Mar 9, 2012

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (available here) - $30

Laura Mercier, The pioneer of Foundation Primer, introduces a breakthrough radiant formula to the collection. Foundation Primer Radiance not only provides a smooth, silky surface for makeup application, but also it adds a sheer, healthy glow to the skin

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laura mercier foundations primers radiance reviews ingredients makeup indian blog beauty swatches bases

While I haven't tried any of Laura Mercier's famous foundations or tinted moisturizers yet, I did manage to snag a newer offering from Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer in Radiance.  Available in only one shade - a universal pearl tint that creates a soft-focus effect and minimizes the look of imperfections - this is supposedly suitable for all skin types and helps enhance makeup and foundation wear through the day.

How to Use the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance (from the website):
  • Create an even surface first and massage a liberal amount of primer all over the face for a few minutes - massaging the skin is stimulating and healthy for the skin.
  • Apply over moisturizer or onto clean skin before Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation.
  • Avoid the eye area if you have sensitive skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance - Swatch

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The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance is kind of like a tinted moisturizer.  I was a bit disappointed to see the light pink-based colour, but it just blends into my skin and disappears, so LM was right about the one shade fit all claim.  The "pearl tint" is a very very fine subtle shimmer, and the only reason it's showing up in the photos is because I took it under really bright sunlight and with a heavy swatch. Once blended though, this pearlescent effect just melts into my skin, and while I am left with a healthy glow, the shimmer miraculously (and thankfully) almost melts away!
While I am in love with the finish that this primer gives, as far as the effect it has on my foundation's lasting power, I am still quite undecided.  I haven't noticed any difference in how long my liquid foundation stays on with or without this (it stays on the whole day either way).  I find this an awesome product to use on it's own or on days when I just want a light dusting of some powder foundation.  If you fall in the lucky clear-skinned category, you could use this alone to get a healthy, dewy complexion.  It hasn't caused any break-outs or extra-oiliness to my face, though I am yet to try it out in the summer months to see if there is any difference :P

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance - Ingredients

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Have you tried Laura Mercier products?  Do let me know if you have a favorite :)