Product: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. A makeup artist’s best friend is, and always has been, powder. This powder blurs away imperfections beautifully.
Overall Rating = 3.67 Stars – Very Good to Excellent
Cost: $38.00 (1.0 oz.) ($38.00 per ounce) Price Category: Expensive
Sold By: Laura Mercier; Nordstrom; Sephora; Major department stores everywhere.
Container: Plastic jar, sifter screen, twist-off cap, outer carton.
Description: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a loose powder used to set foundation makeup for greater longevity and to help minimize fine imperfections.
Formula: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a tinted loose talc-based powder. The formula provides very light coverage and controls shine with the addition of corn starch. The texture is airy, light and silky feeling on the skin. This also comes in a pressed-powder format for instant touchups or those who don’t like the mess of loose powders.
Sensitivity: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is fragrance free and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. However, please be aware that this product contains parabens and soybean oil. If you are allergic to parabens or soybeans, stay away from this one and try the paraben-free, dye-free, oil-free Laura Mercier Translucent Invisible Setting Powder which also works very well but is not quite as silky feeling.
“Set your makeup with this perfectly sheer, silky powder. Ideal for normal-to-oily skin of virtually every tone.
What is Translucent Loose Setting Powder
With multiple major awards and counting, Laura Mercier’s “best in beauty”, cult-favorite bestseller is your go-to setting powder. Loose powder feels luxuriously dense in the jar, feels incredibly soft and silky-light on your skin. Pros love the super smooth application: goes on evenly, blends effortlessly, provides great wear. Sets makeup without adding weight or texture.
Modern Matte Finish
Creates a modern matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage. The translucent shades work on virtually all skin tones.
Soft-Focus Effect for a More Flawless Look
Like all Laura Mercier Setting Powders, it has a soft-focus effect that subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections. Doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.
Oil-free (NOT TRUE). Non-comedogenic. Non-caking. Dermatologically tested.”
Discussion: Makeup artists have always used loose powder to set foundation, blur imperfections and give makeup a soft matte finish. Powder only came in loose form for many decades before the pressed powder compact was invented. Powders were pretty much all the same and were talc based until about 20 years ago. The invention of high-definition cameras completely changed the need for high-definition makeup. Suddenly, you could see every line, blemish and pore on an actor’s face and they weren’t happy. It took a while for makeup to catch up to the needs of the industry.
One of the first changes we began to see was the invention of finely-milled micronized powders and the addition and replacement of ingredients. Silica and minerals began to be added to reflect light, and in some instances, talc has been completely eliminated in powders. The formulations require chemists to work tirelessly to come up with new formulas to keep up with the demands of this ever-changing industry.
What makes this powder special is that it was specifically designed for use in the print industry. Laura Mercier, a professional makeup artist, understood what needed to change to make powder less visible by high-definition cameras. Ms. Mercier got it right with this one and it quickly became a favorite product of professional makeup artists everywhere.
Colors: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder comes in two colors that work for virtually all skin tones: Translucent is for very fair to medium skin tones; Translucent Medium Deep is for tan to deep skin tones.
Daily Review: This is an excellent powder to use for “baking” foundation. Pour a very small amount of powder into the lid of the jar. As a last step after makeup has been completed, apply Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder with either a powder brush or a velour puff. I like to press the powder onto the face with the velour puff and then brush it off with a good-quality soft powder brush. A little goes a long way with this powder and you don’t need much. This feels silky to the touch and gives the skin a soft radiant finish like matte satin.
Helpful Tips and Tricks:
- If you have asthma, always be sure to hold your breath while applying loose powder to prevent inhalation of the powder.
- If applying with a brush, be sure to tap out the excess prior to application to avoid getting too much product onto the face.
- If you are wearing any type of creams (blushes, contours, highlighters) make sure you are happy with those before applying this powder. Once the powder is on, you can’t go back and blend any cream products.
- For additional longevity to your makeup use a setting spray on top of this powder.
Overall Review: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is an industry-standard product. This is a staple in a lot of professional makeup artists’ kits.
- Professional quality results
- Finish does not look dull or cakey
- Light tinted coverage helps to blur skin issues
- No white “flash back” in photos
- Makes foundation last longer
- Fragrance-free formula
- Silky texture
- Not appropriate for those with paraben or soybean allergies
- Does not come with the velour puff or any type of applicator
Suitability: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is suitable for the following users:
- Consistent Skin
- Combination Skin
- Dry Skin (While the company does not state it is for dry skin, I have used it on dry skin for many years with excellent results.)
- Somewhat Oily Skin (Seriously oily skin with do better with the Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder.)
- All sexes (I use this on men with excellent results.)
- Not for use by those with paraben or soybean allergies
Daily Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 5 Stars;
Value Rating = 2 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3.67 Stars = Very Good to Excellent.
Would Buy Again? Yes.
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Ingredients: Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, EthylhexylPalmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylparaben, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Methicone. May contain: Ultramarines (Cl 77007), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499).
Important: Please read our full Disclaimer before using this or any product.
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