Laura Mercier has a good name here in Australia, never mind that I am a late discoverer of this French-American brand named after its renowned makeup artist creator.
Over the past fourteen months or so, I have grown to love my expanding collection of Laura Mercier eyeshadows and lipsticks. I expect new additions by way of eyeliner and foundation soon (I have read only wonderful things). But I have been using this setting powder even before all those came into my life . . . . . which then begs the question, why didn’t I review it earlier?
|VOLUME/SIZE||4g / 0.14oz.|
|FORMULATION||Translucent, micronised milled loose powder|
|PACKAGING||Plastic tub with sifter|
I bought this in shade #2.
When I first received it, I was surprised at how tiny it was. It is housed in a small, frosty plastic tub with the signature dirty-aubergine lid. An in-built sifter helps keep the loose powder in place. I thought I’d get through it in no time but there’s still heaps in there after more than a year.
The powder looks rather light in colour and I initially wondered if I had accidentally purchased the wrong shade as there is a lighter version. There was no need for alarm though because as white as it appears, it is quite finely milled, though not buttery, and is quite translucent. There is just a hint of shimmer in there if you look very closely and this must be what is meant to brighten the under-eye area in addition to setting concealer.
I apply it using the Real Techniques contour brush (I am a fiend for always using brushes for purposes other than those intended). I simply dip the brush into the tub and pat it straight onto the hollows under my eyes with a rolling motion. No tapping off any excess or worrying about putting on too much. I have tried and it is next to impossible.
This powder is so translucent and micronised that it simply does not cake or colour the area it is applied to. It is invisible. Which makes application a breeze. It does not settle into fine lines despite the amount of product used and it really does keep my concealer put. All bloody day long! Remember, I also wear a colour corrector under my concealer so this is rather impressive in my book.
To be honest, I didn’t think much of it when I first tried it but continued to use it anyway. It was when I used other powders that I noticed that it was different. It’s one of those, you don’t realise how good it is until you don’t have it on. Others cake, this one doesn’t.
My under-eye area feels soft and non-powdery and looks quite natural with this setting powder on. It is a total workhorse! And that is the reason I imagine I took so long to tell you about it. Because I use it every time I wear makeup, it has become a fundamental part of my routine and one I don’t really think about.
BUT before you think this is the ultimate setting powder, I will point out where this product can be a let down. It is not brightening. I notice absolutely no difference whether I use this powder or another when it comes to how illuminated my under-eye looks.
Do I care about this? Not really, I leave all the brightening work to my corrector and concealer.
Should you care? Only if you were hoping for more brightening than setting power. In this sense, it is a disappointment. But on all other counts, I reckon it scores well.
Which is why I think it will always be on my dresser.
Have you used Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder? Did you notice a difference?