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Laura Mercier gave me a flawless face! - Clumps of Mascara
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Laura Mercier gave me a flawless face!

When approached with the idea of trying out some Laura Mercier products, I so couldn’t say no. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Madam Mercier’s foundations and concealers and was super de duper (name that show) to get the opportunity to review some thangs.

I was asked to test drive the Hydrating Foundation Primer, Creme Smooth Foundation, Secret Camouflage concealer and the Invisible Loose Setting Powder. Now keep this in mind — I am not a regular foundation wearer. Because of my skin’s crazy acne-prone tendencies, I like to keep as much product off of it as possible. Even though I’ve reviewed several foundations before, I am still a wee bit of a foundation newbie. Mascara pro? Yep! Foundation pro? Not even close. Before I go into how everything looked when used together, let’s highlight the team players first.

Coming in at $40 and 1.7 oz is the Foundation Primer.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I never really understand the point of foundation primers. Sure they can smooth out the skin and provide a bit more moisture before applying the foundation, but is it really necessary? I’m not sure if I can answer that question or not still, but I know one thing…this is one dynamic primer. The silky gel-like consistency was lightweight and felt great on my skin.

I like that it’s not silicone-based as primers with that consistency tend to bead up and feel drier on my skin. If I’m going to wear a primer, then I’d much rather rock one that feels hydrating and light.

Then there’s the dual-tone concealer they call Secret Camouflage ($28).

My sample shade is in SC-6 which is described to be best for those with rich, dark with yellow skin tones. I chuckled when I first read that description because yes, while my skin may be rich and dark, I don’t have yellow undertones. Buuuut, I found this concealer to work anyway. While I do wear concealer on a regular basis, it is usually a concealer that is close to my skin tone, not lighter.

Ideally, it is best to go lighter when using concealer and Secret Camouflage did that for. I did, however, find myself only using the darker shade over the lighter one. Still, I think it’s cool that you get two shades. It makes for great mixing for us gals with various shades all over.

Now the star of the show was certainly the Creme Smooth Foundation ($50).

Hold your laughter in, but I don’t think I’ve ever used a cream foundation. How un beauty blogger-ish of me, uh? My biggest fear was that I was going to make a complete mess. But look, Mommy…I’m a big kid! I didn’t make a mess. This creamy dreamy foundation in Toffee Brown was a pleasure to work with. Application was simple and painless. I was shocked at how lightweight the foundation felt throughout the day.

Because it was of a creamy consistency, I was expecting to feel a bit of weight to it. But no, darlings. Nada. In fact, until a coworker complimented me on how luminous my skin looked, I forgot that I had on foundation. For someone who doesn’t wear it on a regular, THIS is the kind of foundation I would prefer. Coverage was phenomenal in that it managed to cover my acne scars and hyperpigmentation. My only gripe with the foundation would be that there doesn’t seem to be many richly hued (coined by Sam Fine) color selections. After my shade, there is only one more. I so think line could cover a few more shades.

And coming in last is the Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($34).

I firmly believe in setting powders. Especially if you’re like me and tend to get a little oily throughout the day. Problem is, most translucent powders end up making me look like a ghost. I still got a bit of a white cast with this powder, but a whole bunch of buffing got rid of it.

Did I buff it all the way off or  is just that good? I don’t knowwww….8)

Now here’s where the magic begins. My skin without foundation.

See that hyperpigmentation?

Application of the Secret Camouflage.

I never feel like I need to applying concealer under my eyes but wanted to give it a try. Looks great!

To apply the foundation, I used a skunk brush…

Dapped the foundation all over.

And bam…

I only applied foundation on one side. Can you tell which side?

Scars covered!

With flash…

In natural light.

Yep, I’m impressed and I see why Laura Mercier has rave reviews all over. While the foundation has a high price point, I’m all about investing in something that I’ll wear every day. Serious foundation wearers may cringe over a price tag, but at the end of the day, if they love it, they’ll buy it and keep buying it. I’ll be going to a few super fancy events this season and can’t wait to rock the foundation and siblings. I’m an eternal fan.

Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within each step is located here.

Have you tried anything from Laura Mercier?

 

 

Disclosure:

Compensation was provided by Laura Mercier via Glam Media. I received a sample to review as part of the program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laura Mercier.

 

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  • http://www.fabellis.com Ashley

    Your face looks fabulous! I love it!

    • Brittany

      Thanks Ashley!

  • http://thetubcat.blogspot.com thetubcat

    You look gorgeous with that foundation! It really does give you a lovely smoothness and glow.

    I’m curious about Laura Mercier’s concealer now. I can’t go in public without concealer, but I have yet to find one I’m crazy about.

    • Brittany

      Thank you, darlin’! I am loving the glow too. And it doesn’t look too foundation-y so it is right up my alley. I’d give this concealer a try. It comes with two shades so you can mix it up to conceal areas all over your face.

  • http://www.flyblackchick.com [flahy][blak][chik]

    Ohh I may have to try this!

