You all know I'm obviously a huge fan of Laura Mercier as a brand- I've worn their products for the last decade, and I'm affiliated with the brand. But does their Real Flawless Weightless Perfecting Foundation actually live up to it's name, much less it's current Tik-Tok virality?
I tested this foundation on-camera way before she went viral, back in the spring of 2023, and I've continued to wear and test it off-camera since then!
So if your curiosity has been piqued by the Tik-Tok hype, or a persuasive Sephora Associate, but you still haven't tried Laura Mercier's Real Flawless Foundation yet, READ ON for my definitive (and I hope, comprehensive) thoughts!
First Impressions and Texture
My journey with this foundation started as reviews do – with a mix of skepticism and curiosity, just like every product I pick up to create a video about. The foundation promises a weightless feel and buildable perfecting coverage, seemed too good to be true. But oh, was I in for a surprise!
The first thing I noticed about this foundation was its texture. It’s lightweight, almost serum-like, and upon application, it feels like a second skin. It's not often you find a foundation that's both lightweight and offers substantial coverage, but Laura Mercier has hit the nail on the head with this one. I love how flexible the coverage is with this gal! You can actually build it up without it making you look insane.
Application and Finish
Applying this foundation is a dream. During my initial review video I applied with both a sponge and a brush and didn't notice any major differences, or really any differences at all. So though it applies well either way, I typically use a damp beauty sponge as it gives me that flawless, skin-like finish I'm always after without irritating my skin or kicking up any dry patches like brushes sometimes can. Plus the additional moisture a damp sponge provides, is to be honest, something my skin usually needs.
Unlike some products that can be picky about application, this foundation blends seamlessly into the skin regardless of application method, blurring fine lines and imperfections without looking cakey.
And the best part? It feels like you're wearing nothing at all.
In terms of finish, it gives this beautiful, natural look- even on my difficult skin.
I was amazed at how it managed to cover my problem areas – like slight redness and the occasional breakout – while still letting my skin look like skin. You know, those cute freckles and natural contours of your face? Yeah, you don’t look flat and cake faced. They're all still visible, but better. It’s like your skin, but on its best day.
Staying Power and Skin Types
One of the biggest tests for any foundation, in my opinion, is its staying power. And let me tell you, the Laura Mercier Real Flawless Foundation passes this test with flying colors! I put it through all of the tests in my initial video and have since completed many workouts and worn it out in lots of different weather conditions. So trust me when I say that this one stays put all day, without settling into fine lines or getting patchy. For someone with dry skin, this is a big deal!
From what I’ve seen and heard from other critics and customers, it works wonders for various skin types. Though may require a bit more setting if your skin leans oily, but this is pretty standard.
Now, as you know and can see, I've tried and tested hundreds of foundations over the years, including other Laura Mercier staples. And I was blown away by a number of new foundations and skin tints over the year.
But this one?
At worst it's one of the best, and at best, It’s in a league of its own!
Compared to the likes of Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation and the Tinted Moisturizer, the Real Flawless Foundation stands out for its lighter, more natural finish and superior blendability. Don’t get me wrong though, Flawless Lumière is still my girl!
Compared to some of my newer favorites like the YouthForia Foundation or the Danessa Myricks Skin Tint. They all feel almost equally great on the skin- hydrating, moisturizing, and buildable- but the Real Flawless Foundation feels lightest of all, while providing more coverage than the Yummy Skin Tint and finishing slightly more matte than the Date Night Foundation.
Ingredients and Skin Benefits
Not just a pretty face, this foundation is packed with skin-loving ingredients. We're talking antioxidants like camellia seed, vitamin E, and cacao extract, along with blurring bamboo silk powders and a Hydro-Lipid Matrix. These ingredients work together to not only give you a gorgeous finish but also to care for your skin throughout the day.
Why It’s a Cut Above the Rest
So, what makes this foundation a cut above the rest?
It's the combination of its airbrush-like finish, impressive staying power, and the fact that it caters to a variety of skin types and concerns. Whether you're dealing with dryness, sensitivity, or just want a foundation that looks like your skin but better, this one’s got you covered.
The Social Media Buzz
It’s not just me singing its praises. This foundation has taken social media by storm. From those infamous beauty tik-tok'ers, to everyday makeup lovers, to me, the consensus is clear – Laura Mercier has really outdone themselves with this one!
Pros and Cons
- Lightweight, serum-like texture
- Excellent coverage without looking cakey
- Long-lasting wear
- Suitable for various skin types, including dry and sensitive skin
- Packed with skin-loving ingredients
- May be pricier than some alternatives
- Limited availability in certain regions
In closing, the Laura Mercier Real Flawless Weightless Perfecting Foundation has earned its place as one of my newer holy grails. It ticks all the boxes – texture, coverage, finish, staying power, and skin benefits. If you're on the hunt for a new foundation, I couldn’t recommend this one enough.
Remember, makeup is all about finding what works for you. So, give it a try, play around with it, and see if it makes as big a difference in your routine as it has in mine.
Until next time, keep glowing and showing the world the real, flawless you!
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- Mal ❤️
Alternative Product Selections
If for whatever reason the Laura Mercier Real Flawless Foundation doesn't sound like it's for you, one of these similar products may be a better fit:
Budget-Friendly Option: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation – A great choice for those seeking a budget-friendly option with reliable coverage and a natural finish.
Mid-Range Option: Mac Studio Radiance- MAC Studio Radiance Serum Powered Foundation is a buildable, weightless, 24-hour hydrating foundation that smooths texture, evens tone, and blurs the look of pores.
High-End Option: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Known for its luxurious texture and exceptional coverage, ideal for those looking for a high-end makeup experience. (Review comparing Luminous Silk to Koh Gen Do Aqua)
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