Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder Review

Ahh lazy Sundays. My day today consisted of reading a book (Murder on the Orient Expresso[not a typo]) and watching football.

However, I decided after lunch that I wanted to make taco dip as a dinner side dish.

I didn’t bother doing my makeup or hair since I wasn’t planning on going out today. However, I also wasn’t going to do a full face just to run to the store.


Why is that you always run into people when you look your worst? Oh God here comes the high school beauty queen. Maybe if I just hide behind this giant stack of goldfish she won’t see me.

My solution?

Powder foundation. It only takes a few seconds to apply, but it can make a world of difference. Powder, mascara and lipgloss and I’m ready to face the world.

My latest favorite is Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation Powder.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder Review

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Laura Mercier says:Second skin comfort meets color-true wear, wet or dry. This silky-smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a color true finish. It glides on effortlessly, camouflages, hydrates and visibly reduces lines.

Baking Beauty says: This powder provides light/medium coverage without settling into lines.

Effectiveness:4.5/5

Pigmentation:4.5/5

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My shade is 01 which is a light beige with yellow undertones. It is pigmented enough to lightly conceal redness and even my skin tone. Blemishes may still peek through but they are visibly diminished. You can always add concealer and then set with this powder.

Texture:5/5

The powder is soft, smooth, and doesn’t settle into lines/scars.

Ease of use:5/5

I just apply with a fluffy kabui and blend in a circular motion.

Lasting Power:4/5

This lasted for around 6 hours on me before I felt it needed touching up.

Packaging:4/5

The packaging has a mirror and a powder puff compartment. I don’t like using the included puff so I thought the extra compartment wasn’t really needed.

Value:4/5

If you like light, natural coverage this is a good investment!

Cost:$45

Available at:Your favorite Laura Mercier counter or online at Nordstrom or Sephora

Have you tried any LM Foundations? Do you like powder, liquid, or cream Foundations?

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Review

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Clinique says:Smart technology keeps dry areas comfortable, oily areas less shiny. No-waste grinder dispenses skin-defending vitamins with each twist. Fresh-shaved mineral powder clings evenly to skin. Lasts for up to eight long hours. Includes antibacterial brush.


Baking Beauty says: This sheer powder is good at setting makeup, but it doesn’t last as long as I hoped.

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Review

Effectiveness:3/5

Pigmentation:
3/5

The powder is very sheer. It helps even out skin tone a little, but don’t expect it to cover redness or discoloration.

Texture:2/5
Because you are grinding the powder yourself, it isn’t going to have as great a texture as other loose powders. It just isn’t as finely milled. It also was a little dry and tended to settle in fine lines.

Ease of Use:3/5

Lasting Power:3/5
This lasted for around 6 hours on my skin (oily/combo).

Packaging:3/5

Value:3/5

Overall, this is an okay powder to set makeup with. It won’t mess up the color as it’s so sheer. It also did a nice job absorbing oil.

When going to write this review I found out it was discontinued. I can see why as it was just an “ok” foundation.

Do you like Clinique foundation? Do you set your makeup with powder?

foundation fan? Read all my foundation reviews

Clinique junkie?Check out my past Clinique Reviews

Covergirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup Mini Review

Disclosure: The Covergirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup used in this review was purchased with my own money.

Covergirl says:TRUblend Liquid Makeup has color spheres that go beyond just matching your skin tone to actually merge with your skin, for a naturally flawless look. Specially designed to work with the TRUblend Collection; select your concealer, 1-6, then look for the corresponding foundation, blush and powder!

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Shade 415 neutral ivory is the 3rd lightest shade. I usually buy the 2nd-3rd lightest shade so I thought I’d be ok. However, The undertones of neutral ivory are still REALLY pink.

I thought that neutral meant neutral undertones but apparently not.

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It was impossible to wear on my face, but here are some first impressions.

1. It is really thin/liquidy.

2. Coverage is sheer.

3. No spf

4. It needs to be shaken to distribute the pigment.

Overall, the color didn’t work for my skin tone, but I might consider trying it again if there is a good BOGO sale!

Cost: Around 7-9 bucks at your local drugstore.

Have you tried Covergirl foundations? Do you have trouble finding a foundation to match your skin tone?

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup Review

Disclaimer: This Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup review was made possible by a sample sent in hopes I’d feature it on my blog. All opinions are my own.



