Ready for another round of samples? For Foundation Friday this week I’ve decided to gather together some Laura Mercier samples I’ve collected which include some of her most popular products. The challenge? To see if I could use them to create a perfect base. After all, Laura Mercier’s specialty is the flawless face. To achieve this, we have in the line-up: the Flawless Skin Face Polish, the Foundation Primer Protect and the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation.
The *Flawless Skin Face Polish is described as “a creamy scrub that cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even-toned”. It contains what Laura Mercier refers to as “purifying microbeads” which polish the skin while emollients soften it.
Unlike some of the more abrasive scrubs out there, I feel that this one is gentle enough to be used everyday. In fact, if your skin is normal, Laura Mercier recommends that you do exactly that. Sensitive skin types could probably go for 2-3 times a week. Although it definitely exfoliates, the skin polish has an extremely creamy texture that feels heavenly against the skin. A complete pleasure to use, the fantastically fresh scent uplifts and skin is left feeling soft and smooth. I see a full size in my future.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen PA+++
The *Foundation Primer Protect is described as a “lightweight, gel-cream formula that provides sunscreen protection and creates a canvas for flawless makeup application”. It promises to form “an even, invisible layer that expertly holds foundation to keep makeup fresh and color-true for hours”. Bonus, it contains a highly effective PA+++ rated SPF of 30. (Learn about PA ratings here)
While this primer doesn’t fill pores the way a pore filler like Benefit Porefessional might do, it does help to create a smooth canvas. I enjoy the lotion-like consistency which makes me feel like I’m applying a moisturizer, i.e. it absorbs quickly and doesn’t have that “silicone” like feeling. Although the product appears to have a pink-beige tint, it goes on completely clear (on my skin tone, anyway). Tip: Try mixing it with equal parts foundation for a seamless, lighter coverage.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Now that I’m flake free and primed, my skin is ready for foundation. Fearing that it would not provide enough coverage, I was a little hesitant about the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation. It is described as “a long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup”. It promises to “deliver the most natural looking color and lightweight coverage”.
Application note: shaken not stirred. This is a very thin, fluid foundation, which, according to the company, is a mixture of “brilliant color-true pigments” which rest at the bottom of the foundation and “reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology)” which “float to the top”. As such, it is recommended that the product be shaken vigorously before use in order to ensure that the pigments and waters blend together.
Mixing instructions aside, I have to admit the the satin finish on this foundation is beautiful. Moreover, the shade that I received as a sample, Vanilla, is a near perfect match for my “natural” skin tone. I felt like I was applying a liquid version on my skin atop my skin. Sounds gross, I guess. Anyway, when purchasing foundations I usually I go for a shade that’s a touch darker than the natural tone (of my face) to account for seasonal variations – but if I ever end up purchasing the Flawless Fluid, I might stick with Vanilla.
Because of the “watery” texture of the foundation you may want to apply with your fingers though I prefer a Beauty Blender (for some reason, I don’t like it with a buffing brush at all). As I suspected, coverage is light. It builds well but you won’t get anything that’s past the lighter end of medium, in my opinion.
Final Thoughts: So, was I able to achieve a perfect base? Combined, these products did an excellent job. Despite my preference for a little more coverage, I was very pleased by the finish of the foundation atop the smooth canvas created by both the skin polish and primer. I do think, however, that the primer and foundation are best suited for dry to combination skin types. Anyone with very oily skin may find that the neither keep them matte enough during a long day. With my combo-oily situation, for example, I found that my T-zone was showing signs of shine at about the 7 hour mark.
What do you think of the Laura Mercier brand in general and you have any skincare or makeup recommendations? I’m also in love with her body and bath products – divine!
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