Review: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation

I think I have a slight obsession with foundation. 🙂
For so many years I have struggled to find foundations that worked with both my skin tone/coloring and my skin type. Either the color was great but the formula wasn’t or vice versa.

I began to see new foundations as a fun “challenge.”  Would this one meet all my expectations?  Sadly, many of them failed.  Lately, I have been in luck with foundations and have found a few that satisfy me. 

Let’s see how Laura Mercier’s new foundation performs.




$48 for 1 fl. oz

Available in 12 shades.


What it is:
A 12-hour wear, photo-ready foundation for a flawless, natural-looking finish.

What it does:
The moisturizing, long-wear formula blends seamlessly onto skin, hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections. Intensely pigmented, it provides full-coverage, feels comfortable on the skin, and increases the skin’s luminosity and radiance. It’s infused with a silk protein blend to help retain and deliver moisture to normal to dry skin, leaving a photo-ready finish that’s perfectly photogenic for video, photography, and special events.


I didn’t find this too thick with it being a creme and all.  It applied very smoothly and evenly and was not difficult to work with.

As you can see, this comes in a squeeze tube which I don’t mind at all.  It gives me great control over how much product dispenses and I didn’t find it to be messy.

I didn’t feel this gave me full coverage with one application-more like medium.  I didn’t try to build it up because I didn’t want to risk the product getting cakey.  It gave a very beautiful,natural, demi-matte finish.

I did choose this in the shade Suntan which I was afraid would be a little dark.  Online it is described as a medium shade with neutral undertones.  When I first applied the foundation it looked dark and a little orange.  But once I blended it out with my beauty blender and gave it time to set, it had adjusted and was a much better match.


Lasting Power:

This held up really well throughout the day.  I generally have my makeup on for 8+ hours.  Of course, there was a little break down in some areas, but it wasn’t really obvious to anyone else but me.

My t-zone didn’t get too oily throughout the day.  I did blot once, but that was it.

I did notice that throughout the day I seemed to develop dry spots.  I mostly noticed this on my cheeks and chin.  I’m not sure if this was from the foundation, but the dry spots weren’t there before I applied the foundation.  When applying it didn’t emphasize any fine lines, but did slightly emphasize my existing dry areas.

Did It Cause Irritation:

I did notice a little bit of a burning sensation on my cheeks when wearing this.  Again, it could have caused a slight allergic reaction and perhaps the dry spots were a result of that.  I didn’t notice any added fragrance which is nice.

Overall Thoughts:

I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I heard the word luminous or moisturizing I stay away.  Having an oily t-zone means to stay away from those products right?  Well…the last two “luminous” and “moisturizing” foundations I’ve tried have worked perfectly fine with my oily t-zone (this product and the Nars all day luminious).

I will leave the link to the Nars review here: Nars foundation There are two different formulas available.  You can purchase the moisturizing formula or there is also an oil-free version as well.  Since my skin have been a little drier I opted for the moisturizing formula and my combination skin handled that just fine.

I won’t be repurchasing this only because my skin doesn’t seem to do well with it.  Otherwise, the coverage and finish of this product is a winner.

Have a beautiful day!

xoxo Lizzie


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