I think we’ve established that we all want cheap right now. Who doesn’t love a good deal even when the economy is good.
Check out a little of This and That from Mark Cosmetics to get your beauty on for alot less!
You could go with this:
I adore Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Creamy, nicely tinted, an SPF 20 keeps me clamoring back for more please but it does have a $42 USD price tag eep!
If you’re not wanting to shell out that much cash why not go with that:
mark Tinted Moisturizer
is $8 USD contains 1.6oz of product (that’s an oz more than Laura’s) and has an SPF of 15. You’re forgoing a little of the SPF but the size and price sure is right.
Bobbi and the Muse? BBF forevers! The Muse is loving Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek but even I admit it’s tiny for $22 USD. You could go with this:
It’s ok if you’re not wanting to fork over that $22 bucks. You can snag a mark Just Pinched Cheek Tint for $6 which is slightly bigger and is virtually the same product as Bobbi’s version. Go with that:
A little of this, a little of that makes for a happy beauty junkie! Hope these options save you a little money!
This is a hard one because the Muse has never found a brand of cosmetic that she didn’t like but she thought hard about it and here are a few that kinda sorta don’t tickle my fancy!
We all know and love Sephora but the Muse doesn’t feel any great love for the Sephora brand cosmetics. I’ve purchased a few bits and pieces but I’m always somewhat disappointed with whatever I buy and honestly for the quality I think it’s a tad bit over priced.
Heck I love Laura! I think the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit was incredible! However, I do visit the counter and just pass by on a majority of the offerings. I find it a tiny bit boring in all honesty….
I bow to the gods of Shiseido! But did you ever notice a majority of my Shiseido collection is from branch off brands within Japan such as Majorca Majolica? I never really indulge my need for Shiseido at my local counter. I dunno why but I really never found anything that Shiseido US offers that I absolutely must have aside from their killer face cotton!
I’m trying to think of more but hells knows this is a tough question for the Muse who loves just about anything and everything about cosmetics!
How about you? Which brands just don’t interest you!
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The big question on everyone’s mind since I mentioned it would be is Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Kit worth it?
Only Four Steps? Hmmm….will it work?
And the answer:
Yes, Yes, Yes.
You need it.
You might know from reading my past posts I’m not too fond of Tinted Moisturizers. They don’t work for me. Although I don’t have a ton to cover I still have been having rather dull skin lately and my foundation is definately my bestest friend when it comes to freshening my skin up. Tinted Moisturizers fail to offer me the coverage I need to give my skin a boost of awake-ness and freshness. I’ve tried a few here and there and none of them do much aside from sink into my skin as any normal facial moisturizer would without offering the benefits of coverage. Granted, they are not supposed to cover EVERYTHING but I was hopeful they’d give my skin a healthy glow as my foundation does.
Laura Mercier obviously gets the award for doing Tinited Moisturizer right because turns out she has a brilliant formula that’s pigmented and moisturizing while offering light coverage which of course is especially nice in the humid and hot weather and of course SPF 20 to keep our skin healthy and happy while in the rays of the harmful sun. The coverage offered is sheer but it’s also pigmented enough to liven up dull skin and offer a nice canvas for makeup.
Now the Laura Mercier Fawless Face Kit is available via Sephora only and is $65 USD but you get quite a bit of bang for your buck as the kit includes a fair number of nice items.
I’ve done the math, I’ve broken it down, and I think $65 USD is a fair, decent, and nice amount for the kit.
The kit comes in two color selections which I think is a bit disappointing. I got the nude which is good for fair to light tones. The second option is sand which is good for light to medium tones. I imagine if I went to a counter they’d stick me with sand but I think it’s an unflattering selection for my skin tone so I went with nude.
Now the disappointment stems from the fact if your skin is a deeper shade than fair, light, or medium you’re out of luck. That stinks le sigh.
The kit includes
A nice size clear makeup bag (great for stashing this entire collection in when traveling)
1 oz Foundation Primer
1 oz Tinted Moisturizer
0.21 oz Undercover Pot Duo (concealer and setting powder)
Secret Camouflage Brush
Camouflage Powder Brush
As I said I did the math and here’s the break down:
Undercover Pot Duo $34 USD for 0.2 oz size
The size since the pot I got with the Flawless Face Kit appears quite large and full size but I’m unsure of the normal size. This could likely be the full size but I’m unsure. Regardless, the pot contains a healthy amount of both concealer and setting powder.
Tinted Moisturizer 1.5 oz $42
You get a 1 oz size with the kit so the regular size is not much bigger than what you get.
Foundation Primer 1.7 oz $30
This is considerably larger than the 1 oz included with the kit but still since this is so emollient a little goes a long way!
Both brushes are full size brushes and retail for $26 USD and $28 USD
Powder Puff $12 USD
Sponges are sold in four packs at Laura Mercier’s site so that’ll be $3 USD for one.
Grand total: $163 USD or as stated by Sephora $159 USD knock off a few dollars from the total for the oz sizes and it’s still a great deal!
The Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit with all of the above included (not the same size listed) costs $65 USD.
Yup, it’s a steal.
