This is my HG foundation! I got a small sample in a swap and immediately saw that I couldn't live without it. I am 41 years old and while I've always had decent skin, I've noticed that as I get older my skintone is not as even. I used to be a loyal fan of LM's tinted moisturizer, but as soon as I tried the Creme Smooth foundation, I saw how much better my skin could look. This gives a lot of coverage without looking cakey or fake. It wears beautifully all day and there are tons of shades. I wear the Warm Ivory and used to be Sand in the tinted moisturizer. I think I'm roughly an NC30, if that helps others choose. Wonderful foundation! It is pricey but you get a lot of it. I try to time my purchases with FF sales at Sephora.
-Very dry and flaky, felt like I looked much older than I am!
-Foundation would never stay on my skin, regardless of primer or setting powder, constantly flaking off.
THE HUNT IS ON:
I got onto NOW 100% vegetable glycerin first to combat my terrible flakiness and then went on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I did a lot of hours on MUA, Google, watching youtube clips and reading articles to find this product and decided to give it a go!
-The assistant at the counter informed me this is normally a product for older clients, not 20somethings, but on account of my dryness and hours of research he said it's the best option
-Felt amazing on my skin, more like a moisturiser then that sickly thick foundation feeling
-it gave me that flawless look without looking like I was wearing makeup.
4 MONTHS LATER:
-Skin is doing wonderfully and I use this everyday
-I just travelled around America for 3 months (from oz) and this was perfect for travelling, the nights you have 20mins to get ready, smash some on, powder, eyes, concealer, cheeks.. done! And it photographs very very well! Gives you a flawless radiant complexion
-Mum (45yo) now uses it and is very happy with the results it gives her aged skin (her words)
HOW I USE THE PRODUCT:
-Prime with the Laura Mercier radiance
-I dab some of the creme smooth on my forehead, nose, cheeks, chin and blend with my fingers, you can use a sponge but I got the best results with just my fingers (feels wrong using your fingers at first, but youâ€™ll get use to it)
-most days for work I just finish with a translucent powder for setting
-very buildable coverage, so nights I'm going out I use a fraction more and I finish with compressed powder, just be careful not to use too much powder because you'll end up looking all cakey.
-no longer own a foundation brush
- colour matched perfectly, never had one this spot on before
-keeps skin feeling and looking hydrated all day/night long
-barely using compressed powder anymore
-this is what the Laura Mercier models use for all their product photo shoots, hence why it photographs so well
-need very little product
-I couldn't come up with any relevant to me?
-sephora doesn't stock it, only macys, nordstorm ($50usd, worth it)
-wouldn't be suitable for oily skin
-Brilliant for dry skin
-Excellent look in photos
-Price is worth it, the amount of product you use vs money spent is actually a bargain, plus you save money on foundation brushes and compressed powder!
-Definitely buy again!!
before with no make up and after with the creme smooth
Im a 30 year old woman with normal skin in the summer, but in the winter I get a little dry. I love this foundation!! It is thick, but smooths out well with your fingers. I was told by the salesperson that it is meant to be applied with your fingers and the warmth is what helps to spread the foundation to your skin. Whenever I wear it I get soo many compliments. It literally makes my skin look like porcelain; covers very well. Every once in a while I get a couple breakouts(not from the product) and bc of its creamy texture it hides my blemish with out making it look dried out. It is a little pricier(about $50) than some other foundations, but a little goes a long way. I also have extremely sensitive skin and Im able to use this without a reaction.
Decent coverage, not exactly hydrating nor drying, very thick texture a little difficult to spread, it's an ok foundation.
This is a heartbreaking review for me. I absolutely adore this foundation in the texture, coverage, and color. Laura Mercier has some of the best foundation shades if you are fair and warm-toned, as well as in the light-medium range. I purchased this in 'Porcelain Ivory' which is a very fair ivory with a yellow undertone -- slightly lighter than MAC NC15. It smooths onto my skin like butter, and is very creamy and emollient. The texture is quite thick so the enclosed spatula is very handy. Since I have combination skin, setting with powder was absolutely necessary or else my skin would feel a bit tacky throughout the day. I am so impressed with the beautiful, satiny-creamy finish this gives, it is truly gorgeous and airbrushed-looking. Unfortunately, my T-zone would eat up this foundation and it would melt off during the day, leaving it looking a bit splotchy. I was also saddened to come home with new clogged pores each time I would wear this, despite the Sephora website claiming it is non-comedogenic. But every individual's skin will react differently to a product. In reality I probably should not have bought this because of my combination skin, but I've read others' successes with this who have a similar skin type. So I would only recommend this to dry and normal types, I think if you are acne-prone and combo like I am, this will only feel somewhat like an occlusive moisturizer. I still give this product 4 stars though, because it is beautifully formulated and perfect for normal-dry types.
Before I review, here is some info that will hopefully help determine whether this could work for you.
Mid 40's, fair skin with some pinky-redness, extremely dry, sensitive
What do I want in a foundation: medium to full coverage that doesn't look mask like, long wearing, doesn't dry my skin out.
Ivory matches my skin tone perfectly.
Beautiful finish. Dewy without powder. Satin with powder
Covers all redness
Does not dry my skin out. Skin looks and feels great, even after removing makeup.
Easy to apply
Excellent for dry sensitive skin
Doesn't emphasize any dry patches
Is a little expensive - over $60, but you only need a very little amount.
