Review: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

From the following February, a new, interesting Foundation will be launched on the market: the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation. What makes this foundation so special and why do I like it so much? Find out here!

What does Laura Mercier promise? “Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation spotlights your skin with a soft glow. Its calibrated blend of radiant-pearl mica, embedded in an ultra-lightweight formula, mimics the reflective glow of just lit candles. This mica fusion is blended with purified water to hydrate skin and allow foundation to glide onto skin for lasting smoothness and natural luminosity. Its blend of lightweight oils locks in this moisture to leave skin balanced, soft, and beautifully radiant, while micro-fine, color-true pigments provide a natural, skin-flattering finish. ”

According to the description the Candleglow Foundation did not seem to belong to my very favorite foundations (i don’t like too sheer or too dewy foundations), but we all want a long wearing, smooth foundation, right? After having successfully mastered long working days, I decided to show you this foundation.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation

Laura Mercier Soft Luminous Foundation

According to Laura Mercier, the Candleglow Foundation provides a medium-coverage without giving a mask-like effect and without settling into wrinkles or pores. The latter is very important to me. And it’s true, it won’t settle into fine wrinkles or pores. Plus, it won’t dry out the skin and give you a soft glow. Although I tend to have impurities and shiny skin, this foundation is still interesting despite the properties. Using a primer and loose powder, this foundation will suit shiny skin very well.

Consistency and Application

The Foundation is slightly liquid and not creamy, but very soft and smooth on the skin. You can very easily distribute it with your fingers or a brush. I haven’t used a sponge nor a beauty blender to distribute this foundation, but I’m sure this will work even better.
At this point it must be mentioned that the foundation works best if you previously used a good/rich cream prepared the skin with a primer. Otherwise, the application with a brush will need more work/time.


I would classify the coverage as as a light to medium coverage. This foundation is definitely buildable, but you have to invest some time. My tip: before applying the foundation, don’t forget to use a concealer – otherwise you will waste too much foundation and time.


Although I like to use loose powder, the foundation still has a beautiful, healthy and natural glow. It won’t look too shiny on the skin and will make your skin looks less tired. However, if you tend to have more/large impurities, I wouldn’t recommend this foundation as it could highlight them. Instead, use a more mattyfing foundation on those days.
For people with fine lines or larger pores this foundation is nothing but a dream! Dry patches won’t be emphasized.

During the day I hardly “feel” this foundation on my skin. Without using a primer, the foundation will stay about 5 hours on my skin. With primer even 9-10 hours. After that, the foundation will wear off evenly.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation

On this picture I am wearing highlighter only on the cheekbones, a matte blush and the Benefit Hoola bronzer, which is also matte. I used the Laura Mercier loose powder to mattify my skin. I had applied the foundation 5 hours ago – without using a primer.

Colors and Swatches

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation

The Candleglow Foundation comes in no fewer than 24 tones! Thanks to the detailed tone description, it isn’t too complicated to pick the right tone. My face is darker than my palm by the way – don’t be surprised :).

  • Cashew – light with cool to neutral undertones
  • Buff – light to medium with cool to neutral undertones
  • Macadamia – light with neutral to warm undertones
  • Vanille – fair to light with neutral undertones
  • Ecru – light with cool undertones
  • Linen – light with neutral undertones
  • Dusk – light to medium with neutral to warm undertones
  • Shell – fair with cool undertones
  • Dune – light to medium with cool undertones
  • Ivory – fair with neutral to warm undertones
  • Golden – light to medium with warm undertones
  • Chai – medium with warm undertones
  • Butterscotch – light with warm undertones
  • Crème – fair with cool to neutral undertones
  • Honey – light to medium with neutral undertones
  • Suntan – medium with cool to neutral undertones
  • Praline – medium with neutral undertones
  • Pecan – medium to deep with cool to neutral undertones
  • Nutmeg – medium to deep with cool undertones
  • Maple – medium with neutral to warm undertones
  • Amber – medium to deep with neutral to warm undertones
  • Truffle – deep with cool to neutral undertones
  • Chestnut – deep with cool undertones
  • Espresso – deep with neutral to warm undertones

My Conclusion

A great foundation! This foundation reminds me of my favorite foundation Chanel “Vitalumiere Aqua”. I will definitely continue to use the Candleglow foundation and use it on days I need a less mattyfing finish and less coverage.

Lasting-power:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Application:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Coverage:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Wearing-comfort:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Moisturizing-effect :5 Stars (5 / 5)
Average:4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

The foundation is available from February 2016 and will cost € 48.00.


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6 thoughts on “Review: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

  1. liebe Andrea,
    Foundations sind ja immer so eine Sache … entweder sind sind dicht und wirken pappig, austrocknend oder sie können quasi gar nichts 😉
    wenn diese Foundation von Laura Mercier so grandios ist, wie du schreibst und wie er auf deinem Gesicht wirkt, MUSS ich ihn unbedingt testen :)
    danke dir für die wertvollen Infos!

    eine wundervolle Woche dir,
    <3 Tina

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