Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation – worth the hype?
I posted this up on my Instagram today @mybeautifulobsession (just in case you fancied a peak) after managing to get my hands on a bottle of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation after a manic few weeks. I’ve actually had the foundation and been trying it out for over a week now but wanted to give it a full test run before I gave any views on the product.
This seems to the be the foundation of the moment, with it all over YouTube and Instagram and almost in collaborative chant, the beauty ‘gurus’ seem to be raving about it – could this be the answer for my oily skin I am still looking for at the age of 36?!
I’ve been a Clarins girl for a couple of years and have sworn by their Everlasting liquid foundation, but something recently has just been off and it’s not been working its magic for me anymore, so I went in hunt for a new stay all day (keep me looking awake) mask.
Now, I am a fan of the ‘full coverage’ look and having been a Double Wear ‘devotee’ for years I strayed over to Clarins and found the coverage to be medium and buildable. Over the summer this suits me fine, but by the end of September my sun marks are more pronounced and after a run-in with the curling wand (yes, hair curling wand), I have now graced myself with a scar to remember the summer of ’17 on my chin! Whilst being able to build the Clarins, the summer damage to my skin (btw I wear a factor 50 and those dreaded marks still show up) I was in need of something a bit more shall we say ‘forgiving’ to my mid-thirties pigmented skin.
Now girls (and boys), when you reach your thirties you will notice that foundation just doesn’t sit quite as evenly as it used to, you may have more fine lines, and can develop pigmentation marks whilst still suffering from acne prone and oily skin (doesn’t that just sound fun)! When looking for a full coverage foundation over the age of thirty you need something that isn’t going to settle into fine lines, look cakey, or make your skin look dull – throw an oily skin into the mix and it makes finding that perfect full coverage foundation even harder, AKA my skin!
Id heard a load of great stuff about this and my absolute FAV beauty vlogger Tati (link here to her channel) is a girl just like myself in her mid-thirties with skin that needs to be treated with a bit of love and care. She raves about this product and it always looks beautiful on her, so after a bit more digging on the product I decided to give it a go.
Ok, so the marketing blurb from the famous Ms LM – what do they claim the product does?
All the wear, all the coverage, without the weight. Laura’s longest wearing foundation of flawless full coverage and 15 hours of wear fused into one weightless formula.
High-performance wear that’s sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant. Colour stays true all day and won’t oxidize. Coated pigments glide on to create buildable medium to full colour that beautifully evens out skin tone and minimizes the look of pores and imperfections.
Controls oil immediately and throughout the day. Matte finish is never dull, flat or cakey. Weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. Skin-fusion technology provides ultimate longwear with comfortable, breathable ease.
Medium to Full weightless coverage. www.lauramercier.com
The foundation has a pretty good colour selection and comes in a range of 20 shades, with a good mix of cool, neutral and warm undertones. I’m in the shade 2C1 Ecru, which suits my medium yellow undertone skin perfectly – hats off the lovely girl on the LM counter in John Lewis Southampton for getting this match spot on!
The consistency is a thick liquid, but don’t let that put you off! I use two small pumps for each side of my face, which is more than ample to give a full medium coverage, with a soft powder finish. Applied with a BH1 Cosmetics (123) foundation brush (my latest favorite) this blends beautifully – if you’re quick! Yep this guy sets FAST and I mean fast, I work one side of my face first, then two pumps more and onto my other side. If you don’t blend this product quickly, you will end up with a cakey mess that any further product will cling to making the finish of your foundation patchy.
Products layer over the top of this without any issue. I follow my foundation with a concealer and then being a powder girl, I set with (currently) Coty Airspun loose face powder, which I use under my eyes and all over my face where I tend to generate most oil. Even though the foundation does have a delicate powder finish, setting this with further powder does not cause the finish to turn cakey. Once I have applied the rest of my makeup I set this with a setting spray, which helps to sink all of the products into one another and softens the look of any powder used.
So the IMPORTANT part – the wear test. I apply my makeup around 6am every morning, so I’m looking for something with some serious staying power and oil control. How did this hold up? Ok, so I’m impressed! By around 3pm I start to see a bit of shine coming through my foundation and do have to powder down slightly, but that’s almost 9 hours of wear, which is a lot better than most of the other foundations I have tried. It also claims to be sweat and water resistant – now I’m no gym girl, but living in the UK I can tell you this foundation also passes the rain test, yep it stays put on a typical English rainy day!
I think you can see that the foundation gets a thumb’s up from me, this isn’t a cheap one, £31.50 here in the UK for 29ml, so it’s on the higher end budget wise. I am going to go on the hunt for a drugstore dupe, but even my fav drugstore foundation (Maybelline fit me) just doesn’t quite come up to scratch against this one.
I will link as many products as I can HERE so you can check out the prices for yourself.
Enjoy your day and thanks for reading.
All views in this post are my own, I have not been paid to write for this brand.