My first Sephora 500 point perk reward and it’s a Laura Mercier 5-piece kit — my lucky day! Having tried the LM Soft Focus Pressed Setting Powder and the LM Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and really loving them and the brand, I was so excited to get this kit. The makeup gods were looking down on me for sure!
Let’s go through each product and I’ll tell you what I think!
Face Polish: This is a nice cleanser. It has very fine exfoliating beads that are super gentle on the skin. It has a slight peach scent to it, or something fruit-like. It rinses away clean and doesn’t overstrip my skin. I believe this retails for around $38Cdn for a full size at Sephora; quite a hefty price for a cleanser that’s just ‘meh’ in my opinion. But good, nonetheless.
Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze: This primer has a water-based gel texture, tinted with a beautiful bronze sheen and hydrating on the skin. Having combination skin, I found this to look a little shiny but nothing to severe (a little goes a long way). All over my face as a primer, this gives me a healthy glow (on my medium skin tone I had no issues with this looking orange on me; however I’ve read a lot of reviews from fair/light skinned ladies that found this primer to be too dark). I actually like using this to darken up some lighter (i.e. winter shades) foundations and tinted moisturizers I have so they match my summer skin. This primer (as with most) does help to create a smooth canvas before foundation application; but as far as keeping my makeup in place longer, I didn’t find anything outstanding in that respect.
Tinted Moisturizer in Nude: I have the oil-free version of LM’s tinted moisturizer in the colour Ochre (which is probably about 3-4 shades “up” (i.e. darker) from this little sample of Nude. Funny though, when I got Sephora IQ’d for foundations, LM Nude was supposedly a match for me; turned out it was too light. The formulation of this is quite similar to my oil-free version (honestly, I can’t really tell a difference in finish; just colour). BUT – when I mix a bit of the Radiance Bronzer with this, I can get a pretty decent match for my skintone. Not perfect though… I may have to pass this one on to one of my fairer-skinned friends!
Mini Lip Glacé in Nectar: Omigosh, probably my favourite item in this kit! This gloss glides on so smooth and smells like candy. It’s a beautiful, sheer peach/coral colour that is perfect for summer (and for all year round, really). It doesn’t feel sticky and actually keeps my lips feeling pretty moisturized. It’s sheer, but can be built up a little. Very tempted to try out another colour! Or picking up a full-size of Nectar once this one runs out. Which may be possible because this hasn’t left my purse since I got it!
Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03: Loving this baked powder. I wasn’t quite sure how to use this product — is it a blush? a bronzer? a highlighter? Apparently, after reading a few reviews, it’s all of the above! This comes in 4 shades and Bronze 03 is (luckily) recommended for medium skin, which suits me perfect. I’ve used this to warm up my face and also as a blush for a bronze, natural look. This powder is silky smooth and matte. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m almost certain this would look great as an eyeshadow too. Love the texture and I will definitely be using this to take my face from blah to yah!
Overall, I am very happy with the products I recieved in this kit. Other than the tinted moisturizer, I know I will probably get a lot of use out of the rest of the products.
Have you recieved this kit or have you tried any of the products in it? What do you like/dislike?
Thanks for reading!