- Blends easily
- Feels nice on skin
- Very limited shade range (only 12)
- Consistency across shades is different
- Can exaggerate texture and crack after a full day of wear
- Balls of pigment sit on top of skin and need to be patted to “pop”
Elcie Micro Silque Foundation Review:
I can’t successfully say this foundation from Elcie Cosmetics works for everyone. Micro Silque needs a bit of TLC to work, but it does feel great on the skin.
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This week on makeup roulette: Elcie Cosmetics Micro Silque Foundation.
There’s sooo many makeup products on the market. Sometimes it’s fun to pick a product from a brand I’ve never tried before and just go for it. It’s kind of like a makeup roulette! Elcie Cosmetics is a brand I’ve personally never tried before, so I snagged this foundation on Ulta.com while browsing for new products. Elcie Cosmetics markets their foundation for every skin tone, Micro Silque comes in just 12 shades. But, its claims sound great: lightweight, blendable, anti aging, HD coverage, and mild transfer resistance. Let’s jump into Elcie Micro Silque Foundation review.
Promises vs. Performance: A mild transfer resistant foundation… What does that even mean?!
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a foundation described as “mild transfer resistant,” but Micro Silque by Elcie Cosmetics claims to be. Micro Silque is a foundation made for every skin tone according to the brand. But it does only come in 12 shades. It is said to feel flawless, smooth, and hydrated on the skin while providing buildable, HD coverage. Elcie promises a long lasting, water resistant wear for a full day of wear. In addition, it is oil free and infused with tea extracts along with vitamin A, C, and E for anti aging benefits.
Review Thoughts: Elcie Micro Silque Foundation
Now, I’m going to pick apart this foundation for a minute. It does separate in the bottle, so I made sure to shake really well to mix the ingredients. I picked up the two lightest shades, Porcelain and Cameo, and neither was a perfect match. Cameo pulled yellowish on my skin, and Porcelain was peachy/salmon. The texture of both of these were different as well. Porcelain had a thicker consistency than Cameo, which I thought was strange. I ended up mixing the two shades and using a damp beauty sponge to blend. I had to use a little bit of effort to get an even coverage, but overall it did blend in fairly easy.
One thing to note, this foundation has micro pigments that did not pop when blending. Therefore, I had to put in a little extra elbow grease to finish blending. The foundation did dry down to a natural, semi matte finish that didn’t feel tacky or sticky on my skin.
I wouldn’t call this foundation transfer resistant or long wearing. By the end of a full day of wear, it did separate and crack, especially along my jawline and chin. It was exaggerating any texture I had, especially on the bottom half of my face. It doesn’t seem that it’s resistant to facial movement at all! But, on the rest of my face the coverage looked even and shiny, but not oily. I think the loose powder (Fashion Fair Set It Loose Powder) I paired on top of this foundation really helped keep my oils at bay.
Quick Rating Rundown
:Elcie Micro Silque Foundation
Let’s Review How It Compares: For the price, Micro Silque Foundation from Elcie isn’t the best.
For the price, I don’t think this foundation from Elcie Cosmetics is worth it. Yes, it looked and wore okay on the skin, but not how I would expect at $45 foundation to. The consistency of the formula is not consistent between shades (Porcelain was thicker than Cameo), and you have to work with the formula to blend it in. As I applied, I discovered there were little balls of pigment that needed to “pop” across my face. As Elcie claimed, it did feel lightweight on my skin, however, the long wear claims didn’t add up. By the end of my wear test, the foundation was cracking around my mouth and was exaggerating any imperfection I had in that area. However, on the rest of my face it did wear well. I think this foundation just isn’t very resistant to facial movement (talking, eating, drinking).
A much better option at this price point is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear (rated ***** 4.6). This cult favorite foundation retails for only a dollar more, at $46 a bottle. The shade range is much more friendly, with 55 shades to choose from instead of just 12. I find the coverage of Double Wear to be versatile, allowing me to achieve a medium or full coverage. The wear is also excellent. Double Wear is a long wearing foundation that looks good all day long, despite eating/drinking/talking.
Milabu Beauty Method: I’ve found there’s a bit of a trick to applying Micro Silque.
- Begin with a primer. Micro Silque applies easier over top of something slippy and grippy. I’d recommend Benefit Porefessional ($32).
- This foundation has little balls, or beads, of pigment that need to “pop.” Because of this, I recommend applying to the back of your hand and warming up the product first.
- Swipe the foundation across your face.
- Blend in with fingertips or a beauty sponge. I find a Beautyblender ($20) works great!
- If you’re still seeing little dots on your face, try patting them in with your fingertips. This will help “pop” any remaining pigment bubbles.
- Set with a loose powder. My go-to is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder ($39).
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Edited by Maddie