Hi gals, this review is actually comparing my Laurier Mercier mineral foundation with my Lauress mineral foundation. Hope this helps anybody whom needs it.
I have tried many brands. Started off with Alima which has a weird sheen in my opinion, tried Everydayminerals which I didnt find a color match, tried Lilylolo which was very ordinary but ok, tried Laurier Mercier mineral foundation which was also a good choice but expensive. My HG is Lauress minerals followed by Laurier Mercier. Both have a good oil control with good coverage. Laurier Mercier's pigments are more finely milled compared to Lauress. If that matters to u, I hope it helped. Oil control is about the same. LM looked natural but it seems to cling on any dryness I have in my skin. It also has a sheen like the Alima foundation i used to use but after a few hours i dun see any of that anymore. Lauress gives a very nice healthy glow even after wearing it for 8 hrs. I know my skin can never be that nice looking and i love looking into the mirror when i wear this foundation. I do feel Lauress is a tad expensive overall since it is not a brand which is as established as LM. I mean LM is considered a high end product but lauress is just a few dollars cheaper when u factor in the shipping. OMG. But for the sake of looking good, I will buy lauress. I dun care how well the brand is established. what matters is my complexion looks good. LOL
Laura Mercier makes my favorite mineral foundation. It gives a very natural finish to my skin (oily, acne-prone, large pores on T-zone), evens out my complexion incredibly well, buffs away my pores & doesn't leave any powdery/chalky/streaky finish like other mineral foundations do. It takes away the shine but it also doesn't make face look totally matte. It reflects the light ever so slightly, not a greasy/metallic shine but rather, a very nice luminous/ethereal glow. And the coverage compared to other mineral foundations is phenomenal. I love that I can build this product to achieve medium coverage but I can also wear it sheer and it still looks make the skin beautiful. The lasting power of the foundation itself is excellent and on some days, it lasts even longer than my liquid foundations. I use Laura Mercier Mineral Primer as primer & Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder as finishing powder -or- Silica Powder as both primer & finishing powder on lazy days since I have oily skin. It is by far the best mineral foundation I have used. I'm NC20 that's closer to NC15 (than to NC25), and Soft Porcelain is my best match. Plus any foundations oxidize ever so slightly on me, so I always leave room for slight oxidation & go for slightly lighter (than slightly darker) shade as it should evens out later. For NC20 that's closer to NC25 (than to NC15) & NC25-30, then Real Sand is the best option. My skintone: fair complexion with yellow undertone
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder #Soft Porcelain, Lancome Ageless Minerale #Natural Ivory 10, Lucy Minerals #Pale Olive, Meow #1-Sleek Manx/Angora/Abyssinian, Alima #Warm 1, Everyday Minerals #Golden Fair/Olive Fair, Lumiere #Light Golden, Monave #Paula/Claire.
I recently purchased my second jar of "Real Sand." If you're on the fence about the price, consider this: My first purchase lasted about 14 MONTHS. Seriously. And that's 14 months of daily use. The quantity is great; the quality is great. And, for me, the shade is a perfect match and the coverage is buildable. I love this product and will buy again and again!
Because I'm so fickle when it comes to cosmetic products, it's a rarity I can call anything a holy grail item. But it would be a disgrace to Laura Mercier if I didn't categorize this loose powder of hers as such - it is THAT good.
My fair to medium skin, NC25, is quite yellow toned (and a perfect match to Real Sand), and combination to oily (and where I do get oily, it's a bad situation). During the humid heat waves of summer in my southern Ontario city, I need a powder that will stay put and protect my base despite constant blotting. This is that powder.
I love that there are very few ingredients in this. I love that it's a mineral powder. I hate that it can get messy, but I love the sifter, so I can somewhat control how much powder comes out when I tip it over. But most of all, I love that I can wear this over my liquid foundation as a setting powder, as well as on its own - and STILL have decent coverage.
Sure, it's a little pricey, but it's so worth it, as a little goes a long way and there's a lot of product in the container. Definitely not the most travel friendly thing out there, but it's such an important part of my regimen that I will gladly Scotch tape this baby and stick it in a Ziploc just to keep it safe and with me wherever I may travel.
This powder gives me a natural look. It doesn't provide much coverage, it just kind of evens out your skin tone which for me is enough for an everyday makeup. On me, it looks luminous but flash photography makes it look shiny. The shade I am using is Tender Rose which I think will be too dark in the winter. It is quick and easy to apply, but it would be good if the jar was a little deeper so that when I swirl a brush in it, no powder spills over the edge. I have been using it every day for about 3 months and there is still heaps left in the jar. I suspect it may oxidise a little but can't be sure, if it does the colour still looks OK on me. The twisty opener (for want of a better term) on the inside of the jar is kind of annoying and makes it tricky to get product evenly onto the brush. Will buy again though.