    • Brittany

      I am so in love with Laura Mercier…

  • http://ChocolateOrchid.blogspot.com/ ChocolateOrchid

    These products look great on you.

    So glad you reviewed this line. I’ve also heard wonderful things about Laura Mercier. That $40 for 1.7 ounces of product honestly makes me cringe. I do believe in investing but at that price point I’m gonna have to visit a counter and try it for myself before taking that leap.

    • Brittany

      Yes ma’am, I completely agree. When it comes to foundations, your best bet is to swatch ‘n test before purchasing. The good news is, even if you order online and you aren’t digging your shade, you can exchange it at Sephora. Woot!

  • http://calandrabranch.wordpress.com Calandra

    Wow that looks FABULOUS!! I think I may be checking out Laura Mercier for my fall/winter foundation. Thanks for that review.

  • http://www.makeup4play.com Trice

    You look fab! I have been using the secret concealer, and I love it. It is so creamy, and goes on smooth. It is my favorite.

    • Brittany

      It is very nice and smooth.

  • Cinnie

    Funny, I just today used a LM TM sample I was sent. We are twins!

    I found the TM had a lot of coverage, when I was wanting something a tad more sheer. It’s really more like an actual foundation than a TM.

    That said, it’s smooth, and a tiny smidge goes a long way. I can get at least 2 more applications out of this sample packet. The price point may be high, but you’ll get like a year’s use out of it.

    This isn’t the oil-free TM so I worry about it disrupting my (Clarisonic-made) gorgeous skin. I hope it doesn’t come to that.

    THAT said, you look fab and I’m impressed with the coverage of your scars and splotches (I’m splotchy too, darn it). You don’t look all cakey, either– just gives you better skin. Which is what a *good* foundation is all about, IMO.

    • Brittany

      “You don’t look all cakey, either– just gives you better skin. Which is what a *good* foundation is all about” –my sentiments exactly, Cinnie. My sentiments exactly.

  • http://www.channinginthecity,com Channing

    You look so purttty! I’ve been interested in learning more about Laura Mercier but the prices! Yikes!

    I think I need to go have a looksy, now.

  • http://ccmanicured.blogspot.com/ ManiCured!

    Oh wow. That looks really great on you!

  • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha Brown

    You do look gorgeouuuus :-)

    I usually don’t wear concealer or foundation but you making me want to!

    ~Kesha

  • http://www.facebook.com/hillary.davis Hillary

    Looks wonderful! I recently purchased Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturizer, and I love it! I have pretty clear even skin (Thanks Ma!) so a tinted moisturizer is all I need. My skin is normal to oily and by the end of the day, let’s just say you can fry a 10 piece chicken on my nose :-/ This doesn’t make me super oily w/a little primer underneath.

    • Brittany

      I am in looove with the primer. Moisturizes and keeps the oil at bay.

  • victoria

    Wow, looks worth the price, your skin looks amazing yet not cakey at all!

  • Lavendar

    I’m really curious now about that primer and foundation. I’ve been searching for the perfect primer that doesn’t totally dry out my already dry skin. The fact that this is a hydrating primer that’s not heavy on the silicones makes this a must-try for me. And you know a brown girl is always on the look out for the perfect foundation. I’m allergic to chemical and physical SPF, so that makes it even harder. You didn’t mention SPF in your post, however. It certainly makes you look FAB. So if it’s SPF-free, I’m all over it!

    • Brittany

      Lav, I don’t think this has SPF in it. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer does but the foundation does not. Woot! Check it out here. That means you can try it out!

  • http://www.brooklynactivemama.com Nellie

    This looks awesome, I am a slave to the MAC foundation, but I think I might give this a try once I save some $!

    • Brittany

      It’s definitely worth saving for. ;)

  • http://www.beautynscience.net Beauty and the Scientist

    OMG I think I need this in my life. It looks amazing :)

    • Brittany

      I think I’ve found my hg foundation. :)

  • http://themanesource.com Bree

    I’ve never used it myself, but my friend Tia raves about it. I love the way it made your skin look. I might have to give it a go. :)

    • Brittany

      If you try it let me know what you think, darling.

  • http://eyegraffiti.blogspot.com EyeGraffiti

    Just find this review very easy to read and at the same time entertaining. I love they way you wright about things! I think your face looks beautiful without any foundation on. I’m always searching after the perfect foundation and maybe I should try this one out!
    Thanks for a supa’dupa’ post

    • Brittany

      XOXO

  • http://yummy411.blogspot.com kia

    b’s wearing foundation. hold the presses now! so glad you found something that you like!!

    • Brittany

      I know, riiiiiight?

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    I love Laura Mercier! I’ve only tried their Tinted Moisturizer and Silk Creme Foundation though, but now I definitely have to see how that Creme Smooth foundation works for me. Your skin looks amazingly glowy and natural with this foundation, thanks so much for the review :)

  • http://studiomakeupacademy.com studiomakeupacademy

    I would never be without my Laura Mercier concealors, fonndations or powders, they are the Bentley of makeup

    • Brittany

      Agreed!

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