Another Mercier product that did not work for me. This is the worst powder foundation for mature skin. Their color palette is suitable for those with yellow skin undertones (not cool/fair). Smooth but heavy foundation and settled in my pores. Amway (the industrial cleaner company) now owns Mercier. For more info on this product, check out the Laura Mercier website and read the reviews on this product !
Shisedo's Perfect Smoothing Powder foundation performs circles around the Mercier powder foundation, and at $32 it's better for your skin.
It works wonders!
My skin doesn't have much problems; just a bit oily, gets small zits occasionally and uneven color tones esp dark circles. When I applied the powder using the provided sponge, it glided smoothly and yes, it covered up my dark circles. Not 100%, but definitely much better coverage compared to other powders. So if I want light make-up, I'll apply the powder right after my skin-care routine. For more coverage, I'll apply CC cream (other brand) followed by the powder.
I got it at $60+ from Sephora, and yes it is steep! Unfortunately, my skin loves it so I guess I'll have to stick with this until a much better powder pops out!
I am considering to get their primer too...
I have used the LM Foundation Powder in 04 for years. When I heard they were discontinuing it, I was devastated. I read terrible reviews about this new powder but decided to try it anyways because I had no other option. In this product I wear 09. It is AMAZING. way better than the old powder! I apply it lightly with the LM Kabuki Brush and it stays all day. I live in Florida and went to an outdoor wedding where it was ridiculously hot, but my typically greasy face did not get shiny at ALL! It seems to be less powdery than the old powder - I had to buy a new compact every month because by applying with a brush I would waste so much product. This powder is much more compact and there is not a lot of waste. Give it a try, you won't regret it. I have already bought 3 compacts in the last week because I am so obsessed with it!
I didnt even thought of trying this cos I was having a real good thing going on with my bare minerals matte. But the sephora SA lady tried this on me and when I saw the side by side comparison, this is simply the perfect finish.
I normally do not wear full coverage despite my blemished skin but a swipe of this powder just covers my dark undereye area and acne marks! Of course, a few more swipes are needed as to give the perfect flawless look and they still do not look chalky at all.
Went to a bbq yesterday by the sea, wearing this and UD deslick spray, didnt even do any retouch. When the night ends, my skin was still as smooth as it looked once I left my house.
Steep price is one huge drawback, being the most expensive foundation I've purchased but this definitely has cut my makeup routine duration to half! I claimed to repurchase, BUT ONLY if this jar last me long enough as to justify the price.
Btw I was given shade 06 for my NC 25-30 skin. It looks kinda odd at first, probably should try other shades.
Oh my gosh...can you say the most magnificent Holy Grail Powder of all time? I have tried every powder from every brand and of every kind...Loose, Pressed, Mineral, Drug Store, High End, etc. This powder beats them all by a mile. Probably miles. I have never tried a powder this seamless, this smooth, this great of coverage. My old favorite was the Milani Even Tone Powder Foundation which is actually VERY similar to this powder and I think it may even be a dupe for it. I was also using MAC's Studio Fix Powder and it was breaking me out like crazy and it also oxidized which never happened to me before. Anyways, this powder is honestly gorgeous looking. It looks natural and no matter how much you apply it doesn't look cakey whatsoever. It doesn't emphasize dry patches/hair on your face and it provides some coverage for those little problem areas you can't seem to perfectly cover. This powder truly gives you "flawless" skin that doesn't look plastic or TOO matte. it's kind of hard to describe but it really does look like your natural skin. I have combination skin, dry cheeks and forehead but an oily nose/chin area. This powder is the only powder that doesn't disinegrate or seperate when I sweat which is crucial because I hate that. This powder lasts for hours, looks great, I never have to reapply throughout the day and I have never found a powder like that ! I am shade # "10" and I am nc35 in MAC. This powder was by far the most expensive I have ever bought, $45 but so worth it.
Background: I purchased this powder foundation in shade No. 9 to replace the original Laura Mercier Powder foundation in shade No.4. Shade No.4 in the OLD Laura Mercier powder is my perfect shade, and I am also a shade NC30 in MAC.
This foundation powder is nothing like the old powder by LM, the finish does not stay matte whatsoever. The powder oxidized terribly and made my entire face ORANGE. Coverage was spotty. I can't see any other shade in this line to match my skin.
This foundation reminded me of MUFE Pro Finish, orange, and disappointing.
Why Laura? Why must you make-up companies discontinue all the greatest powders?
I received a fairly generous sample size of this with a Sephora order I placed. I got 04, which is described as "light beige with yellow undertones". This color really blends well with my skintone. I wear DoubleWear Light in 01, or regular Doublewear in Ecru for reference. This is a very silky powder, I almost thought is was a cream when I opened up the sample. It glides very smoothly onto the skin and does not settle into lines. I've been using this as a finishing powder even though it is billed as a powder foundation. I don't know what using it as straight powder foundation would do, I would probably never use it in that way, however, it makes an excellent finishing powder for your makeup. As promised, this feels very smooth on the skin and the finish is a soft matter finish. This is not going to keep oilies at bay, I usually have to touch up midday. Otherwise an good product and when my little sample finally runs out, I may consider a full size. I now notice in the Sephora description that it can be used wet and I may try it that way to see what kind of coverage it gives.
The sample has the sponge seperate from the small compact, but I notice on the Sephora website that it looks as if the sponge stores underneath the pan of powder in the compact.
What follows is the description from the Sephora website:
What it is:
A second-skin, oil-free powder foundation that can be used wet or dry.
What it does:
This silky smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a color-true finish that lasts up to eight hours. It glides on effortlessly, camouflages, hydrates, and blurs fine lines, never settling into them. Ultra fine micronized pigments flex with skin for coverage that is even and flawless. Use it as a sheer to medium powder or build coverage using it wet.
Very natural looking, soft foundation powder. Shade 20 is a good match for dark skinned black women. It is a little on the peachy colored side but because it's sheer, it doesn't look bad.This powder does not oxidize on me and like someone else said, no matter how much you put on, it doesn't look cakey. It gives you a nice moderate matte look. It is one of my favorite pressed powders. I would purchase it again even though it is ridiculously expensive.