Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation Review, Photos, Complete Look

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Laura Mercier is one of the very first makeup brands I ever experimented with as a teenager, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. The variety of primers and the color range of the famed Tinted Moisturizers have always impressed me, especially because they perform consistently. Though I have been a huge fan of her Silk Creme foundation for years, we will be discussing the new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation today!

I discovered that the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation, a bi-phase serum texture formula, performs best when layered over the Radiance Primer and Tinted Moisturizer. I loved the Laura Mercier Radiance primer since it was first introduced. Of all the foundation primers I have tried since my skin transitioned from oily/combination to normal/dry, the Radiance still reigns supreme. It keeps my skin hydrated and actually makes a difference in the wear time of my foundations. The Tinted Moisturizer is lovely on low-maintenance days since it evens out my redness. Until recently, I never really reached for tinted moisturizers, but I adore Bisque because it is the perfect color match. The triple combination of the Radiance primer, Tinted Moisturizer, and Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is ideal for those with normal to dry skin. The foundation looks so natural yet covers so well!

My ideal shade match in the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is Cashew, but I used Ivory for this review. I love that it blends into the skin easily and only oxidizes slightly during wear. With a slightly deeper powder — Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder in Real Sand — and some well-placed Mineral Bronzer, I was able to adjust the lighter color match to suit my complexion. This is easily achievable with lighter foundations (about one shade down from the natural skin tone), but the same does not apply to darker foundations.

Please watch my video below for all other details regarding the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation! It includes an application demo at 4:19 for those interested.

Since we cannot overlook color entirely, I wanted to share my new favorite Lip Glacé in Orchid. It is moisturizing but not obnoxiously shiny, making it a universally pleasing formula. I own several in my standard day-appropriate nude, pink, and peach ranges, but I decided to show you something different today. Orchid is a flattering berry with the perfect balance of red and purple. Vampy lips are all the rage again but this berry is wearable yet makes a statement. I highly recommend it!

Last but not least, the Caviar Stick Eye Colours are a perennial favorite of mine. They're the kind of eyeshadows you swipe on and blend out with a fingertip. I have been wearing rose gold alone or as an eyeshadow base. The cream formula really helps powders adhere for full coverage and all-day wear, but it is also feels luxuriously luminous and creates a dewy eye look that stays put! I wore them alone to show off the unique finish in my video above.


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