High Coverage Concealer
High Coverage Concealer is a very thick, paste-like cream concealer housed in a squeeze tube, emphasis on the "squeeze" because it takes a lot of pressure to dispense this product! Once a small amount is out (and a little goes a long way), this must be "warmed" to your skin tone in order to make blending something other than a chore. Not waiting of this to warm up means you'll be doing a lot of blending to avoid a too-heavy or streaky look.
Once warmed to your skin temperature,this smooths fairly well but is also quite greasy-looking, not surprising given its oil-rich formula. Also not surprising given the oily ingredients this concealer contains is that it creases. A lot. Even if set with powder. In order to minimize the creasing you need to apply this in sheer layer after sheer layer using a brush, then set with powder, a process that takes much more time than the average person wants to spend to hide dark circles or brown spots. At the makeup counter the extra time may seem luxurious (and someone else is doing the work!); at home, it quickly becomes tedious.
What this concealer does admirably is cover. Dark circles, red marks from past breakouts (although the formula is absolutely not suitable for use on breakout-prone areas or large pores), and sun damage discolorations are easily hidden, though the tradeoff is not what anyone would consider natural-looking. It's worth noting that this is primarily meant for use under the eyes.
Also worth of mention are the 12 (yes, 12) shades offered, because most of them are good and Mercier included options for very light to very dark skin tones. The darkest shade may actually be too dark for even the deepest skin tone! If you decide to try this concealer and its mixed bag of pros and cons, the colors to avoid are 3, which is bright peach, and 5, which is peachy-rose. We admit, a soft peach tone to a concealer can help neutralize the purple to bluish look of dark undereye circles, but both of these shades take that color-correcting concept too far—and neither would look the least bit convincing on brown spots or red marks from acne.
Last, despite the claim, nothing in this fragrance-free concealer can treat dark circles or puffiness. That's just marketing wordplay meant to entice you, as there's no formulary evidence this concealer can do anything but moisturize and, owing to its strong pigmentation, cover what you'd like to hide.
- Provides excellent coverage for all types of discolorations.
- Concentrated formula; a little goes a long way!
- Difficult to dispense.
- Must be warmed to skin temperature or this won't blend easily.
- Creases unless painstakingly applied and set with (a lot of) powder.
- The tradeoff for this much coverage is a concealer whose finish is a bit greasy and not natural-looking.
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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