14 September, 2014


Laura Mercier Pressed Powder

Girls something amazing happened recently, I've discovered the mother of all setting powders. One that makes me look in my compact mirror and think wow is that my skin?! Believe me that rarely happens ;) My Rimmel pressed powder just wasn't cutting it and the Chanel powder compact I carry in my bag had started to crack. It was time for an upgrade.

So a trip to Space NK later, I discovered the Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder, the finely milled cashmere talc powder promises to leave you with silky looking skin all day. The powder also comes in loose form, but the compact appealed to me more for easier application on the go.      

The powder comes in one translucent 'Universal' shade, don't be alarmed by the white powder it doesn't leave you looking like a ghost. Use the sponge applicator to pick up the powder, tap off any excess on your hand and press gently over skin. A little really goes a long way and it feels super sheer and lightweight, setting makeup in place and taking away any shine. I wanted something that would look natural but not necessarily give me any more colour, like some pressed powder, which can look cakey and heavy.

The LM sales assistant recommended to apply with a fan brush as it gives a light coverage without going overboard. A large powder brush would pick up too much product but the sponge applicator that comes with it works well, until I get a fan brush!

If I have to be out all day, I'm not keen on touching up with heavy powder as it can make my skin look dull and dry. The LM powder is the opposite, it seems to make my skin look smooth, even and silky. It does last much better than my previous powders, although I can't really stop shiny skin from creeping in, this does a great job at keeping things in check.

The packaging does however feel slightly flimsy, but I love the fact that the sponge sits underneath the powder in a separate compartment and not on top of the powder itself. I also like that the sponge has a part to pop your fingers in to hold it for easy application. It's £25 for the compact and £29 for the loose powder, available at Space NK and most large department stores.

What's your favourite setting powders?

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  1. I have oily skin too and as much as I'd like to say I touch up, it's too much work for me! haha But I do like how this powder doesn't have any color, I hate that cakey feeling too!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

  2. This sounds lovely! I haven't heard much about this particular powder, but I do really want to try more from Laura Mercier. This does seem perfect for on the go though!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. im glad this doesn't leave your skin white when used! i'm trying to find a good setting powder that doesn't leave such a trace. this sounds promising! mostly i've just been using my Dim Light from hourglass but that def leaves a tint.


    A Beautiful Zen

  4. I still haven't found my holy grail foundation so this is really appealing to me, the price not so much! But I must give it a try soon x

    Beauty with charm

  5. I know I hate touching up usually! Luckily this powder doesn't feel heavy and takes away that 3pm shine face haha.

  6. Hi Tasha, yes it's a lovely powder! I wanted something translucent and this does a great job at keeping my makeup in place :)

  7. It's a good one Jenn! I hate the 'colour' on most powders as it takes away the nice finish of your foundations.

  8. I know it's a little pricy but I'm wanted to invest in something that would do a really good job :)

  9. This post made me torn between Chanel and LM. I've been seeing this setting powder in the Beauty section of the newspaper for quite some time and I thinks its calling out my name (like out loud). I love translucent powders and this should belong to my stash(soon). Care to share the lasting power of this baby? I work in a healthcare setting I hope it would survive an 8-10hr shift:)

  10. Ah I've recently gone off my Rimmel powder too, so I may have to give this one a try! It was lovely meeting you the other night!
    Kate Louise Blogs

  11. It's really good Kate, maybe ask the sales assistant to try it on you first to see if you like it! It was lovely meeting you too, such a nice event :) xx

  12. I get that feeling too of beuaty products calling my name haha. Give this a try next time you're at a LM counter! I say it lasts a good 7 hours or so for me, then things get a little shiny.

  13. Believe it or not, my favorite setting powder is a real cheap ass one from Catrice! But it just got discontinued, so I'm on the lookout for a new favorite...

  14. I haven't heard of that brand, shame it's been discontinued!

  15. I never gave Laura Mercier any attention... until my mom bought the loose powder version of this and it makes her skin look "blurred"! So I believe you when you rave about your pressed version lol. Once i finish up my current powder I'll probably try LM :)

  16. Same, the makeup artist instore highly recommended the LM powder and I was sold! The loose powder version is better but knowing me I'll spill it everywhere ;p


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