Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Mercier has a knack for creating extraordinary foundations, and Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide doesn't break with tradition! Those with oily, breakout-prone skin, pay attention: This may be your perfect foundation! The reasons are many: An elegantly fluid texture that blends like a dream, gorgeous, natural-looking matte finish and considerable yet not obvious-looking coverage most skin flaws (such as red marks from past breakouts).
This is best for oily skin because the finish is strongly matte and a bit powdery; it wears for hours but how long it lasts on you will depend on what else you apply first and how oily your skin is. The matte finish will absolutely exaggerate any degree of dryness, including around the eyes, so be sure to prep any dry spots with a good moisturizer (or eye cream) first.
In terms of describing the coverage, it goes from light to almost medium, but you can layer this for a bit more coverage without a too-heavy look. Unless you have very oily skin, you can skip setting this with powder—it'll only make an already impressive matte finish more matte, which most people probably won't need.
Turning to the shades, wow! The range of 20+ colors runs the gamut and are mostly beautiful. There are some good shades for light skin, but not for porcelain or very fair skin with a pinkish undertone. The range favors warm, often golden tones, with most of the medium to deep shades being noticeably golden (but still worth considering). The darkest shades are stunning and do not look the least bit ashen or drab.
There are a couple shades to avoid, particularly Ecru, which is strongly rose and the slightly pink Dune, though this may be suitable for some skin tones. Be careful with the Suntan shade, as it tends to go on and stay orange-ish—which isn't the color of a natural tan on any skin tone!
Although technically not fragrance-free because the formula contains lemon fruit extract, the amount is low enough so that no citrus scent is detected, thus the risk of irritation is very low. And no question lemon fruit extract poses a reduced risk of irritation compared to lemon oil, which this foundation does not contain.
All told, another star foundation from this formidable line. Those with breakout-prone skin can apply this over a matte finish sunscreen and be all set—just don't forget to apply that SPF to your neck, too!
Note: Due to the nature of the formula, you must shake the bottle well before use. We noticed that even after vigorous shaking, some of the shades showed slight signs of separation.
- Excellent for oily, acne-prone skin.
- Fluid texture is a breeze to blend.
- Natural-looking, long-wearing matte finish.
- Well done shade range offers options for light to dark skin.
- Some of the shades require vigorous shaking for several seconds before each use, or separation occurs.
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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