Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier At-A-Glance

Strengths: Many fragrance-free products; top-notch water-soluble cleansers; the serum and serum-type moisturizers are worth a look; some extraordinary foundation and powder products; great powder blush, cream blush, and powder eyeshadows; a couple impressive mascaras; mostly great shimmer products; the makeup brushes; the Bronzing Gel.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some of the products with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; no product to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; jar packaging; none of the makeup products with sunscreen contain the right UVA-protecting actives; the various Primers are merely OK; average eye pencil, brow-enhancing, and lip pencil options.

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. 

For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.

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!

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Good Undercover Pot Laura Mercier Cream Concealer  $34.00
Average Foundation Primer–Hydrating Laura Mercier Foundation Primer  $32.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Secret Finish Laura Mercier Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $27.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Oil-Free Supreme Foundation Laura Mercier Liquid Foundation  $43.00
Good Waterproof Mascara Laura Mercier Waterproof Mascara  $20.00
Average Lip Plumper Laura Mercier Lip Plumpers  $30.00
Good Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen  $43.00 1.50 fl. oz.
Good Sateen Eye Colour Laura Mercier Powder Eyeshadow  $22.00
Good Lip Silk Laura Mercier Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $22.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Best Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Laura Mercier Liquid Foundation  $48.00
Average Flawless Skin Repair Serum Laura Mercier Serums  $95.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Gel Lip Colour Laura Mercier Lip Tint/Lip Stain  $22.00
Poor Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen  $43.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Best Shimmer Bloc Laura Mercier Face Shine  $40.00
Best Matte Eye Colour Laura Mercier Powder Eyeshadow  $23.00
Best Silk Creme Foundation Laura Mercier Cream Foundation  $43.00
Average Lip Glace Laura Mercier Lip Gloss  $24.00
Poor Flawless Skin Repair Eye Crème Laura Mercier Eye Moisturizers  $75.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze Laura Mercier Foundation Primer  $33.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Mineral Eye Powder (Discontinued) Laura Mercier Mineral Eyeshadow  $20.00
Poor Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (Discontinued) Laura Mercier Eye Makeup Removers  $20.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Good Secret Concealer Laura Mercier Cream Concealer  $23.00
Good Illuminating Powder Laura Mercier Face Shine  $35.00
Average HydraTint SPF 15 Laura Mercier Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $20.00
Average Eye Liner (Discontinued) Laura Mercier Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $22.00
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