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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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