I thought I would share my thoughts on the Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation and Flawless Fushion Foundations so if anyone is confused about which one to get, this might help!
I’ve been using the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation for over a year now, and basically bought it for the name. Who doesn’t want their skin to look candlelit?? Over the last few months, I’ve seen Tati give high praises for the newer Laura Mercier Flawless Fushion Ultra Longwear Foundation. She even said it was one of her favourites of the year so far! When the Sephora VIB Rouge sale dropped, I decided to pick it up. Here are my thoughts and comparisons between the two products.
SCREENSHOTS FROM MY INSTAGRAM STORY. I’VE SINCE RETURNED THE FLAWLESS FUSION FOUNDATION SO THESE ARE MY ONLY IMAGES WITH IT!
About Laura Mercier Flawless Fushion Ultra Longwear Foundation:
This foundation promises to last allll day and provide a full-coverage, matte finish. I normally don’t like matte foundation but Tati said this was more of a natural matte vs. a chalky full-on matte, so I overlooked it. You get one fluid ounce for $59CAD. This promises to be 15-hour wear and be sweat, humidity and transfer resistant. They also advertise this is comfortable to wear, lightweight, and breathable.
Thoughts on the product:
Overall, my initial first 2-3 wears of this foundation I instantly didn’t like it. I felt like all my fine lines were exaggerated and this was much more of a full-on matte than a natural matte, like, say the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation would be. Throughout the day this did last, but I noticed if I sweat a lot this would break up in more oily zones, like my forehead. I have dry patches near my nose and I felt like this always enhanced them.
I tried to use a more sheer layer of the product (which defeats the purpose if you want full coverage) and it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. I just never felt like my makeup looked good when I wore this, and certainly not good enough to justify spending $59CAD. I honestly felt like my Wet n Wild Photofinish Foundation for $7 did a better job overall (see my post on that here).
After trying this out for a few weeks and never feeling like my usual self, I decided to stop beating a dead horse and return it. While it was decent at lasting all day and was basically transfer-free, it just didn’t make my skin look nice. This is the type of product that will photograph well, but up close enhances flaws such as texture, pores and fine lines. I really wish this worked for me because Tati gave such rave reviews, but that’s how makeup goes.
This product is best for:
Oily skin types may appreciate this foundation. Since it’s so dry on the face, it is NOT good for my dry skin.
However, best longwear foundation natural/matte finish product I’ve tried so far has got to be the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Whatever magic they formulate in that simply works, and it’s actually cheaper at only $48CAD.
About Laura Mercier Candeglow Soft Luminous Foundation:
This foundation couldn’t be more different than the Laura Mercer Flawless Fusion. It is a sheer-medium coverage foundation that leaves a soft glow on the skin. It’s priced the same at $59 for one ounce from Sephora. It’s a dewy finish foundation, so don’t expect it to be transfer-proof, but it does look beautiful and doesn’t enhance texture or fine lines.
I honestly feel like I don’t even need highlight during the day when I use this product! It won’t give you that full-glam coverage, but it’s a beauty natural looking product that enhances what you already have. I haven’t had issues with the longevity of this product, it lasts well all day and doesn’t break apart. See my complete review here.
This product is best for:
I would recommend this if you are blessed with non-problematic skin and are more on the dry-normal side.
I hope these comparisons were helpful if you are in the market for a Laura Mercier foundation!
Side note– I also picked up the Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer and despite the foundation not working out, I love the concealer. It’s very, very similar to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. Let me know if you guys would like a comparison post on those products.