For what this fragrance-free foundation costs, it should perform better than it does. On the plus side, this is indeed a moisturizing foundation suitable for dry skin. It leaves a moist, satin finish and contains some notable plant oils to keep skin smoothed and hydrated. The light cream texture smooths easily over skin, providing medium to almost full coverage from only a small amount of product.
The major drawback is that once set, this tends to look heavy and very much like makeup sitting on the skin as opposed to meshing with it for a more natural, yet refined, appearance. The finish also tends to sink into and magnify wrinkles and definitely highlights areas with enlarged pores (though large pores are typically not a complaint for women with dry skin).
Turning to the shades, there are some beautiful options for fair to dark skin tones, along with some that are a must to avoid. Porcelain Ivory is excellent for very light skin, assuming you’re willing to tolerate that this foundation really looks like makeup. Colors to avoid include the rosy-pink Shell Beige, slightly orange Honey Beige, and coppery Toffee Bronze (though this may work for certain dark skin tones).
Note: This foundation contains the sunscreen ingredient ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. Although it is not rated with an SPF and should not be relied on for sun protection, the sunscreen ingredient this contains can be a problem when used around the eyes (such as on the eyelid area). If you notice signs of stinging or eye irritation, this ingredient is the likely culprit.
Water, Propylene Glycol, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Boron Nitride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Lanolate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Isostearate, 1,2-Hexandediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-26-PPG-30 Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oleth-25, Ceteth-25, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cellulose Gum, Linolenic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Triethanolamine, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tripeptide-3, Hexapeptide-3.
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
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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