There was a little scare among Laura Mercier fans here in Malaysia, that the brand was pulling out of the country. Well, take heart, they aren’t! It was just a change in administration, and they are here to stay. And we know that Laura Mercier is known for their base makeup – their Flawless Base, as they call it. So what better way to join the trend of high coverage, long-wearing foundation bases, than with the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation was launched about a year ago, and you may notice the subtle change in packaging. In fact, Laura Mercier has since been rebranding themselves, and they now sport a brand new logo, with a brand new font. You will be seeing it roll out in future releases, and their bright, spanking-new stores will also sport it. More modern, more with the times.
But I had to know – were they still as strong in their base products as I remember them to be?
Earlier this year, I noticed a trend for foundation to have higher coverage, and be long-lasting. I noticed this in 2 new releases from NARS and Bobbi Brown. There were other brands also supporting this trend. I will say up-front, that this is not my preferred style of foundation. I prefer a lighter, sheerer texture, with a touch of glow to it.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear foundation boasts a medium to full coverage, and up to 15 hours of wear. Now, that’s quite something. Unhappily, I was not able to test this claim out, as I rarely have my makeup on that long anymore :P
But I will attest to the fact that it is longwearing, and did stay put on my skin for hours on end. For a longwearing foundation, I do not find it to be drying on my dry skin. That is a good thing. However, I must also say that I did not find it to be particularly flattering either. For some reason, it did not look as natural as I like it to.
I say this by bench-marking this against the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation and also the Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, both of which are high coverage foundations with longwearing claims. With both the Nars and Bobbi Brown, I find them to be fairly weightless on my skin, long-lasting, and feel and look very natural.
With this Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear foundation, I knew I was wearing foundation. It isn’t heavy, and it blends easily, but I knew it was there.
In terms of coverage, it boasts a medium to full coverage, which I can attest to. I rarely ever wear full coverage makeup, so I tend to apply it rather sparingly. In that sense, the pump does pump out more product than I like, which results in wastage.
Unlike the Nars and Bobbi Brown foundations, I found that this Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwearing foundation applies best on skin with a foundation brush. Fingers left it looking more streaky, while a brush blends it in better.
I wear the shade 1CO – Cameo, which happens to be the lightest shade in the selection. There are 30 shades available, with a decent selection of deeper colours, and shades with different undertones, so you can get a good match.
In this before=after photo, I have applied it with medium coverage (because the pump pumps out too much product!) On normal days, I wear less because that’s my preference. The shade 1CO Cameo is a good shade for me, and has slightly pink undertones.
These days, I prefer a more neutral undertone to my foundation, but unfortunately, the rest of the shades were too deep for me.
You will see that with medium coverage, redness and most skin imperfections are covered, and skintone is evened out quite noticeably. The finish is supposed to be matte, although to me, I’d say it is semi-matte. You do need a touch of colour on your skin to look more natural.
So, to give you an idea of how it might look once I have my makeup on, here is a picture which I took for the Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder post.
I had a touch of concealer on, some Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Highlight Palette with a touch of NARS blush, brows, eye colour and the Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in Avant-Gardiste 960.
You may notice that once the rest of the colours go on, it looks far more natural both in photos and in real life. And I have to say that the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Long-wearing Foundation photographs very well. There is very little flashback, and it makes your skin look smooth and flattering.
In real life however, I do not notice it settling into pores or lines, but depending on how much you use, it can potentially look a little heavy and cakey. If you use very little, then you may not notice it. But if you layer it on, it isn’t the most flattering of foundation, I’m afraid to say.
Here is a swatch of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation in 1CO Cameo alongside some other foundations I wear. I have picked those that are higher coverage, so it is comparable.
While the shades look rather contrasting, I can wear them all quite naturally, strangely enough. But you may want to notice that both the the Nars Radiant Longwear foundation and Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless foundation is of higher coverage than this Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion. The Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation boasts a high coverage as well, but gives skin a glow that is incredibly flattering.
I also note that when it dries down, the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion foundation looks a little more dull, and more matte than the rest. If a very matte look is what you go for, then this will be the one you should pick. I personally don’t go for that sort of look, so it isn’t my favourite.
I think this Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion foundation is one you might want to pick if you have to wear your makeup for long hours, want something oil-free and matte, with medium coverage, and needs to photograph well, or looks good under dim lighting. But if that isn’t your cup of tea, then there are better options out there, in my view.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear foundation is a medium to high coverage liquid foundation, with an oil-free, matte finish. It boasts up to 15 hours of wear, which is credible. I don’t experience much problems with it, in terms of settling into pores or lines, and it does not seem to be drying on my dry skin. However, I do find it to be a little too matte for my preference, and not as lightweight as I’d like it to be. It can also be a little streaky if you blend with fingers, so a brush or sponge is preferable. On the upside, it photographs very well.
PROS: Photographs well, Not drying, Medium coverage, Longwearing without slipping or fading or oiling up
CONS: Pricey, Pump dispenses too much product each time, Can look a little too matte when set, Not very high coverage if that’s your preference
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a longwearing matte foundation that photographs well
PRICE: RM206 | US$48 for 29ml
If you’re interested, here is the ingredient list for the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear foundation.
Does this Laura Mercier foundation interest you? Have you tried any Laura Mercier base products?
Her most famous products are the primer and the tinted moisturizer. The latter was famous long before tinted moisturisers were in, and remains one of my favourite! :) To be fair, the primer isn’t bad either :)