|Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation|
Today we’re talking Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for a few months now, and think we get on and know each other well enough that I’m ready to give a full review. When it comes to a foundation, there are so many properties that I look at…don’t you? I mean, it is the product that is the foundation of our entire face. So it’s extremely important to find one that works for your skin and won’t let you down.
Here’s a break down of the main foundation elements:
Texture: The Silk Creme is quite thick in its texture, which does require some work to thoroughly blend. This isn’t a foundation I would grab when I’m in a major rush because of how thick it is. You can’t really just slap it on. But the texture I fell really adds to the level of coverage and finish so I’m happy with it.
Coverage: The Silk Creme is definitely a medium to high coverage foundation that can be built up heavily. Because of the thick texture of the foundation, it’s not one you can sheer out easily for light coverage. So be prepared when wearing this that you will have a solid base.
Finish: Laura Mercier claims that this has a ‘luminous’ finish…and I have to somewhat disagree. It’s not a radiating foundation but more matte with slight silk properties. This doesn’t surprise me, as I think of Laura Mercier as a more matte than ‘dewy’ and ‘glowy’ brand, so it does live up to my expectations to create a solid finish that combats any shininess to your complexion.
Longevity: I would classify the Silk Creme as a mid-wear foundation, as in you can get a fair amount of use from it…but it isn’t quite as long lasting a foundation as say, MAC Studio Fix. When I use this foundation, I use a Laura Mercier primer and set with powder…that gives me a good six hours before I’ll notice any shine developing. That’s pretty good if you ask me 🙂 There’s nothing worse than working all day, stopping mid-afternoon to look in the mirror and thinking ‘oh my god what the heck happened to my face!’ That’s a nightmare and won’t happen with this…it does hold its own quite nicely.
Settling into Fine Lines & Pores: This foundation does not settle into fine lines, and yet I do find that it settles into pores. Even when using a primer after a few hours my pores will be slightly exaggerated. It’s nothing too major…but worth mentioning. Because of this, I’m always hesitant to do many touch up with powders because I’m afraid the powder will cake around the pores. So definitely set this foundation with a translucent powder when applying then only do minor touch ups if you need to later in the day.
Cost: This foundation runs you $45, which is average for a department store foundation. I will say, you only need a very small amount of this…so it will last you quite a long time. All that considered, I think this is a very reasonably priced foundation 🙂
Skin Reaction: My skin can be sensitive, but I’ve had no trouble with any breakouts or reactions to this foundation.
Overall: I like this foundation a lot, but wouldn’t call it my holy grail or anything. Because it is more matte, I think it’s really a great foundation for the cooler months of the year and can look really beautiful on your skin. It does bother me how it defines my pores, but that could just be me? I’m really picky about my pores. When viewed from normal to far distance away…it does look pretty on the skin. It really does nicely cover any blemishes, dark circles or redness so I really like this for days when I’m feeling a bit low about my skin…on those days this and MAC Studio Fix are my go-to foundations. So that is definitely something! Laura Mercier is a fantastic brand, with beautiful, natural products of great quality. This lives up to the quality of the brand for sure! So yes, I would absolutely recommend this if you are looking for a foundation that’s really a natural/matte finish.