Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

Everyone looks good by candlelight, and Laura Mercier's newest foundation formula aims to bottle that oh-so flattering glow. Housed in a frosted glass bottle and infused with with radiant pearl mica and lightweight oils, it's pure luxury to use. Available in an extensive 23 shades, I matched with 'Buff', which is so close to my own skin tone that it looks like I have no make-up on - just really, really great skin.

The Candleglow Soft Luminous foundation has a light to medium coverage, which is my preference when it comes to foundations as I prefer sheer, natural finish. It won't mask large blemishes or spots (so maybe not the best choice of foundation at that time of the month or after a junk food and Netflix binge) but it does subtly even out skin tone, cover small imperfections and add a beautiful soft radiance to the skin. In this photo, I have got a stinking cold and the worst skin I've had in months, so you can see that it does give the skin a healthy glow and improved complexion, so just imagine how good it looks on good skin days!

It's the radiant-pearl mica powder in the formula that gives the foundation its luminosity, reflecting the light and giving a muted glowy finish. The formula is also blended with oils to lock in moisture and purified water for hydration, it's does good for the skin too, leaving it soft and smooth as well as with a flattering, lit-from-within glow.

The creamy liquid formula buffs into the skin seamlessly, and I find I get the best finish with a beautyblender or my bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush. On my skin (normal skin type) the foundation sits well and lasts the majority of the day. However, due to the oil blend, it can slip a little, particularly if I get a bit sweaty, or around my nose where I'm a little oilier - so I wouldn't imagine this foundation suit anyone with oily skin. I usually pop on a bit of powder to my T-zone to touch up - this does mattify the glowiness a tiny bit, but takes off any shine around my nose and keep the foundation in place for the rest of the day.



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