Considering this product’s price and antioxidant-rich formula, it’s truly disappointing that it comes in jar packaging. This moisturizer has great potential for dry skin, and its texture is lush, emollient, and notably silky. However, because jar packaging allows air into the product with each use, you’re diminishing the potency of the plant oils and antioxidants, including the potency of the antioxidant and skin-healing ingredient quercetin. Plus, jar packaging isn’t hygienic because you introduce bacteria into the container every time you dip your fingers in it, further diminishing the product’s efficacy.
Another disappointment is that many of the state-of-the-art beneficial ingredients are listed after the preservative, which means there isn’t much of them in here anyway.
This moisturizer does contain fragrance chemicals and fragrant plant extracts. The illuminating effect is courtesy of the mineral pigment mica, an ingredient that’s not unique to this product.
This luxurious creme leaves skin brighter, luminous and visible even toned. Tone Perfecting Crème helps diminish the look of discolorations, sun damage and age spots and protects against environmental stresses with Quercetin.
Sea Water, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Isododecane, Sorbitan Stearate, Ceteth-10, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Phospholipids, Hydrolyzed Sericin, Tremella Fuciformes (Mushroom) Extract, Quercetin, Glycophingolipids, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Hydrolyzed Xylan, Isostearyl Acetyl Glutaminate, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cyclic Lysophosphatidic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citrus Aurantium Tachibana Peel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Tristearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Trehalose, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methyl Dihydroxybenzoate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Linalool, PEG-15/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Dicocoylethylenediamine PEG-15 Sulfate, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Potasssium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
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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