Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation was my go-to for ages, in fact, you can read a very old and terrible review of it if you fancy a laugh, but that is the only Laura Mercier product I’ve ever tried. I guess I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed as to what to buy as they don’t really have a USP like other brands, Urban Decay with their Naked palettes, MAC with their lipsticks etc. I guess the closest I’ve heard is Laura Mercier base products so when I received a generous voucher from my work (not from Laura Mercier) I decided to finally try some more of that range. Oh, but I couldn’t resist trying that foundation again, just to compare the old days with my new taste.
Starting off I decided to try one of the Laura Mercier primers as I’ve heard good things plus I wanted a new water-based primer in my collection as so many of mine are oil or silicone based and react funny to my foundations. I went for Blemish-Less because it contains salicylic acid which is good for blemishes, pores, and congested skin and I thought I could do with the extra skincare benefits. Now, I must say, I really like how it feels on my skin, it has that instant cooling feeling that a lot of blemish products have and I can almost feel that aspect of it working. As for creating a smooth makeup base and increasing makeup longevity, I’m not convinced I’ve seen much difference. I’m glad I have it as I like to use makeup products which also have skincare benefits and I like that I now have a water-based primer, but the jury’s out on how much it actually primes my skin.
As soon as I put some of this onto my hand I knew it was an old-school foundation for me. I used to hate watery consistencies and this definitely isn’t that, it’s so solid and pigmented, but nowadays I tend to prefer serum-textures. For this reason, I really struggled to blend this, it’s definitely one to work with quick, and my winter-ridden skin didn’t get on with that too much either so I’d imagine this would be a nightmare for dry skin. But it does have great pigmentation and has a nice long-lasting semi-matte finish. I don’t love it half as much as I used to and actually, I’ve been actively avoiding this on bad skin days as I just prefer lighter formulas now and using concealer for blemishes. But I think I’ll come back to it in Spring when my skin is a bit better nourished as it does give you a nice finish.
I’ve been wanting to try this for so long as it used to get loads of hype in the makeup world. I know some bloggers still swear by it so I thought it was finally time and I must say I do like it. To be honest, my skin is so dry at the moment (in a combination skin way if that makes sense) so I’m not really needing much powder, so again, I think I’ll conclude whether it’s a new ‘holy grail’ in spring and summer time. But it feels really nice on the skin and has definitely kept any shine at bay, if there ever was going to be any!
So I’m a little disappointed if I’m honest but I do feel as if these products were more designed for my spring and summer skin as my winter skin is pretty much hating anything at the moment anyway! I’ll report back again in the future.
Have you tried any base products from Laura Mercier?