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Monday, January 23, 2012

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

As you can see from reading my blog, Laura Mercier is one of my favorite brands for face products. I love her concealers, translucent powder, mineral foundation, and especially the oil-free tinted moisturizer which I wear for my everyday makeup. I'd been wanting to try a foundation that had a little more coverage than a tinted moisturizer for special occasions or nights when I want my skin to look "perfect." I've always hated the feeling of heavy foundations so I thought my attempt to something with more coverage than a tinted moisturizer would be hopeless. That was until I tried Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation...
Packaging is a simple squeeze tube. Perfect and easy to use!
My shade is Medium Ivory!
As a preface, I have combo/oily, acne prone skin. I don't really like the look of matte foundation on my skin so my goal for foundation is to look glowy without looking greasy. I also have a bit of redness in my cheeks and acne scarring, so that's something I like to have covered up. Silk Creme does an incredible job of making my skin look flawless and healthy. It is considered a full coverage foundation, but it is really buildable in my opinion (especially if you use a little to start with). It covers up any imperfections I have and evens out with my skintone, all without feeling heavy on my skin. I don't know how it does it, but it almost melts into my skin. I HATE the feeling of foundation sitting on top of my skin, but this one really blends in effortlessly and feels like nothing. Incredible. Despite the heavier coverage, it really looks natural! I also love the finish of this foundation--it's more of a satin finish. I always set my foundation with translucent powder to keep my tzone/chin from getting oily--despite mattifying with powder, it still looks glowy and doesn't make me oily.
This is literally the amount I use for my entire face! It looks too yellow toned here but it really blends into my skintone perfectly.
Another great thing about this foundation is you need the tiniest amount to cover your whole face/neck. It's so pigmented and easy to blend that one pea size amount goes a long way.
To apply, I dot it a few times on my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose, and then blend with either my Mac 187 brush (skunk brush! Sonia Kashuk makes one I like as well!) or Sephora #55 brush. I get a light, blended finish from both brushes. One thing to remember with this foundation is to make sure to not use too much or it will get cakey!! Less is more with Silk Creme! Dot first, blend, and then add more little by little you even need it. Lastly, don't forget to shake well before using it to make sure the consistency is together and product is not separated when it comes out (since it is water based).

Two things I don't like about this foundation, yet aren't deal breakers for me are the price and smell. Silk Creme has a weird, slightly synthetic smell that I can't quite describe. It's not horrible but it's not the most appealing scent in my opinion. Luckily it goes away less than a minute after applying--this is something I can overlook easily so I personally don't mind it. As for the price, it retails for around $42. Definitely not the most expensive foundation on the market, but it's quite pricey to me. However, I genuinely think this foundation is worth every single penny. I personally like to wait for coupon codes or sales before I buy products so I doubt I will ever pay full price for it (for example, Sephora 20% friends and family sale, LauraMercier.com sometimes has deals as well. etc). It is definitely worth the money. Also, I'd try to get to a Sephora or Laura Mercier counter to get the perfect match for your skintone--you can also ask for a sample first to see how you like it on you!

Here's a few FOTD posts where I'm wearing this foundation:
1, 2, 3

I hope I covered the important points of this foundation but please let me know if you have any other questions! To me, this is the foundation I use when I want my skin to look completely flawless--not so much for my everyday makeup where I want the skin to peek through more. What foundation do you like to use for special occasions? Any Silk Creme fans out there!?!? I love it!

9 comments:

  1. I really want to try this! Just so put off by the price :/ xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.com/

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  2. yeah that's so understandable. you might be able to try ebay from a reliable seller too?? or wait for sales! :)

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  3. Great review Amanda! Laura Mercier is also one of my favorite brands for face products- her products do deliver flawless results. I wanted to try this foundation out but there is not shade that matches me. Glad it works for you :)

    http://blushtree.blogspot.com/

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  4. I love the texture of this but I couldn't get a good color match :(

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  5. I got lots of information by your post. Everything define in this post very beautiful way. You should continue do this type of post.

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  6. hey that a really nice update on this... thanks for sharing the information..

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  7. is it really that good for dry skin cuz its really expensive i want to be sure before trying it out :s

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  8. Ahh this foundation continues to intrigue me! Everyone seems to be loving this! The price is indeed steep but definitely worth investing on!

    I'm a new follower, by the way. Hope you could follow back!

    Jem,
    somegirlnamedjem.blogspot.com

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  9. if you can, definitely try some samples first and see how you like it!thank you for following, i will definitely check yours out!

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