I’m probably the last person to get on the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder train. I know. But, I’m here, I love it and I’m finally ready to talk about it.
This powder has actually been sitting in my vanity for a good 8 months now. I’d used it fairly regularly but was never truly blown away so I didn’t talk about it much. The last year or so my powder routine has essentially been the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to set my under eye area, and the Hourglass Ambient Light powders to set my face. I rarely used anything else. It wasn’t until I hit pan on the Incandescent Light shade in the Hourglass palette that I started branching out.
As a clarification, I’m referring to the loose translucent powder, NOT the pressed translucent setting powder OR the Invisible Loose Setting powder by Laura Mercier. A full size translucent powder runs at $38 at Sephora while the travel size is $23. According to the product description, “Translucent Loose Setting Powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear, without adding weight or texture. [It] creates a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage, while it absorbs oil and reduces shine all day.”
Why I Love It:
+ First off, I agree with all the product description claims. This powder sets makeup without adding weight, texture or color. I know it says it has sheer coverage, but I think you’d have to apply a truck load for this to alter the shade of your foundation.
+ No matter how much I apply, this doesn’t dry my skin out. I can bake any area of my face and it still doesn’t look dry or cakey. I’ve tried baking with a few other powders and my skin feels so tight after that I end up removing all my makeup. I have no issues with this powder.
+ There is no flash back with photography.
+ There is a smaller travel size version available. I don’t know about you guys, but it takes me forever to get through powders. I know buying the regular size may be more cost effective on the long run, but for someone like me that has a ton of products, I’d rather spend less on the smaller size.
+ The amount of powder I need to set my entire face is minimal. I’ve been using the travel size non-stop lately and it still doesn’t seem like I’ve used it.
+ This powder is also great for setting concealer. Even though I love the Secret Brightening powder, I would always use a separate powder for my face. Similarly, the Hourglass powders aren’t good to set concealer which requires having a separate powder for the undereye. This baby is good for both. It doesn’t dry out or crease in the under eye area.
+ And the last reason why I love this? I can use it as an eye shadow barrier. Huh? Yeah, this one is hard to explain without a visual. Last month I watched this tutorial by Jaclyn Hill. As you can see in the video, she basically stamps translucent powder around her eye lids to create a defined cat eye using eye shadow. By applying the powder on the edges, she prevents any eye shadow from going beyond that line. So simple, but so genius. It’s probably the best beauty tip I’ve learned in years. Watch the video and then try it, you’ll see what I mean.
What I Don’t Like
+ I always end up writing ridiculous things in this section like “I wish the all-matte palette wasn’t all matte shades” haha but I can’t help myself. I wish there were a magic pressed version or this that worked the same. Loose powders are just so messy. And yes, I’m well aware that there literally is a pressed version. But, after reading other reviews and watching plenty youtube videos, it doesn’t seem like they work the same. Plus, if it were pressed I couldn’t use it to bake.
+ This is specific to the packaging – I wish the container had a twist lock sifter. You know the kind that you can turn to prevent the powder from going all over the place? One of those would be nice. Maybe the full size version has it…
This is the most multi-purpose powder I own. Even though I love other powders like the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores or the Hourglass Ambient Light powders, I can’t use those to set concealer or to bake. With the Laura Mercier Translucent powder I can set my concealer, set my entire face, bake my undereye, do the eye shadow trick from above, define my contour, etc.
So yeah, I finally get all the hype!
*pictures above are via the link in the product name