Full Face Of Laura Mercier Bestsellers
i.e. a "blog-torial", where I try and chat about some of the hottest products by Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier was actually the first company to introduce primer to the makeup industry. The brand literally has a solution for every skin type/need (which I will talk more about in an upcoming post).
For my look today, I have used Foundation Primer Radiance. As most of you may know (if you are new - hi!), I have dry skin and tend to opt for primers that feel hydrating and give me that "glow from within" effect. Some people (especially those with combination skin) tend to shy away from illuminating primers, but this little guy is certainly designed in a way that it will still give your skin that natural-luminous finish, without making you look like a glazed Krispy Kreme.
Unlike most radiant primers in my stash, this one doesn't stay dewy; it sets to a satin finish and [actually] holds makeup in place really well. I think it will work best for normal/combination skin. I am more on a normal-dry side at the moment, so in my case it works just fine over a good moisturizer; however, it is not the most hydrating formula I have tried. So if you are very dry, I would go with the brand's Hydrating Primer instead. Both will definitely allow a better makeup application/wear.
Foundation + Concealer
Modern full-coverage foundations are nothing like what you would get even three or five years ago. As a makeup reviewer, who tries all of the latest releases, I have realized that most new formulas are in fact not a "one-trick pony". They are ultra-weightless/long-lasting/picture-perfect foundations, that still give you enough room to create any sort of custom-coverage you desire.
And Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation is no exception. Unlike most old-school "cakey" foundations, it does not feel thick or gooey at all. It is [suprisingly] a bit watery, yet very pigmented at the same time. As I mentioned, you can easily sheer it out or build it up.
Feel: it gave me a natural/satin finish and lasted for 8+ hours; stayed on like a dream, without getting patchy or weird. It looked its best after 1-2 hours of wear, particularly when it got a bit more dewy. This is, again, a wonderful formula for those of you with normal/combination skin. But even if you are dry like moi, don't shy away because with a good skincare prep, this foundation will look amazing on you too.
Application Tip: mix it in with your moisturizer for sheer coverage; use one-two pumps + sponge for medium coverage or go all out and rock that full coverage perfection applying it with a densely packed synthetic brush. Of course, make sure to exfoliate and keep your skin as smooth as possible when working with products like this.
For this look, I have opted for medium coverage (1,5 pumps). Cashew is a perfect colour match for me (I am MAC's NC20), even despite the fact that I have quite a bit of tan at the moment.
I then used Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer in the shade 2N. If you thought that Shape Tape was a bit OTT in the coverage department, then you might enjoy Laura's alternative instead. This concealer gives you a nice medium-full coverage, while still feeling hydrating and creamy. It didn't accentuate dry patches or pores, but! It did crease a bit more than Shape Tape. Not a deal breaker for me; whenever I see a few creases under my eyes, I gently pat them away with a ring finger and call it a day.
Feel: Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer blended easily, felt incredibly lightweight and stayed put all day long (8+ hours). I did not find it drying in the slightest. If you have oilier under-eye, make sure to lock it in place with powder for ultimate results. If NARS Creamy Concealer and Tarte Shape Tape had a baby, this formula would be it.
Powder + Bronzer
Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder - this name literally speaks for itself. This is a sheer coverage powder, that sets your foundation by adding a soft-glow filter to the skin. Since it is a "baked" powder, it feels 100% weightless on the skin. I believe that it is designed for people with slightly drier skin types in mind (normal-dry, combination-dry or just dry), who simply want to set the base without adding extra coverage. This Laura Mercier powder is perfect for that.