Laura Mercier certainly knows how to make just the perfect foundation for the right time.
I'm always amazed at the formulas that Laura Mercier creates - they may all be foundations - but they could not be more different in their texture, effects and finish.
The newest foundation, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, is here this summer and is a unique blend of a lightweight (sweat and humidity proof) foundation and a "blurring cream. What does that mean? It means it gave me not only amazing, all day coverage no matter how hot and humid it was, but the finish and feel was perfection!
The fluide is just as it is described, it is a very liquid texture, so, as per the instructions, I shook the bottle very well before dispensing the foundation.(Take care with opening the cap up after shaking so that you don't get spillage on to the bottle/hands). Most of the time I applied it with a foundation brush, and occasionally with a beauty blender sponge. However, I also liked the results with I used it with my fingers as well as a buffing brush. The liquid is very pigmented, so I only used about a dime's worth, which was usually more than enough.
The feel on my skin was creamy, as light as air, smooth, silky and yet it felt like it absorbed so quickly there was nothing on my skin. However, the proof was in the finish. My skin tone and texture was instantly evened out, any small discolorations diminished, and yet it still looked completely natural. I could very easily build up the coverage if I needed to, as well as use a bit more with a concealer brush in my under eye area to have a completely finished look.
I loved how it wore on my more oily areas like my T-zone, not adding any additional shine during the day. The finish is matte, and if I finished with a light dusting of powder, I rarely had to blot more than once during the day*. This is a perfect formula for those of you with more oily skin, combination skin or those who need to wear a foundation in hot temperatures. *This also works very well with Laura Mercier's Oil Free primer if you have very oily skin.
Because this fluide does so much, I found it to be a real time saver in the morning. With this one product, I basically got a long wear foundation with oil control, concealer-like coverage, and sweat and humidity protection.
THIS is your summertime foundation solution - make sure you pick this one up. P.S. There are an impressive number of darker shades in this line, and many correspond with current Laura Mercier foundation shades. I used Nutmeg, (shown, above) with very good results- RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of Laura Mercier PR for reviewing purposes.