The Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder is a hyped up product that you will see in every beauty gurus list of holy grails, so that obviously means I’ve never given it a go. Whenever products are overly-hyped it just feels like the industry is conspiring to get the whole world buying, so I tend to stay away. Despite this, I have decided to give the classic Translucent Laura Mercier Powder a go and figure out whether it’s actually good, worth the hype and price tag.
I typically have huge reservations in taking makeup recommendations from Youtubers or Instagramers. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching them, but when it comes to translating their advice to real life, it often isn’t realistic. The makeup you see done on camera, or in photos is done to look good in a professional environment, with the perfect lighting, but often does not look good in real life, with natural lighting. This is largely the reason this powder never seemed like a great option for me. Often used for baking, which is a technique I do not find viable for day to day, the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder always struck me as potentially heavy and cakey, when my go to products lean towards a more natural, skin-like finish. Good for the camera, not so good for life.
Laura Mercier claims that the Loose Setting Powder provides smooth application, setting makeup for 12 hours without adding texture and weight. A no-flashback formula that creates a blurring effect with a touch of sheer coverage achieved by a finely-milled texture. The powder comes in two shades, Translucent and Translucent Medium Deep.
As a first impression, this powder is coarser than what I typically use. It definitely has more of that heavier baking powder texture. For a translucent powder, it does have a yellow tint which is something to note, but can be great at preventing a white, powdery finish.
APPLICATION AND WEAR
I applied a light layer of the powder all over the skin with a brush, like I usually do, concentrated on the T-zone. I can understand how this powder may be great for someone with very oily skin, however I found that it accentuated the fine lines and texture in my skin and looked quite heavy, especially with my current dry winter skin (usually combination/dehydrated). If you have dry skin, this formula may be a little too matte and drying. What pleasantly surprised me is that it got better with time. Right after application it was very dry and textured, however when my oils started coming through, especially in the T-zone it started settling into the skin, appearing smoother.
RIGHT AFTER APPLICATION
AFTER THREE HOURS OF WEAR
This powder would be great for special events or days when you want to be wearing a full Insta-style face of makeup that looks good in photos, but not for the easily manageable daily routine. It is too heavy for my liking. I can see why it works so well for a full face of makeup, with all the bells and whistles, baking and all in front of a camera, but not many of us wear all that on a daily basis. I have come to appreciate a lighter base, less focused on keeping it matte, more focused on it looking as natural as possible while evening out my skin tone.
It is hard to apply a light layer of this powder even if you’re trying, as it’s prone to very quickly grabbing onto the skin instead of evenly distributing. While this is not an ideal powder for dry skin, I wouldn’t even recommend it to oily skins for everyday. Adding a thick layer of powder to your base in an attempt to mattify will result in a clay-like texture when oils start to peek through. This makes it more difficult to touch up throughout the day as adding more powder will simply make the situation worse.
We have all tried touching up our base and had product fully come off in the middle of a work day when touched with our finger or a brush, impossible to blend out, leaving us with a patch of naked skin. That’s how this powder interacts with foundation. Keeping powder very light will allow you to simply pat out any creasing throughout the day, or even allowing you to easily layer more cream products when needed. This is not possible if there is a thick clay sitting on your skin. My favourites are pressed powders that do not ruin my base such as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and the Laura Mercier Candleglow Perfecting Powder. Both these options lightly mattify the skin without creating a thick layer of goo on my skin that’s impossible to manipulate. Check out my previous post chatting about them here.
Very importantly, using this powder to bake the undereyes is a no-go. Our undereye area does not have any oil glands, with the skin being very thin and delicate. The reason your undereye concealer may crease is actually due to dryness rather than moisture, so adding a thick layer of powder will do nothing but emphasise any fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, turn that on it’s head and make sure to keep your undereye area hydrated.
As for the price, at AU$62 I honestly don’t think it’s worth it. Drugstore options such as the Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder in Translucent which I used to use religiously before moving on to more glow boosting powders, will perform just as well for a fraction of the cost. If you are looking for a cruelty free option, I would say at the price point opt for the Veil Translucent Setting Powder from Hourglass which is a PETA certified brand, unlike Laura Mercier.