Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying : My New Best Matte Friend

I'm pretty sure that by now, most of you know that I have extremely oily skin. So, any product that helps control oil or delivers matte finish interests me. This is why I was jumping up and down when I learned that Laura Mercier added two new members to its Shine Control Collection, Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder - Shine Control ($32) and Secret Finish - Mattifying ($27). The latter is what I will be reviewing today.


More about the product : Primarily for touch-ups throughout the day over makeup, this innovative formula 'soaks up' facial oil and mattifies the skin on contact. The lightweight gel removes shine for hours, leaving a translucent, matte finish. It's gentle enough to use over any Laura Mercier foundation and is free of oils, parabens, and fragrances.

This is an easy review because it is not difficult to see the result. Once the gel touches my face, it works its magic and immediately sucks in any oil on the surface, leaving a very velvet and matte finish. However, you have to be extremely careful when using this over makeups. Using too much product at once or applying it too roughly will cause it to smudge your makeup. Instead of rubbing it onto the skin, I recommend gently patting this over the foundation that you already have on your face. I am truly amazed by its effective and fast shine eliminating ability. 

To further test this product, I tried applying it as a primer before my foundation as Laura Mercier also suggests this way to better control oil secretion. I have to say that I love using it this way much better.  I use this as a primer before my makeups, and my face would be shine free all day long. I don't even need any blotting or touch up during the day. 


I started off with some oily moisturizer on my arm.

Then, I applied the product over the left half of my arm.

Pick It or Not ? 
  • Quality: 45 (out of 50)  
  • Packaging: 20 (out of 20)  
  • Price: 20 (out of 20)   
  • User Friendly: 5 (out of 5)   
  • Availability: 5 (out of 5)
Angela's Ultimate Pick: A

8 Responses to “Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying : My New Best Matte Friend”

Babybubblz said...
April 6, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Wow shine free all day?! Sounds like a gem! I like that you can apply it over makeup. Will test it out at their counters =) Thanks!


LittoMokaa said...
April 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Thanks for sharing dear! I was searching for a primier that would mattify my skin but couldn't decide XD i would try out this one soon!


Crystal.S said...
April 6, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Sounds fab! Have you ever tried MAC's Matte gel? I wonder how the two compare.


lilluna5416 said...
April 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM

sounds good! LM makes amazing face products


Angela (SparkleMidori) said...
April 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I have to agree with lilluna5416. I've never really tried any Laura Mercier products before. But recently, I've started using their skincare line and some of their makeups, I have to say that they definitely make some amazing products..


Kalmo said...
April 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Thanks for the awesome review, I never heard of anything you put on top of makeup to take away oiliness! Hmm this sounds promising for my oily skin so I'm off to check out MUA for more reviews, thanks for bringing it to my attention.


jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) said...
April 14, 2010 at 1:00 PM

i love secret finish but i don't use the mattifying version since i have dry skin. this is really one of the best kept secrets in the world of makeup. it creates miracles.


Ma. Enrica Angela said...
September 5, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I've been using this under foundation for about 2 months now. I must say that the product is brilliant. It is very effective in combating shine.