I'm kind of a foundation-phobe. I don't like the idea of covering my skin all day with liquid foundations, because I feel like they slightly suffocate the skin underneath it, and occasionally can break me out. So although I have much love for tinted moisturizers/BB creams, I always prefer a mineral powder over any BB cream. I love that mineral makeup is pure, light, and does not clog pores.
However, till only very recently, I had not come across any mineral powder that can perfectly deliver what I love about tinted moisturizers - natural looking coverage, dewy finish, and long lastingness. Then a few weeks back Ellie recommended the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder to me on Twitter, and I decided to give it a go. I was quickly sold due to the fact that it's one of the purest mineral powders on the market. With only 5 ingredients, a nod of approval from my favorite natural beauty blog, and rave reviews on Makeupalley, I had high expectations for this - and it definitely lived up to them!
Comparing it to the MAC mineral powder:
My previous holy grail mineral powder was the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in light-medium, which I had been using for years. But after trying the Laura Mercier version (let's call it LM for short), I had not gone back to MAC's (sorry old friend!). The LM powder is more finely milled, adheres to skin better, and provides greater coverage without a thick application. The one thing that bothered me about MAC's was it sometimes looking too powdery/matte. The LM version provides a better looking finish - dewy, glowy and very, very natural. None of my girlfriends were able to tell I was wearing a powder based product! Also, unlike the MAC powder, the LM one did not crease on me at all, even after my longest work days.
Comparing it to the Bobbi Brown mineral powder:
I've also tried the Bobbi Brown Mineral Powder a while back (not photographed sorry! I have no idea where mine went). The Bobbi Brown powder is more similar to the LM one - it is finely milled, has decent coverage and comes in loose powder form as well. However comparatively I still prefer LM's due to its dewiness - the Bobbi Brown powder has a more mattifying finish. Also, LM's still wins when it comes to staying power.
How I apply it:
Although the LM sales girl insisted that I must use a kabuki brush to buff in the LM powder, I still prefer my MAC 187 stippling brush for a lighter application. I lightly dip my brush into the pan, swirl it around the lid, tap off the excess, and apply onto my face in circular motions. The swirling will leave some of the product on the lid, which I dip in for more as I buff it into my skin, area by area. Applies easily and quickly, great for mornings when you're in a rush.
If I have any tiny spots or redness, I then take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and dot on a little bit more of the LM powder. I'm able to perfectly cover any minor blemishes this way. No concealer needed unless I have a larger blemish.
I also love that this has SPF 15, putting it on equal playing field with most tinted moisturizers. Also, the adjustable sifter makes for travel-friendly packaging as it keeps the powder in place.
This has now become one of my holy grail staples. A big "thank you" to Ellie for introducing me to this awesome product!