Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

As I mentioned in my Mini Weekend Haul/Rant I have been on the hunt for a new foundation. I have used MAC Studio Fix Fluid for about a year now for day-to-day wear and while I still like it I wanted to try out some other foundations that I had heard great things about. I have oily/combination skin and need something that can withstand a full 10-12 hours of wear.

When I was at the mall I popped in to Sephora and decided to try the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation. I don’t need a full coverage foundation for day-to-day wear and the makeup artist said it would give me more coverage than my MAKE UP FOREVER Matte Velvet Plus, and that is a full coverage foundation to me.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is described as:
“Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is a rich and luminous foundation offering full coverage while hydrating and protecting the skin. The long-wearing foundation evens out skin tones and increases skin luminosity and clarity for a radiant glow. Its rich, creamy texture glides over the skin effortlessly giving you ample playtime for perfect application and bendability. Perfect for rosacea and hard to cover pigmentation. Oil-free and ideal for all skin types.”

The Silk Crème Foundation comes in only 10 shades, 6 shades of ivory and 4 shades of beige. The color she matched me with is Rose Ivory, which is described as: “For fair to light skin tones – warm ivory family with rose undertones.”

To me this foundation is not full coverage; I would say medium coverage with build ability. The sample she gave me was small and in the picture below is after 5 days of use, I still have plenty left! The texture is so creamy and soft! You need just a little amount and it covers so much. This foundation is the definition of a little bit goes a long way!

I applied this foundation with 2 of my Sigma Sigmax brushes, the F80 Flat Top Kabuki and the F82 Round Top Kabuki. The F80 gave me more of a full coverage than the F82. The F82 gave me a smoother, medium coverage. I think that has to do with my large pores and that the F82 blended and hid them better.

Sigma F80
Sigma F82
I definitely love this foundation! I received so many comments on my complexion than when I where my Studio Fix Fluid or Matte Velvet Plus. It held up through the day and felt so lightweight, which I love! I definitely don’t like a heavy, cakey foundation.

What I don’t like – the price. The price for this foundation is $42, which is to me pricey. MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid retails for $27 and MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Plus retails for $34. While I don’t where the MUFE foundation daily it is still pricey, it is my go to foundation for special occasions and it does not contain any SPF. Studio Fix Fluid contains SPF 15 and the Silk Crème Foundation doesn’t appear to contain any SPF. I checked online and I do not have the actual product, as I still have the sample, so I was unable to confirm this at this time.

I will definitely be purchasing the full-size product. Do you have it or tried it, what are your thoughts? Or, any recommendations for oily/combination skin?

Until next time –
XO Shannon

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