Friday, 11 September 2015
A DISAPPOINTING NUMBER BY LAURA MERCIER
On the quest to find the perfect foundation I stumbled upon this new-ish release by Laura Mercier and decided to give it a go. Here are my brutally honest thoughts.
I have been a massive fan of Laura Mercier for a very long time - and I still am. From her concealer to the Smooth Finish Flawless Foundation (reviewed here) I do really dig this brand, however I was bound to find something I didn't particularly enjoy at some point.
I finished my Lancome foundation a couple of weeks ago and I went out quickly with my mum to purchase a new base. I usually take someone really honest with me because I need a second opinion when it comes to shade matching. I need to make sure I don't look orange or pink so the best and most brutal person to take with me has always been my mother.
I wanted to go back to LM because it has sort of become tradition; every September I splurge at her counter and leave Space NK happy. I picked up this little number in Cream Ivory after being told that this is an updated formula from the old silk creme foundation and from the packaging to the perfect colour match I was in love.
The obsession, as you can imagine, didn't last long, as after being out for five hours the first day, it was flaking badly and showing on my dry patches. I thought that using only moisturiser wasn't good enough so I pumped it up with a base - The Body Shop glow boosting primer that I mentioned on here a billion times. That didn't really work either so by the third day I went with my Nyx Pore Filler primer. The situation did improved but it still didn't make me go "Whah love this! Look at my flawless face!"- and when you spend £35 you really do want that effect. The little tests went on and on for two weeks.
The other day I was trying another primer from a brand called Kiss X that I found in Wilkinsons, and it did work pretty well with the foundation - FINALLY. I can say it's a three out of five star kind of result, acceptable for everyday wear and best applied with a sponge. It does stay on - you can still see blush and contour by the end of a dreaded 9-hours shift but it rubs off on clothes easily and it's just a little too slippery so I would definitely be careful. Keep the moisturiser thin and fast absorbing and use this base if you aim for a satin to matte finish look.
Overall I will use this foundation but I certainly won't go back to re-purchase it when I'm done with it, mostly because it literally took me two weeks to find a base that worked. (You lose enthusiasm after the fifth day)
If you have any other foundation suggestion let me know in the comments!