A little while ago I received a sample of this foundation, so I thought it would be fun to do another first impression review. I did one a few weeks ago on the Becca Aqua Luminous foundation (click HERE) which is a pretty similar concept to this foundation. This Laura Mercier foundation is “a sheer-to-medium, buildable coverage foundation that creates a soft, candlelit glow on skin—day or night.” I’ve wanted to try more lightweight foundations recently so, just like with the Becca foundation, I was eager to try this out.
I received this sample in the color Cashew and on the website it’s described as “light with cool to neutral undertones.” I know I’m not the only one but to me “cool” means pink and “warm” means yellow. I know some brands out there label them the opposite way and this brand must do that as well. This color was definitely more yellow than pink. So just keep that in mind if you are trying to pick the right color for your skin tone. If you are like me and are used to companies referring to “cool” as having pink undertones, than you’ll probably want to think the opposite way for these shades. Therefore, this shade Cashew is light with yellow to neutral undertones. I just wanted to put that out there because, again, if you are like me and think cool means pink, then you might end up with the wrong foundation color.
This foundation has a pretty thin consistency and is incredibly lightweight. It’s really easy to blend out as well (it says to use your fingers or the Laura Mercier foundation sponge, but I prefer a brush and it worked just fine). This definitely has a very sheer coverage; with one thin layer it almost didn’t even look like I had anything on. You can build it up for more coverage but it’s still not going to cover every imperfection. After two to three thin layers I could still see a few acne spots and redness showing through. Even though I could still see my imperfections a bit, this did help to even out my skin tone which was nice. I could also tell that this foundation did indeed feel a bit more hydrating than other foundations. This did give my skin a subtle glow but not as much as I thought. It was very subtle even after a few layers. I prefer to set my foundation with powder but after I did it definitely took away some of the glow. I probably didn’t have to set my foundation because it didn’t feel very slippery on my skin but I just feel better when I know I’ve set my foundation. It did last well throughout the day but by the 8th hour it did start to break up and not look so smooth. My forehead also ended up looking a bit oily.
Overall this was a nice light, sheer coverage foundation. If you don’t want, or need, a lot of coverage than this foundation would be perfect. I didn’t notice it settling into any lines or pores either which was nice too. I know there are people who don’t necessarily want a very dewy looking foundation so this would be great. It does give a nice subtle glow but it’s not over the top what so ever. This foundation can indeed be nice for people with dry skin because it seems hydrating enough that it wouldn’t cling to dry patches and would give a healthy, light glow to the skin. I also think it might work for people with oily skin as well. Even though it’s hydrating it doesn’t feel heavy and the glow is so subtle that I don’t think it would accentuate oily skin. Depending on how oily your skin is you might just need a matte primer or to actually set it with a powder. All in all, a really nice light, sheer to semi-medium coverage foundation that’s great for those who don’t need to cover a lot of imperfections and who want a very subtle glow to the skin.