La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation: Neutral 22

La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation ($150 CAD)

Surprisingly, this is not the most expensive foundation I’ve purchased! See this blog post for a list of my nonsensical uber-luxury foundation buys but this is the first one that i’ve bought twice. The first time I purchased the La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation, I got the shade linen. I have an olive warm completion that usually falls within the light to medium range of most spectrums. Admittedly, I’ve never struggled to find my shade as it’s quite a common one among most brands. However, with La Mer’s 27 shades they still have yet to make a light, warm/olive shade!

Linen, which claimed to be the only yellow shade ended up turning pink on my skin so I returned it and bout the shade Neutral 22, which was a light neutral shade. This seemed to be the next best option and while it wears better than linen does, it’s still not my perfect match. Even the Sephora IQ Shade Finder cant match me to any La Mer shades!

Although the shade Neutral claims to be neutral, it still pulls a grey-pink on me, but less pink than Linen (pictured below). I can make this work

La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation Neutral
La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation Linen

Despite the bizarre shade range, the formula of this is quite nice. Actually, when I first purchased Linen, I hated the formula. It wasnt until I saw the stand shining in all it’s glory at a New York Sephora (and a recent video from celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta using this) that pushed me over the edge to try it again that I did.

When I used Neutral several months after returning Linen, I got the same coverage (medium) but noticed that this foundation never looks over done. This is one of the most natural foundations I have in my collection, while still giving me the coverage I need and the last power to get me through the day. The finish is light satin (not dewy) but mattifies down when powered. While this does have a strong scent to it, I cant smell it on my face.

I dont know why my opinion changed so drastically (maybe because If found a better colour match, but still not perfect, or that I gave this more of a chance) but I do enjoy it.

Overall, the colour mismatch and steep price tag are what prevents me from giving this a perfect score. There are definitely more inexpensive dupes that can achieve the same finish. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation is the most similar foundation I can think of
  • The Beauty Blender foundation has a touch more coverage and is a bit more matte
  • The NARS Sheer Glow foundation has more coverage and looks more like foundation on the skin than the La Mer one does
  • L’Oreal True Match is slightly more matte and can be built up for more coverage

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