Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I'm already planning my August as early as now. I'm helping to launch a couple of exciting new brands next month, and another event for a heritage brand. Whew. I hope I can do it without dying - no, I WILL do it without dying, but I just need to make sure everything is ready way before they need to be.

Okay! Let's get down to the real biz! Today I want to talk about my current setting powder, a cult favorite none the less - the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (~P1,200). This is a silky, colourless powder that a lot of people love for its uber smooth finish and oil control. So is it any good? 


Yes! The texture is very fine, which allows the powder to get into pores and lines, smoothing them out seamlessly. I like that it doesn't look cakey (with moderation of course) and that it doesn't markedly alter the color of my foundation. The finish is matte, but not flat - if you like the dewy finish your skin would still show with this powder on.


The staying power is good at about 2-3 hours before I get oily, depending on where I am. I won't say this is crazy awesome at oil control. However, it sets the makeup beautifully and it keeps the oil at bay for a reasonable time.

Here's a closer look at the what the powder actually looks like:


A thick layer is obviously white on skin so I would recommend you use it sparingly. It should be completely invisible; a little does go a long way in any case. Here's my face with the powder on. You'll see it's nicely matte, and if you could touch my skin it would feel silky. ^_^


I've taken a picture of this powder with flash (a pic I can't find huhu) and I'm happy to say it doesn't show up white on camera. It does have the slightest cast to it but I think it's only because I used too much. :P

This isn't something I would bring around due to the bulky jar, but if you like having loose powder with you to retouch with, this is the best possible packaging for it. It's not messy because of the twisting cover thingy that completely seals the powder in when you don't need it. No need to worry about the typical explosion of powder once you open the cap! You can also control how many holes you need to dispense powder.

This limits product wastage - something not a lot of loose finishing powders can promise.


Overall, I love the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and have been using it regularly to set my liquid foundation. It helps smoothen out my skin while making it stay a bit longer! I recommend this for normal to oily skin. Just retouch with a pressed powder or this same product if you need to.

Hope you found this helpful! Would love to know as well what your current setting powder is. Do you even use setting powder?