I've mentioned Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation a few times already in different posts, but some of you have been curious to see it in action. I filmed my full coverage foundation routine, which you can find at the end of this post, but I thought I should give you a quick review of the foundation itself. Let me preface this by saying I LOATHE full coverage foundations: I hate the feeling and look of a makeup mask, and before I've discovered Silk Crème I never wanted to go past medium coverage.
The reason I decided to give this foundation a try was because I've heard people raving about it pretty much ever since I've started watching beauty videos. Sure, there are other full coverage foundations people rave about, but this is the only one that still looked like skin to me when I saw it in other people's videos. When I finally tried it at Sephora, I was amazed by the texture: yes, it was creamy and had loads of coverage, but it didn't feel like much on my skin. For what it does, Silk Crème is incredibly lightweight! I also fell in love with the finish of this: I have no word for it other than "velvet"—it's almost matte, but not quite, and it has a very soft quality to it. I ended up going with the shade Cream Ivory.
Now, something you want to know about this foundation is that it definitely oxidizes. I initially wanted to go with a darker shade, but thank the Gods for the sales associate who warned me that this foundation will oxidize and strongly suggested Cream Ivory. She was right: after a few minutes the darker swatch that "matched" me was too dark. I definitely suggest putting the shade on your skin and giving it a few minutes so you don't walk away with the wrong shade.
As far as wear, Silk Crème lasts about 8 hours on me on its own (all day long with powder). I don't have any problems with fading or melting—it just gets progressively dewier in my t-zone and on my cheekbones. When I apply it, it sets pretty quickly and it's definitely not one of those foundations that can be easily wiped off if you have a habit of touching your face. My favorite thing about it though is its lightness and finish—I never feel like I'm wearing a full coverage foundation and it doesn't feel weird or sticky to touch.
If you are a full coverage foundation skeptic like me, give this one a try and tell me if it changed your mind.
Just don't forget to give it time to oxidize!
Check out the video below to see my full coverage foundation routine!
What's your secret for achieving a flawless base?