High coverage without the cake.
This post contains PR Samples and Affiliate Links.
I don't try new foundations all that often. It just doesn't do it for me, you know? Some people wait eagerly for their favorite brand's new foundation, some for blush. Some for say, I don't know, lipstick (hint, hint)? But when I was invited to try the *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion foundation I was like UM YES because I'm still a little bit in love with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer. It's so darn good that I just knew that the foundation was a good life choice.
This, ladies and gents, is a kickass foundation. But for a ~flawless~ foundation there are a few little hang ups I've gotta tell you about.
Bad things first, right?
Yes. First things first this is a super high coverage foundation. So I guess that makes it a positive for some. You can be careful and just use a smidge to get a medium coverage, but unless you mix with another product, you'll be hard pressed to get a light coverage. It also dries really quickly while you are applying. If you opt for a beauty blender, which I suggest you do, it won't be a big issue. But, if you apply with your hands or a brush you'll have to work quickly and don't even think about doing that dot all over the face thing.
The other thing that could be a real setback is that I don't think it would be well suited for dry skin. I'm saying this as an oily/normal-ish/dry patch having person. If you have dry skin I imagine this will stick to dry skin and look cakey, and matte but in a papery kind of way. Not super cute.
On the other hand, for those of us with oilier complexions, you'll probably still need to powder to not get oily throughout the day. And starting with a primer doesn't hurt. I know this sounds like a lot of negatives but who doesn't use primer and powder these days anyway?
I wore this foundation a few weeks back during my engagement party (!!!) and it lasted perfectly through the whole day in and out of the sun and heat without getting weird. I used The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer underneath and set the whole thing down with the dreamy *Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This baby may just get a review all it's own.
This powder, babes, it's the one. It creates a velvety finish and is invisible on my (admittedly very pale) skin. Without powdering and priming I get six hours of wear from this foundation. With the extras I don't even know because I wouldn't wear makeup that long. Let's say 10+ hours because that's when I really start to max out and just wash my face.
The shade I wear is Vanille (1N2) which is supposed to be neutral toned. It's ever so slightly yellow, which actually makes it a better fit for me so I'm not complaining. I think in general one complaint people have with Laura Mercier base products is that they lean yellow more than anything else. Just a little food for thought.
You can see in the above picture just how concentrated this foundation is. It's going to last me EONS. I plopped two dots of the same amount and spread one out so you can see how little it takes and how high coverage it is.
I use one pump bopped in with a beauty blender and a little extra where I want more coverage in the center of my face. The thing I love the most about this foundation is how it makes my skin look positively perfect. Like photoshopped perfect. I know the powder on top can make it a bit more velvety but my skin looks gorgeous when I wear it. And isn't that what you really want in a foundation?
Matte face lovers, feel free to shop through the links below.