Laura Mercier • moisturizing foundation • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I wanted to love this product, but I ended up returning it. Let me say up-front that my problem with this product is probaby more about me and my horrifically dry skin than the foundation itself. I didn't find it to be at all moisturizing, even when I mixed it with the Tinted Moisturizer(which I am crazy about), it still looked chalky and awful. Every little flake and line became instantly apparent the minute I put this on. I'm sure this is a great product for lots of people, but I'm unfortunately not one of them.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
Well...In my long years of experience with cosmetics, I've come to find that there are makeup lines that are primarily geared towards makeup artists and there are makeup lines that are primarily intended for consumers. One example of the former is MAC. They make great lipsticks, but the stuff like the paints and pigments can be a pain! The artist puts it on you in the store and it looks great. You try to do it and your smearing and smudging the stuff around and end up just making a mess and being late for work. A good example of the latter is Bobbi Brown. Eyeliners with convenient sponge smudgers on the end, basic colors that go with everything, little concealer and powder kits. It's about as no effort a line as they come. To me, Laura Mercier falls into the makeup artist geared category. The prime evidence of this is her Secret Camouflage kit (sorry, but I really don't have the time to custom blend a concealer every morning!). However, this foundation is a pretty solid testament as well! You can't just use it out of the bottle. With my Bobbi Brown foundation I use one pump of foundation and one pump of moisturizer, slather it on and go. Not with this one. I tried my Bobbi Brown routine and it came out looking flat and masky. The only way to apply this well is to mix it with a few drops of water and then do your best to smear it on before it dries, and it dries quick. I do admit that once you get the hang of it, it's really not that big of a deal. But slightly difficult application isn't the only caveat this product has. First and most importantly, it has no sunscreen. Second, I found it difficult to find a match. Warm Ivory was too light, but the next color up was just a bit too dark (to give you an idea, I wear a stila C, MAC Studiofix C3, And Bobbi Brown Sand). Third, it is NOT a moisturizing foundation under any circumstances! In fact, you need to apply a moisturizer just to get it to apply smoothly. If you have dry skin, you may need to double up on the amount of moisturizer you use. On a positive note, it does provide a nice finish. It does not sink into pores and fine lines and does a very nice job minimizing redness and minor discolorations. It is also obvious that this formula allows for a myriad of coverage options. It is not by any means a bad product. It's just a question of how much time and effort you're willing to put into applying your makeup. I might consider using it as my "going out on the town" foundation because I'm usually able to plan plenty of time for makeup application. But in the morning? Forgeddaboutit!!! I need it quick and easy, so it's back to Bobbi Brown's Moisturizing Foundation (even though it is a tad too light).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I use this in Blush Ivory and it is one of my favorites. It evens out what it is supposed to even out, and covers up what it is supposed to cover up. Easy to blend and a has very nice finish. I like the pump bottle too. Highly recommended.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
self-professed foundation addict. can never seem to find the *right* one but this is the closest i've come in a while.
hope these shade comparisons help: i've got this in warm ivory. i wear warm ivory in bobbi brown, mac nc 20 in studio tech, paula dorf parchment, stila b, lorac satin s2, alison rafaele 02.
i top this with leclerc in camelia - perfect match.
learning to apply this properly was a b - - - h. i have a bad habit of spreading with my fingers (i know, bad) and the product streaked, sat there, caked on, looked brutal. so i did a search on our beloved boards and found that i'm supposed to wet the sponge - eureka. used my handy dandy little evian aerosol thing that only makes its way out of the closet in the summer and it works perfectly.
still haven't figured out how to use this with a foundation brush. don't think it's going to happen.
coverage - beautiful, buildable, sheer, don't even really need concealer where i would with lorac or pd.
page me for more deets if you need 'em.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy Eyes: Green
Wow!!A foundation that lives up to what it's suppose to do..Very moisturizing..Really helped with the flakies..Blends wells and seems to sink into your skin instead of sitting on top and looking obvious.Defintely a keeper
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
Maybe not my HG foundation. Haven't found that yet, but this is close enough. I love how controllable the pump dispenser is compared to Lancome's :o) I pump a tiny amount out and spray it several times with evian before smoothing it on my entire face. At first, it might seem too sheer, but as the foundation dries, it will start to increase in coverage. Then, i pump out a little more product and pat it onto any uneven/pigmented areas. This foundation wears well and does not dissapear on me like most do. I also love the fact that this is way less comedogenic than the oil free version (the moisturizing version only has one slightly comedogenic ingredient).
