Flawless Skin Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil
Flawless Skin Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil is one of the better facial oils out there, in large part because it doesn't overload the skin with fragrance. Whether natural or synthetic, fragrance can be a problem for all skin types, so although this has a telltale rose scent, it's neither intense nor a main ingredient. Instead, your skin gets a very good blend of antioxidant-rich oils best for dry to very dry skin. Those with sensitive, reddened skin would be better using a fragrance-free facial oil (or even a plain non-fragrant plant oil, like grapeseed, argan or jojoba).
You can apply this on its own or mix a few drops into your favorite facial moisturizer or serum for times when extra moisture is needed, or if skin is looking dehydrated. The formula is based on non-fragrant plant oils and a skin-repairing triglyceride---ideal for helping to smooth and soothe dryness anywhere on the face.
A word of caution, though: Because this facial oil isn't fragrance-free, think twice before applying it near the eyes. Oils are slick and definitely "move" on skin, so putting this too close to the eyes ups the chances the fragrance ingredients will get into the eye, potentially leading to puffiness and irritation.
There isn't much else to say about this oil blend; it's a nice step up from the standard 'fragrance first, skin-beneficial ingredients second' tactic many other brands have taken, and we also like that it's not reliant on one single oil (however good) to improve skin. This is worth trying if the price doesn't prove off-putting.
Note: The translucent packaging demand careful storage from natural light to avoid potentially degrading the light- and air-sensitive plant ingredients.
- Very good mix of non-fragrant, antioxidant-enriched plant oils.
- Rich source of barrier-repairing and smoothing fatty acids.
- The plant extracts exert some intriguing antioxidant benefits.
- Less fragrant than several other facial oils.
- The rose fragrance does post a slight risk of irritation, making this less compelling for sensitive, reddened skin.
- Translucent packaging demands careful storage away from natural light.
Laura Mercier At-A-Glance
Strengths: Many fragrance-free products; top-notch water-soluble cleansers; some extraordinary foundation and powder products; great powder blush, cream blush, and powder eyeshadows; a couple impressive mascaras; mostly great shimmer products; praiseworthy makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some of the products with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas.
Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better.
For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.
Laura Mercier Makeup
What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.
Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.
Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!
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Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.