Monday, July 25, 2011

The Perfect Summer-Weight Foundation: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Choosing the right weight of foundation for summertime wear can be challenging. You don't want to compromise on coverage, but you also don't want anything heavy that either: 1) melts off your face,  or, 2) sufficates your pores.

Many ladies will immediately transition to a mineral powder foundation once the thermostat hits 80 degrees. However, if you are prone to skin sensitivities or have dry skin, mineral makeup can introduce more issues. Several years ago, I eventually threw in the towel after trying nearly every mineral powder on the market. Ugly symptoms included: breakouts, flaky dry patches, and even shiny skin.

But this summer I discovered Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (in Real Sand — a warm, beige ivory shade for fair to light skin tones), and it is working well for both my skin type and complexion color! Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 is a finely milled powder that is composed completely of natural elements with 15 active amino acids. It's described as both oil free and water resistant and available in eight shades. And it comes in nifty container that can be adjusted for dispensing just the right amount of powder. Twist the plastic sifter section closed, and you can cover the holes so that the powder doesn't fly out when you're not using it. Brilliant!

One quick glimpse at the ingredient list and you'll see that it's short — a good indication that there are fewer ingredients that you could potentially be sensitive to. (Side note: If you are prone to sensitivities, look for fewer ingredients in your products. This way it makes it easier to eliminate the offending culprit if you do experience a problem.)

It's a very buildable product that delivers a good punch of long-lasting pigment. For a sheerer application, use a big fluffy kabuki brush (see my review). Or, choose a dense, flat-top brush for full powder coverage. My favorite brushes for this task are Trish McEvoy's M20 Face Blender Brush or Jane Iredale's The Handy Brush. Both of these brushes are uber soft, but they pick up more powder than a kabuki for additional coverage.

I'm amazed at how well this mineral powder lasts throughout the day and balances my skin. I have the perfect satin-finish summer glow! My oilier spots are not shiny, and my drier areas are not emphasized like they normally are with mineral powder foundations. If you are prone to oiliness, you may want to use a primer underneath the mineral powder and/or set with a finishing/setting powder. Laura Mercier offers a variety of primers and setting powders. Consult with a makeup artist for your individual skin type needs.

Purchase info: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 is available at Laura Mercier counters, Sephora, and online. It retails for $35.00. I'd recommend getting color matched at a counter for best results. If I went by the color shades descriptions listed on the web, I'd have chosen a shade that was too fair for my complexion.

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