It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a foundation on my blog, but I’ve been using the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in my rotation for the last few months and I’m ready to share my thoughts! This was a total fluke purchase. I didn’t even really need a new foundation (story of my life) but I saw it at Sephora, liked the name and liked how it swatched on my hand so I snagged it.
I picked this up at Sephora for $59CAD and got the shade ‘Dusk‘- a light to medium neutral shade with warm undertones. This foundation claims to give a sheer to medium buildable coverage with glowy skin that lasts all day and is formulated with “pearl-radiant mica” to mimic the effect of candle-lit skin. Often times high end brands like this still test on animas so I looked into the animal testing policy and Laura Mercier claims to be cruelty-free, doesn’t sell to China and is currently owned by a cruelty-free parent company according to Cruelty Free Kitty.
-Glowy, radiant finish
-Chic, heavy packaging
-Perfect shade match for my skin tone
-Lasts all day
-Full coverage concealer can look silly over this
-The pump dispenses tiny amounts
I really do like this product on days off where I want that natural look, but for working days I find this too sheer unless I mix it with something like the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. It just doesn’t cover my blemishes or redness enough. Instead, this gives a soft, dewy wash of colour over the face. I do agree it lasts all day as well. The pump is sort of weird though- it gives a tiny amount of product. Where I would normally use 1-1.5 pumps of foundation on my face with most products, I have to use 4 pumps with this product. I guess that’s not so bad for mixing because you can be more precise.
Also, when combining it with my Nars Creamy Radiant full-coverage concealer I find that there are distinct full-coverage patches and it looks very obvious that I’ve applied concealer. I prefer to use my Maybelline Fit Me concealer in combination with this foundation as it’s a bit more sheer and compliments the foundation. I enjoy this product and it’s very pretty, but it is a luxury purchase and I don’t think it’s an absolute must-have considering the price.