Cons: I love the finish of the oil-free a teensy bit better since it's more matte. The color selection could be greater. Also, the color turns one shade darker on me later on in the day. But that's alright since the shade i'm using (golden beige) is slightly lighter than my skin anyway. I am a BB warm natural or MAC NC40-45.
UPDATE: ok, i've found out that my skin doesn't like a full face of foundation. Now i basically use this as a liquid concealer so i don't really need to water it down. I've noticed that this does look slightly pinkish on me, but it is by no means a 'pink' foundation. More like a yellow-based foundation with a slight pinky hue. But it blends in fine after i powder.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
Good color for my PPP complexion; I haven't yet found a lighter color than this in high end that I like. Highly pigmented, so I either dot on where I need it over moisturizer, or actually mix with moisturizer (my favorite way to apply any foundation, including on clients). My BIG) complaint? The pump! It is so difficult to use; I can't seem to control the amount very effectively. Frustrating enough to prevent me from buying again, so I'm still looking for my HG foundation.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have to say this is my favorite foundation when I want heavier coverage and a polished look for evening. The make up artist put it on me and it looks like my skin is perfect! I use the tinted moisturizer and love it for the day. She also sold me on the sponges that come in a 4-pack for $14. Apparantly they don't absorb as the cheap drug store sponges do, and therefore saves more makeup. Let's just hope this doesn't break me out.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I think this foundation really works for my dry sensitive skin..
It's a keeper!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
The coverage is excellent and it doesn't feel greasy nor does it dry my skin out. I use this in Sunny Beige and love the color. I pulled this out from storage just the other day and had forgotten how wonderful it is. I haven't had much luck with some of the newer lines (like Becca-too greasy on me and I didn't care for the scent) and I think this staple of mine is here to stay. I have to agree with the previous reviews on this. It's just wonderful period. I was taught by the LM mua to apply it by putting some on the back of my hand, spraying a little water and applying it with a damp sponge. For heavier coverage, you can add less water or no water.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey
This is my favorite foundation -- the best I've found thus far in my search for the perfect foundation. I use porcelain ivory. I've used both the oil free and the moisturizing, and I prefer the moisturizing. It is highly pigmented so I don't have to use a lot. It evens out my skintone and holds up well all day. I've tried other foundations looking for one I'll like better, but I always come back to Laura Mercier.
FYI, ingredients = WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SQUALANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOCINNAMATE, DIMETHICONE, AVOCADO OIL, SESAME SEED OIL, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, COCOYL SACROSINE, STEARIC ACID, GYLCERYL STEARATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, LECITHIN, LANOLIN ALCOHOL, METHYLPARABEN, CELLULOSE GUM, PROPYLPARABEN, SIMETHICONE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PANTHENOL, 0-CYMEN-5-OL, TRISODIUM EDTA, CETYL ALCOHOL, BUTYLPARABEN, TOCOPHEROL, RETINYL PALMITATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, ASCORBIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN TITATIUM DIOXIDE, MICA, IRON OXIDES. 12-25-04 Update: I still think this is an excellent foundation, but I'm taking a point off for color selection. I think all of Laura Mercier's products are of a very high quality, but the foundations are all too yellow-toned for my pink pale complexion. I've discovered Prescriptives foundations and Smashbox foundations work better for me, but for women who use yellow-toned foundations, Laura Mercier's is great.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have tried the oil free in the past and I think it caused breakouts, but has a great finish for photography (wore it for my wedding). With my skin suffering from rosacea, the oil free is far too oil absorbing for my skin, so I tried the moisturizing. This stuff is great. Very blendable (not as thick as the oil free), light feeling on and just moisturizing enough to keep my skin happy all day. Vanilla beige also has enough yellow to even out my skin tone. Great foundation!!
UPDATE: Not so great for me. I know that others love it, but the colors just don't work for me and I don't like the feel of it as I wear it. Again, I think that this foundation is breaking me out. At least I don't get the cyst deep under the skin type of blemishes that I do with the oil free.