Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit: Swatches and Review

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Laura Mercier line is best known for their tinted moisturizer, considered one of the best in the beauty industry.  It has been featured in numerous magazines and taunted as the leading HG product for many on MUA.  For many years I have heard about this product but never really wanted to spend $42USD on "just a tinted moisturizer".  I would always stop by the Sephora counter and wonder if it's really what it's made out to be. Luckily Laura Mercier released a deal that even I couldn't resist, the Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit all for $65USD.  This was my chance to try several of the line's best face products at one time.

There are 2 kits available (Regular, and Oil Free).  I have unfortunately not been blessed with great skin so it is combination, sensitive, and acne-prone. My skin reacts to nearly everything it comes into contact with (SPF, fragrance, mineral, bismuth, talc, etc) and it gets greasy in the T-zone mid-day.  The MA at Sephora recommended the Oil-Free kit and assured me the coverage is still the same.  For each kit, there are 2 colors to choose from: Nude and Sand.  I am NC25-30 so Nude is a good fit as Sand is a bit too dark.  So what does the kit include?

First off, it's an incredibly great set for traveling since it includes a sturdy pouch big enough to hold the face products and brushes.  It also comes with a nice instruction pamphlet to show us each product with colored pictures and step by step on how to use them.


It also comes with:
- 1.0 oz Foundation Primer
- 1.0 oz Tinted Moisturizer
- 0.21 oz Undercover Pot Shade #3
- Secret Camouflage Brush
- Camouflage Powder Brush
- Velour Puff
- Egg-shaped Sponge

When you first look at the set, $65USD seems like a lot of money for not too many products. However, the Tinted Moisturizer and Primer are very deceiving in size.  Let's break that down into what it would cost if we bought each of the items by themselves.

Foundation Primer regular = 1.7 oz for $30 so 1.0oz is $17.65
Tinted Moisturizer regular = 1.7 oz for $42 so 1.0oz is $24.71
Undercover Pot shade is full sized in this set and sells regularly for $34
Secret Camouflage Brush = $25
Camouflage Powder Brush = $28
Velour Puff is regular size in this kit = $12
Egg-shaped Sponge is $15 for 4 so the one in this kit costs $3.75
Total = $145.11

As you can see it's actually a really great deal to try out 7 products + a travel pouch all for less than 1/2 the price!

The 2 travel size brushes that come with this set are phenomenal.  They are one of the best brushes I've ever encountered in a kit.  The application is smooth for concealing with the Secret Camouflage brush and the Powder Brush is great to apply the Translucent Loose Setting Powder.  You can also use the Velour Puff that comes with the set to apply the setting powder.




























The Undercover Pot includes the Secret Camouflage on the left and Secret Concealer on the right.  At the bottom is the Loose Translucent Setting Powder, which can be twisted out from under the pot. This comes with a handy little mirror to help you conceal on the go.  Secret Camouflage is used for blemishes, scars and imperfections while the Secret Concealer is used for covering under-eye circles. All three products are very easy to use with the Camouflage and Concealer both creamy and excellent at hiding my dark circles/acne scars.  The setting power is a breeze to apply on both the Concealer and Camouflage without making them cakey or dry.
































The Foundation Primer is a white gel like primer which goes on translucent.  It is light weight and the oil free formula works very well on my skin.  The Tinted Moisturizer in Nude is a neutral color that doesn't really have a pink or yellow undertone so it blends seamlessly into the skin.  It has a very light feel to it and is not sticky. Shown below is how they look right out of the tube.




















Here they are slightly blended out ...



















With the foundation completely blended into my hand, you can't really tell it's there.
What do I think of the Tinted Moisturizer? It really is worth all the hype everyone's made it out to be.  However, if you are looking for full coverage, this will not be your product unless you use the concealer in the kit.  The TM alone is a sheer to medium coverage that helps even out the skin. It has SPF15 but has not broken me out and feels weightless.  It is one of those products that you apply for a natural look w/out concealer if you don't have problematic skin, or if you just want an easy day with minimum makeup.  I also fell in love with the primer because it's silicone-free and doesn't feel heavy or sticky.  TM combined with the primer is a match made in heaven.

Overall I love this kit and I think it is a really good deal from Laura Mercier.  This gives me the chance to try out all the products without having to break my bank. The kit can be purchased only at Sephora because it is an exclusive for the company. 

What are you most interested in from this kit?

4 comments:

stephaniep. said...

I think I'm going to pick this up now. I've been eyeing it but never splurged. Your review is great and I love how you broke everything down. Thanks for this :)

naturalnchicmakeup said...

Yay! It's really a great deal. In fact, it'll be even better with the Sephora Beauty Insider 15% coming up on 4/12.

resham said...

shit...i missed this post n now the sale is gone!

PetiteAsianGirl said...

Great review ... I esp. like the breakdown of cost per individual item! You're right at first glance it looks like $65 is still quite expensive for a sampler, but I guess LM products are expensive overall.

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