Earlier on in the year we saw Laura Mercier reformulate their best selling foundation into two different versions an oil-free and moisturising photo edition to appeal to a larger audience. Some are not happy and for long time lovers like me it was scary seeing an old fave be taken and changed. But here is how the moisturising version played out for me – a review on the oil-free version will be up in the coming months.


The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation is a full coverage, long-wear and highly pigmented foundation. It’s really not for the faint hearted. You can expect a flawless and luminous finish perfect for photography and special events which is exactly what I loved the old version for. It comes in an extensive range of colours ranging from a very pale to a deep dark shade so most should find something to suit. In this review I’m wearing Cashew Beige which is not my shade at all hence the high neckline – it’s about 4 shades too dark but it’s what I was sent to trial and I haven’t had the chance to purchase my shade yet!


My skin was particularly bad at the time of shooting these photos and you can see that the foundations covered my flaws with only one layer. It’s pretty impressive. I didn’t apply concealer or anything! The finish is gorgeous, very luminous and flawless which is a finish I don’t opt for on the everyday but for a special events I’m all about. It blends really beautifully into the skin and you really only need the smallest amount because the product is so pigmented. You also need to ensure you shake super well before applying onto the skin because the foundation separates in the bottle.


After 3.5 hours you can see I’m looking naturally dewy. At this point in a typical day I’d probably powder to get through until the evening but it doesn’t look horrible. I will say this does transfer really easily if you don’t set with powder properly which is something I experienced around my chin (I touch it I’M SORRY).


After 8 hours it doesn’t look too much worse on camera but I do look more oily off camera. I expected that from this version because I do have combination/oily skin! At this point it also no long feels light on the skin, it feels really heavy and I want to claw my face off. I’ve lost some coverage on my nose, chin and around my lips but that’s just me touching my face/eating/wiping nose/drinking throughout the day. If I didn’t have a cold and touched up at lunch time it probably wouldn’t have been an issue.


Overall I probably wouldn’t recommend this particular version for oily skinned gals due to the lasting power – it just is a little too luminous. For combination skins I’d say wear with the knowledge you’ll definitely have to powder throughout the day or night and if you have normal/dry it’d work amazing and I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s so luminous and gorgeous. Phew. I hope that makes sense? Will I continue to wear it? Once I get my usual Cream Ivory shade I definitely will however I think I’ll wait until the weather cools down again just because I don’t love wearing super full coverage throughout the summer and this particular formulation won’t suit me throughout the summer.


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Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts?

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    LOVE this on you, Sarah! You really suit the dewy foundations! I will be interested to hear your review on the oil-free version, just played with it today in the shop and it looks very nice too. Much closer to the original formula, even!

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      Thanks Brodie!! I really like it. Definitely will get onto buying my shade of the oil-free version to try out :) xxx

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