| Review | Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

| Review | Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

Laura Mercier is known for her cult classic translucent powder. It felt like the powder made the brand an overnight sensation. While many people spoke about their tinted moisturizer and primers, I felt like Laura Mercier was overlooked until their powder became cult status and something that every artist and beauty-lover had to have in their collection. To my excitement, the brand has decided to come out with a glowing version of their beloved translucent powder. 

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The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow retails for $38.00 USD and is available at Sephora and other retailers. Like their classic translucent powder, this powder is contained in a plastic tub with a sifter. This is pretty basic packaging for a loose powder. This powder comes in two shades, Translucent and Medium Deep. I have the shade translucent and it works very well for me. I would only recommend the Medium Deep shade if you are quite tan or have a deep skin tone because the Translucent will suit most skin tones. 

The powder is super fine and sets your foundation really well. It prevents oil from breaking though and breaking down makeup. I found that it does set my makeup for a whole 6 to 8 hours and it looks very flawless and oil-free. I find it is best to use a little bit at a time, taking from the cap first but if you do dip into the powder directly. be sure to only dip very lightly and work the product into the brush evenly before applying. This is crucial because of the glow factor of this powder. While I love a luminous finish to my face, this powder borders on too glowy. The powder has noticeable very fine shimmer and glow. They are not large particles of shimmer but while they are super fine particles there is a lot of of shimmer running through the powder. The shimmer is also quite gold and can make you look like one of those robotic-men you find standing around on the boardwalk! Seriously, be careful about applying too much of this powder on! I have found my skin looking like I may have accidentally dusted my face with gold highlighter instead of powder. The biggest problem I have with the shimmer being gold is that it isn't a universal shade and I don't think it would flatter every skin tone. In fact, on my warm skin tone I really don't like it because the gold shimmer is emphasized and makes me look very gold. 

I wish my camera could capture the shimmer in the powder but there is a lot of shimmer throughout the powder.

Swatched Heavily

Lightly Blended

Mostly Blended, you can see the gold shimmer is quite strong.

Completely Blended and Buffed into the skin, you can see the glow is more intense.

However, when applied lightly, it looks beautiful and blurs out pores and imperfections! It does offer a beautiful healthy glow to the skin and the more you buff the product out, the more the glow comes out. I would say the Glow Brush is essential for applying this product evenly and flawlessly. You can really over do this powder if you don't have the right brush but I also feel a large fluffy powder brush will do a good job. I'm just actually very obsessed with the brush! 

You can see how on my skin the gold really comes through and you can see how strong the shimmer is because while I'm wearing a cool-toned highlighter, the golden powder is illuminating the high points of my face and it is looking very gold. 

Overall, I feel like this is a nice powder but the amount of shimmer in it is actually too much for my taste and I love a good glow. I just feel like it borders too closely to a highlighter. I feel like I have several very subtle highlighters that will give me a similar effect to this powder, which I feel like defeats the purpose of a setting powder. The powder does set my makeup very well but I have many luminous setting powders that offer a much more natural glow and freshness. I feel like that this powder is not so much a "glow" powder but a shimmer powder. If you like a glowing finish to your makeup, I would recommend the Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder, the Guerlain Meteorites, or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders instead. I'm honestly not a huge fan of the gold shimmer because on my already warm skin tone, it looks even more gold. I will probably use this powder mixed with the original or probably very rarely. I definitely feel because it isn't a glow but shimmer, that this will not work well for many people because it will end up emphasizing texture. Again, it is a nice powder but I have so many I prefer over this one that I can't recommend it. 

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