Saturday, 21 November 2015

Photo Ready Foundation, Just In Time For The Party Season

Despite being a real blogger fave, I’ve never used a Laura Mercier base (shock horror). I worship at the altar of her pimers, but the foundations have passed me by. That was until I was training at The London Make up School earlier in the year and had access to the whole range. There are two versions of the Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation – moisturising and oil free. I’m reviewing the former, but I used both at LMS and was blown away by their versatility. They suited everyone’s skin type, looked incredibly flawless and, true to its name, photographed beautifully.

Headline deats…  

A long-wearing formula with a high pigment load that provides up to 12 hours of full coverage wear while feeling comfortable on skin and hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections. The photo-ready, natural luminous finish is ideal for video, photography and special events.

My thoughts…

It’s full coverage for sure, about as full coverage as I’d go. If you’re used to sheerer foundation like moi, it might seem a bit thick, but it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. It covers most redness, decolouration, pimples etc so you can probably forgo concealer – bonus! It’s not a swipe-with-fingers-and-go foundation, you’ve got to take the time and effort to b-lend. I apply it with a regular No7 foundation brush then smooth with my fingers to check it’s pressed in. For an even more flawless application use a sponge or beauty blender – I’m just too lazy to do this on a daily basis. The finish is absolutely flawless! I wouldn’t call it dewy, more luminous and slightly glowing. It’s moisturising, but not greasy and lasts all day. Despite being full coverage it manages not to look too flat or mask like and yes it photographs wonderfully – no insta filter needed. It’s a real gem for bridal make up.

I’m going to have to shave off some points for the poor shade range. Colour match was tricky. At the school I had the full range to mix/customise to meet the model. In store I was matched to Medium Ivory (I’m MAC NC 30, Chanel Vitalumiere 30). At first this seemed way too light for me, but as the winter draws in and my summer glow disappears, it’s becoming a better match. I'm wearing it with Giorgio Maestro Bronzer in the photo - review here.

For me, this isn’t an everyday foundation – I’m still a bareMinerals Complexion rescue nut! But there are the days when I need a bit more coverage and certainly for nights outs, events and anything involving photography – this is where I turn!

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation £35 SpaceNK | House of Fraser | John Lewis 

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  1. I love this foundation too, I much prefer it to the original formula! xx


  2. I never tried this foundation but it looks like it blended in great. I like foundations that don't feel too heavy on the skin too.

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  3. Laura Mericer is a fav for me I love to use her foundation on clients :)

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  4. U know.. Even the lightest shades on MAC are too dark or pink for me so I'm soooooo jealous of those who r sble to test foundations from whatever brand :S

  5. I'm so glad I came across your review. I have been trying to decide between medium ivory and bamboo beige on account of my face and body being two different colours. I never know which one to match to.

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