Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation is welcome addition to Mercier's already-stellar foundation lineup. Housed in a squeeze tube just like its Oil-Free counterpart, this slightly creamy liquid foundation is a great example of a modern-day moisturizing foundation for normal to dry skin—and the fragrance-free formula is also great for sensitive skin. The slightly fluid texture feels rich but not greasy, and, as you'll see from first use, its highly concentrated, providing almost-full coverage with just one layer. Even a tiny dab of this, at its sheerest, provides medium coverage.
What you'll get from Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation is a complexion that's beautifully perfected and ready for its close-up. If you have very dry skin, you will want to prep with a richer moisturizer before applying this foundation, as it isn't the moisture-rich formula those with this skin type tend to prefer. This sets to a satin finish that leaves a healthy, non-shimmering glow—perfect to perk up a normal to dry complexion that's been sufficiently prepped with moisturizer and/or primer. You'll find this is easy to blend and allows enough play time before setting to its long-wearing finish.
If you haven't already guessed, those with combination or oily skin types will almost certainly find this formula too emollient given its dewy finish.
Turning to the shades, the assortment provides mostly great options for those with fair to dark skin tones, although there are no suitable shades for very light or very dark skin (though the darkest shade is still quite deep, so this is really more of letdown for those with porcelain-fair skin). Shades to be extra cautious with include the slightly peach Ecru and slightly copper Pecan; the Suntan shade is has a golden-orange cast that doesn't really look like real skin; not surprisingly, it was the tester that was barely used!
Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation earned its high rating for its beautiful finish, moisturizing formula and its ability to deliver full-coverage without looking as if you're wearing a full coverage formula.
One more comment: Although the Oil-Free version of this foundation has identical shade names, these foundation's different formulas cause the colors to "read" a bit differently on skin. For example, if you wear Cream Ivory in the Oil-Free formula and want to switch to the Moisturizing version, you may need the Ivory shade instead. Be sure to test this in natural lighting.
Laura Mercier At-A-Glance
Strengths: Many fragrance-free products; top-notch water-soluble cleansers; some extraordinary foundation and powder products; great powder blush, cream blush, and powder eyeshadows; a couple impressive mascaras; mostly great shimmer products; praiseworthy makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some of the products with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas.
Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better.
For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.
Laura Mercier Makeup
What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.
Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.
Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!
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