Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - £11 from eBay (RRP £33)
I apply this using my Real Techniques expert face brush and find that a little really does go a long way. The coverage is easy to build and for me it sinks in to the skin as opposed to just forming a layer on top of it. The colour range is fairly good - there's a lot of ivory shades which makes it an excellent choice for those with fair skin. 'Peach Ivory' is the shade I picked and although I didn't have the luxury of trying it on my skin before purchasing I'm pretty happy with it. It's pale but has a peachy tinge to it that adds warmth to my skin as opposed to being too orange; perfect in the winter months especially!
Aside from that (and I feel almost blasphemous for saying it..) I'm really not too keen on this foundation. It's not as if I hate it, but for me it just seems a little 'meh'. The foundation itself is quite thick and does provide good coverage when first applied but for whatever reason it just doesn't want to stay put on my skin AT ALL. I've tried this with numerous primers over the past week or so but haven't found any have been able to get this to last which I'm really quite disappointed about. The product gives me more of a glow than other medium-full coverage foundations I own but I wouldn't say it was enough to make up for such a lack in staying power. I have normal/combination skin so I can't really see any reason why it doesn't personally work for me.
As I say it does a really good job of covering blemishes when first applied so I'd maybe recommend this to somebody who doesn't mind touching up during the day (a pet peeve of mine as I'm sure you've all learnt by now!) It does a great job at tackling any acne scars and annoying little spots that might pop up on my skin which would be excellent if only they didn't become visible once again part way through the day!
I'll continue to use this because I'm so determined to find a way to make it work for me and my skin, but I wouldn't be in any hurry to repurchase it. I like the look it gives upon application but I really can't see myself reaching for it on days when I know I'll be out a long time and I really want my make up to last which is a shame. I've read a lot of reviews from people branding this their holy grail product and maybe the problem was that I was just expecting too much from it; I don't know.
What are your experiences of this foundation?