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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral) Review

Worn under foundation, this good-for-skin Mineral Primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh and color-true for hours. Ideal for all skin types, even sensitive, it nourishes with a blend of vitamins and minerals to visibly improve the look of skin. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it contains antioxidant vitamins A and E.

I used to use mineral foundation because of my oily-combination skin. After my skin started changing I switched between a lot of different kinds of foundation. However, while I had been using mineral foundation, I thought I’d give this primer a try. I wanted to see if it’d be any different since it was targeted towards mineral makeup.

Laura Mercier carries several variations of this primer, including the original, hydrating, and radiance amongst others. I don’t know how the other ones stand against this one. This particular primer did not perform very well for me, however, so I was pretty disappointed.

The mineral primer was different from the usual ones I use since it is not a silicon-based primer. You won’t feel that super smooth sensation when you swipe your finger across your skin! I thought I’d try a primer that wasn’t silicon-based to see how it fares against its counterpart. The problem is that, although it does provide a smoother canvas when compared to using no primer at all, it’s still not sufficient enough. My skin feels really weird after applying this onto my skin. Almost gritty? Maybe it’s because of the liquid-to-powder formula.

The liquid-to-powder formula always proves to be a bit drying. I find that weird since it’s meant for mineral makeup. I expected there to be a bit of tackiness so that the powder to cling onto the primer. But since it dries to a powder, it’s as if I’m just caking on more powder on top. It doesn’t give a very natural look, nor does it give a nice even application.

I will say though that, initially, it seemed to be a good primer for oily-combination skin because it gave me matte skin as soon as I applied. It dries really quickly – not so quickly that you won’t be able to work it through your skin – so you don’t have to stand around waiting for it to absorb. It didn’t seem the oils at bay though. I would probably need to blot my face after an hour or two. To be fair, I don’t think I’ve come across a foundation or primer yet that has lasted longer than that before I start to get a bit shiny.

I don’t know if the antioxidants it says it contains really did anything for my skin. I didn’t notice any changes after using it. I will note, however, that it didn’t break me out, so I’ll give it that.

I wouldn’t actually recommend anyone to buy this, but if you’re curious and want to try, I would suggest that you only do so if you have oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, it might just enhance flakey skin.

1/5

Tarte, Urban Decay, butter LONDON, Sephora Haul

I don’t know how beauty bloggers do it sometimes. The ones that can constantly push themselves to write reviews for beauty products ::swirl::. I applaud them, really LOL! It’s not like I’m lacking in things to review, but they just take so long to do! I don’t think people realize that even short, little reviews can take a really long time to do.

From the moment I receive an item in the mail or from the moment I arrive home with it from the store, I’ll take pictures of it first for the blog before even using it. After that when I use the item I have to keep in mind how the item performs. Do I like it or hate it? Why? Of course, you don’t just use an item once and base a whole review off of it either. I think it’s only fair if I use products multiple times, even longer if it’s a product for the face. When I’m ready I have to go edit those pictures and retake any photos that couldn’t be used or if I think I’m missing something. With the pictures done, I’ll have to sit there and actually write down all my thoughts on it.

Although a lot of my posts are about beauty products, I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I’m kind of glad that I’m not a full-time beauty blogger ::^^:: LOL! That’s why I really appreciate people who take the time out to do all those reviews. Anyway, I’m going off-course with this post. I thought I’d post up my beauty hauls from the last fourish months from high-end brands.

Tarte

Back in December Tarte had a 30% off Friends and Family Sale. Sadly, they don’t ship to Canada. We have it at our Sephoras, but I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the 30% off. I asked my friend to help me order it and send it to me haha. I received the items some time in January. My first item from Tarte was actually their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer. After that I was hooked. I liked that they used natural ingredients (and are eco-friendly) since my skin as of late has not been itself. I really needed products that wouldn’t irritate it further. Tarte’s quite pricey, but I think most of their products are worth the price.

Items:
Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Tipsy)
The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum (Sample)

I think with the 30% off, California sales tax, and shipping to me, the total was around $80-$90 CAD. Whereas if I just purchased it at my local Sephora at full price with our sales tax included, it would cost me $136.50 CAD. Pretty crazy, right? That’s a whole other product that I could buy LOL!


Urban Decay

Urban Decay has always been known for its popular items like their Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They really sky rocketed in popularity, in my opinion, when they came out with the Naked Palette. Anyone who has even an inkling of knowledge on make up knows about that palette. All the Youtube makeup gurus praised it endlessly and was featured in many of their videos. How many palettes has it inspired from other brands since the Naked Palette’s debut? Countless! Everyone wants to cash in on it.

Although I wanted to get the palette to try out so many of the looks that was inspired by this palette I held myself back because.. well, I don’t really wear eyeshadow LOL! Until recently that is. And with the 20% off they had for their Friends & Family Sale I thought I’d order some of the items I wanted to try.

Items:
De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Naked Palette (x2)
Naked Basics
Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
(NOTE: The second Naked Palette and the Naked Basics palette belongs to my friend. I just helped her order it.)

I actually wanted the All Nighter setting spray but the were out the next day that I checked. The day I asked my friend to help me order it, it goes out of stock ::tear::. Total for everything might’ve been around $200 CAD? I don’t quite remember how much shipping was. Full price total here would’ve been $243.60. But two of the palettes aren’t mine so it costs a bit less for me than that.


butter LONDON

butter LONDON is supposed to be known for their non-toxic nail polishes (3-free). They come in the prettiest colours and supposedly have awesome formulas. I got a 25% off coupon code during boxing week and got them in January, I believe.

Items:
Lillibet’s Jubilee
West End Wonderland
Rosie Lee
Lovely Jubbly
Lady Muck
Pink Ribbon

I’ve actually already tried Lillibet’s Jubilee, Rosie Lee, and Pink Ribbon too. I haven’t typed out a review for them though. It is so hard to capture nail polish swatches on camera! I feel like it somehow doesn’t look as awesome as it does in real life. I have no idea how other bloggers even do it -sigh-.

Sephora

There’s actually items in here that were presents from my friends. Some of them I haven’t tried out yet and some I have, but I haven’t made a post about them yet.

Items:
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
NARS Blush (Torrid)
Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

I forgot to include Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in the picture ::nervous::. I forgot the Origin’s moisturizer so I retook the picture and then I realized I forgot these two items too.. too lazy to retake picture for the third time though HAHA.

So, any items that you guys might be the most interested in a reading a revew on?