ESSENTIALS | Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Secret Brightening Powder, and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier is famed for her Flawless Face philosophy, so I wanted to focus on her cult classic powders and a brand new essential that has earned a permanent place on my vanity! Check out the details after the jump xo

The Translucent Loose Setting Powder is loved by women and professional makeup artists everywhere. It is one of the best loose powders on the market, but I especially love it on combination and oily skin since it controls shine so well. It contains French "cashmere" talc which has a velvety texture.

I recommend applying it with the Laura Mercier Velour Puff instead of a traditional powder brush for a smoother soft focus finish. Use the puff to pick up the powder and tap off the excess before using a rolling motion to apply the powder, which will reduce the look of lines and pores. This powder and puff combination helps base makeup last longer while appearing natural, not cakey or powdery. 

Hold the puff with edges rolled up for face powder application
The sheer light-reflecting translucent color will warm up on the skin after fifteen minutes, and it is non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores. If you use the Translucent Loose Setting Powder to touch up the T-zone, make sure to remove excess sebum and oil first with a blotting paper or blotting film for best results. I have normal skin so I can usually go 8 hours without having to blot.

The Secret Brightening Powder, however, is my favorite of the two powders now that my fine lines are starting to deepen slowly. Regardless of whichever concealer I use, I have started to notice subtle creasing after a few hours. When I first tried the Secret Brightening Powder years and years ago, I knew it was nice but I didn't consider it a must-have since I didn't have dark circles back then.

Nowadays I always set my under eye concealer with this powder for long lasting concealer! Depending on the concealer formula, I will use a damp sponge or the synthetic Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush, which was designed with an oval shape specifically for under the eye application. The results look more like real skin with a brush since the flat bristles allow for extra precision, no more overdoing it.

Only the Secret Brightening Powder prevents my concealer from creasing. I've tried plenty of other "dupes" as well as loose/pressed powders in the past couple years, but nothing simultaneously brightens and sets the way Laura Mercier's does. This ultra finely milled powder is truly lighter than air, but it contains white pigment so only use it around the eyes! The Secret Brightening Powder is my favorite product from the brand at the moment.

The new Lip Balm is part of the Infusion de Rose Nourishing Collection that recently launched on the Laura Mercier website. The $110 trio features Laura's rosehip seed oil enriched skincare, but I only have the lip balm to share with you today. The oil and creme look quite nice, so I might treat myself to this limited edition collection because I love the lip balm enough to need a backup. 

The packaging is sleek yet practical, with a twist off cap and comfortable silicone applicator that has a curved tip to hug the lip lines. This subtle rose-scented lip balm balm has the proper consistency for reapplication throughout the day since it is not too thick like Sisley's treatment but not too thin like YSL's Candy balms. The translucent formula can be worn under lipstick. Check out the Infusion de Rose Collection if you are a rose lover as I am!

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1 comment:

  1. How do you keep the velour puff? I realized it's bigger than the powder.


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