Face Polish is an overpriced topical scrub for normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin not prone to blemishes. The thickening agents it contains makes it more difficult to rinse that a scrub should be, and the fragrance ingredients it contains are a source of irritation. Without question, this isn’t preferred to using a washcloth with your cleanser or, better yet, using a well formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.
This creamy scrub with purifying micro beads cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even toned.
Water, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Glyercyl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium C12-15 Pareth-15 Sulfonate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-2 Cocamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Jojoba Esters, Macademia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-39, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour (Oat) Kernel Flour, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract (Sage) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Linalool, Geraniol Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Red 4, Yellow 5, Yellow 6
Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better.
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Laura Mercier Makeup
What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.
Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.
Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!