What it is: Laura Mercier Real Flawless Weightless Perfecting Foundation is a light to medium coverage foundation with a very fluid, highly spreadable formula and a natural to dewy finish.
Price/Quantity: $52 for 1 oz / 30 mL
Shade Range: 30 shades
Packaging: Glass bottle with a soft-touch frosted finish, plastic cap, and a pump. The pump isn’t the easiest to control how much product I dispense. It works fine, it’s just that I feel like I can’t pump only a tiny bit out, if that’s all I need. I am able to twist off and remove the pump if I want to. For the most part the packaging has a nice quality feel to it.
Smell/Fragrance: Ultra low odor. I have to try really hard to detect any kind of scent from this and what I do get is an extremely faint chemical smell.
Expiration/Shelf Life: 12 months after opening
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Shade: I got the shade 1C2 Chiffon, and it is nearly a spot on match for me. I chose the shade in store and I’m glad I did because I don’t think I would have chosen the right one if I had purchased online. Neither neutral option seemed to work for me. It seems like all the undertones for the lighter shades lean in a yellow direction, but the cooler ones are just less yellow. So the neutrals seemed too yellow for me and the warm were like out of the question lol. Below are some comparison swatches for other foundations I have:
Application: My usual spreading the product over the skin with fingers first then blending with a sponge/brush works fine. The product moves with almost no resistance over the skin and blends out fast. It kind of has a tendency to streak and settle into pores because it moves so easily. As long as I stay aware of that and apply a thin even layer that is blended well, it’s not really a problem.
Using only a brush or a sponge to apply and blend out the product both end up giving me about the same result, and these methods also work fine. Using both of these give me a slightly higher amount of coverage, especially using a brush. I can get about medium coverage this way. Both of these also result in a slightly less natural/skin-like look though. The finish ends up looking good enough, just not that ultra natural look that almost looks like no-makeup.
It has applied fine over my go-to sunscreen, Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face SPF 50. I’ve also tried it over a couple of primers and didn’t love the result. The ones I’ve tried so far are Milk Makeup Pore Eclipse Primer, and Elf Liquid Poreless Putty Primer. The sunscreen gives me the best look, helping to smooth the look of pores even more than with the foundation alone. Neither of the primers really help the finish of the foundation look any smoother on me. The foundation alone gives me a naturally radiant finish and the Milk primer seems to help tone down the dewiness of the foundation.
Texture/Consistency/Finish: Very fluid and lightweight and a bit hydrating/moisturizing. Not quite watery, but almost. It reminds me of what was in those cushion foundations several years back. I kind of like having a formula like that without the excessive packaging of the cushion compact involved. The finish is on the dewier/glowier side when left unset. It’s not ultra glowy but it’s definitely more radiant than a “natural” finish.
Coverage: Light to medium coverage depending on how I apply it. Using fingers to apply and doing a final blend with a sponge or brush gives me lighter coverage, a sponge gives me a bit more coverage, and the brush gives me the most. I can add very light layers to build it up but it’s not the best formula for trying to layer. I think it may be too fluid/liquidy and the coverage just doesn’t seem to increase very noticeably with additional layers. It also looks more makeup-y and settles into pores as I layer it. Using a brush to apply a heavier layer initially is my best bet for medium coverage.
Longevity: Most days it seems to hold up fine with an initial layer of setting powder over top. It will begin to develop a slight glow by midday but doesn’t get horribly shiny by the end of the day. However, I also wore it during some very humid days we had recently and I wasn’t able to keep shine under control very long with powder on those days. Every time I have worn it, it stayed in place and did not gather in lines/pores after many hours of wear. It has also consistently looked more skin-like later in the day than when it was first applied.
Pros and Cons
Things I like:
- I like how it seems to look better the longer I wear it. It looks more skin-like and less makeup-y as the hours pass.
- It doesn’t move during the day when I’m wearing it, even if I wear it for a long time. It doesn’t gather in pores, in lines, or around my nose even as my face gets more oily later in the day.
- It doesn’t transfer or rub off easily.
Drawbacks and other considerations:
- Didn’t work the best with primers (worked fine over my sunscreen though) – just tends to look less natural and gather in pores and on texture more when paired with a primer.
- A bit too glowy for me, which doesn’t help to smooth the look of texture. Finish is fine if I set it with powder.
- I have to use a lot of this compared to other foundations, at least 2 pumps to cover the whole face and up to 4 pumps if I want higher coverage.
- Not the most buildable formula.
There are too many things about this foundation that I don’t love for me to recommend it or say it’s worth buying. I think I’ve just figured out I prefer higher coverage foundations recently and this one is pretty light coverage and not super buildable. I don’t feel like I can safely grab for any primer or sunscreen and feel confident this foundation will get along with it. Even though it is lightweight, spreads quickly, and is light coverage, it is not quick to apply. I feel the need to spend more time than I want to for this type of product fussing with how it is sitting on the skin and how it is blended out. The one major plus that almost makes it worth it for me is how, once I get it applied how I want it, it doesn’t move and looks better the longer I wear it. That may make it worth it for some.