Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

The Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder ($47 CAD) is the #8 bestseller on Sephora online! Now for those of you who I haven’t lost, (the majority of which, I’m assuming went to check out what the first 7 products are), I’ve tried my best to give you an accurate review of the Laura Mercier Powder.

There are several uses for this powder: many use a heavy amount to ‘bake’ under the eyes, while others apply a medium amount to mattify their entire skin and the rest use a light dusting to set creams and liquids on the face. I’ll start off by saying that this powder works great for all of these applications if you have oily skin. For my dry skin readers, you might find that this powder appears too heavy and I think normal skins can get away with a light dusting, but anything more than that will start to look drying on the face.

If you have normal to dry skin and are looking for a great translucent powder to bake, set or dust over your makeup with, the RCMA No Colour Powder ($15 CAD) is a great (and my preferred) choice. I also hear (but have not tried) that the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($34 CAD) is another great option but can’t attest to it yet.

If you have oily skin, you’ll notice how flawless this powder leaves your face looking – it certainly has the airbrush effect. However, if you have excessive oily skin, you may find that the mattifying effects of this powder does not last a full day when used in the absence of other mattifying makeup (such as primers and foundations). Another dupe that I hear is a good and cheaper alternative to the Laura Mercier Powder is the Coty Airspun Powder ($9 CAD) (although I hear it has a very strong scent so for sensitive people, be cautious). Given the amount of cheaper alternatives and how heavy this powder can feel on the skin, this is not beauty swatches approved



Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder: Transparent


Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder: Transparent


Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder: Transparent (artificial light)



Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder: Transparent (natural sunlight)

a must need product. There are many alternatives for specific purposes at better price points.





  1. July 14, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    This is one of my favorite products, but it took a while to get used to. The texture’s not for everyone 🙂 Thanks for sharing your honest review!

    • July 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      I love your perspective, thank you so much for sharing! I’ll definitely stick to it and hopefully find my sweet spot 🙂

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