It just occurred to me how long I’ve been testing and loving this foundation without sharing about it here. It’s high time I let y’all in on my little secret that I have been adoring this past few weeks.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a newbie on my list of favorite foundations. This foundation is totally different than any I have ever tried, although most similar to the Bare Mineral serum foundation that has been so popular in recent months. So what’s different about it? It looks and feels like your real skin.
The formula is a bi-phase, two part formula and the purpose is to deliver the most natural looking color and lightweight coverage. Color true pigments rest at the bottom of the package while reflective waters float to the top. Shaking the bottle vigorously before every use causes the ingredients to blend and allows for a fresh color every time. You are supposed to shake for a minimum of 10 seconds and tap several times at the end of the package by the shade label.
They recommend for you to dispense on the back of your hand and apply with Laura’s Foundation Sponge or your fingertips. I didn’t have her foundation sponge, but I always apply with my BeautyBlender so I tried that instead. My first experience involved me shaking the bottle vigorously like the directions stated. When I took the cap off, the product shot out everywhere. Believe it or not, having the product surge out is normal. If you’re expecting it, it’s not a big deal, you can catch the product on your hand or in the sponge. I would advise against applying it directly to the sponge because the product is so thin it will likely absorb right into the sponge. I used my fingers to apply this to my face, and then used my BeautyBlender sponge to diffuse the product onto my skin.
These are some HUGE before and after pictures. My hair is a frizzy poof ball and I was having some red patchy skin from my pregnancy when these were taken, but if you can ignore the fly-aways, you can tell there is a pretty miraculous difference here!
The shade I’m wearing here is Ecru. That shade is a pretty good match for me in the summer, maybe even a tad too dark, but now that my skin is lightening up and I’m out of the sun, it’s definitely too dark. I would probably spring for Créme or Vanillé next time. It blends out pretty well in the picture above though! I applied two layers of this to my face and found I got great coverage and it was buildable to full coverage. I didn’t find a need to apply concealer over top and I didn’t set with a powder either. It was hydrating to my dry skin and definitely covered redness. It felt like a second skin to me and didn’t wear like a mask, which was awesome!
This formula is definitely a winner in my book. Have you tried it or will you? I’d love to hear about your experience with this if you own it!