Having used many different brands of mineral foundations in the past, I decided to hand over the extra money and try this product. I purchased Tender Rose at Sephora, where I didn't have to deal with the "snooty" factor . Despite the warnings about this color it turned out to be a wonderful match. I am very satisfied with the coverage and the finish. Well done Laura Mercier!
After 16 months (!!!) I'm just finishing up my first 18g jar of Alima. I do love Alima, but after reading the raves about LM I couldn't help but stray. What I'm looking for in a foundation: "natural" finish (not too matte, not too shiny), good color match, buildable coverage, excellent oil control, good staying power (minimal, if any, touch-ups). While I'm cheap at heart, I enjoy nice things and am willing to pay a premium for something that exceeds my expectations. What I experienced with LM: Finish: A very nice sheen. Color match: Iffy. The SA at Sephora matched me to Tender Rose, but I have yellow undertones and as the name implies, this is pink. Had I liked the product more, I might've looked for a better color match (though I'm not convinced there is one for me). Coverage: Pretty good - it took only a little product to get good, light coverage, and it was easily blendible/buildable. The deal breaker: The oil control was TERRIBLE. Completely non-existent. In the 45 minutes between putting on in the morning and arriving at work, I was a greasy disaster. Worse than any other foundation I've used, powder or liquid. Extremely disappointed, I figured I might get better results if I splurged for the LM primer and finishing powder (I had been using Fyrinnae for both). After $35USD for the foundation, $30 for the primer and $34 for the setting powder (that's $99 in product), I experienced no difference, at all. Because of the terrible oil control, this stuff just slid off my face in minutes. Absolutely awful. I really wanted this to work. I've tried and liked other LM products, but with the price tag and performance, I think I've given up. I'm guessing this might be a good option for those with normal/dry skin who can find a color match. I just bought two 18g jars of Fyrinnae foundation for a tiny fraction of what I spent on LM ($24 for *two*, a bargain!) for much better performance in all categories.
WOW! This is my first time switching to mineral makeup and I have to say I am SO glad I did. This makeup is AMAZING!! It is very natural looking but also covers very well and gives an airbrushed finish. I have combination skin and usually get oily in the T-zone area and dry spots in other areas, but this powder really balances that all out so it feels and seems like I have perfectly normal, flawless skin. I am VERY happy with my purchase and will definitely buy again. I bought this at Bloomingdales along with all of the other products in the same line (i.e. blush, primer, bronzer, finishing powder). When I bought everything I got 2 VERY cute bags of free makeup samples! WHOO HOO!! That made this big and expensive purchase well worth it!!
Love this product! I was using BE for a couple years, then the market got flooded by other mineral foundations and I realized BE really wasn't that great. It made me itch, it would get chalky and build up in tiny lines in my face, and I'm fairly certain it was the cause of my cystic acne. Laura Mercier is definitely worth the price (you get a LOT and it lasts for ages). The shades are more natural and seem to match skin a LOT better, IMO. With BE and Everyday Minerals I had to mix 2-3 shades to get a good match. It doesn't break me out at ALL. Laura Mercier's mineral foundation has calmed my skin to the point where I don't even need it every day. Give it a try!
I have never taken the time to write a review before and like many others here, I am always on the lookout for a foundation that makes my skin look naturally beautiful (even though it's really not). And low and behold, I can honestly say I have found THE foundation (mineral powder no less!) that makes my acne-prone, uneven skin-tone look almost flawless. No heavy makeup look or feel, my oily skin shine remains under control throughout the day and skin-tone is one color (I use Rich Vanilla) and matches my skin color really well! The only con I can come up with is that the jar is too big.
