon code so I got a great deal!). I hope you like this primer as much as I do!

  5. i have this primer and its fabulous omg! ive had it for a lil over a year and rarely used it cause it so pricey lol... also i didnt use it in the summer cause for some reason it felt greasy...ive come to realize that it works better when i apply it without moisturizer underneath and,when i apply it,let it soak in my skin for at least 5-10 minutes..then my foundation.. ITS Amazing<3

  6. @ melissakisses: I agree about using it sparingly due to the price. At least the price is lowered slightly now ($75 last time I looked). I have a back up bottle, which i'll have to start using soon. I have maybe 25% left in my first bottle. I find its such a moisturizing primer that with my oily skin I can completely skip moisturizer. Love this primer though; makeup goes on beautifully and wears like steel.

  7. I will try it ! the product really have a good review .


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