Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “golden nude.” Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Strobe (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less pigmented, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as an “ultra smooth baked face powder” that gives a “natural colour with a radiant healthy glow” with “sheer, buildable coverage” and “eight hour” wear. There are four shades, and this is the lightest one, and the other three appear to be more bronze-like. The texture is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth; it’s thin but not dusty or dry, and it’s this thinner, silkier consistency that makes it easily blended on the skin. The finely-milled powder paired with fine shimmer keeps the finish from emphasizing pores (even when applied more heavily). It had buildable coverage, as described, and it actually lasted for closer to nine hours on me. I can definitely see why this has been raved about over the years–glad I picked it up, as I see it finding its way into my go-to drawer (a great permanent highlighter? always room for one more!).

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Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder