The NARS one provides better (fuller) coverage compared to the Laura Mercier; however, it being a tinted moisturizer, the coverage is still rather light; it's on the sheer side of medium. Finish is definitely 'dewy,' as they say. I have combination skin and sometimes I don't set it w/powder because I love the beautiful finish so much. The LM is thicker in consistency and has a flat, almost matte finish, which looks unnatural when compared w/NARS'. Healthy, youthful skin is not flat but indeed 'glowy' – there's a freshness and radiance to it (just have a look at a little child's face) – this NARS product is appropriately named. I mean, everyone's preferences are different, but the NARS beats the LM in my book, no contest.
I didn't care for the LM TM because I felt it did nothing for me. I have moderate redness in my cheeks and occasional breakouts around my jaw line and when I applied the LM, I felt like I was throwing money away because I didn't feel like it covered anything and I was unable to build with it. The NARS is really nice and buildable - it covers up my redness remarkably and I am able to build on my blemishes without it looking cakey or feeling heavy. It is very light weight also. The only thing I would caution on is if you are looking for more "glowy/dewy skin" or not. I feel like the LM is intended to be more natural looking, while the NARS gives your skin a really nice glow - not a shine, but a glow. Don't get me wrong, the NARS looks natural, but it does give your complexion a "glow", while the LM just kind of looks blah. I highly recommend the NARS!
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