La Mer // The Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20
I am a big fan of La Mer products. So, I had fairly high expectations when I decided to try this foundation. I had used their original foundation when it came out years ago and I remembered liking it, but soon thereafter stopped wearing makeup because of my issues with eczema (completely unrelated to the La Mer foundation.)
When I asked about the foundation, the SA at the La Mer Counter first asked what kind of finish I wanted - a more natural or more radiant? When I answered radiant, she added La Mer's "The Renewal Oil" to the foundation, mixed it and then applied. The finish was nice, it felt very moisturizing and nourishing, and looked very radiant. But I really wanted to try the foundation on its own to see how it would work on my normal to dry skin, so I passed on the oil.
We picked out the color Neutral 22 for me. Here is a list of foundations I wear in other brands and hopefully that will help you pick if you have to order online. My forehead is considerably darker than the rest of my face, so I try to use a bit of a darker shade there which is why you'll see two options for some foundations below. The Neutral 22 color is closer to the lighter colors on my list:
MAC - NC 20 & 25
Giorgio Armani - Luminous Silk Foundation - 4 & 4.5
Koh Gen Do - 123
Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation Wand - 3 & 4
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint - Medium
The foundation is packaged in a nice glass bottle, with a pump dispenser.
I've been using one pump to get an even medium coverage with a kabuki brush, and 1.5 pumps with a beauty blender. I didn't really see a major difference between the two applications, so I've stuck with the kabuki brush. The texture of the foundation is very standard. It's not runny, but not thick.
On the first day I used the foundation with the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base as the primer and the Skindinavia Finishing Spray. I was in love! It applied evenly, didn't emphasize dry patches and really looked a second skin. It was really gorgeous, and my other makeup applied like a dream.
This continued for a few more days, and then the weather turned a little warmer again. So I skipped the primer step, and I didn't like how the foundation applied. It seemed to emphasize dry patches. I took it off and went with another foundation that day.
I went back to the foundation on a day I had a bit more time to play with it. Again, I skipped the primer because I wanted to see if it was going to happen again, and it did. But I kept it on my skin and lo and behold, after about 15-20 minutes it settled in and looked flawless. It was actually pretty amazing.
I can't say for sure what would have happened that day I took it off immediately, but I've been very happy with it ever since. I do have a suspicion that because that day was warmer, my skin was a bit oilier than usual and that didn't work well with the foundation. So, I think possibly that if you have oily skin, this may not be the foundation for you. I think it works incredibly well with my drier, more sensitive skin.
I was also skeptical about how it may work because of the SPF. Occasionally I can have a poor reaction to SPF where I'll get a rash, but I haven't seen that happen yet, thankfully!
Here are pictures of it applied onto my face with a light layer of the Bobbi Brown primer. I used one pump and a Kabuki brush. The pictures (mugshots - LOL!!) are taken with 100% natural daylight and I did not edit the photos at all, so hopefully you can get a very good sense of its coverage.
All in all, I love it as much as my other go-to foundations like the Surratt. And it's great when I need a bit more coverage than the Koh Gen Do or the Glossier. It gives enough coverage for me with just one pump, and it is definitely buildable if you need more coverage.
Let me know what you think of it! xoxo