Hey guys welcome back to my blog! Today is a review of the new Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow. I don’t often get excited about loose or pressed powders. Eyeshadows and lipsticks are what I live for in the beauty world but I have never owned or used a product from Laura Mercier before so I was excited to review this setting powder.
This “Glow” loose setting powder is a version of the original LM Translucent Loose Setting Powder that has been featured time and time again by beauty gurus around the world. Like I said, this is my first introduction to the brand so I don’t have experience with the original powder to compare the Glow version to — Maybe that’s a good thing. It gives me a fresh perspective without comparing it to the original Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, but I unfortunately can’t tell you which of the two is better.
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow Review
Laura’s iconic, cult-favorite setting powder now comes in a glow finish.
For the first time, you can set your look with a naturally luminous finish. We infused our Translucent Loose Setting Powder with a custom blend of pearl pigments to lock in your look for 12-hours — Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow retails for $48CAD and contains 1oz of product. There is also a mini version that retails for $30CAD for 0.33oz of loose powder. Translucent Setting Powder Glow is infused with pearl pigments for a luminescent, soft focus finish. This powder comes in the shade Translucent for fair to medium skin tones and Translucent Medium Deep for darker skin tones.
Laura Mercier claims that the Translucent Setting Powder Glow will provide a 12 hour luminous finish that won’t settle into pores or fine lines, a weightless texture that doubles the wear time of foundation and no photo flashback.
As you can see from my photos I’m clearly reviewing a mini of this product. I picked up a deluxe sample of this Laura Mercier powder in my recent Fall Sephora Haul when I was restocking some skincare favourites. This deluxe mini has similar packaging to the full size or mini version, it’s just itty bitty. It also doesn’t contain a velour pouf. The container of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow comes in a frosted container with a plastic separator inside the cap with little holes to dispense the product.
Loose powders are sometimes a pain, if you drop them they go literally everywhere. I dropped my Coty Airspun powder a few times last month and I had to pull out the vacuum each time. To dispense the powder I tilt the pot slightly and gently tap the container until some powder comes out into the cap, then I dip my brush directly into the powder I’ve caught.
Okay so here’s what’s strange. This product is called a Translucent Setting powder. I expected it to be an actual setting powder so I was confused when I read the usage tips provided by Laura Mercier. It turns out that this is essentially a highlighting powder.
According to Laura Mercier “Using the Glow Powder Brush application technique […], apply TLSP Glow on the areas you want to set with luminosity—this can include the temples, cheek bones and apples, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow.” So essentially… A HIGHLIGHTER. WTF. The product page says to “set down” your makeup with the original setting powder and “set up” your makeup with this one.
Why isn’t this marketed as a highlighter when that’s literally what it is? I’m glad this was a mini because I would have been disappointed if I had bought it.
The Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow is not something that I would use to set my entire face. I originally tried using it as a setting powder on my T Zone and under my eyes but it looked awful! This was before I realized that this “setting powder” was actually supposed to be a highlighter.
Now that we’ve established that, I have to say… It’s not really a good highlighter. Above is my before and after using the powder and as you can see there’s not much difference. I would reach for a real highlighter nine times out of ten before this glow powder. This powder draws too much attention to the places I would usually set down with a setting powder but not enough to the places I would want to highlight. I never set my entire face with powder. “Setting” my cheek bones and cupids bow is redundant Especially when it doesn’t give me the level of highlight that I want.
This powder might be good for someone who wants to experiment with highlighter for the first time and wants to start small but it doesn’t do it for me. I’m highly skeptical reading the claims that the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow would double the wear time of my foundation. Especially when I’m not setting the areas of my foundation that wear away quicker.
Did you try the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow?
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Thank you for reading my review of the LM Translucent Setting Powder Glow. Overall I feel very let down by this product. It’s going to be a huge pain trying to use it up. Let me know what new products you’d like to see reviewed! Talk Soon x