L’Oreal True Match Roller Foundation Review

L’Oreal’s True Match Roller Foundation has been around for over a year now.  I gave it a try when it first came out and was not overly impressed. Recently, I got another one, I think in a random gift bag. I can’t remember if it was sent by the company or was in some sort of holiday shipment, but a new one mysteriously ended up in my stack of items to review. So, I decide to give it a second try.

Loreal True Match Roller Foundation

The L’Oreal Roller Foundation is a cream foundation, pressed into a pan with a rolling foam brush applicator. The premise is that you roll the brush over the foundation and  apply it to the face use the roller. Think of it as a sort of mini paint roller. The aim with this is a streak free look, but I just can’t seem to achieve that.  I like the general formulation of the makeup OK, but the applicator just doesn’t cut it for me. Every time I use it, I ends up with steaks around my nose and eyes. Those can be smoothed out, but I would rather just use a regular sponge.

In the end, my second try was the same as the first. I’m just not thrilled with this foundation in regard to the applicator. However, when I apply it with a standard sponge, I like it just fine, so I’ll use it up that way.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Face Review

I have been a long time fan of Laura Mercier products. Laura Mercier is an all around quality line, but they are often are most associated with the “flawless face,” a method of creating a beautiful and smooth appearance with primer, foundation, concealer, and powder. Although I had used various combinations of Laura Mercier products in the past, and liked them quite a bit, I had never used all four flawless face steps in conjunction until now. I found that you can indeed achieve a very nice look using the product line as a whole, and I do recommend all four steps for the best results.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Face Review

Laura Mercier makes a number of different products for varying skin types and beauty needs. Since I have combination to oily skin, I tested the oil free products.  For details on learning more about choosing the exact products that will suit you best, see the brand information and links at the end of this post.

Step One: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free

Laura Mercier’s oil free primer is a lotion type of primer. I like the lotion texture over that of a silicone based gel because it doesn’t feel as heavy and it blends in nicely. Being oil free, the primer does not leave any sort of sheen on the skin, but it is not drying either. That made it perfect for my combination skin. Overall, it provides a nice, smooth base for the next step in the process–applying foundation.

Step Two: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free

I love tinted moisturizers, provided that they are oil free, have SPF protection, and provide decent coverage to cover up some of my blotchy areas where I have some hyperpigmentation. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free fits that bill perfectly. I seriously love this product! First and foremost, this tinted moisturizer has real tint. I got good medium coverage with the product as long as I used it over the primer, yet it still felt lightweight. Interestingly, it is more sheer when used alone, and I rather like that flexibility. It provides just enough moisture to keep my dryer areas comfortable, yet I had no issues with it on oily areas . Because I have areas of increased pigmentation, constant sunscreen use is also important to me. With SPF 20 in the form of titanium dioxide, one of my preferred sunscreens, this product is perfect for me.  One note, some people report that titanium dioxide can cause acne. I personally have never had a problem with it though, and I have regularly worn the ingredient for many years. But if you are acne prone and concerned, take a look at one of the other Laura Mercier foundations instead. There are a number of good choices.

Step Three: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is one of the products I had previously used and it remains one of my all time favorites for concealer. This two shade pan concealer can be applied with either a brush or fingertips and is best used over foundation. The concealer has a good consistency that gives it both good coverage and staying power. I like to use the darker of the two shades under my eyes, where it covers any dark circles beautifully, and I tend to blend the shades where needed to cover hyperpigmentation. It will blend in nicely and set well when you move to the final step—applying powder.

Step Four: Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder

I had not previously tried Laura Mercier’s powder and was looking forward to doing so, having previously heard some rave reviews of it. The powder is indeed very nice. It is silky smooth, sets everything quite well, and leaves a beautiful matte finish. Although white in the jar, it is indeed invisible on the skin.

In the end, I really do love the Laura Mercier flawless face system. The products obviously are designed to work together, and they do so quite nicely. The ultimate look has good coverage, but doesn’t look overly made up. I recommend that anyone try the products, and especially do so if you have any problem areas where you want good coverage, yet still want a natural look.

Laura Mercier Brand Statement

Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and
setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve
an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within
each step is located here: http://bit.ly/qEdysD

If you are telling others, they can get their perfect products to create their ultimate flawless face
using our flawless face finder: http://bit.ly/eOvLjf

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Laura Mercier via Glam Media. I received a sample to review as part of the program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laura Mercier.

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Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Foundation Review

Do you have problems with dry skin and find that your foundation just sinks into wrinkles and pores? Or perhaps it flakes off with your powder?  Try a moisturizing foundation! One good choice, and personal favorite of mine, is Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Foundation. This Estee Lauder foundation provides both  lifting and moisture, along with sunscreen protection.

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Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Foundation Review

I purchased my Estee Lauder foundation in the shade Linen. I normally wear the second lightest of any foundation line and Linen worked quite well for me. Resilience lift has a really good balance between moisture and coverage. It feels much like a tinted moisturizer when applied and it blends nicely. But, unlike tinted moisturizers, the foundation has rather good coverage—much more than the sheer coverage you would get with a tint. It also wears well.I had no problems with dryness or flakes, and it stayed   on all day for me. Only a small amount is needed, as the product is creamy and covers well without using a whole lot of it. The foundation comes in a pump dispensed, glass bottle. I appreciate the better packaging since there are less worries about spillage or breakage.

As for the “extreme lifting” benefit, I wouldn’t call it “extreme.” the foundation does provide a bit of tightening and, since it is moisturizing,  it does help smooth out the appearance of wrinkles a bit. Or certainly it does so better than a non-moisture product would on dry skin. But don’t purchase Resilience Lift for the lifting claims. that isn’t it’s strong point. Instead, purchase it because it is an all around quality foundation for all day wear on dry skin.

I will likely use Estee Lauder Resilience Lift in the winter when I am dry and move to something different in summer, as my schizophrenic skin often gets oily then, making me switch from moisturizing foundation over to powder foundation.

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