It’s taken me so long to warm up to the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation that I am unsure how to begin. I did like using the very popular and iconic Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser which I take in Porcelain, which is comfortable on skin and offered just enough tint to even out skintone. I’d never tried their full on foundations however, so the Silk Creme was the first. I had been curious for a while.
The Silk Creme foundation is what I’d consider a full coverage foundation because it does offer a lot of coverage. So much in fact, that it took me a while to work out that only a very very little bit is sufficient for a thin veil over the skin. Very little.
That was the first thing I had to get used to. The product comes in a small 35ml tube that really belies just how much product you need. I usually only squeeze out a little dot, and then use my brush because this foundation doesn’t take very kindly to fingers. The texture is very creamy so this is one that is more suited to those with a drier skintone i.e. me! For those with oily skins, there are other foundations in the range but you may find this one a bit heavy.
Because this is such a high coverage foundation, I find I have to be quite careful with it because I ran into the second snag – colour selection. This one is quite tricky!
The first time I was at the counter, I had been colour matched to Peach Ivory. It actually looked quite good on me, and because the application was so flawless, I really was very impressed. This foundation really leaves you with a very flawless appearance. It was complimentary and I took it home but struggled with it for quite a while.
Eventually, I worked out that I couldn’t wear Peach Ivory. It was, for want of a better word, too peachy. Perhaps it was the yellow lighting in the mall that played tricks on the colour matching, but I could not get it to work in everyday life. This was because I ran into snag #3 – it oxidises.
I did notice that this foundation does oxidise on skin after a while and when that happened, Peach Ivory was too dark on me. So, I chucked this to the back of my drawer and forgot about it.
A little while later, I happened to pass by the Laura Mercier store again and decided to check if there was another lighter shade and lo! and behold! There was – Soft Ivory. Now, I must warn you, that Soft Ivory is almost white when squeezed out of the tube LOL! It stunned me. I’m not white!
But I spoke to the SA and we tested it on my skin and she agreed that it might be a better match. She gave me a generous sample to try at home which I did, and I went back to buy the full tube later because strange as it looks, Soft Ivory is my shade.
Here’s a comparison of the 2 shades – Peach Ivory and Soft Ivory so you have an idea of what I mean.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation Swatch (1) Peach Ivory (2) Soft Ivory (3) Soft Ivory blended with a bit of Peach Ivory
You might be able to tell from these swatches just how creamy the Silk Creme foundation is. These were spread out from just a tiny little dot on my skin so a very little goes a very long way. In fact, the recommended application method is by using a sponge, and I can understand why, because it will just be easier to spread. When I use a brush, it can appear a little streaky because it is so spreadable, like butter :P Also, if you aren’t careful it can even look cakey on skin.
But I don’t have a sponge, so I persevere with a foundation brush and it usually works. I use the 5 line method with just a tiny little bit of foundation and it covers all of my skin once I blend it in a little.
You can also see just how peachy Peach Ivory is in comparison to Soft Ivory. For interest, these are among the 2 lighter shades in the range which is quite puzzling, but I think on those with a fair-medium skintone with some yellow base, the Peach Ivory shade can be brightening on skin.
Here are the swatches in comparison to other foundations I wear in my shade. The shades do differ a little but the rest work on me.
(1) Revlon Colorstay #200 Nude (2) Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – Peach Ivory (3) Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – Soft Ivory (4) Blended – Soft Ivory + Peach Ivory (5) Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 1.0 (6) Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation I00 Very Light Ivory (7) Diorskin Nude 010 Ivory
In terms of coverage, the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation offers the most coverage, followed by the Revlon then Shiseido then Diorskin Nude and then Urban Decay Naked Skin.
But you know what? Lest you think that I am all negative about this foundation, I actually am not. I like it. It is like real life photoshop for my skin LOL! No, I’m serious! One very thin layer of Silk Creme foundation over my face and it’s like all faults are erased or blurred.
Once the Silk Creme foundation has set, it has a slightly matte but luminous finish. Not shiny, not oily, not wholly matte either. It is in the words of Goldilocks, “Just right”
It feels very lightweight on my skin and I never feel like I’m wearing any foundation at all which is great when you live where I do and have to battle heat and humidity all the time. It stays put for hours, does not dry out my skin one bit and starts to look better once it has settled in. I usually give it about an hour and then look into the mirror and am amazed at how flawless my skin looks by then. Soft Ivory oxidises just a little bit, so it looks far more natural about an hour in than after I immediately apply it to my skin.
Here is an idea of what I mean by photoshop to my skin. Please forgive the different angles. For some reason, I refused to cooperate with myself when taking these shots and I couldn’t be arsed to re-do them :P
Untouched up Left: Bare skin in all its glory, shine and all! Right: A thin layer of Soft Ivory and who needs concealer?
I don’t use concealer at all when I use the Silk Creme foundation because what is there to conceal when the foundation has already done its job? :P I do sometimes top up with a dusting of Meteorites in Teint Beige just to even things out further and what with the real life photoshop and the blur tool, I get away with everything :D If I want something seriously flawless, as in Dresden dolly, so flawless it looks fake, then a light dusting of pressed or loose powder does the trick. But I don’t practise that often. Not a fan of that look :)
So, if you have a combination-dry skintype and want a full coverage foundation that is practically Photoshop for your skin then definitely do check this one out. This one is in regular rotation with my other liquid foundations so that says a lot! ;)
In a nutshell
The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is a creamy foundation with very high coverage that I feel suits those with slightly dry skin better than someone with oily skin. That said, if you live in a colder climate then you may be able to use it but here where it’s hot and humid, I’d say it’s a no-no for oily skintypes. The texture is very smooth and the coverage is phenomenal! One little small pea dot gets you more than sufficient coverage for the whole face. It feels light on skin and on me, lasts a full day without oiling up or fading. I am impressed with this one and it is in regular rotation but it is not without its faults, notably – poor shade selection, oxidises, and takes some getting used to. I use a brush but I think a sponge or even that famed Beautyblender sponge could come in useful for this one.
Pros: Hygienic packaging that is easy to control, Photoshop in a tube!, Only very little is needed so it will last a long while
Cons: Poor shade selection, Oxidises, Make take a while to get the hang of it or you may end up using too much, Pricey initially, Can look cakey if too much is used
Who will like this: Anyone with a slightly dry skintype who is in the market for a full coverage foundation
If you’d like to test this, I recommend looking for Jia Jia at the Laura Mercier counter at Bangsar Village 2. She is very pleasant and friendly and if you ask her nicely she might even let you take home a sample so you can decide if it is suitable for you. Whenever I want something from LM, I go to her because some of the others can be a bit snobby, but this one, she’s lovely :D
Have you tried the Silk Creme foundation? Do you like any other Laura Mercier base makeup?
So far, I like the Undercover Concealer Pot and the Tinted Moisturiser. I wasn’t too thrilled about the Secret Concealer compact or the Tinted Moisturiser Creme Compact but I’ve since been told I’ve been using the Secret Concealer wrongly so I’m going to try that one again. There may be a new foundation out too that comes in a glass bottle but I haven’t gotten round to that.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation Price: RM160/35ml (I think, subject to confirmation) Availability: Laura Mercier counters and KensApothecary