First, I will review Laura Mercier's Oil-Free TM. Then, I will compare it to the regular TM.
Product: $42 for 1.7 fl oz/50ml, squeeze tube. Active Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate. Water (Aqua), Disiloxane, PEG -30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Jojoba Esters, Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Squalane, Laryl PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnammate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearrate, Disodium Edta, PPG-15, Stearyl Ether, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. (May Contain) +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).
Shades: 5/5 I am using Porcelain, which is the lightest shade. It would work for NC15-20. It is a bit yellow-toned.
Sorry, the lighting on these isn't very good. No flash.
Coverage: 4/5 Coverage is better than most tinted moisturizers out there, but not as good as foundation of course.
Lasting Power: 4/5 Lasts a good 10 hours, no oxidation. I do have to blot every few hours, but I get oily/shiny even if I am bare-faced. :(
Finish: 5/5 This is the most important aspect of base makeup for me, and Laura Mercier doesn't disappoint. It's your-skin-but-better! If you have dry flakes/acne scarring/pores, this will smooth over those imperfections. Still, if you have dry skin, hydrate well before applying.
Overall: 5/5 Another fantastic product from LM!
Oil-Free or Regular? I prefer Oil-Free, because it has a little better oil-control, stays fresher longer, and more non-comedogenic. If you have oily/combo skin, and if you are acne-prone, go for oil-free. :) In terms of shades, there's no difference between the two.
Comparison photos for Porcelain and Nude:
Top: Nude, Bottom: Porcelain. By the way, my hands are a bit darker than my face.
Nude, on top, darkens a little after it settles in. It's not completely blended in this photo though.
Easter weekend is coming up! Although it's not really a free-weekend for me, since I have an exam next week. Bleh. Have fun everyone! :D