I have been wearing this product for years now. It is the only product thus far that matches my skin tone to a T. I wear the color Pure Honey and it blends in perfectly (for reference my closest match is NC44). Pure Honey provides a "glowy" effect, but does not have any shimmer. The packaging is also fantastic as the sifter can close and will prevent too much product from escaping the holes. Great for travel. As long as I don't get any lighter, or darker, I will continue to purchase this product. The SPF is an added bonus to an overall amazing mineral powder.
I should start off by saying that this is the only mineral foundation i have ever tried so i don't have any experience of similar products to compare this to.
I have this foundation in 'Real Sand' and it matches my skin very well, I am around MAC NC20 Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20 for reference. The range of colours is limited however so I would think a lot of people would have difficulty finding a match.
First of all the packaging, this comes in a little plastic container with a sifter that can be moved round to allow the product to be shaken out or which can be 'locked' to stop product falling out and making a mess. I don't have any problems with the packaging. It is small enough to fit into my makeup bag and come to work with me and there is no mess, assuming you remember to move the lid around to keep the product in (which i have forgotten to do a few times!).
When i tried this on in store the MUA applied the Laura Mercier Mineral foundation primer before applying the powder foundation. However, given the price i did not buy the primer. I have tried this foundation with several primers that i already had (Clinique pore minimiser and Cargo Face Activating primer) and it works beautifully with both so i'm not sure there is any need to splash out on the LM primer.
I apply this foundation with a dense powder brush. I tip a little of the powder into the lid and apply it to my face in swirling motions. I like the finish it gives. It is not too powdery and gives a natural looking and even finish. It also gives a bit of a glow to the face. It gives surprisingly good coverage and you can build this up from light/medium to more full coverage depending on your preference. I use my Clinique airbrush concealer and / or Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage on top and both of these products work well with this foundation. I also have to say that this is the easiest foundation to use i have ever had, i can literally apply this with my eyes closed and it will look good.
While there is nothing in particular i can fault this foundation for i am not in love with it. I do think the finish of liquid foundation is superior to this. Although this gives a 'glow' it does not give quite give me the beautiful skin that i get from MAC Face and Body or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I also don't like the fact that i can't use liquid or cream blush with it.
Having said that i do like this foundation. I will definitely use it up and may even repurchase. If you like mineral foundation this is definitely worth trying and it is a lovely (if somewhat expensive) product to own.
I absolutely love the LM Mineral Powder SPF 15. I think it is my HG foundation. It really does beat all of my other foundations, whether it's Chanel, Dior, Guerlain or Giorgio Armani... For me, I know that this won't clog my pores or make me breakout. I don't have to worry about the ingredients that are in it either.
In comparison to the Bare Minerals Veil, I think that the LM Mineral powder blends much nicely and looks more luminous, fresh and is beautiful on the skin. The Bare Minerals I think is less natural, accentuates dryness and pores a lot more and tends to crease and show laughing lines. I do think the LM does show the laugh lines as well, but you could easily smooth it out with your fingers and it would be fine. and I think I have that problem with all foundations anyway.
When I first tried the LM Mineral powder at the LM counter, I didn't like it at first, I was afraid it looked too powdery as the makeup artist put quite a lot of product on at first, but it seriously melted into my skin.. brightened and looked absolutely stunning after 30 mins - an hour. I had even taken a little nap in the afternoon and my boyfriend said my skin looked radiant and beautiful.
A little background of my skintype. I have dry and super sensitive skin and that wasn't always the case, it has just been that way for about 2 years. And I suffered from acne for a year and a half, and thought I'm still trying to clear up my scaring from it, I don't feel the need to cake on concealer or lots of foundation to cover it up. Instead using the LM mineral powder makes me better about myself (I had not used any foundations beforehand for about 4-5months) and it really puts me at ease to know that my skin will never get irritated from the product, it won't clog my pores and make me break out. I will never regret buying this product, and I will buy it over and over again for many years to come.
I really recommend this product to those who are struggling with acne or any other type of skin problems that should steer clear from regular liquid foundations but still would like to have quite a made-up face. Or just anyone who is wanting to try mineral foundation. You really can't beat this one. I absolutely adore it!
I was never a fan of mineral makeup, and never would have used it if my esthetician had not advised me to start!
I bought a Bare Escentuals starter kit, and could not seem to get a good match, plus it made my skin look dry and dull. I also tried Jane Iredale and found it too matte also.
I was so glad to find Laura Mercier's powder! I got a great match for my skin tone, and it makes my skin look radiant! I am also noticing that my skin does not look oily at the end of the day.
The first time I tried this on my face, it didn't look too bad but maybe it was just the lighting. However, the texture is much better than that of Bare Minerals. I bought the powder in a shade too dark so when I went back to swatch a few on my arm, I realized how shimmery it was. I thought maybe the testers were contaminated or something, so I exchanged mine for a shade lighter and went on my way.
After a couple of weeks now, I keep noticing how oily and shiny my face looks. I thought maybe my skin was acting up, but it turns out that the powder actually IS shimmery. Try swatching it on yourself and you will see. I returned it immediately. I don't need anything to add to my oily skin, especially if the coverage is mediocre.