Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist is part of a growing category—the facial mist—designed to provide quick, light moisture to skin. (We'll get more into the facts about this group of products shortly.) The claims that come with this one are simple: It's supposed to make skin feel refreshed and hydrated. For the most part, it can do that, which is why it earns a good rating on Beautypedia.
Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist comes in a tall, opaque bottle with a spray dispenser. That's good news, because the packaging means this product's beneficial ingredients will remain stable in the presence of light and air. True to Laura Mercier's claims, this fragrance-free formula dispense as a mist, and feels lightweight while providing light hydration to skin. It would be suitable for most skin types, but those with dry to very dry skin will likely find this isn't moisturizing enough.
Most mists are toners with a cuter name, which means they (usually) contain a mix of beneficial and reparative ingredients, which is the case for this one as well. Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist is a water-based formula, containing both ordinary water as well as "sea water," but whether from the ocean or tap, all water is purified when added to a product formula and neither is more beneficial than the other is. This also includes skin-identical ingredients like glycerin and antioxidants like artemia (algae) extract, green tea powder, and vitamin E (listed as tocopheryl acetate). All of these will serve to make skin feel soothed and refreshed, though this formula would have gotten our highest rating if it included a greater amount of antioxidants, anti-irritants, and moisture-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid. For what you are paying for this formula, you should expect a bit more in terms of beneficial ingredients—what's here is good, just not great.
So what about those claims that Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist will help the absorption of key ingredients of the serum or moisturizer you apply after? Though this might provide a good canvas on which to layer other skincare products (which ideally all toners should do), there's nothing in here that's going to help with the absorption of anything, let alone "key ingredients" that might be in your other skincare products.
If Laura Mercier had included some additional beneficial ingredients in its Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, it would have easily earned our highest rating. As it stands though, it still has enough positives to warrant a good rating, and our recommendation!
This moisture mist provides a surge of hydration, preparing the skin for serums and moisturizers by helping the absorption of key ingredients. Skin feels hydrated, refreshed and invigorated.
Aqua (Water), Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Glycerin, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Artemia Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trehalose, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl Dextran, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Sebacic Acid, 1,10-Decanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Methylparaben.
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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