Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Review: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation

Every time I get close to finishing another bottle of my trusty Estée Lauder Double Wear (£30) I find myself eyeing up other full-coverage foundations. Normally I'll read a few reviews then my commitment-phobia will kick in & I'll just reorder Double Wear, but this time Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation (£35) caught my eye, so I got a sample from my local Space.NK & bought it online a few weeks later.

The packaging is super sleek & small enough to make travelling with it easy, although I have noticed that the slightly rubberised finish does get messy if you're not careful when dispensing the product. You do get the same amount of product (30ml) as with Double Wear, but the squeezy tube makes it easier to control than Estée Lauder's glass packaging meaning less product wastage in the long term.

At the Space.NK store the sales person colour matched me to Beige Ivory & it was definitely wearable on my skin but over time it became clear I needed something a little lighter & less warm-toned. Unfortunately, Laura Mercier's shade range is a bit all over the place so I ended up purchasing the full size product in that shade & lightening it using the Body Shop's Shade Adjusting Drops (£10) which has been working really well for me so far.

As you can see, even with just one layer of application it's super full-coverage & despite my pretty serious acne my skin tone is almost completely even. I do tend to add concealer on my darker acne scars but if your skin is clearer than mine it's definitely not necessary.

As you can see from the photos above, the finish is pretty matte but it doesn't look dry or unnatural (one of my main issues with Double Wear is how flat it can look). The creamy consistency also means that it smooths over any unevenness & minimises the appearance of pores, both big pluses.

The only downside is that this foundation just doesn't set; even after hours of wear it's still easily transferred & smudged. This isn't a huge issue for everyday wear but if you're looking for something that's long-wearing then I'd still recommend Double Wear over Silk Crème.

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've tried Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Foundation, or if you've got another full-coverage foundation you think I should try. Leave me a comment below.

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