Tuesday, October 30, 2012

High Hopes


I'm a big fan of powder foundation- it was the first base product I ever used (for semi and formal, oh how times have changed!) and I thought it was so easy to use and I liked how it looked. So now that I needed a new one with the warmer weather rolling in, I decided to take the plunge and splurged on the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. I was first notified of this product's existence by Essiebutton and ViviannaDoesMakeup and although I had never been inclined towards mineral makeup in the past, this was something special and I wanted it for ages but didn't buy it because I didn't need it, it cost too much, and I had enough base products. I kept seeing it on blogs and videos and last Saturday, I'd had a hectic shift at work and when I got home I watched this video by Barbara from ThePersianbabe and just decided to treat myself so I ordered it. :) Placing the order was something I'd deliberated over for months! Crossing it off my wishlist was very satisfying. I find the wishlist to be useful in helping me- not control my spending per se, but having a few high end products on my wishlist helps me have goals to save towards rather than spending that same money on a whole box of cheap 'drugstore' products that I'll probably regret buying. I got it from StrawberryNet, and at the time there was a free cosmetic bag promotion with every purchase over $25 so that was a nice bonus. I wanted NARS Luster and Deep Throat blushes too but I've already got too many blushes as it is so thus refrained and removed them from the cart. I've had good shopping experiences with StrawberryNet in the past, and this was no exception- it arrived in five days in perfect condition.


I really like the Laura Mercier colour scheme- I think the glossy brown is much classier than the silver of the old packaging. The packaging itself is nothing special, just a sifter jar with a swivel-top closure so that when you take it travelling it doesn't pour out into the lid. It comprises of 9.6g of product. I was tossing up between the shades Real Sand and Natural Beige, but decided on Real Sand (Warm Beige Ivory for Fair to Light Skin Tones) after some help from bloggers ;). Tiffany said it matched her NC25 skintone perfectly, so that sealed the deal. Now I'm not entirely sure it was the wisest shade choice because the ideal season for powder foundation is summer (though I'd happily wear it year-round), and typically summer means tanned. I'm not sure I darken that much because of summer, because Brisbane's sunny all year round, but I know I went down about half a shade recently so Real Sand matches my face, but not my shoulders and arms. I'm supposed to be saving, so it took me ages to cave and order this; I'm reluctant to part with the monies to buy the next shade down, which is Natural Beige. I guess I'll layer on the SPF, which I don't normally do, and try to pale down a bit rather than catching rays and getting darker. I'm still using my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, which matches me a bit better, but I prefer to use that only where I need the coverage as opposed to the whole face because it can get so uncomfortable. I much prefer powder foundation for warmer days or good-skin days.

It's messy, but this was to show that you buy the container half-full.


The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is the best to swirl-tap-buff the powder onto the skin. I know Laura Mercier makes a brush for the powder but I'm not one to stray from Real Techniques. I'd say it gives medium coverage at best, but I find that's the most I need. I prefer to have more coverage on my forehead and cheeks, where I have hyper-pigmentation from acne scars and redness, so I tend to build it up in those areas. It doesn't have a matte finish, because it's got pearl powder in it so that creates a really nice glow. I'll wear it out a bit and keep you updated on how it goes. But I definitely have high hopes for it. :)

10 comments:

  1. I prefer a glowy finish compared to an all matte finish interms of loose powder foundation. I think I would like this reading from your reviews above but the only thing that hinders me is the price. I don't know if im willing to shell out that much gram for a loose powder but let's see since xmas is around the corner and bonus is nearby as well, lolz~ ^_~

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    1. I used to prefer a matte finish, or natural-matte, but I'm gravitating more towards a glow, using highlighter, less powder, etc. I've really liked Laura Mercier products so far- some of the products are worth the money, I feel. I'm eyeing a Second Skin Cheek Colour next! :)

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  2. I have had this on my wish list for such a long time :) it gets such good reviews!
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    1. It gets raving and ranting praise- I hope it works out well for me! Let us know if you get it! :) x

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  3. Ah - how awesome! Can't wait for your review... x

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  4. Yay it arrived! That's the dilemma about being in between shades - Natural Beige probably would've been a bit too dark, but good for summer when you may be more tan. I find that the SPF in this product does illuminate and whiten, especially in direct sunlight, which makes an already light shade even lighter at times. Using sunscreen underneath sounds like a good idea, especially with some products being quite illuminating/whitening. I hope that you don't regret this purchase and get good results from it :)

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    1. Barbara from thePersianbabe uses Natural Beige, and she's pretty dark so I wasn't sure Natural Beige would be light enough for me. I guess this is the same situation that we had with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum- Real Sand is the 52 equivalent and Natural Beige the 53 :p Though this is much more expensive. I don't use as much SPF as I should- I don't even apply SPF to my whole face- just the Dove day cream with SPF 15 on parts of my face. Which is why I tanned, I suppose. :/

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  5. I would always have high hopes for high-end products like this :) Because I think they should be expensive for a reason!

    I used to be an all-matte girl but found that a bit unnatural and emphasized the imperfections so now I prefer semi-matte with a bit of glow :)

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    1. Of course! I bought this after checking with Beautypedia.com, and since they rated this highly I happily gave in and paid the money, because a lot of high end products aren't as good as you think they are. I'm just the same- I never liked highlighter before but I'm really liking the MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle! Not sure I'd pay the full retail price for it again, but I've yet to hit pan on many products so I think at the rate I'm going, it'll last me a long time. :)

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