I've tried several mineral foundations (BE included), & this is the only one I've ever liked. This applies & blends very easily, has almost a moist/creamy texture to it, gives anywhere from sheer-medium coverage & makes my skin look flawless within seconds. Most minerals give that tin-man look, but Laura's doesn't. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, & this doesn't cause any issues. I adore the sifter container that you can close....finally, a vendor got that part right. My only complaint is the poor color selection. I really can't find a good match for my medium skin tone. All Laura's colors lean yellow, & that just doesn't work for me. I wear Natural Beige, & have tried Classic Beige, & Rich Vanilla....ALL too golden/yellow. I wish the cosmetic creators would get away from that "everyone looks good with a yellow base" attitude!
I am honestly shocked at the positive reviews for this product. I think it is awful. It's the only LM product I have tried that I haven't loved. There are several reasons I dislike it.
1) It is poorly milled. The powder balls up in the jar and when it is sifted out, the minerals are not finely milled but actually little balls of rolled-up minerals.
2) The formula looks chalky on my skin. It gives good glow, and provides sheer to moderate coverage, but still looks "off" and has the telltale too-much-makeup look.
3) It is hard to blend. I find that even after buffing in the powder, it still tends to collect in certain areas, and then I can actually peel it off my skin w/ a fingernail. It's gross.
For reference, I am PPP w/ cool undertones and wore the lightest shade, Soft Porcelain. The good thing about this is that the color was a great match for me, which is difficult because cool-toned PPPs have a hard time finding a good match.
This is a product that is best left on the shelf, honestly. If you want to try mineral makeup, I think you'd be better off with Bare Escentuals than this, and I can't stand Bare Escentuals. I recently bought Everyday Minerals and there is absolutely NO comparison between that (wonderful) product and this.
This mineral powder foundation is lightweight and has a natural finish. Most I've tried feel cakey on and have some glittery stuff in there which doesn't look bad but doesn't look like skin either. And some of them change color after you sweat a little or produce a little oil. Usually I don't even like mineral foundations for this reason, and had pretty much decided that they weren't appropriate for my combination skin. I love the fast application and SPF. My color match is Soft Porcelain, which is a new color Real Sand was too dark and Tender Rose was too pink so I'm glad they added some shades. The Mineral Powder SPF is comfortable for light coverage on its own, and because it's so light I might dust it over a tinted moisturizer (like Stila's) to see how that works. I don't mean to slam the other brands, but I like this a lot more than Bare Escentuals and MAC mineralize. UPDATE: I still prefer Liquid Foundations as all the powder ones still feel heavy to me by the end of the day.
- Sheer coverage
- Great colour match
- Packaging is good for a loose powder and easy to control the amount of product used.
- Does not control oil effectively and may not stay on all day.
- Does not change darken or change colour through the day and is easy to apply
- Washes off without make up remover
- Easy on the skin, does not make me break out
- I find it a bit too expensive for a mineral powder to buy again unless it can control oil more effectively I would not repurchase.
I am somewhere in between Real Sand and Rich Vanilla during the winter, and during the summer I'm pretty much right on Rich Vanilla. Looking back at pictures where I'm wearing Rich Vanilla my skin looks flawless. My skin is pretty sensitive and LM's mineral foundation doesn't irritate my skin. I get really good coverage when I apply with a kabuki brush. I get a lot of compliments when I wear it. It lasts all day and I love it. I do hate it when I spill it all over the counter or carpet.
Update (6-25-08): I'm having issues with my Rich Vanilla color, it doesn't look as good as it used to, so I've switched it up and went with Chanel's Vitalumiere or Teint Innocence Compact. It still feels really light, but the color looks muddy and dull. Perhaps I should use more Real Sand than Rich Vanilla.
Update (8-08-08): I tried Real Sand and layered Rich Vanilla over it today. It looks all right, but it doesn't give me the luminosity that I like with Vitalumiere. I'm just glad it didn't irritate my ultra sensitive forehead.
Update (9-12-08): This product is a real love-hate kind of relationship for me. You have to make sure your skin is moisturized enough for your skin to look luminous when you use this foundation. It'll really emphasize your flakiness if you don't moisturize.