Brand new foundation for Fall 2014 from Laura Mercier is the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide! We all know Laura Mercier makes excellent base products so I'm pretty excited to be testing it out. By the way, did you know that the makeup artist used this foundation on Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams for the 2014 Golden Globes?! Not that it matters to me since my skin will probably never look as good as theirs in a million years but still, it's good to know that I'm using the same foundation on my face. ;D
Shown here are two deluxe samples I received with my recent online Sephora orders. They come in a simple squeeze bottle with a screwed-on cap. The two shades that I have and am reviewing today are Vanillé and Ecru. Vanillé is a “very fair with neutral/slightly warm undertones” whereas Ecru is a “light with cool undertones“.
On my current summer tan skin, Vanillé is a little too light and Ecru is a little too dark as you will see in the swatches below, so for the face shot at the end of this post, I mixed the two together to get a closer match to my skin, which I think came out pretty close to my natural color (as you will see that it blends right in with my neck).
The formula is lightweight, oil-free and quite fluid-y in nature (hence the name “Fluide“?) so it spreads and blends really well on the skin. Per Sephora's description, it uses the “Hydro-Brilliant Technology” where “reflective” waters and natural silica are combined to provide brilliant and color-true shades. So prior to every use, you must shake the bottle really well to unite the two ingredients.
It has a buildable medium to full coverage. With one layer on, light discoloration and redness on my skin are visibly minimized; with two layers on, my skin overall looks pretty smooth and even out. On the more problem areas such as dark acne scars on my cheeks and enlarged pores on the sides of my nose, a third layer is required for a (near) flawless finish.
The foundation provides a beautiful, natural demi matte finish that stays put and feels comfortable all day. It is supposed to hold up against the heat and humidity but I haven't had a chance to test it out in such condition yet. On normal work days, I found that it keeps my makeup looking fresh as initially applied, albeit small oily spots around my nose in late afternoon, but otherwise, it performs really well at keeping my face mostly matte. It doesn't turn cakey, settle into pores, or become drying later on in the day, which is a big plus!
The formula sets pretty quickly, though, actually I mean, instantly, so you have to blend quickly as a result. And a little goes a really long way! Seriously, a few drops is more than plenty for my entire face! :)
You can use fingers to apply but I prefer a foundation brush instead since it blends much faster. I believe the makeup artist for the two stars used a Beautyblender, so that's an idea if you want a super smooth, airbrushed finish. For everyday face, I think a foundation brush will suffice. :)
Setting with powder is optional since the formula already contains a good amount of silica but I always do it anyway to keep my makeup in place. I like to dust a very thin layer of her loose setting powder especially on the areas that can get oily easily.
I can see this being a good foundation for summer and early fall seasons as it provides a soft, beautiful matte finish. My skin is combination and acne-prone and so far I have not witnessed any irritation or breakouts from using it. I am, however, a little unsure whether how well it would perform on dry skin as there is a chance it could be too drying.
The Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide comes in 24 shades (wow!) and is now available for purchase. Even though the mixture of Vanillé and Ecru turns up pretty close to my skin, when I decide to purchase a full size, I will probably try to get just one shade that matches me. If you are NC30 with yellow undertones and have had this foundation matched, I'll be thankful if you please leave your recommendation for the right shade down below for me! :)