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Foundation Powder


Foundation Powder

Use Foundation Powder dry with a puff to reduce shine or as a touch-up over a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. Apply it wet with a sponge and it will offer more coverage than a liquid foundation for a true soft focus appearance. Compact contains a sponge and a puff.
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Questions & Answers for Laura Mercier Foundation Powder

Question
Applying with brush vs sponge
Hi--I'm looking for advice on the best way to apply this foundation. Several people mentioned they used a brush...what type of brush? I'd like to apply it "dry" but my skin is also dry so I'd like to use the method that is going to cause the least amount of flakiness. Would that be a sponge or brush? Thanks!
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(New York, NY)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
It actually comes with a really great sponge, it should work perfectly for what you're looking to achieve
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Jewellu
(Massachusetts)
answer 2
I'd definitely say that for a medium-full coverage you should use the sponge provided. When I do this, I know exactly how smooth and even it is going on my face. If you want very light, natural coverage, or are using it as a setting powder, try using a powder brush (fluffy for lighter coverage, more dense bristles more like a kabuki for medium coverage). If you're just using it to set something you could probably use the puff provided, but I wouldn't use that for medium coverage, seems like it would apply it unevenly for something other than a light setting.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
sweetshiningstar
(CA)
answer 3
There are several options, you can apply it with a brush or sponge. You can go to the store and look for the Foundation Brush, and that will do. Also, you mentioned you have dry skin, you should consider applying moisturizer before the foundation, which will help nourish you skin and help with your dryness.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
bubbleface
answer 4
Use a good moisturizer before applying this to avoid the flaky dry look, then try applying with the puff they give you. If this look is too "heavy" for you try using any powder foundation brush.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Konamom
(Kona)
answer 5
i have found that if i use a face primer and then use a brush (#48 bronzer brush) that i get a smooth coverage... that lasts... oh and urban decay's all nighter spray helps with wear time as well... hope this helps ...
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
weldridge
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 6
I've never used a brush. I do apply it dry with the included sponge. I think it's the best way to blend it in.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
KJDylan
(Massachusetts)
Question
powder foundation
Will the Laura Mercier powdre foundation be ok for dry skin..I have mature skin in very good condition which tends to be a little dry as i use retinol product at night.I do not need a lot of coverage and this product sounds like it might be the one Please advise kind regards, Catherine
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
culloden
(syracuse, ny)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
I have dry skin as well, and it's also a bit sensitive. I think this foundation powder would be great for you, since it's light and not overdrying.
answered 4 years ago
junemibug
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
I am so happy with it. I moisturize then apply it dry with a brush just where needed. It looks natural and does not cake or look powdery.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
laryn
answer 3
Yes, It will be great because it is a mineral powder that doesn't feel dry. You will notice that when you apply it it looks and feels soft and nourishing.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
bubbleface
answer 4
It does seem to sit on top of dry skin rather than blending in, try a liquid-based foundation instead which should blend into the skin better and not add to the dryness of your skin
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Konamom
(Kona)
answer 5
Use it with LM moisterising primer, it works beautiful! Blends perfect!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
strecozzza
(Quincy,Ma)
answer 6
I am 44, and have combination skin. I didn't like it at all. I looked cakey and dry.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Dianelys
(NYC)
Question
Is this best used alone
I am VERY oily, I purchased this along with the oil free liquid foundation. I am still having issues with shine-- would you suggest using the powder foundation alone or with the liquid?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
lexibell
(Baton Rouge La)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
only the powder!!!

the powder and liquid should not be used together if you have oily skin…
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sanfranciscosun
(los angeles, ca)
answer 2
I also a have very oily skin and I find it works best to just use the powder foundation without the liquid foundation. If you need coverage just add extra powder. I think this product is amazing and would recommend it to anyone especially because I have been trying to find a product for forever that will control my oil and this one will definitely work!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sarahk21
answer 3
I use the setting powder with the liquid foundation to prevent my skin from getting to oily that way I am not adding more powder and it doesn't look oily.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
cyndymindy
(El Paso, TX)
answer 4
use the powder foundation alone but apply it dry with the spounge. Then if you continue to be oily use some matifying powder over it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
fabandforty
(Austin Texas)
answer 5
I use it sometimes alone with just a bit of mac foundation stick as a concealer for those oily spots or spots that require more coverage. When I want a super flawless look I'll use face fabric by Giorgio Armani on top of the concealer and under the powder. As long as your not using too much of any of the products you will not look too overdone. Lastly I always use Smash box face primer which makes everything silky smooth and not heavy looking or feeling. That to me helps a ton with shine and makes your products last much longer, not just on your skin but you will not need to use as much product in general to create a flawless appearance.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
missseptember33
(Bay area)
answer 6
My daughter tends to be oily and uses this product alone with great results.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
pottsgirl
(Broomfield, CO)
Question
Applying it wet
If I wet the sponge and then swipe it in the powder wont the powder get ruined??
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
baat
(San Francisco, CA)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't recommend wetting thr=e sponge then dipping it in the powder. That might create a nice wet place for bacteria to grow while you aren't using it. I don't use it wet, but if i did i would swipe or pat the sponge in the powder then spray the sponge with a finishing spray, or mixing medium such as MACS fix + or Urban Decay all nighter spray. I think that this products gives you enough coverage dry. If you really wanted more coverage, use a LM tinted moisturizer underneath.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
shereelove
(Whittier, California)
answer 2
I never use this product wet. I don't think it has the same effect on my face as if I use a big kabuki brush. I always use this product dry.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mtrust
(Nashville, TN)
answer 3
i think it will use up the foundation quicker. I personally have never worn it wet as after you have it on for a few minutes applying it dry it turns to the consistancey of creme foundation.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
fabandforty
(Austin Texas)
answer 4
I was told by the store associate hat it can be used wet but I have not tried it.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
aas1277
answer 5
Don't soak the sponge just wet it then squeeze out the excess. Wash your sponge after you use it so bacteria won't grow in it. I use it wet or dry regularly and it does not get messed up at all.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pompey
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 6
I tried this on one small section of my powder. I didn't like the way it went on and it did not ruin the powder.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
poosemom
Question
How long does this compact last?
on average how long does this compact last you?

$40 for .26 oz is pretty expensive; does it last a long time?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
I use mine every single day and they have always lasted me about a year. I do not reapply during the day a lot though. I usually do my morning application and if I am going out at night I will reapply before going out. But it does last a really long time and is absolutely worth the money. I love this product more than I can explain!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
happi217
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
No, it's not a super hard-pressed powder so with daily use and touch ups it's going to run out in 2 - 3 months.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sleepingcat
(Oakland, CA)
answer 3
Of course it depends on individual use, but mine lasts about 3 weeks. I think I may use more than most. I use only this as my face makeup and reapply maybe once a day, sometimes not at all. I love it, but do agree it's expensive.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
sloholly
(San Luis Obispo, CA)
answer 4
I'd say this lasts me about 2-3 months. I wear make-up M-F for work and occasionally on the weekends. I also don't use a whole lot of it and use it in combination with another bronzer and a BareEscentuals colored mineral powder. Also, applying a primer prior-to helps a lot.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
skremla
(Omaha, NE)
answer 5
I use this product every day and can usually get about 2 months out of one compact when using a big kabuki brush.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mtrust
(Nashville, TN)
answer 6
I find it lasts at least 6 months. I wear it every day - you only need a bit on the puff and coverage lasts all day. I rarely or ever re-apply.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lcbklyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
Primer question?
I know LM offers different primers..oil free..mineral powder primer etc. Would like to know which one works best with this. I have combo skin and tend to be drier on my cheeks with oily t-zone. Is smashbox a better primer? ive heard some reviews say they have broken out so im afraid to try cuz of my scne prone skin
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
madison79
(LG, WI)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
love love love. I cant live without it in my purse. It is a gem. LOVE
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Stepanevna
(Newport Beach, CA)
answer 2
personally I just use SPF 15 mosturizer. I do not like primer It also makes my skin breakout
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
fabandforty
(Austin Texas)
answer 3
This compact is great for my combo-oily skin. Like you, I tend to be oily on my cheeks. I definitely love the Foundation Powder. Just remember to use a really good skin care line. Currently, I'm using a new line called Dermalogica. It has been three days and I am able to see some improvements. I can't wait until I finish the line to see the final results!

