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Protect your makeup and limit repeat applications with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer – Original.

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If there’s one traveling snafu we’ve come to dread, it’s the casual glance in the cab’s rearview mirror. Hello, jetlagged skin and smudged makeup! Which is why we always carry Laura Mercier’s purse-friendly compact on hand. This bestseller instantly hydrates skin, providing sheer-to-medium, dewy coverage that passes back-of-cab inspection. Bonus: It lasts 6–8 hours and protects skin with SPF 20.

How it Works

The nongreasy, fragrance-free moisturizer evens out skin tone but won’t clog pores—all while guarding skin from UVA and UVB rays. Each slick compact houses a round sponge applicator in its own ventilated compartment.

How to Use

Using the sponge applicator, apply to the outer edges of your face, working inward toward your nose. Layer for more coverage—builds from sheer to medium.

Avobenzone (3.0%), Octisalate (3.0%), Octocrylene (5.0%). Other Ingredients: Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Ethyhexanoate, Octocrylene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ceresin, Silica, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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pretty good coverage for a tinted moisturizer
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Pretty good coverage for a tinted moisturizer. I had heard a lot of positive reviews about this brand of tinted moisturizer so i was excited to get it in a compact!

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great for traveling!

I dread taking tubes of make up anywhere having lived through the nightmare of exploded make up items a couple times already. On the other hand I find my laura mercier tinted moisturizer to be so indispensable that I cannot imagine taking it with me on trips. This is where the sweet harmony of the my two dreams comes together. The compact is an amazing alternative to the tube and slips into any purse or make up pouch without a glitch. I love knowing its an arms reach away in case I need to touch up my face during the day. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to take their make up with them during a routine work day or on trips where it needs to be stored without any worries of mishaps occuring.

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I love this!!
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This tinted moisturizer is in a convenient compact. It is very light weight, great coverage, and feels great on! I'll definitely be ordering this product!!

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Coverage is good, not great
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This tinted moisturizer in the compact good but not as great as LM liquid tinted moisturizer. It goes on somewhat oily I follow it with the universal powder for light coverage or for a matte finish I add foundation powder. Since I have been using the Egyptian magic cream, my skin looks fabulous without much makeup.

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Awesome for going from day to night
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During the day I prefer minimal foundation, I feel like regular foundation looks cakey on me. So I usually just stick to a light BB cream or tinted moisturizer in liquid form for the day. For night this compact is the perfect middle ground between powder foundation and tinted moisturizer. It provides more coverage for an even look but helps me avoid the cakey look and feeling that I loathe. And it lasts! I don't have to reapply because the coverage stays put. Absolutely love this product!

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Love this tinted moisturizer

I am obsessed with tinted moisturizers and BB creams and love that this one is a compact. It is so convenient to keep in your purse and this also has very good coverage. Unlike many other tinted moisturizers that are very light on their coverage and more sheer, this one is more like a foundation. So it is perfect if you are looking for a tinted moisturizer that is more like a foundation.

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Great coverage and protection
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I love the great coverage AND sun protection that this product provides. It is easy to apply and helps my skin look great. I will be purchasing it again.

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AMAZING!!!!
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I have used all different tinted moisturizers, BB Creams, and CC Creams, this is BY FAR the BEST! It feels so light on the skin and it stays put through out the day. Great coverage that is build-able for those problem spots. This is definitely one of the best beauty products on the market. I highly recommend it!

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Much To Like!
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The compact itself and the solid texture of the product make this perfect for carrying at all times (yes, there's a sponge for application!) It is great for touch-ups or just to have on-hand should you decide it's a make-up day after all, no mess or finishing powder necessary like with liquid versions! The "Blush" color matches my light skin, and covers redness associated with rosacea well ( I don't have to use a lot of product for the most part, and it's easy to sponge an extra bit on my often cherry red cheeks.) The downside is that it's not ultra moisturizing, so except on great-skin days, dry/flaky patches show under the application which exaggerates the issue in my opinion- if I don't have time for meticulous exfoliation, I skip this product. The compact mirror is still worth packing the weight in my bag!

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Ok product
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This is a nice product to alternate with. The product is a little thick and doesn't work like a tinted moisturizer normally does. I don't love it.

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