Laura Mercier has almost as many foundation primers as competing brand Smashbox, the bronze-tinted liquid Foundation Primer - Radiance Bronze is one of her better options for those with normal to dry or combination skin that's not too oily. (The shine is enough to make oily areas look VERY shiny.)
This gel-like lotion is easy to blend, and feels weightless as it sets to a sheer golden tan finish laced with a hint of shine. This primer's texture and non-greasy finish allow it to work under any type of foundation, and its subtle tan color doesn't drastically alter how your foundation shade looks, but be sure to check the results in natural light, especially if you have fair skin.
You can also wear this primer alone (on the face or the neck) for a soft tan effect. The formula is fairly resistant to rubbing off because of the amount of film-forming agent (PVP) it contains.
All told, Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer - Radiance Bronze is a fun twist on standard foundation primers.
Prime skin with this invisible layer with a golden pearl tint that creates a fresh, healthy glow.
Water, Hydrogenated Didecene, Glycerin, PVP, Mica, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Glyceryl Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Boron Nitride, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-25, Ceteth-25, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tropolone, Butylene Glycol, Plankton Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine.
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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