Tested on animals:No
One of the hallmarks of Mercier's foundations is how well they mesh with skin, and the Silk Crème Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation has a name that's 100% accurate in its description of texture, formula and performance. Her formulas, even one that provides significant coverage like this one, somehow manage to look very skin-like, primarily because they don't settle into lines, pores, and minor crevices regardless of the tool you use to apply. Forgive the expression, but with this picture-perfect foundation you will be ready for your close-up!
Housed in a squeeze tube, this foundation is essentially the same formula as the formerly known, "Silk Crème Foundation" and has been renamed/repackaged with "Oil-Free" added to the name. Laura Mercier has also launched a Moisturizing version of this product, aptly titled "Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation," and is reviewed elsewhere on Beautypedia. For the Oil-Free version, a few ingredient swaps were made, but nothing that makes this a radically different foundation compared to the original.
Silk Crème's fragrance-free silicone base blends expertly with a balance of slip (it's not too slick nor too drying) and sets to a silky, powder-like matte finish. It is one of the few almost-full-coverage foundations that doesn't look too thick and that doesn't dull down healthy skin's natural luminosity or feel like paste on the face.
Granted, as exceptional as these qualities are, this foundation still looks like makeup—no one will believe you're sporting a sheer look—but if that's the kind of coverage you're looking for, this deserves serious consideration by those with normal to combination or oily skin, including breakout-prone skin. Those with very oily skin will likely want a longer-lasting matte finish than this can provide.
This liquid foundation promises 12-hour wear, and it stays on well, but oily areas will definitely begin seeing shine in a couple hours or less, even if powder is applied afterward. That's not a deal-breaker; rather, just don't expect this to control oil for half the day.
Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation earned its high rating for its beautiful finish and its ability to deliver full-coverage without leaving you looking as if you're wearing a full coverage foundation. Did we mention the shade range? Almost all of the shades are impeccable, and include options for fair (but not porcelain) to dark skin tones. Consider the slightly peachy-rose Ecru carefully and note that the Suntan shade has a golden orange cast that may not look all that natural on its intended skin tone.
One more comment: Although the Moisturizing version of this foundation ("Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation") has identical shade names, its formulary differences results in its shades looking a bit different on skin. For example, if you wear Cream Ivory in the Moisturizing formula and want to switch to the Oil-Free version, you may need the next shade lighter or darker instead. Be sure to test this in natural lighting.
- Concentrated formula supplies impressive coverage.
- Beautiful range of shades.
- Blends impeccably and doesn't feel the least bit thick or heavy.
- Perfects the complexion for "photo-ready" results.
- The 12-hour wear claim doesn't apply to shine control (though this otherwise holds up well).