Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Simply Radiant: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance

This past Friday I went to a spring event at my favorite cosmetics boutique. Apart from having a fabulous time, getting my makeup done and discovering that their second location a bit farther from me carries both Kevin Aucoin and Ellis Faas my day was completely made.

I went to the event with the intent of trying and purchasing Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer in Radiance. I've had samples of the other formulations in the past and have been blown away by the quality and how magnificent my skin feels when my makeup is removed for the day. Most of my experience with primer has been with Smashbox Photo Finish which I use every day on the under eye area. If you are familiar with this primer you will know that it has a very unusual silicone texture. Mercier's primers are not at all similar to Smashbox's formulation to their benefit: I far prefer the light moisturizing feeling Laura Mercier's primers leave me with.

The concept of this primer is absolutely magnificent which drew me in from the moment I heard about it. Radiance is unique in that it boasts a slight shimmer, though not in the way you might expect. The illumination is a golden peach shade, yet it's nothing like a highlighter. For those of you that are nervous the light color may not universally flatter, one of the makeup artists I spoke with mentioned that the illumination is quite sheer. For this reason the color flatters both warm and cool skin tones.

I feel particularly blessed, though, as the illuminating peach glow is the exact same color as my skin. Underneath any base product Mercier's Radiance primer illuminates the foundation or tinted moisturizer and leaves my skin looking fresh, dewy (not oily) and helps me combat the sallow pale look my skin often takes on at this time of year. 

(Left to right): Radiance applied in a thick line, Radiance blended 

I never would have believed it (until the makeup artist applied only concealer and this primer with no foundation or tinted moisturizer on top), but the shade is such a wonderful match to my complexion that it stands magnificently on its own. Laura Mercier's Radiance primer is not meant to add any additional color to the skin as a tinted moisturizer might, but for me it happens to be pure complexion magic in a tube.

I acknowledge in advance that apart from dryness and eczema I'm blessed with particularly good skin, but Radiance Primer and concealer alone give me a hyper real, airbrushed appearance that is just incredible. I cannot wait to wear this all summer, it feels utterly weightless on my skin!

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Palette
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance
MAC MSF Natural Medium 
MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

Per-f├ękt Brow Perfection Gel Caramel
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Laura Mercier Plum Smoke Eyeshadow
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

By Terry Baume de Rose

I've seen Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer described as "candlelight in a tube," but for me it's something even more than that. I'm so thankful that my first experience with this product was with a makeup artist that showed me I genuinely don't always need to wear a tinted moisturizer or foundation. My skin thanks you, Michael! 

Have you tried any of Laura Mercier's Foundation Primers? What were your experiences?