Traveling to fashion weeks can be a serious beauty buster. From early morning pre-show backstage interviews to late night after parties, staying pretty can be a serious challenge. So when Laura Mercier asked me to try out their new foundation powder that promised to be smoothing, long lasting and fast to apply I jumped at the chance.
Here are my results:
As instructed on the package I applied Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder to a DRY* face, using a light 'blotting on' technique. It evened out my slight rosacea -ridden cheeks like a champ and left my skin looking fresh and clean. But the coverage was VERY light, so any blemishes and dark circles (the latter of which I always have during fashion week) were still noticeable.
So I went for the suggested heavier application, and dampened the sponge for a second swipe. This took a little bit of practice, as my heavy handedness made it clump slightly on the cheeks, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to achieve a porcelain-smooth look quickly and easily and it lasted a full day with out sinking into lines or smudging off. Added bonus, the color I tested (01) had a very faint yellow tone that counter-acted redness like a champ.
End result: Awesome and super easy for light coverage, a little tricky, but definitely worth getting the hang of for medium-to-full coverage.
Oil free, natural matte finish
Long-wearing, all day wear (8 hours), waterproof
Instantly reduces the look of shine at application and smoothes away the look of lines and pores
Feels creamy, light and fresh on skin throughout the day
$45 at fine department stores, or online at Laura Mercier dot com.
*dry skin is very important, when I tried applying it before my moisturizer had completely been absorbed, it was a sticky mess. So be patient, and take time before you apply!