I’ve dabbled in mineral foundations before, a bit of Bare Essentials that didn’t sit right on my skin and the BM Beauty one that was a tiny bit too shimmery for my tastes. My history with them isn’t too promising. However after hearing a few raves combined with my love for the brand I decided to give the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder a go.
Now this isn’t strictly a mineral foundation, Laura Mercier suggest that this can be used as buildable foundation or as a pigmented powder. It’s also oil-free and water-resistant, contains SPF 15 and is formulated with active amino acids to clear the skin of toxins, promote healthy skin growth and fight the aging process. Sounds great, non? I bought this with the primary thinking that I’ll use it as a powder foundation, so by my vanity I sat swirling, tapping and buffing away with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush until I was happy with the coverage and it covered my whole face. On first impressions it looked great, it left a natural skin-like finish on my normal/combination skin, was a medium to full coverage and the shade I had, Natural Beige was a good match for my skintone. However about 2 hours into wear I noticed that it has sunk into the pores around my nose, making them look rather enhanced, not a good look. Then by lunchtime the powder has gathered up around by my eyebrows (the driest part of my face), and by the end of the working day although most the product was still there it had bunched up in my drier areas and made me look a bit cakey. So major disappointment on the foundation front.
However all is not lost with this product. The other day I needed a quick touch up before a night out and had 10 minutes to turn my makeup around so I dusted some of the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder all over my face with the Japonesque Powder Brush*. A light coating, over makeup really seems to do the trick. It doesn’t leave a powdery appearance at all and just covered up any flaws that were peaking through after a whole day of makeup wear. None of that funny-pore business or clinging to dry patches it just freshened everything up. So from now on I will be using this as a powder over my foundation when I need a little extra coverage or in the evenings to touch up my makeup before a big night out. See – all is not lost, don’t you love a happy ending!
If you want to see what it looks like on my skin, I was wearing it in one of my more recent videos (link here). It’s not the cheapest powder in the world at £31, but for a nice coverage one, that I think will work great to keep my makeup in place in the Summer I know I’ll get my use out of it. What are your experiences with the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder? Do you like it as a foundation, powder or both?