There are some things I am physically incapable of resisting, like…
A cute pair of cat lady socks.
Re-watching The Hills, particularly when my Tivo takes it upon itself to record a 35-episode marathon in one fell swoop (“I’m only gonna watch one more today, I swear!”)
A new foundation! — and my resolve is even weaker when said foundation promises to deliver on the three foundation criteria I value the most, aka TBT, “The Big Three” — great coverage, a natural finish and a lightweight texture.
After using Laura Mercier’s new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation ($48) for about two weeks, I think it’s time to share my results.
So, does it deliver the goods on TBT? In other words, is it all that and a bag of Backyard Barbeque Kettle Chips?
Let’s find out…
First, exactly what is it?
A recent addition to Laura’s permanent line, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a new oil-free liquid foundation available in 24 shades.
After I read the back of the box when I spotted it at Sephora a couple weeks ago…
“This long wear, oil free makeup magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Lightweight and color true, it offers buildable coverage with a natural matte finish, perfect for all ages, all skin-tones, all skin-types.”
–from the box
…it took all of about 4.75 seconds for me to find Chai, which looked to be my shade, grab it, and make a beeline for the register.
A little dab’ll do ya
I did pause briefly when I saw the price… $48 for a 1-oz. bottle does seem like a lot, but thankfully I soon realized that I wouldn’t need to use a lot. Literally, like, 4-5 drops is enough for full coverage, so that makes the price a little less cray.
The whole tip situation is a tad irksome… Due to the packaging, some of the product is definitely being wasted. Even when I screw the cap on tightly, the bottle doesn’t seem to close all the way, or in a secure way, and some of the product leaks out on the tip inside the cap.
Like that stranger on the bus who always stares at you and sits a little too close (seriously, take a picture, dude, it lasts longer), this is super annoying.
A featherweight formula
I think the formula is going to make or break this for a lot of gals/guys. It’s thin — almost watery — like MAC Face & Body and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and it’s probably something you’re either going to love…or not.
I happen to be a fan of watery foundation formulas that feel lightweight on my skin because I feel like they let my pores come up for air.
Well, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is beyond lightweight. It’s well into featherweight territory, and when I wear it I feel like I’m barely wearing anything at all.
I’d even go so far as to say that it feels even lighter than my beloved MAC Face & Body.
Bust out yo’ Beauty Blender
When it comes to applying this stuff, I think you’re definitely gonna want a sponge. When I first started using it, I was using my fingers, both to apply and blend (which is what I normally do with MAC Face & Body), but ya know, the finish didn’t look quite right. It looked stark, and matte and, I dunno, almost too finished, if that makes any sense.
Maybe it’s due to the amount of pigment in the formula. I don’t know. But the finish is also very matte — so matte that if you don’t have have something like a damp sponge to really work it into the skin and sheer it out, it can look harsh.
Ah, but used with a damp sponge — I use a Beauty Blender — it’s darned near perfect. Like that whole “real skin” quality, with blurred pores and disguised imperfections, and it does what it does without looking heavy or turning you into a mannequin.
It’s all gravy…
Once I figured out a good way to apply this, it was all easy from there…
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation matte-iffies my combination oily-dry skin for 10-12 hours, smoothing out everything and mellowing out my pores. With it, I can even skip using a setting powder on some parts of my face, like my dry cheeks and chin, if I want.
The entire Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid foundation line includes…
- Shell: very fair with cool undertones
- Crème: very fair with neutral undertones
- Vanille: very fair with neutral/slightly warm undertones
- Ivory: very fair with warm undertones
- Ecru: light with cool undertones
- Cashew: light with neutral/slightly warm undertones
- Linen: light with neutral/slightly cool undertones
- Macadamia: light with warm undertones
- Butterscotch: light with warm undertones
- Buff: light-medium with cool undertones
- Dune: light-medium with neutral/slightly cool undertones
- Honey: light-medium with neutrals/slightly warm undertones
- Dusk: light-medium with warm undertones
- Golden: light-medium with warm undertones
- Suntan: medium with slightly cool and neutral undertones
- Praline: medium with neutral undertones
- Maple: medium with warm undertones
- Chai: medium with warm undertones
- Nutmeg: medium-deep with cool undertones
- Pecan: medium-deep with neutral undertones
- Amber: medium deep with warm undertones
- Chestnut: deep with cool undertones
- Truffle: deep with neutral undertones
- Espresso: deep with warm undertones
It’s one of the most comfortable full-coverage foundations I’ve ever worn — very much like my holy grail MAC Face & Body, but with a matte, rather than a dewy, finish, and added smoothing/pore-minimizing power.
I’m really loving this right now, and bonus! — it comes in so many shades. 🙂
PRICE: $48 and available in 24 shades
AVAILABILITY: Part of the permanent line; available now at Laura Mercier counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (great shade selection, and it performs like a champ, but I’m not too keen on the packaging)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,