This, for the past few months, has been my absolute favorite foundation ever. It's so simple to use, covers flaws almost magically, and the shade I use, Soft Porcelain, is almost dead on. It has a slight, but flattering, yellowish tint to it, but it's not as noticeable as the liquid foundations. It is my go to base now, and just gives me a flawless, natural finish. My face does start to shine around midday, but I have very oily skin, and nothing can suppress it!
My favorite, holy grail finishing/setting powder. Lovely finish. Matte without looking cakey. Perfect for any type of skin. I'm normal with a little oil in the Tzone. I wish the price were a little more reasonable, but I will continue to purchase none-the-less.
This past summer I went to Sephora in search of makeup application tips and wanted to try out all the Laura Mercier foundations. I talked to the SA about my frustration of having sensitive skin that breaks out easily and how I couldn't use chemical sunscreens. I also mentioned I was a loyal MAC StudioFix user for 11 years and she told me I should try Laura's mineral pressed powder. When she applied it to my face my skin looked great and didn't break out from it later in the day! It was a hit! After buying eveything the MA used on me I struggled to get the same look as when it was applied on my face at Sephora. Every time I've applied the powder it looked patchy and stuck to my skin like a suction cup which is great unless the foundation starts doing this halfway though application and won't blend. Even after applying moisturizer, and waiting ten minutes for it to sink in, this stuff still looked patchy. I thought of returning it but I kept working with it since it's just like StudioFix powder was before Estee Lauder got their talons on MAC. After five months of struggling to make this foundation work I sat down one night and read over 100 reviews online about this powder and discovered that the way to make this powder work is to use a powder brush and work in sections. I used my trusty MAC long handled 129 to do this and though I had to take a little more time than my usual five minutes I can report happily that it worked! Previously I'd been using my EDM flat top brush or Cat's kabuki ,since that's what's always suggested to apply mineral makeup,and after every application my foundation looked patchy and uneven. So now with the 129 I've got an even application! Also before applying foundation I applied Benefit's Powderflage to my fine smile lines and didn't have to worry about the powder sinking in that area. Also I noticed, and loved, that as I was applying and building up the foundation that I didn't need much to cover a few hormonal acne marks I have on my chin. Yahoo! Very nice since I didn't have to fuss with concealer and since I'm not big on spending a lot of time doing my makeup it was a real bonus! My only complaint about this is that it does indeed itch. Usually I remedy mineral makeup itchiness by spritzing my face with water and blotting after applying a full face but with Laura's mineral pressed powder my skin still itches a little bit during the day. Still though I make due because besides the little bit of itching I'm thrilled! Great foundation and will buy as long as it's available! EDIT 2/16/11 Drat! After applying CeraVe PM lotion and then putting on the foundation I found that due to the dimethicone in the cream and my oily skin it caused the foundation to come off easily. Just touching my face caused the foundation to patch off and you can see real skin color underneath. Extremely irritating! I guess with this I'll have to stick to my Vegecol facial toner, which acts as an extremely light moisturizer with aloe, as the only thing that this powder works with. Arg. Giving this a 4 down from a 5.
This is the most natural looking foundation i've ever had! Maybe it's because the colour match is great, but even the finish looks natural and not cakey on my skin. I was told this is a medium to full coverage foundation, but i don't see that. It's quite light in my opinion, which is great for every day use. It just looks really natural.
I hv the same problem w the review below. This powder accentuated all my pores n makes me looks 3 yrs older, honestly. I thought it might bcoz of the buildable coverage, as it suppose to be, but no... it doesnt blend w my skin very well n it feels like wearing a mask. N the color is so off!! It"s not about putting the powder too much or too little >> it's the powder!! I don't like the texture, color, oil-control quality, coverage.. or anything about it.
My color matches r between 'tender rose n real sand' - i choose real sand as i was suggest it will look more natural w my yellow-based asian skin tone... it is not! It looks funny, unnatural, n layered.
I've been using Nars for years (n few other brands before that). But I was just wanna try sth new... shouldn't hv :( I use the color - 'dauville' (a bit brighter) n 'sweden' (more yellow n natural for my asian skin). N it smooth on my face very well, both color. My dry/combination/no break out skin love it, my sister's oily-acne prone skin also love it. A lot better quality, color matches, texture (lighter n smoother w more coverage n natural than LM)... n twice the amount w the same price!! I'll go back for Nars or maybe try on Chanel.
I usually love Laura Mercier makeup. I've been using the tinted moisturizer for years but also wanted a blot powder with an SPF. The powder settled into all of my pores and accentuated my pores as well. I don't really have large pores but this product surely magnified them. If you're looking for a pressed powder with an SPF try Dior.
The color matched my skin nicely and it provided a very nice matte finish. Unfortunately, I made my skin break out pretty severely. It may be the humid weather, its tough to say for sure. I have switched back to bare escentuals, which I think I have better luck with.
I use this as a setting powder instead of MAC's msf because it has SPF 15 which I love. My color is Natural Beige and it matches beautifully. I love the packaging because its portable and has a mirror (unlike its MAC counterpart). However, I don't care for the sponge it comes with and apply is with a regular powder brush. I'm almost done with my first one, and I will definitely repurchase.
Amazing, just like the loose version. This is the only brand I will let touch my face from now on
I have to agree with gingerrama, I rather enjoy this product. I had been very devoted to MAC Studio Fix Powder ever since I can remember wearing makeup.. maybe ten years or so. I will still continue to use it in conjunction with this product, alternating, of course. I am a MAC junky by nature, so it really takes something special to divert my attention.. and after using the Laura Mercier Pressed Mineral Powder for about a month or so, I really wish I'd discovered this stuff sooner.
I think most of all I love the diversity of it.. you can use it in a flash if you don't have time for primer, foundation, concealer AND powder. You can wake up in the morning, dab on some moisturizer and throw this on. Better yet, you can use a concealer brush for any extra coverage you may need. I have combination skin with a little extra shine in the t-zone area and normal/drier cheeks, and I find that using this more liberally in my t-zone and less so elsewhere works magically. It works hard to soak up oil where it has to and doesn't dry me out elsewhere.
I appreciate the SPF 15 quite a bit as well as it seems many other powders don't seem to try to utilize any sort of SPF, and every last bit of it you can get is helpful (unless of course you want to age prematurely.) I could continue to sing praises for this stuff but I will simply say that if I were forced right now to throw all my makeup away (heaven forbid) I would keep this over all else cause it really does it all.