This water-based serum for normal to oily skin costs way too much for a formula that doesn't give your skin as much of the good stuff (antioxidants, skin-repairing ingreidents) as it should. It is truly embarrassing that for $95 you're getting mostly water, glycerin, slip agents, and thickeners!
We're concerned that the amount of benzyl alcohol is greater than several state-of-the-art ingredients (which are present in tiny amounts when your skin deserves oodles of these). Benzyl alcohol can be irritating when used in high amounts, and its prominence in this serum is cause for concern.
Bottom line: this serum pales in comparison to any of those on our Best Serums list. Mercier may know makeup, but she and her team should go back to the drawing board with this skin-care product!
Helps to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Unveils healthy looking, brighter, smoother skin within 2 weeks
Water, Glycerin, Butyene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycereth-26, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Oats, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Acetyl Glucosamine, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Alpina Speciosa Leaf Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lecithin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Sitosterol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glucose, Sericin, Ceramide 3, Ethoxydiglycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol Denat.
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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