Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow Review

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 Powder Glow Review

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.

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Glow


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.

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Glow Swatches

There’s a slight sheen on my hand


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.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow Before & After

Glow Factor

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.

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Glow Review

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



  1. December 29, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    This release didn’t really interest me. It sounds like it’s for people who don’t want to highlight but like a glowy finish. Probably good for makeup up artist kits and red carpet looks though!

  2. November 20, 2018 / 6:49 am

    The same thing happened to me as well, it’s such a waste of money! Now I always do my research before buying any makeup products, especially high-end ones. It’s such a shame it didn’t work for you. I’d recommend to check the Hourglass and Beauty Bakerie powders, they are really good but they are expensive! Thank you for this review, love your honesty x

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 25, 2018 / 2:19 am

      I’m glad I literally got this free as a sample with my order, I would have returned it if I had purchased outright. But I really need to check out the brand product page before I buy anything this expensive!
      Everyone is recommending those hourglass powders to me, I need to check them out x

  3. November 19, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Wow, I actually was interested in a glow-y setting powder. I have never used LM either, so I was definitely curious in this product. I’m surprised to say the least that it’s not actually meant to set your skin? That’s kinda weird. I will definitely check out the original, and I’ve heard amazing things about the Hourglass one! Great review though xxx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 25, 2018 / 2:17 am

      It sounds so nice in theory doesn’t it!? But this wasn’t really a setting powder apparently, after reading the description I don’t know why they didn’t name it something less misleading =/
      Everyone is recommending the Hourglass ones to me, I need to check them out! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. November 15, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    It’s a shame it wasn’t that great in the end – highlighter is important! 😉

  5. November 15, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    It’s a shame it wasn’t that great in the end – highlighter is important! 😉

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      very true! I want my highlighter to be blinding and this wasn’t even close

  6. Rebecca Allatt
    November 15, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I really wanted to try this but don’t think I will now! Thanks for this review 😘

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂
      I’m glad I didn’t spend money on a full size!

  7. November 14, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Thanks for doing this review! I want to try the LM setting powder and saw that they did a set where it’s paired up with this glow version…definitely won’t be considering it now!

    In the photos, I can’t tell that it looks bad but I take your word for it.

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:58 am

      I’ve heard that the original is amazing (and it’s ACTUALLY a setting powder, not this weird highlighting powder). So I would try that one if I were you, not this glow version!

      In the photo I only used it as LM recommended, on the high points of my face instead of placed I would usually set. I could barely tell that the powder was on when applied as recommended. I unfortunately didn’t get a shot of how it looked applied when I tried to set my undereyes and T Zone with it, once was bad enough!

  8. November 14, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I’ve heard very mixed things about this powder; mainly negative to be honest. That’s strange that they wouldn’t just market this as a highlighter. To me, the best setting powder that’s also slightly glowy are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. Those are so gorgeous.

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:55 am

      I looked through the Sephora reviews afterwards and noticed the same thing. Most reviews are negative, especially for people with oily skin. I hoped with my dry skin I would like it more but… clearly not lol
      You’re the second person to recommend the Hourglass powders today! I’ll need to check them out, they sound amazing. Thanks for reading xx

      • November 15, 2018 / 10:26 pm

        They’re the best I’ve tried so far. Definitely check them out when you have a chance!

  9. November 14, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Yikes! Sounds awful. I’d suggest trying the Hourglass powder. It gives a more natural, satin finish to the skin as opposed to the weird highlight you’re describing. 😬

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:53 am

      I wish that hourglass was more affordable, but I think they have travel sizes right? It sounds like a wonderful powder!

  10. November 14, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Thanks for this review, I definitely won’t be purchasing this and what happened to you, happened to me with a Becca shimmery loose powder, it didn’t say that it was a highlighter, it said it was a loose setting powder so I was so confused when I applied it on my face. I ended up throwing it away.

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:50 am

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear that! That sucks, I’m glad that I got this LM powder as a bonus to a sephora order and I didn’t go out and buy it full priced.
      I don’t know why they would label a product a setting powder when it’s intended for highlighting!

  11. November 14, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Thanks for posting this.
    I was about to buy this powder for my November beauty purchase :p

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:48 am

      Oh no girl, save your money! Unless you want a highlighting powder that won’t show at all 🙁

      • November 15, 2018 / 3:14 am

        Oh yes!
        Now I would slash that from my beauty list!
        Thank you for this review 🙂

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