I tend to have those days when I have a minor breakout (thanks to hormones, insufficient sleep, climate change, chocolate, stress etc etc) and I kinda have a special event to attend. Ideally if you have a fresh breakout, you should leave your skin alone i.e. cleanse, moisturize and that is it. But for that big interview, important presentation, special party etc etc, you really really wish there was a way to cover up without looking horrendously cakey and aggravating the acne.
The Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation.
I use this with the e.l.f. Studio powder brush (flat top) and it’s super fast and easy to buff onto the face. A kabuki brush is fine too. As long as you use the right amount of product (you only need a little) this foundation can never go on cakey.
It covers really well (like good medium coverage) -just enough to cover the acne but not in a very obvious way. Also, it almost helps to heal the acne and make it disappear faster. I am not joking or day dreaming when I say this. When I have acne breakouts, I almost “feel like” using this product just so that my skin would clear up faster. And Tanya from pixi2woo agrees.
The finish is semi-matte to slightly dewy (depending upon your skin type). On my skin it lasts at least 6 hours properly (without any primer). The results are best if your skin is well moisturized (if u have combo skin or dry skin) prior to putting this powder and I usually use Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel.
This mineral powder comes in 8 shades. I use real sand which maybe considered SLIGHTLY darker for my nc15-20 skin tone. The shade range is not massive and tends toward paler to medium skin colors.
I have had this for slightly over a year and on average I use it once or twice a week. And I think it’ll last me at least another 2 years.
Lastly, since I am really bad at concealing spots and blemishes with conventional concealers, I find that this product when buffed in with a small blending brush like Mac 217 on the target areas on top of any liquid tinted moisturizer/ foundation, it conceals like magic!
Yes it is expensive (S$80 at True Colors Ngee Ann city B1, US$35 on sephora.com), but if you are struggling with acne and need a foundation that’ll make your skin look the best it can without putting in too much time and effort -this is IT!
Also, this is not just meant for acne prone skin (in fact I don’t think this is marketed as such), but for any skin type that sometimes has a mind of it’s own -this is your safe haven.
PS: I have tried bareMinerals foundations and I thought they went on too cakey and powdery. The Laura mercier is a different league altogether