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Laura Mercier

Flawless Skin Mega Moisturizer SPF 15 Normal/Dry Skin

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 50.00
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Flawless Skin Mega Moisturizer SPF 15 is a silky moisturizer that features an in-part avobenzone sunscreen. The silicones are suitable for normal to oily skin, but the emu oil and the amount of castor oil are not for anyone prone to breakouts. Unfortunately, jar packaging undermines the effectiveness of the antioxidant vitamins this contains—and that’s very disappointing considering this product’s price!

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This super moisturizing crme intensely hydrates, soothes and protects normal to dry skin. The daily moisturizer cream restores hydration and increases skin's ability to retain moisture.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Avobenzone (2%), Other: Water, Ethylhexylmethoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dromiceius (Emu) Oil, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 60, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Carbomer, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Linalool, Propylparaben, Acrylates/C10-C30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

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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