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We Tried Laura Mercier's New Foundation And It's The Beauty Product Of Your Dreams

"It just looked like my actual SKIN was good — not that my 'makeup' looked good."

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Laura Mercier just launched a liquid foundation called Flawless Fusion that promises oil-free, weightless, and medium-to-full coverage that lasts up to 15 hours.

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The company's known for a lot of cult-status products (um hello, Tinted Moisturizer and Translucent Loose Setting Powder, anyone?), so we were really excited to give this supposedly ~feels-like-skin~ foundation a go.

It comes in 24 shades, but would the range live up to our expectations and ~actually~ match our individual skin tones?

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To answer that question, we had Laura Mercier in-house makeup artist Jerry Johnson help shade match us and apply the foundation as only a pro would — with magic hands and the whole gang of primer, concealer, setting powder, and even a lil' bit of lip color!

Oh, and FYI, it's available on Sephora for $48. Now, ON TO THE PHOTOS AND REVIEWS!!! ✨✨

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AnaMaria: It felt like I wasn’t wearing any foundation, which makes me want to scream “HALLELUJAH” from a mountaintop. Also, my combination skin isn’t acne-prone, but it’s super uneven and usually incredibly difficult to find a match for: this makeup gave me a natural look that says, “yes, my face is all one color."

Sometimes, after a few hours of wearing my regular foundation, my face will turn this very lovely shade of Oompa Loompa orange. So I am euphoric to report that the color of this foundation did not change. At all. Goodbye, oxidation! And also, this stuff LASTS. It should be noted that I was profusely sweating all day and this makeup did not budge. Like, I walked a half hour to get to Grand Central and my makeup stayed put.

Here's a shot of Anamaria wearing foundation on *her* left side, while the right side is bare.

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It's easy to see how much brighter and more even in color and texture the side with foundation is!

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Ignacia: When Jerry first fitted me with the foundation I was a little skeptical, because I’m all about full coverage, but I wound up being pleasantly surprised! The foundation was super lightweight, so much so that I didn’t even feel like it was on my face? I know that sounds weird to say, but it’s the total and complete truth. Even though it was really light, it did its job coverage wise!

Plus, it matched my skin tone perfectly, which is a FEAT because I’m usually in-between two shades, especially at this point in the summer when I’m not tanned, but definitely getting out in the sun, lol — aka, I’ve begun the transition to my summer glow.

Comparing it to my NARS All Day Luminous Foundation is really hard: I absolutely LOVE it and it’s also really lightweight, but by the end of the day, you definitely feel it more than you do with the Laura Mercier. While I have to build coverage with the NARS to cover up some hyperpigmentation on my nose, the Laura Mercier foundation coupled with the concealer made it barely visible without feeling super heavy, especially when I went outside in the heat after work.

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Maitland: It blended phenomenally well with my skin tone and looked like my natural skin. It was glowy in just the right way and felt light as air. When I patted my face throughout the day, it wasn't like "here's the makeup residue all over your hand" — it was like "oh, hi skin!"

I usually wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid, and this is definitely a more skin-like finish. MAC is fab for coverage, coverage, coverage, which is usually what I want. But in the summer sometimes that feels a little heavy — this is really an excellent alternative.

When it comes to foundation, I don't mind shelling out a little extra – it's literally the ~foundation~ of your face, and things like length of wear, cakeiness (hopefully zero cakeiness), finish, and color are hugely important. If your foundation looks off, your whole face looks off. I'd definitely try it again.

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Sarah: When it comes to foundation, my main concern is covering up the excess of red bumps and dark spots dotting my forehead, cheeks, and nose. So basically, liquid foundation is my best friend and I approve of any that will cover up *most* (I'm not optimistic enough to think everything will be covered 100%) of my trouble spots without feeling like there's a layer of thick goop sitting on my face.

Laura Mercier met both of those requirements and it felt like Jerry was literally just gently patting his fingers on my face...but my face came out looking so much more even and brighter! I've applied it at home by myself since and it's so easy to work with and build up.

Anamaria: It gave me *none* of the typical problems I typically run into with foundations (oxidation, feeling heavy, not lasting a whole day)—hooray! I believe in splurging on good foundation, and this one is honest to goodness really perfect for my skin.

Ignacia: All in all I’d definitely buy the foundation because I spend about the same amount for NARS; plus it would be a great summertime foundation that won’t make me feel like my face is melting!

Maitland: It's a bit splurgey, but if you really want that natural look in a tone that matches your skin, and you can afford it, it's worth a try.

Sarah: I'm willing to spend even more than $48 for a high-quality foundation because I literally wear it every damn day, so I know I won't be wasting a single drop. And this Laura Mercier one fits the bill — it feels like skin, lasts throughout the day after it's set, and flatters my natural skin tone. Totally worth trying out!

Get Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Foundation from Sephora for $48 (available in 20 shades)!

P.S. a few more helpful hints:

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1. Apply your foundation with a sponge!

Ignacia: Jerry said the foundation tends to set faster, so I have to put a blob on my hand and then apply it pretty quickly on my face with my beloved Beautyblender, starting out with the least amount of product and just applying more where spots are darker. If you have dark spots, you can use the concealer to "white” those places out and then follow it with foundation so everything can appear even. Thinking about it now, it seems like simple color theory for all of the art majors out there!

2. Use translucent setting powder for all-day wear!

Sarah: I finally ran out of my Urban Decay setting spray and like, this setting powder does 👏 such 👏 a 👏 better 👏 job 👏 at ACTUALLY mattifying my face (without messing with my foundation). And I know for a fact I have every teensy area of my face covered. Plus three extra layers. #sweatproof

3. Apply a poppin' lip gloss. Cause why not?

Special thanks to Laura Mercier and Jerry Johnson for helping out with this post!

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