Tried and true items will always remain a staple in our makeup bags, but half the fun in beauty is discovering the latest and greatest. Today I introduce you to a new buzz-worthy face product that’s quickly becoming a favorite of makeup artists and bloggers alike.
In my long journey of foundation trials and tribulations, I finally discovered a fabulous liquid base that does not over-promise but instead over-delivers. It’s by Elcie Cosmetics, a line that (for now, but not for long) features only Micro Silque Foundation. This product was in the works for years before creator Lilit Caradanian, a makeup artist and beauty instructor, perfected the formula and approved its launch. It was made out of the frustration from not being able to find the all-around ideal foundation which contained healthy ingredients without sacrificing coverage or comfort.
Now that you know the back story, let’s get on to the facts. Micro Silque comes in an elegant glass bottle with a pump and the standard 1 fl. oz of product. It’s $45 and there are 12 shades to choose from (for reference, I wear “Porcelain”). It’s formulated without parabens, gluten, and is proudly non-comedogenic, cruelty-free and vegan.
I tested this product both with and without a primer and found the wear time to be about the same. The only noticeable difference was that the primer smoothed out my skin a bit, but it didn’t have much effect on the foundation itself. I was given 8 straight hours of shine-free wear with no touchups needed. It’s recommended by the company to use a blending sponge (like Beauty Blender) for application, so that’s exactly what I did. It was smooth and I worked two full layers on my face for complete coverage with a matte finish.
The most amazing revelation was found after a day of laying out (safely) in the sun — I noticed I had browned a bit, so I was worried that my Porcelain shade would be too light for me. I tested a pump on my hand and on first glance, it did seem too ghostly, so I decided to wear the foundation again in a few days when my face would inevitably lighten up. About 15 minutes later, I happened to look down at the swatch on my hand and was puzzled — where did it go?! It had completely blended in, almost color-adjusting itself to my slightly more tanned complexion. Alas, I was able to use the Porcelain shade and with the help of a cream bronzer, completely pull it off.
There is no SPF in this foundation, so it photographs beautifully (flash tested and approved!) Also, I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts and it did not cause any irritation. Micro Silque is basically what I wanted Make Up For Ever HD Foundation to be — beautiful coverage, matte finish, and all-day wear. Unfortunately, MUFE missed the mark on all 3 of those requirements, but this newbie by Elcie Cosmetics is what HD-inspired makeup is all about. I recommend the foundation highly and look forward to the brand’s expansion in the future.