As for Smashbox, I tried the Foundation Powder. I remembered that I didn't like it because of its ingredients. If you have oily skin, always select products that are oil-free.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
beautyscarlet
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
I, too, have acne scars and pitting from past break outs. The Two Faced Primed and Poreless primer works great with this foundation! My skin looks so much smoother!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lvinsdca
(Temecula, CA)
answer 5
I have combination skin, but i am extremely oily in my T zone. I use the LM secret finish mutinying primer and it works wonders. I helps control my oils but is moisturizing to my drier areas. I recommend this product to EVERYONE! Its amazing. I have used the smash box photo finish and i like the way it feels, but i didn't notice that it did anything different. It helped my foundation go on smoother, but thats about it. I hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
shereelove
(Whittier, California)
answer 6
I too have combination skin that is acne prone so I completely sympathize with your quest for the perfect primer. I have actually tried one of the smashbox primers, but found that the LM mineral primer works better. The LM primer is very light and it does not clog my pores. It also feels less oily when it is applied. Also, I have found that the make up goes on a lot smoother after applying the LM mineral primer. Good luck!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
pinkair
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Is this non-comedogenic?
I have acne-prone skin. Can I use this product?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
charlie11
(San Juan, PR)
on Foundation Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have acne and this product does not cause breakouts. It covers everything very well!! Do not be afraid to try this, you won't regret it! Your face will look great in all the holiday photos that will be taken. :)
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
cyj312
(Bethlel, AK)
answer 2
I have acne prone skin also and other foundations make my acne worse but this product actually reduces my acne. This product is amazing! I would recommend buying it. It may be a bit pricey but it is worth it!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sarahk21
answer 3
My daughter is 18 with acne prone skin. This product doesn't seem to clog pores.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
pottsgirl
(Broomfield, CO)
answer 4
I have acne prone skin as well, and this powder did not make me break out at all! =]
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
ssroon
(California)
answer 5
I have only rarely had a breakout problem with this, and it was typically after a super long day (15+ hours) and when I was wearing the primer underneath. If you find your skin to be more acne-prone, you may want to skip the primer as it's not always necessary.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
busydcmom
(Washington, DC)
answer 6
I have acne prone skin also, and it doesn't make me brake out. I usually wear it all day too, and sometimes apply a 2nd layer of this. Make sure you put a base, or lotion on before you put this on. Everyone's skin is different, and brakes out to different makeup. You should get a sample of this at the store before you buy. Good Luck.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ashlblonde
(Ontario, CA)
Question
Is there any scent to this product?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
triciaann12
(Maryland)
on Foundation Powder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
no smell whatsoever in my opinion
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
fabandforty
(Austin Texas)
answer 2
Very faint smell
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
nicoleshell
(Fresno, ca)
answer 3
There is no scent. =)
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
beautyscarlet
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
I don't detect any scent. If there is a scent, it isn't obvious enough that I notice it.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
cinc
(Alameda, CA)
Question
What color for this would you recommend if I use the TM in nude?
So, I have the tinted moisturizer from laura mercier in nude, and it matches pretty well. fair to light skin, pink undertones, would you rec. shade 01 or 02?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(ann arbor, MI)
on Foundation Powder
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Probably #2...#1 may be too light. Go to a Sephora store and try both.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
shereelove
(Whittier, California)
answer 2
I would go with 2 - 01 is a little too light.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
says
(New York, NY)
answer 3
I go for a two so that I do not look too washed out. I was told most fair skin people with freckles loog good with this color
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
fabandforty
(Austin Texas)
answer 4
Probably a 1
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
banderson
(Atlanta, GA)
Question
Skin tone help!
Hi! I'm trying to get this in one of the many things I am giving my mom for Mother's Day, so I am not sure if I know the type of skin tone she has.
The colours seem really confusing because she doesn't seem to match any of these.
She is Asian and has a pale, peachy face with yellowish undertones.
Any help?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Oakville, ON)
on Foundation Powder
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I'm Asian too, and I have light to medium skintone w/ peachy/yellow undertone. I bought #3, but it was TOO DARK. I looked like I have a golden tan. I'm thinking about switching w/ #1 which is 'fair to light' skin tone.
I think #3 will be too dark for your mom and it will make her skin look very sallow. If she has a bit of pinktone, then I would go w/ #2. If not, I would go w/ #1. Hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
inchon
(hackensack, nj)
answer 2
I'm Asian and I use the LM "Nude" tinted moisturizer w/ Shu Uemura colorless loose powder. For touch ups, I use the LM foundation powder in no. 3. I use the sponge with the powder foundation - then I mist the makeup with either the Shu Uemura depsea water or Evian mist for a beautiful look.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
coco1111
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 3
I'm Asian and I use a 2 but I'm actually between a 2 and a 3. It's hard to say since there are many shades of Asian skintones but I would imagine your mother would be in the same range. You really have to try foundation on to be able to choose the right shade.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
JennFr
(Toronto, ON Canada)
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