Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in No. 8 – Review & Swatches

I have a very difficult time finding foundations. Foundations almost never match my skin perfectly and when I find a colour match, the formula won’t suit me. I’ve been trying foundations and striking out for years and basically have one liquid foundation that matches my skintone and pacifies my skin. I have particularly been looking for a powder foundation that I can just throw on and go on those busy morning when I just need to even out my skin and be out the door.

And even though Laura Mercier is known for her amazing selection for foundations and tinted moisturizers, I have never been able to find a shade suitable for me in any of her base offerins. So, of course, when I saw the expanded shade range and then felt the forumulation of the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation, I got very excited (more on shade selection later), decided to start another round of the never-ending foundation hunt.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

The foundation comes in the signature Laura Mericer brown compact and contains 9.2 g of product. There is also a separate compartment for a sponge underneath the powder. Personally, I prefer packaging that doesn’t have a separate compartment for sponges since I never use them and I find they just add unnecessary bulk but I suppose it would be useful for those who do use them.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is an oil free foundation that has “ultra fine micronized pigments” that flex with the skin for even and flawless coverage as well as vitamin E and shea butter for a lightweight feel. The foundation claims to last up to 8 hours while hydrating the skin, remaining true to colour, blurring fine lines without settling into them. The foundation can be used wet or dry.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

This is most definitely one of the most, if not THE most finely milled powder foundations I have ever come across and I found it to performs differently than other foundations on my skin. Unlike traditional powder foundations that sit on top of the skin and feel heavy, it actually blends into the skin like a dream and provides sheer to medium, buildable coverage. It’s not going to cover heavy acne but it did cancel out redness and evened out my skin beautifully. When worn, it feels like you have nothing on and the powder looks like a second skin without looking powdery or cakey at all. Another thing that actually makes me a huge fan of this foundation is that it didn’t oxidize! This is the first powder foundation that hasn’t oxidized on me.The powder looked intact for 7.5 hours, didn’t cling to any dry patches, did not feel dry or irritate my skin. Often, powder foundation will cause my skin to produce more oil – this was not an issue I encountered with this foundation either. Around the 8.5 hour mark, a teeny bit of oil started to break through and the foundation oxidized a negligible amount. I wouldn’t have noticed it if I wasn’t looking for it. While I only tested the foundation dry for wear, I did a test application and, as would be expected, found the coverage slightly heavier when the foundation is used wet. I also wore the powder as a setting powder over liquid foundation (NARS Sheer Glow) and it added some coverage but had the same veil-like effect and kept the foundation in place.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08

As mentioned, I am happy about the expanded shade range and most people will be able to find a shade that will suit them. Unless you’re me. The foundation featured in the swatch is no. 8 which, despite being made for medium skin for yellow undertones and being a perfect match for my skin colour, is a bit too pink against my very olive skin (It’s not as evident in the swatch on my arm as it was on my face). I could get away with it in real life but it was noticeably pink in photographs. No. 7 also states that it’s for yellow  undertones but is waaaay too pink for me. No. 9 was too red for my skin and 10 had the right undertone but was too dark. So even though I love this foundation, I’m not completely happy with my shade match. I think I will add some bronzer to it for now and hope that it will match my skin better in the winter.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08 swatch

L- R (Direct Light): Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 08 (Heavy, Blended)

If you can find your shade match (and most people likely will), I would totally recommend it. It is the best powder foundation formula I have come across thus far is my beauty trials. The finish, texture and it’s non-oxidizing properties make it a total winner!

Have you tried out this foundation? Will you be checking this one out next time you’re in the market?