Laura Mercier knows how to do foundation. She gets it. One of my old standbys is her Silk Creme Foundation so I was quite interested in the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48.)
It's described as a long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup. When I first got it, I used my fingers to apply and the finish was kind of thick and weird. I wasn't impressed. Then I read an interview of Laura Mercier somewhere and it said her favorite way to use it was dabbing it on with a damp beautyblender sponge. So I tried that method and was completely sold. *She mentioned she also liked using a small amount with fingers and blending until it was gone. I think I was initially using too much.
The two-part formula is designed to provide the most natural looking color and coverage. Color true pigments and reflective waters separate in the bottle and need to be mixed, so you need to shake it for at least 10 seconds and tap it at the end.
This is a very liquidy, watery foundation. I put a small line on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to dot some on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin before using the beautyblender to bounce and smooth everything. I get light coverage with one layer and medium with two. The finish is nearly imperceivable, which is no easy feat.
I had some trouble finding the right color. I don't like to actually go into Sephora because I will inevitably spend more money, so I guessed and ordered online. My dog ate the first one, which was Golden - light-medium with warm undertones, and it was too dark anyway, but I got lucky when I tried Honey - light-medium with neutral/slightly warm undertones. Perfect match.
I LOVE this foundation, but I also have pretty clear skin so I don't need a whole lot of coverage. If I get a blemish and need more I use my Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick.