After purchasing Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (review coming soon), which is rather sheer and water-based, I wanted a good powder to keep my makeup in check all day, whilst also keeping me matte. I have recently found some gems from Laura Mercier and it’s been a brand I’ve used a lot over the years so naturally, I picked up the Foundation Powder in the lightest shade.
The Foundation Powder is a wet/dry formula which comes with a puff and a sponge, the puff allows you to apply the powder dry as a touch up over foundation and to help shine or you can apply it wet with the sponge which offers more coverage.
I applied this using a stippling brush, and then changed to a powder brush but it made my skin look dry and caked. This is usually how I would apply a powder, rather than a sponge or puff (which I find can wipe makeup off) but eventually I followed instructions and I have seen much better results with the sponge and puff.
My skin is clear overall, so I can wear a sheer foundation with a powder, but I am prone to blemishes on my cheeks and chin, so these need a little bit more coverage. I don’t want my whole face to be covered in makeup as it’s not necessary, so I usually apply a bit of powder using the sponge around the blemish-prone areas and then use the puff during the day to keep my foundation matte and touch up any other areas if needed.
At first I wasn’t too impressed with this powder, but once I’d mastered the puff and sponge, I was really impressed. It’s almost a multi-use product and it leaves my skin looking flawless and matte in all the right places.
It’s great to travel with as it cuts down on the products I’d usually need and the quality is great. I find it helps to keep makeup lasting as long as possible, which is essential in Summer. Of course, you can also use this as foundation, rather than a top up powder but personally I prefer liquid foundations.