Sep 15, 2014

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Honey Review

What it is:
A long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup. 

What it does:
This revolutionary bi-phase, two part formula is designed to deliver the most natural looking color and lightweight coverage. Brilliant color-true pigments rest at the bottom of the foundation while reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology) float to the top. Vigorously shake the package before each use to ensure that the pigments blend with the reflective waters to apply fresh-faced color every time.

I have been using Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide every single day since the day I got it. A lot is said about how much I adore this new foundation. I did a brief review on the packaging on my post. But I thought I would do a more in-depth review for those of you who is contemplating whether to get this or not.

This is a light to medium coverage foundation which is extremely watery. Make sure you shake the bottle good before use. I have tried using both a beauty blender and a kabuki brush for application. If you want more coverage, use a kabuki brush. For sheer and skin-like coverage, use a beauty blender. I also have tried using a primer underneath and without. Does not make a huge difference in affecting the staying power of this foundation. I have oily combo skin which I mostly get oily on my t-zone and I don't necessarily need loose powder to set it.  If you have dry skin, I am not sure if this would be the one for you. I have a couple of dry spots(from previous blemishes) and I notice the foundation do cling on those dry spots.

This foundation really resemble skin finish and almost make my skin flawless as the name suggested. If you are like me, a fan of the "no makeup makeup look", you are going to LOVE this. 

I have a couple other similar foundations and I thought I would do a swatch comparison for you guys.

L to R: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, 
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

All of them are watery and have quite different packaging. As you can see, all are a bit messy. Between the three of them, I like the bottle of Chanel the best. Shake the bottle with the cap on and squeeze out product. Very minimal product is wasted. Laura Mercier has a sleekest design but when you shake it with the cap on and then open the bottle, a lot would spill out and get deposited in the opening. L'oreal is a glass bottle with a relatively large opening. Shake the bottle with the cap on, then I use my finger as a stopper and get the product out. 

For consistency of the foundations, L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder is the most watery. It also set the fastest as it turns into powder and mimic a powdery finish within seconds of application. So you will have to work fast. I like to use my fingers to apply the L'oreal for best results. 

Out of the 3, the only one which I need to set it with powder is the Chanel one. It could make my t-zone look quite oily. I have not tried their Velvet Matte version but maybe that I don't have to. 

Overall, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is very highly-recommended for those of you who like light, sheer, skin-like finish foundation. It is a dream foundation for us oily combo gals. Stays put and doesn't slide easily. Major downside of this is its price point. It retails for CAD $59, which is very pricey. Another flaw of this is its poor packaging design but I have overcome that by storing the bottle upside down so minimal product is wasted when I open the cap. 

Hopefully this review is helpful to you who are on the fence of getting this.


  1. Oohh I haven't heard about this Laura Mercier product yet! Thanks for the swatches. Surprised that it's so watery but sounds really nice!

    Raincouver Beauty

    1. I think this foundation is relatively new. I was a big Laura Mercier foundation fan before and happy to report I love this new one.

  2. Thanks for this review. I like the sound of the Laura Mercier foundation.

    1. hope my review helps. If you like lighter and more natural-finish foundation, you would love the Laura Mercier one.

  3. Thanks for the more in depth review. It sounds like I'd like it if it were still summer, but as it's colder now my dry patches are increasing as expected (I turn dry/combo in the winter) so will skip it for now

    1. yes, if you have drier skin, this foundation would cling to those patches. Not very pretty. Have you tried the Perricone MD no foundation foundation serum yet? I am loving it.