[Loose Setting Powder by Laura Mercier]
I've heard a gazillion good things on YouTube about this one product. So many people swear by this I had to give it a try.
I've never really gotten the idea of what a setting powder is for since I've never been much of a liquid foundation / BB cream / CC cream / tinted moisturiser etc kind of person. I prefer compact / loose powders due to the oilier nature of my skin, so setting powder to me was simply powder on powder and it was never really necessary.
But I got curious.
So, my first time ever using a setting / loose powder was years ago when I gave bareMinerals (Mineral Veil) a go. I was keen to find out how mineral make up could help my skin and the Mineral Veil came along with the starter kit. Without going into a long never ending story, the mineral foundation is something I still use on and off today, and the mineral veil always felt like a nice addition to the make up routine. Pleasant to have, not compulsory.
Years later I decided to purchase the Revlon Loose Powder as there is a hype on how loose powders / setting powders are good to set your make up. I was curious but I wasn't sure if it was a step I wanted to incorporate in my routine, although the idea of keeping my face matte was rather appealing. So I went ahead to seek out a drugstore option just to see if it would stay long enough to invest in a higher end product.
I think I finished using 1-2 tubs of that before I finally decided okay, I'm going to give in and try something that was slightly higher in price point, but people really raved about.
Lo and behold I absolutely loved the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and I think it's worth all that hype going around. Personally I love it because it is so finely milled it fills in the pores and blurs them out leaving the skin looking smooth. Also, it does a good enough job controlling the oil, but what I adore about it is no matter how tired I am at the end of a long day, dab off the excess oil and powder my face with this miracle powder and I completely look fresh again. The look when you first stepped out of the house, skin looking great and all. That, I truly enjoyed. So much so I'm on my second tub today, I'm addicted and I don't think this will be replaced any time soon at all.
I also went ahead to purchase the pressed compact version (which I was tempted to initially) and I'm hoping it works just as fine so that I can have a more portable version to carry around in smaller handbags / clutches.
[Pressed Setting Powder by Laura Mercier]
As far as first impression goes, the powder is lovely. Translucent. Comes with a sponge but I always have this reservation about sponge applicators in compact powders due to hygiene so I'm still trying that out.
Enough said, the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (Translucent) is something I will recommend to add on in any make up routine. It sets tone right for any make up day. Holy grail worthy!