Very excited to review this foundation since its something I have been wanting for a long time! I was basically done with my Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation (full review here), and although I loved that I thought I would splurge a bit and finally try out this foundation that everybody raves about. I had a 15% off coupon for Sephora + a gift card, so I figured it was a good time to try it! The price tag is hefty at $42 (I didn’t pay that much for it). Is it worth it? Lets see…
(left: Silk Creme Foundation bottle, right: swatch of “beige ivory”)
Since I have an issue with picking the right foundation shade, I was a little worried about the selection and how it would match my skin tone. After looking on the Sephora website, I decided I would check out medium ivory, but once I got to the store I ended up getting the slightly lighter “beige ivory” after swatching it on my hand (I meant to swatch medium ivory but for some reason only looked at the beige ivory since I was in a rush). I realized when I got home that I really meant to check out the medium ivory instead, but luckily the beige ivory matched my skin tone! The color is much more on the yellow side (as you can tell from the photo). I wish it were a tiny bit less yellow and more neutral, but it still matches my skin well. I may still try out the medium ivory next time I’m in Sephora to see if it would be a better match.
The feel and coverage of this foundation is actually very similar to the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse. It is medium-full coverage (depending on how much you apply) and gives a dewy, but not too dewy finish. Unlike the Dream Smooth Mousse, my oily t-zone didn’t look overly shiny and oily after applying this. While you do still need to set with powder (especially if you have oily skin), I could probably get away without it. I use my Sigma F82 to apply it, and it blends very easily and looks incredibly natural as long as you don’t over-do it (which could cause it too look cakey). This is the first foundation that I’ve used where the foundation itself was in a tube and not in a container that I could dip my brush directly into (I haven’t used liquid foundation in awhile), so I find it annoying to have to put a little bit on my hand first but that isn’t really a fault of the foundation. You only need a tiny bit of this (which is good since the tube is so pricey) and the coverage is very build-able. I’ve found that I always need less than I think I do! I’ve also found that this foundation gives such great coverage that I usually don’t need a separate concealer.
As for how long it lasts, unfortunately this is similar to the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse in that it kind of melts off your face throughout the day. This is usually the case with more moisturizing and creamy foundations. I haven’t tried this with primer or setting spray yet, so using those may help in keeping it on until the end of the day. I have noticed that my forehead isn’t as much of an oil slick with this foundation by the end of the day. I still need blotting papers but it is far less oily than with the Maybelline.
So would I suggest this foundation? Definitely if you have the $ to splurge on it! If you don’t, however, I feel like it is very comparable to Maybelline’s Dream Smooth Mousse. Its best for skin that is dry or combination…if you have really really oily skin you will probably find this to be too moisturizing for you. I haven’t decided yet if I would repurchase this for the full price when I run out, but its definitely a possibility!
Have you tried or are you thinking about trying out the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation?