Wednesday 4 March 2020


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Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière foundation - is it any good?

I always get excited about new foundations so when I was invited to visit the Laura Mercier counter at John Lewis, Grand Central in Birmingham, I was secretly hoping to have a little play with their Flawless Lumière Foundation. I was not only allowed to play but also brought home the bottle with me! So if you’re interested, here are my thoughts on it.

I am very partial to flat foundation bottles. As a person who owns a lot more foundations than any individual should, it makes storing and travelling with a lot easier. The glass bottle houses 30ml of product and comes with a pump that dispenses a very small amount *LOVE THAT*. Having said that, one pump is all you need for a little coverage as it spreads lovely all over the face, but if you want something stronger just add a little more. Personally, 1-1.5 pumps is all I use everyday and only ever go 2 pumps if I’m doing a look for Instagram as the lights are known to take away from the finish.

Let’s talk about that finish then, shall we? I love a medium coverage and medium is what I’m getting with Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Foundation*. A skin-like, breathable and luminous medium finish that lasts. Luminosity is what I crave for daily but often you either get the glow or lasting power, so to have both in a single formula is a true joy for a glow lover like myself. 

If you follow my live test foundation reviews on my Instagram Stories, you know I need my foundation to last. I wear foundation daily, Monday to Friday at least, and having a demanding job that doesn’t allow for touch ups during the day, I need my foundation to last. I don’t expect it to look exactly the same after 12 hours, of course, but I need it to:
  1. Don’t oxidise
  2. Don’t separate
  3. Don’t settle in smile and forehead lines
  4. Wear off evenly
  5. Don’t go cakey
  6. Look glowing and natural, skin-like

I know it’s not an easy job for any formula but buying an expensive foundation, I expect it to meet said targets. At 34, I need my foundation to make me look healthy and with a youthful glow. I want it to last between 6:30am and 6:30pm which is usually my time spend away from home. If it can be topped up, that’s another bonus, as I tend to only ever go out for drinks after work. It happens rarely, but when it does, I want to be able to look fresh for even longer.

I’m pleased to say that Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière foundation* ticks all of the boxes. I love it for its longevity and skin like finish. I set it lightly with powder in my t-zone in the morning but I simply don’t have the time to check in and top it off, so it’s nice to know that it doesn’t need it. I’m always a little sad to take away from its beautiful glow when I powder but I find that glow seems to find a its way back once the foundation properly settles after an hour or so. It doesn’t go overly oily with wear either, it just gives me that luminous finish all day long. It sits well and doesn’t separate and if needs be, I take to it with Beautyblender Blotterazzi around 5pm and only if I’m out for a quick coffee, shopping spree or a drink. Otherwise I don’t bother as there’s absolutely no need for it.

I was kindly matched to the shade 1N1 Creme by the lovely Rebecca (@makeup_mothership) and it’s a perfect shade match for me: light but not overly pink making me look fresh and awake straight away. The formula doesn’t oxidise on me, which is great as I know I needn’t bother with having to apply it all the way to the neck. If I had one tip for matching your foundation is to definitely match it to your body. My face is always slightly darker, be that a bit of redness and overall tone, as I’m a lot more pink than my more neutral body skin is. So try and find a place on your neck or even somewhere on your arm that matches your neck as well as possible and match your foundation in that very spot. Ask for a sample. Walk out of the store into more natural light and always allow for at least a few minutes to see if the shade oxidises as you may want to then go a shade lighter than the actual match. 

Please check out my Instagram Stories Highlight foundation for live test of Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière foundation where you can see how I apply it and how it wears during the day. I always do more than a day of testing, allowing for different methods of application, primers etc to truly show you what it looks like, no filters obviously.

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Have you tried Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière foundation yet? It’s £36 for 30ml but currently on offer for £30.60 on John Lewis website and in-store, so if there was ever a time to pick it up, it’s now.

Thank You For Reading.

With love,

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