When it comes to picking my one desert island product, I’d always go for liquid foundation. There are a lot of ladies out there who hate the look and feel of it; too heavy, too obvious – but I think they just haven’t found the right one. For me, good makeup needs a great canvas to build on – and foundation is the best tool to create this. It can alter your entire complexion, leaving you a similar shade of you…but a bit better and more even.
It’s a tricky one to choose though. All that choice, all those shades, all that pressure at the makeup counter. Before you know it you’ve been talked into something that’s three shades too light and slides off your face by lunchtime – and it cost you £45. My advice would be to trust your instinct and not always believe makeup counter ladies; they work on commission (I know, I used to be one). It’s hard to go by reviews or word of mouth either. Everyone’s skin is so different. Try different types and brands and wear them for at least a day before you choose.
Through the years i’ve mostly stuck to Lancôme Teint Miracle in 045 Sable. I trust it, it trusts me – we work together. Well that was until my skin decided to change and go all oily on me this year…
So, on a good friends recommendation, I totted off to Liberty to try the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation. She also recommended using it with the Laura Mercier Primer Radiance but I’ve never really been that bothered about primer – I might make it a NY resolution to start.
As predicted, the makeup counter lady tried to sell in the Medium Ivory shade, but it made me look like a Geisha, which works for some, but not for me – I looked sick. I talked her into letting me sample the Cashew Beige. 3 steps darker ‘no, no, you will look hideously orange’ she proclaimed. But I found it to be a perfect match (don’t always believe what they tell you). I trialled it for a day and then parted with the £34.
The foundation write up goes something like this…
This creamy long-wear formula glides over skin effortlessly for perfect application and blendability. A special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts, and treated mica blend together to create a luxuriously hydrating foundation that leaves skin softer, smoother, and flawless. Advanced light-reflecting ingredients work to make the appearance of fine lines and imperfections disappear. Even the hardest-to-hide pigmentations are covered to look much smoother and more even. Providing full coverage that lasts for up to 12 hours, this foundation is ideal for special events or photography.
I don’t know about all of the silk proteins and tea extracts, but what I can tell you is that it stayed on all day and into the night – through meetings, weather assault, tube delays and office air con. And THREE people said that my skin looked nice – one asking ‘have you changed your foundation? It looks flawless.’
And at the end of the day, that’s the stuff that really matters.
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Silk Crème Foundation from the Laura Mercier collection – £34
Available from Liberty