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Review: Laura Mercier Blemish-less Foundation Primer

June 1, 2016

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Laura Mercier’s Blemish-less Foundation Primer ($36/1.7 oz.) is a relatively new introduction to the line. Generally, this is a gentle primer that is formulated to help clear and control oily skin. If you are battling the 3:00 p.m. glow (or even the 10:00 a.m. glow!) it’s nice to have a nice mattifying base to keep things under control.

This Blemish-less Primer dries evenly and clear, elongating my foundation time. It helps smooth pores and give my skin an even texture. I found that my skin did not get break-through oiliness throughout the day, even in warm weather. The product dries clear and doesn’t seem to have any scent. I did not detect any salicylic acid “sting” upon application, or any scent of it either.

The positive aspects of this primer are, indeed, very strong. Unfortunately, my skin didn’t handle the formulation very well and I did notice some spots appearing on the first through the third days of wear. I was actually very surprised by this, because Laura Mercier’s Loose Mineral Foundation is one of my go-to’s when my skin is acting up.  I thought Laura had this!

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Perhaps I am sensitive to one of the ingredients, and you may have better luck. For now, I’m going to stay with MAC’s Prep and Prime Blemish Control Gel ($22/ 0.5 oz.). Given it’s diminutive size, MAC’s is far more expensive. Also, MAC Blemish Control isn’t a primer. Also, although it’s far gentler than the drugstore alternatives, MAC’s Blemish Control isn’t quite as gentle as Laura Mercier’s either.

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Overall, I didn’t find Laura Mercier’s Blemish-less Primer a viable option for me. If you are interested, I would try to sample before you buy.

Laura Mercier Blemish-less Foundation Primer is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Laura Mercier online.

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Ingredient list: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Silica, Glycerin, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xylitol, Coco-Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, Ppg-12/Smdi Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Phosphate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Laureth-7, Vp/Va Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Aminomethyl Propanol, Chlorphenesin.

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Review: Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Moisturizing Creme

May 4, 2016

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Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Moisturizing Cream ($68) is a remarkably effective, lightweight moisturizing cream that I recommend for those with combination to dry skin.  I’ve used many moisturizers, from the French pharmacy lines, various high end brands including Chanel Sublimage. In my view, Laura Mercier’s delivers quality that far exceeds its price. This particular version, infused with a rose scent, delivers glowing, fresh-looking skin, while feeling very pleasant (and not at all heavy).

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The moisturizer is remarkable for being both effective and lightweight. This is especially effective at allowing my skin to recover from stress. The scent is sophisticated and calming. I just adore it. It’s one of those Sunday-afternoon facial products that makes you feel very pampered, or one that I apply at night that allows my skin to look refreshed in the morning. It’s been delivering excellent results.

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Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Creme is available at Laura Mercier online, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales.

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Ingredient list

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Isohexadecane, Panthenol, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Myristyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Hydroxide, Bht, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Citric Acid, Fructose, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Maltose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Amino Esters-1, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Glucose, Pearl Powder, Sorbic Acid, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Tocopherol, (Rose) Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Geraniol.

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Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour Review and Swatches

March 31, 2016

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I became so curious about Laura Mercier’s Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour formula ($28) each that I reached out to the company for samples. I was able to obtain four shades:  Petal Pink, Nude Rose, Red Brick and Orchid Pink. 

I love a good high-end opaque formula that feels moisturizing. The Laura Mercier Paint Wash formula delivers. It’s easy to get a full-opaque wash of color, the shades are crowd-pleasing and very flattering, and they dry down to a semi-gloss finish. In other words, the formula is very Laura Mercier–a brand that understands beautiful while remaining appropriate (you can get a striking look that’s never too-too much).

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Laura Mercier Lip Velour Swatches

The doe-foot brush makes precision application of these strong colors precise and easy.

There is no fragrance, and the formula is alcohol-free.

These are available at Sephora, Laura Mercier online, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

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Ingredients: Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax (Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera), Propylene Carbonate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Dicalcium Phosphate. May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake).

 

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Review: Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color in Mon Cheri, French Kiss, Embrace and Cocoa Pout

February 17, 2016

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I’ve had the opportunity to play with four of the new Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color ($28 each), a line of very saturated, satin-matte, moisturizing lipsticks. It seems like only a few years ago that lip color couldn’t deliver both saturation and moisture, fortunately Laura Mercier Velour Lovers demonstrates just how far we’ve come. Gorgeous color, French-inspired shades, and a hint of moisture–these lipsticks deliver it all.

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Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color is available at Laura Mercier online, NordstromSephora, Macy’sNeiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord and Taylor.

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According to the line, Velour Lovers Lip Color:

A highly pigmented, moisturizing lip color with a satin matte finish. Velour Lovers Lip Lover is a revolution in matte lipstick that couples delicate mattifying powders with moisturizing mango butter that creates a velvety texture that is smooth, creamy and long-wearing. Formula is buildable, offering medium to high coverage with a matte, sateen finish.

These are true “Laura Mercier” in their formulation–universally flattering shades that flatter a wide range of skintones. The shade I tried are:

Mon Cheri:  a gorgeous true bright red

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French Kiss:  a fresh, saturated deep bubblegum pink

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Embrace:  A nude beige pink with a touch of warm shimmer

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Cocoa Pout: A warm chocolate brown

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All were opaque in a single swipe, long wearing, comfortable, and beautiful.

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If you are looking for a universal, flattering opaque lipstick that’s comfortable, these are well worth your time.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color is available at Laura Mercier online, NordstromSephora, Macy’sNeiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord and Taylor.

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion

March 20, 2015

Laura Mercier Indiscretion03Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion ($42) is a rose gold highlighter with a gorgeous texture. Thankfully, there is no overspray (those days seem to be over! yay!), but rather this is a ultra fine metallic pressed powder. Gorgeous!

Laura Mercier Indiscretion05 copyIs there enough shimmery rose gold in the world right now? I don’t think so. This leaves a beautiful soft metallic highlight, suitable for the high planes of the face.

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Some of you might recognize a similar pattern and format of Laura Mercier Indiscretion, especially if you picked up Laura Mercier’s Spellbound a year or two ago. I found the products identical–perhaps a variation that is typical going from batch to batch. If you do have Spellbound, in my opinion you do not need Indiscretion. Here are some side-by-side swatches.

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By my eye, in real life I saw no difference. You might see a slightly different shine on one swatch versus another, and slight differences in the pan. To me, Indiscretion looked slightly lighter in the pan. But these are variations that might be typical of batch variations that I frequently see in shopping on different coasts or buying two products several months apart.

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If you did miss Spellbound, you’ll want to strongly consider Indiscretion. These are beautiful highlighters, giving a gorgeous rose gold glow. Beautiful!  Laura Mercier Indiscretion is currently available at Sephora.

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My Thoughts: Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye

May 20, 2014

Laura Mercier Concealer1My finger has been hovering over the “order” button for Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye ($28) since the first introduction. Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face includes some excellent concealers. Who are we kidding, she really excels in that department. I have under eye circles, as well as other areas that I usually cover so that I can wear a lightweight foundation. I waited to buy until I could see the colors in person, and I’m still not entirely sure that I chose the right shade. This post is an overview of the formula, but the jury’s still out on the color shades. I ultimately bought shade 1.5 for my MAC NC15/ Chanel Cameo/Ivoire skin tone. My skin leans warm and fair, and I chose shade 1.5 as an excellent match to the rest of my face. I almost added shade 2.5, a medium warm shade, and will likely pick that one up on my next trip in.

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I did a few in-house tries with this. After I got used to the formula, I  worn this concealer for three days–once entirely alone, a second time over moisturizer (Shiseido) with Giorgio Armani Master Color Corrector in 02 Orange ($39), and a third time using the moisturizer, Armani Color Corrector combined with Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion ($24) using the method described here. I did not try using this with a powder over the top. Because of my travel schedule, these three days spanned dry, warm weather in Northern California, and slightly more humid, temperate temperatures on the East Coast.

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The concealer is described as follows by the line: “This formula features honey and vitamin E to protect against environmental stressors, and fruit acid to nourish and calm skin.” My thoughts are as follows–first, you need far, far less of this product that you would imagine. The tiniest tiniest bit is too much. It took me a few tries to get used to the high level of pigment in this formula, before I could wear it outside for the day. During my first try, I used the same amount as I would use for Lancome Effacernes, That was way, way too much–honestly, I could have covered my entire face with that small amount. To say “a little goes a long way” really understates the situation.

Laura Mercier Concealer5Straight from the tube, the texture feels a bit dry and thick especially if you are used to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Straight out of the tube, using too much of the product looks like this:

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So, don’t use this much!  After the product is warm and blended, it really does come to life. This product really did not fade at all on me throughout the day. In fact, I’ve never used a concealer that holds its coverage as long as this one does. Using an under eye primer for longevity did not deliver any advantages–I’m going to skip that step next time.

The product’s skin care ingredients–while not affirmatively moisturizing–did make my under eye area appear flattened (meaning non-puffy) and slightly more youthful throughout the day. Mind, this is not (and does not claim to be)  an anti-aging skincare serum. Still, the skin in my under eye area just looked better, and it kept that look throughout the entire day. Unlike the Nars concealer, however, the Laura Mercier does not feel as affirmatively moisturizing. I’d advise a good separate moisturizer when using this product.

The one curious and consistent problem I had was ever-so-slight creasing (whether using a moisturizer or not). Having said that, the overall coverage was still excellent even after sweeping away the creasing. This stuff just does not give up–it’s relentless. Here’s a picture with the product buffed and blended:

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer blended1Finally, although this covers beautifully, I think that my slightly blue under eye circles really do need a touch of color correction. The area looked much better on the days I wore the Armani Master Color Corrector underneath the product. I may be able to solve this another way–by trying a slightly deeper shade of the Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye. Speaking just for me, sometimes going a bit deeper  helps erase those blue tones as well as a corrector. That’s the reason that I’m going back and forth on the shades.

Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Overall, I’m pleased with Laura Mercier’s latest offering. I’m going to keep playing with the product to see whether a powder may help the slight creasing issue that I have. The texture is a bit surprising, very pigmented and highly tenacious. Absolutely worth a look.

Available at Nordstrom, Sephora,  Neiman Marcus,  Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macys.

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