Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation review

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($43 for 1.18 fl. oz.) is a full-coverage base with a gel consistency and a radiant finish. The company says it blends "a special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts and treated mica" to leave skin luminous and hydrated.

I rationed my teeny sample of this until I realized I desperately wanted a bottle. In the past, every foundation I've loved has then disappointed me because of whatever fatal flaw it had (Revlon Colorstay, for instance, doesn't have a damn pump, which is infuriating, and it is much too easy to overdo and wind up a pancake). So, I sucked it up and made the investment.

More photos and my review après the jump!

This foundation blends like a dream. I put a tiny dot on the back of my hand and buff it into my face with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, one section a time, adding another dot to my hand as I move along. In all, I think I use about a nickel-sized dollop to cover my entire face. I've set it with bronzer, with my NARS translucent pressed powder, and even with Hello Flawless!, which looks dreadful on top of most foundations. But this one still looks good. It melts into the skin, covers everything and looks natural. Best of all, it feels as light as a daily moisturizer yet manages to endure all day, even in the heat.

Now for the cons. The price, obviously, is prohibitive, even though I think the bottle will last me a good long while. And the shade selection is pitiful. Only 10 shades, with the darkest in no way suitable for someone black or even someone with a very deep tan. My shade is Cashew Beige. The salesgirl at Sephora matched me with Hazelnut Beige, but I ignored her because I thought it was way too dark on my NC30-ish complexion.

Although it doesn't melt off me, I can see how the rich formula could be difficult for oily skin, so keep that in mind — I have combination skin, and the dewiness as the product wears on isn't a problem to me, I don't even touch up my powder most of the time.

Here I am wearing just the foundation set with Bare Minerals Translucent Mineral Veil. The left shows indoor lighting, and in the right photo I'm standing by a window. With very light application of this foundation, I can cover my hyperpigmentation almost completely.

Would you try Laura Mercier's foundation? How much are you willing to spend on a foundation if it's something you love?

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