This review has been a long time coming, because I’ll admit…I couldn’t figure out how to use the product properly. I haven’t used pressed powder in probably five years so it was kind of tricky for me to get the hang of it.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is a breakthrough formula that promises a flawless complexion with its customizable wet and dry coverage. This silky-smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a colour true finish.

 Key Attributes:

· Blurs fine lines – never settles into them
· Oil free, natural matte finish
· Long-wearing, all day wear (8 hours), waterproof
· Instantly reduces the look of shine at application and smoothes away the look of lines and pores
· Feels creamy, light and fresh on skin throughout the day
· In 20 shades of extraordinary

The shade I wear is shade 02. At first when I applied this, I did so in the same way I would apply my foundation. I applied moisturizer, and shortly thereafter, tried to apply this to my face with the sponge included in the compact. I got a splotchy, powdery, awful mess. Next, I tried applying this wet with a foundation brush. I just didn’t like the way it felt. It didn’t look cakey, but it felt like a thick coating on my skin. I tried to apply it with one wet coat, and one dry coat over top, and that was bad news too.

 It took me several tries to get it right, but I’m glad I held out because I truly feel like I have found the trifecta. I went from not being sure about this product, to loving it! I just have to use it my way!

My first step is to apply a moisturizer and an eye cream. I do this every single day before applying makeup to ensure the most even application. Then, I apply a primer. I’ve been having breakout issues lately, and my Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control has been the answer to my prayers. Not only does it keep my acne at bay, but it hydrates my skin, makes it look more glowy, and provides the perfect base for the makeup that’s coming. I think it is a little bit thick and sticky going on (in a good way- doesn’t feel heavy, just thick in application if that makes sense) which is perfect for the next step.
Next, I’ve been using my Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light. I used this product all summer and it’s still going strong. If I want to wear pressed powder, I have to keep my skin as hydrated as possible to keep the powder from settling in dry patches. The CC cream does a nice job keeping my skin looking supple and evening out my skin tone. I could just stop at the CC cream, but I do like a touch more coverage in the colder months than a sheer/medium coverage product will give me. So moving on to the last step…
My Make Up For Ever Precision Foundation Brush #112 is used to apply Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation. This brush is amazing, and if you don’t own it, you should. If it’s out of your price range, you should find a large dome shaped brush that you like and use it to apply a powder foundation. You’ll never go back! I apply this starting at my nose and buff the product out under my eyes, around my mouth, and up my forehead. It doesn’t settle into my fine lines, doesn’t look cakey, and mattifies my skin without making me look powdery and strange. 
I think this is such a great way to get the moderate coverage I’m looking for. In the picture above, I’m wearing all the products in the way that I mentioned. Wearing this products, I get about 8-10 hours of wear before my makeup fades a little bit. I have really been enjoying this combination. 
Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? Do you have issues with press powder? I’m a foundation gal most of the time, but I’m so glad I kept trying until I found a way to make this product work for me, because now I’m in love!

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