I've been a faithful user of Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation since I did a liquid-foundation testing story with the great Cheryl Wischhover a year and half ago. But on a recent re-stocking trip to Sephora, the product was nowhere to be found and I didn't have time to order it online or go hunting for it elsewhere. And because I like when things are new, I gravitated toward a well-lit display in the Make Up For Ever aisle for the brand's latest product addition: the Water Blend face and body foundation. With the color-matching help of a Sephora lady, I bought it and hoped for the best.
Turns out, the foundation hits the perfect sweet spot between sheer yet buildable and lightweight yet long-lasting. It also has more pigment per liquid droplet than I'm used to, so it takes less time to blend into the skin. And the resulting finish doesn't look too dewy — which always makes me feel more humid than I'd like — instead providing a matte look that is natural while still supplying coverage. That's what foundation is all about anyway, right?
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation, $43, available at Sephora.
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