Cleansing oils are a fast-growing category in the world of makeup and skincare, and Laura Mercier's version has a lot of good things going for it. It's not exactly "flawless" as the name implies, but it is among the better options available.
First and best among the positives: Unlike many other high-end cleansing oils that contain fragrant plant oils as their base, Flawless Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil has a gentle mineral oil base and is fragrance free. It's conveniently packaged in a pump-style container that dispenses the oil within without making a mess.
To use this, Laura Mercier recommends putting a couple of pumps of oil in your hand, spreading it across your face, then adding warm water to it. The result is a milky emulsion that effectively removes dirt and most types of makeup with ease. This can remove waterproof makeup as claimed, but it requires additional effort (you'll need to wipe it off with a washcloth or a cotton pad, not just fingers, to truly get all the makeup off).
Despite this being an oil, it rinses cleanly without leaving a greasy residue behind. But because of its emollient properties and the hydrated feeling it leaves after rinsing, it's best for those with normal to dry skin.
Though not the least expensive cleansing oil option out there (mineral oil is good but inexpensive compared to plant oils), if you pick up Flawless Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil you'll likely be happy with the results, provided you don't mind using a washcloth every now and again.
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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