Now the review…
I mentioned a little about the Tinted Moisturizer but I’ll go on to say that the formula is lightweight, offers good hydration and moisture without feeling greasy, and gives my face a very flawless, awake appearance.
Prior to using the Tinted Moisturizer you can prime your face using the foundation primer. I’ve used Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer before after getting a sample with an order I placed. It’s not your typical primer as it’s not silicon based. It’s simply an extra layer of moisture that helps prep your face prior to foundation. If you’re familiar with Laura Geller Speckle the texture and formula of this primer is about the same. As far as making your foundation last longer I really have noticed much different but I do love this as prep before foundation because it makes blending so much easier.
Another first for me is the Laura Mercier Undercover Camouflage Pot. Like Bobbi Brown’s concealer palette this contains both a corrector and a concealer. Either blend the two to create a single flattering shade or brighten and correct with the lightest shade and layer the darker shade for total concealing coverage. This is moisturizing, creamy, pigmented, and wonderful for older eyes as it doesn’t settle into fine lines or crease. The setting powder, again like Bobbi Brown, sets the concealer without aging the eyes or settling into fine lines.
I don’t think I own a concealer brush and I’m quite smitten with the Secret Camouflage brush since it made applying the concealer easier and mess free. I normally don’t bother with brushes to apply concealer but this is a god sent for getting into the corner of my eye and under the lash line to cover every little nook and cranny. I seemed to successfully cover all my woes with very little tugging when I used this. I can see it becoming a holy grail item and I’ll be reaching for it daily.
The Camouflage Powder brush picks up just the right amount of powder to set the concealer. I like that it captures just a tiny bit of powder because I seriously can’t wear a ton of powder under my eyes. The days when I could conceal circles with powder are long gone and powder sinks into my fine lines aging me 10 years. This brush picks up a tiny bit and smooths it into place beautifully.
The sponge and puff are probably not something you’d totally benefit from. I prefer smoothing on foundation and TM with my fingers so the sponge is a waste for me however I did feel like the puff was quite posh. It’s a large puff with a nice loop hand on the back so you can press powder into the face with ease.
All in all I felt like the kit really did give me flawless face coverage. It’s perfect for Summer when you want to wear alot less makeup but it’s also great for those days you’re looking for minimal makeup, or you’re in a rush, or you’re just heading to the gym or store and don’t need a ton of coverage. I was very happy with the size of the products but in particular I was impressed that they included full size brushes.
The kit is well worth your money in my humblest and I’m sticking a Muse Approval on it for purchase since I was very happy to have shelled out $65 USD for it.
Below basically consists of me wearing the entire kit plus some blush and gloss. Yes, this would be the same photo from my recent Maquillage Neo Climax Neo Lip Review.
That’d be the Muse trying to kill two birds with one stone! I firgured I could get away with posting one FOTD for the gloss and use the same one for my Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit Review! Hope you don’t mind too much!
Nice one Laura Mercier. The Muse Approves!
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I’ve wanted to try a few of Laura Mercier’s products for a long time now and how convenient that Sephora has a prepackaged Flawless Face Kit available for $65 USD!
Most of the times within the new kit are items I’ve been really tempted by and wanting to try.
The kit includes:
1 oz Foundation Primer
1 oz Tinted Moisturizer
0.21 oz Undercover Pot
A Secret Camouflage Brush
A Camouflage Powder Brush
A makeup sponge and puff
Although the price makes me wince I’m still indulging. The products are awful small but I figure in the long run they’ll save me a ton of cash on the large sizes!
This seems like the perfect little Summer must have for a flawless, unmade-up face that’s both natural and gorgeous!
I just ordered it so expect a Yay or a Nay soonish!
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I was visiting with the beautiful Toya from Life of a Ladybug last week and happened upon her review of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. After reading her review I knew that this was something I absolutely had to try!
Away I went to Sephora to nab some for myself!
What is it?
Secret Brightening Powder is exactly that. It’s a translucent powder with a tiny touch of shimmer that you use under your eyes to brighten and refresh eyes!
It kinda sorta settles into my fine lines which I’m not loving.
It’s an interesting concept but I’m not sure it works so well. The powder is pretty shimmery so the potential and danger of overdoing it is a serious reality. I overdo everything so I have to be super careful with this and just apply a tiny touch under my eyes. It does brighten up my eye area and give it a very nice light, look but it also settles into my fine lines which makes me age a few years. I don’t use powder under my eyes anymore for this reason and this, is in fact, glorified finishing powder.
Fact of the matter is this might very well be a wonderful product but lately my eye area is so very dry (Sahara desert dry!) that I can’t take full advantage of this without seeing some strange side effects such as the fact that it is brightening but it’s also making me look older, settling into my fine lines, and drying my eye area out further.
If you boast a beautifully smooth, moist eye area free of dryness this could be a product you might want to invest $22 USD in however for me it’s just a glorified finishing powder with a bit of shimmer thrown in.
It does a fine job of setting your concealer and it does brighten up the eye area as I mentioned but it’s just not doing that good a job to justify me recommending it for purchase!
The cost is quite good as the jar is huge and you could get a year if not more out of it but really this doesn’t do anything that your normal run of the mill loose powder does!
Sigh. I so wanted to love it!
You can safely skip it!
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