I never put 2 & 2 together... for the past 8 years I have been using Studio Fix. I never realized that it was the main cause for my breakouts and acne. I switched over to this LM Mineral Powder after I got a facial in West Hollywood at Ole Henrikson. The facialist was amazing - she told me to stop using MAC immediately and to use a mineral powder and suggested this one - she was the one who told me about MUA and to look up Studio Fix and see how it breaks so many people out. I was so skeptical - it was all I had known for so long. It took me a couple of months to get used to the product - I was putting too much on at first and ended up not liking the way it looked at all. I really love the finishing powder w/it though. And I love this powder. It's awesome. I always look like I have a bit of color b/c I run outside so Real Sand is perfect for me. I also have Classic Beige for when I am tanner. I was MAC C5 or NW25 then in summmer I was NC35 (I was all over the place w/them). I am really happy w/this foundation. Only 4 lippies b/c all mineral powders are just so damn messy but for travel, this packaging ROCKS! continued >>
I was blinded by the big name, and the ingredient PEARL POWDER sounds so good to the skin, but it doesn't and gives me break out. Going to return it and go back to EM.
I've been using this foundation for about 15 months now and I still really like it. I have repurchased it twice.
As many other reviews have said it gives a lovely glowy look, coverage can range from light to full depending on the brush or application method. I normally use the LM blending brush for medium coverage or my BB kabuki for full coverage.
It has great lasting power, particularly if I begin with the mineral primer and end with the mineral finishing powder.
I am an NC25 - NC30 and can use real sand or rich vanilla - it's pretty forgiving.
This is my new holy grail! I don't use a lot of foundation because I don't like looking so "made up". I'd been searching for a foundation that just covered up my red cheeks and nose and gave me smoother looking skin without looking like I had a ton of foundation on (sounds like a big job, doesn't it). My sister had been shopping around for mineral makeup and wanted to try it. When I saw how flawless her skin looked, I ran out to buy it! I use the mineral primer first and my face looks smooth, even and amazing without looking chalky. The container is great for traveling because it doesn't spill and the color, Real Sand, is an exact match for my NC20 skin. Have the LM SA do half your face with the mineral primer and makeup and you'll really see the difference!
Just bought this yesterday afternoon in Real Sand. I've always been a liquid foundation girl and have never found my HG foundation. I did some research on here and asking friends and from reviews in magazines and decided to try the Trish McEvoy mineral foundation. The SA showed the Trish to me and we discussed coverage, etc. I said I am used to a more full coverage foundation (this comes from years of wearing liquid foundations) and she suggested I start with LM instead of Trish as LM is a little heavier coverage in their mineral foundations than Trish is. We decided once I get used to using a mineral foundation then I might want to switch to Trish for a lighter coverage if I wish. Right now I'm VERY HAPPY with my LM purchase(s) (HA!). I rushed home yesterday afternoon and washed my face and reapplied all my LM purchases (foundation/blush/es/lips) to see how they all looked together. Lovely I might add!! This a.m. I was up at 8 a.m. and did my whole face in my new LM purchases and now at 3 p.m. after running errands all day I still look pretty darn good. Need to blot just a bit but it's not that oily slick I'm used to, it's more of a dewy look. So far very happy with this purchase, it's only $35 which is a steal compared to Chanel liquid foundations - I urge you to try it!! It provides good coverage, they have a wide range of colors and it feels good on your skin. For reference I'm very oily in the t-zone and wear NW20 in Mac. No turning orange with LM minerals either!!
EDIT:: Began having some breakout issues and mild itching sensation that was very irritating. Breakouts were of the cystic hormonal acne type, very deep & very painful. Quit using this for a couple days and things calmed down. Did some research on the ingredients and this contains Bismuth Oxychloride which is known to cause these reactions however it is in most mineral makeups. LM lists it pretty high on the ingredient list. So sorry to say I won't be using this product anymore. It's great if you can stand the ingredients. Mac Studio Fix powder does not contain this ingredient so may just go back to the old standard! continued >>
I bought this in classic beige. I decided to try it because of the rave reviews I had read on it. They were right! I love the coverage and it doesn't look chalky like some mineral foundations. This seems to be a perfect match for my skin tone as well. I didn't buy the primer or the setting powder. I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much money. I think this is a bit pricey, but I will pay the price for a good mineral foundation.
Ok so basically here is all of the reasons this product is better than BE
1. LM doesn't turn ashy on deeper skin tones.
2. LM has a close able shaker (thank god!)
3. LM contains less Mica so you don't look too shiny.
4.LM contains antioxidants
5.LM uses crushed pearls
6.LM has a better shade selection
7. LM has a smoother application
8. LM provides better coverage.
9. LM has a mineral powder primer
The only thing is that is it $35 vs $25.
This is an excellent mineral foundation. I was curious to try this but reluctant as I had not liked the finish with BE mineral makeup. I found that to have too much "glow" and a heavier look than I would want. My HG foundation for a number of years now has been Becca. It's light and sheer. I do not need heavy coverage. My skin is in good condition, not prone to breakouts, and not extremely sensitive. My overall skintone is pretty even. I like a light foundation to make it look completely even and flawless, while minimizing the look of any small imperfections. I rarely need concealer. So, on to Laura Mercier. This foundation does just wat I need it to do. I open the sliding cover to expose only one hole of the perforated cover and shake a small amount into the lid. That small amount is enough to give my skin an amazingly beautiful finish. Natural, glowy but not shiny and perfectly even. It does not settle into any fine lines or into pores. I do use either MAC Prep & Prime or Laura Mercier Mineral Primer first and I do finish with the Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing powder. I use a Trish McAvoy Large powder brush for application. Kabuki type brushes gave a too heavy coverage for me. If you are looking for a mineral foundation that will give you a subtle glow and a really perfect looking complexion, I would recommend this one any time! Ilove it and will definitely repurchase. I am an NC30, Becca "Nude" and Rich Vanilla is a good color match.Editted to add: For really perfect & lasting finish, a light spray of Fix+ (or your favorite equivalent) sets everything and makes the makeup flawless. Truly like your skin but better! continued >>
This is my first review. I bought this mineral powder today and it gave me a mask-like look. I read about Laura Mercier's mineral makeup on this site and I decided to give it a try. It gives me good coverage and looks natural.I asked if I needed Mineral Veil, and the sales clerk said I didn't need it, because the product provided enough coverage. She's right! Not having to use Mineral Veil saves time and shortens my makeup routine. I love the sifter;it helps me to conserve the product. I also won't be getting powder all over my bathroom counter like I did with my BE. Yes, it's kind of pricey, but I think it will be worth it in the long run because you get a good supply that should last awhile.
I have been using this foundation for the last week. So far I found it to be quite good. It feels light and I like how I can wear it for a whole day and not feel like its damaging my skin. The result is quite natural, probably more natural than my Dior extreme fit moist compact, but i found the real sand colour slightly dark for my NC30 skin. Also the foundation does give me a slight shine between the brow by the end of the day.