I gave in to temptation and tried mineral powder. I normally use LM tinted moisturiser in 'nude', but decided I wanted something with a bit more coverage. I got mineral powder in 'real sand'. I have pale skin(NC 25-30) with yellow undertones. I also have oily, problematic skin. Since using mineral powder, my skin is much calmer, looks amazing but not too made-up. I touch up midday, but not too much of an oil-slick. I now use this daily as it's so quick to apply. I dust T.LeClerc powder in banane over the top. Packaging is perfection - closable sifter.
I haven't tried using the tinted moisturiser underneath it yet.
This is an above average product. I love the finish on this, the "soft focus glow" thing Laura Mercier was going for isn't bullplop. The powder softly diffuses light just like her other loose finishing powder and makes skin look luminous and minimizes pores and lines. I didn't end up buying this though because honestly I really didn't see any coverage when the makeup artist applied it. Then again the makeup artist said I really don't need foundation, so maybe that's just how natural the finish is but I didn't notice a difference between where she applied it and where she didn't. She used both the cashmere puff and a blending brush on different parts of my face, and the store had tons of natural light. At the most it covered a little redness. But I honestly think the mineral finishing powder does an even nicer job masking imperfections and seemed to provide the same coverage even though it's not meant to. Unfortunately I can't speak to the lasting power on this one, I got hit in the face with a thunderstorm a couple hours after trying this. I do recommend trying this though, I think it could be a great alternative to the LM finishing powder for those with sensitive, dry skin.
Out of all the mineral foundation powders I've tried, I like this one the best. It isn't at all shiny like BE seems to be on my skin when I first apply it. I set it with the translucent LM setting powder. I use the shade Real Sand and it's perfect for my light skin with slight yellow undertones. It's definitely not full coverage, but for any marks or pimples I want to cover, I just dip a concealer brush into a little bit of the foundation and lightly buff it off. I like the convenient packaging, with it's twist sifter, so if I travel with it, it doesn't get all over the lid and doesn't become messy. It's also fairly large in my opinion, so the price isn't actually all too bad for the amount of product you get. Overall, I like this foundation and use it more than any others I own at the moment, but will continue to look for something else that's not too bad for my skin and keeps those pesky oilies at bay!
I've tried other mineral foundations before, and I've finally come to the conclusion that it's just not for me. I REALLY wanted to like this, but like the others, it just does weird stuff to my complexion. It makes my pores look HUGE and I get oily super fast - even with using the LM primer. Some parts of my face look great, and I love it. But the parts that look bad look horrible. I LOVE the twist top so that you can easily take it with you and not open it to powder spilling everywhere - high marks for that! I guess I just need to get over minerals and stick with the traditional foundations/tinted moisturizers!
I previously used BE mineral foundation, but stopped several years ago due to the chalk-like finish and tendency to settle into fine lines. I decided to give mineral foundation another try when I became pregnant and my skin became very irritated with many breakouts. I tried LM based on the reviews on this site, and it's been great! The finish is natural, coverage is light-moderate, and it does provide some oil control. I originally was using the LM mineral primer but switched to Lorac oil-free primer, and the combination of these works really well - I have gotten many compliments lately. I use a kabuki brush to apply (but the BE brush is better than LM) and use a light hand - this can look heavy if too much is applied. The container is ingenious and so easy to travel with. Overall, I really like this product and would repurchase!
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.