Glass jar, that comes with a plastic spatula
Not as many shades
Definitely not for oily skin
Can feel a little tacky without powder or when first applied.
Container won't travel as well as a tube or pump bottle.
I use moisturizer and sunscreen under the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer. I have used a traditional paddle type foundation brush (Bobbi Brown), Beauty Blender Sponge, Shiseido foundation brush and fingers. By far the Shiseido foundation brush works the best. After applying, I use the BB sponge (damp) and lightly tap it over my face to make sure it is pressed in and blended perfectly.
I use my bigger fluffy powder brush to apply a very small amount of powder. I like using the Smashbox Halo powder in yellow.
The coverage is excellent. I never use a powder on any other foundation. I find it only emphasizes any dry spots. This foundation is so moisturizing that it doesn't emphasize any dry areas. The powder sets the foundation and keeps it from feeling tacky. I would not recommend it for anyone with oily skin. I usually blot around my nose once through the day. No touch ups are required. I have gotten 14 hours of wear in the foundation. I absolutely love it and highly recommend for anyone with dry skin who wants decent coverage. I have pink/light red areas on my cheeks and nose. This completely covers it, it I don't feel like I am wearing a mask.
unlike other comments I really like the container, I think it looks classy and bulky which I like its a statement jar - simple & elegant. I have oily skin, I was worried on the first day I applied it that it would look awful on my skin but I gave the tester a go. I wore it for a few days, the first day it looked like a mess as I'd applied to much making it break apart in areas. I feel the colour is true to my tone although when applied it seems to go alot lighter? I love this foundation for my oily skin in the winter, I feel drying products made for oily skin make my skin more oily because its too dry; this however gave me a wonderful glow that didn't look greasy at the end of the day. It does transfer and I did have to apply powder on my chin and nose throughout the day or I'd look really shiny. Estée Lauder double wear lasted great although I felt it didn't look natural. This covers all of my spots and acne, and acne scarres perfecty. It doesn't glide on!!! you really have to work it in to the skin or it will cake up. I use my fingers and work fast, I find dabbing it instead of rubbing it into the skin gives a fuller coverage. I wear this everyday for work because I feel confident it won't dry my skin but won't make me look like an oily mess after a few hours. I love the finish of the foundation although I hate the texture it feels so thick, I can still feel it on my face BUT it's a small sacrifice when it makes u look flawless without acne. The make up artist said it can work on oily skin when a primer is used and powder is used on top. I couldn't wear this without powder as I am definate it would melt of my face. My partner thinks it looks so natural and not "fake". Looks wonderful but under bright shop lights and up close my spots are visible and when applied in a rush it looks Cakey and sometimes enhances my imperfections. I won't use this in the summer, but in the winter it keeps my oil at bay as my skin feels it doesn't need to produce oil as it hydrated throughout the day. I try my hardest not to touch my face as it doesn't seem to dry..even with powder. This foundation takes practice to get the application just right to make it look good if not then it will look crapp. If you want a quick fix and don't want to spend a while applying it then dont go for it. I wouldn't use a brush or sponge with this foundation as its thick it can easily clog the pores, it glides over with fingers and looks great. It is expensive yes, but you get what you pay for and because its think and will only wear in winter it's worth every penny. Used with Lm primer and powder it looks good. I hope oily skin types aren't put of by the amount of dry skined reviewers.
I am exactly the opposite of the last review. This is probably the best foundation I have ever used. The color is perfect and does not look heavy. You need to apply this with your fingertips after you warm it up on your hand. It does not oxidize on me. Maybe if you use this with oily skin I could see this happening, but it is not for that type of skin.I have normal to dry. Slightly oily around my t-zone. It does not settle into my pores as the day goes on. It may if you apply too much. I use this over the Laura Mercier radiance primer, which makes this foundation look beautiful or the Smashbox primer which also works great. I just think you have to know how to use this foundation the right way or have the right type of skin for it. Laura Mercier's foundations seem to look closer to actual skin color than most other foundation brands that always add too much pink. This is a great product!
I have combination skin, no breakouts, no potmarks. This product is great, dewy, creamy, when first applied. Color is also true when freshly applied. Unfortunately, after 3 or 4 hours, foundation oxidizes and darkens a shade or two, looks cakey, and the best fix I've found is to wash my face and start fresh. While cakey, it also magnifies pores, not really visible prior to applying the foundation. For the price and limited time of wear where it looks good, I would not recommend it.
I was looking around at the different makeup counters in the mall last year, had never of Laura Mercier products but decided to get a foundation demo and the girls at the counter talked me into trying this. I've been an avid MAC wearer for many years, but MAC foundation compacts do get used up rather quickly and this seemed like I would be getting a lot of product for the money. I purchased in an ivory color. Right away, I found it difficult to apply with a sponge due to the packaging which I don't like at all. Also, it was very uneven looking on my face. My blush brush would drag or get stuck in the gooy residue. It just didn't look good at all. In fact, I bought a mineralized foundation at CVS and ended up using it over this last summer. I finally used up the Laura Mercier in the fall, I made myself use it since it was so expensive but I didn't like it, hard to blend, unpleasant odor, uneven finish, bad packaging for easy use. I will not re-buy. In fact, I don't know that I would be interested in trying any of their products at this point.