Neutrogena says:”Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 blends easily to give you a flawless, natural look, while helping to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.”

Baking Beauty says: The Healthy Skin Compact makeup didn’t provide enough coverage for me. It was also hard to blend. It might work better if you have dry skin, or are more interested in its sunscreen benefits.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup Review

Effectiveness:2/5


Pigmentation:3/5

Coverage was light-medium,and I didn’t think it was very buildable. It failed to cover up my hyper pigmentation or redness.

Texture:2/5

The texture in pan feels really creamy. However, on the skin it is really hard to blend evenly.

In addition, it tends to cling to dry patches, and make my T-zone more oily.

Ease of use:3/5

Lasting Power:3/5

It wore for around 4 hours before it ended up looking separated/oily on my skin.

Value:2/5

Packaging:4/5

I like that this included a sponge and mirror. They were all in their own little area so nothing got messed up.

Overall, Neutrogena has some great makeup choice, but I didn’t find this to be one of them.

Where to buy: Your local drugstore or super market

Cost: Around 12-13 bucks

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Review +Before/After Pics

Disclosure: The Revlon Colorstay Foundation used in this review was purchased with my own money.


Revlon says: “Longwearing coverage with a lightweight formula that won’t cake, fade, or rub off. With Time Release Technology specifically formulated for combination or oily skin to control oil absorption and shine.

Baking Beauty says: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff is full coverage, easy to blend, and lasts all day. It holds holy grail status!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Review


Effectiveness:5/5

Pigmentation:5/5

I would consider Revlon Colorstay a full coverage foundation. It virtually eliminates the need for concealer for me. It easily covers my hyperpigmentation and redness. I still need some concealer under my eyes and possibly on a really red new blemish. Other than that this will cover most anything!

Texture:5/5

The foundation itself is liquidy almost to the point of being runny. However, it glides on and blends easily. I also found it didn’t settle into pores/scars/fine lines.

Ease of use:5/5

Lasting Power:5/5

Unlike most foundations, this one never fades or gets patchy on me. You don’t even need to set it with powder (I only use powder on my forehead and nose!).

It also does a great job of keeping my t zone matte. Most foundations make me oily in 3-4 hours. This one kept me matte for 7-8 hours.

Packaging:3/5

I really wish this had a pump. Because it is so runny, it’s easy to get too much product out.

Value:5/5

full coverage that lasts all day in the drugstore? I LOVE this foundation more than most others both high end and low end!

Judith August EraseZit Pencil Review

Judith August EraseZit Pencil

The EraseZit Pencil is an antiseptic concealer and corrector with tea tree oil and camphor. The product helps to cover blemishes and acne. It calms irritations, scraps and nicks and it will zap acne breakouts. EraseZit Pencil is long lasting, all-natural fragrance and water-resistant. The directions are simple; cleanse your face, pat it dry, then apply the product directly onto the spots, blend the outer edge and then smooth it to get an even finish. You can apply your regular foundation over this product. This pencil works well for those that have oily skin as well. This product is like a concealer or foundation that is in the form of a pencil.  This product comes with a pencil sharpener, which I have yet to use, as it was already sharpened pretty well when I received it.

I have used this product a few times and applied foundation over the top of it. The product works as it should. It was easy enough to apply onto the skin. I was not sure how much to put on or necessarily how to apply it. I sort of used it as a colored pencil and it worked well enough. I believe the trick to this product is getting the true color for your skin.

I will most definitely continue to use this product. I do not think it exactly helps to reduce acne breakouts. For me, my skin breaks out with new makeup products, but if I keep using them, my skin gets use to the product. With continued use of this product I think I won’t have any issues with break outs.

There was no smell at all, which I was glad about. Some make ups have such odd smells, so I was thrilled that it was natural, as well as allergy free.


As for it being good for oily skin, I’m not sure I would agree with that. I have very oily spots on my face and it didn’t really do anything for me. Not that it made my skin oilier, but it just did not help with the oil at all.

With some makeups, they have a heavy feel to them, which this one did not at all. This concealer was light and airy feeling.

I would most definitely recommend this product to anyone that is looking to cover up little blemishes and marks.

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I received Judith August’s EraseZit Pencil in exchange for my honest opinion.