Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft rose-gold.” It’s a warm, champagne-shimmered copper–it doesn’t really look pink on me, like a rose gold, it’s a little warmer, more orange. On cooler skin tones, the rosiness may be more apparent. NARS Luster is more orange, more pigmented. MAC Poised is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Barefaced is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Year is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Spellbound is supposed to highlight the face with “buildable long-wearing color.” It has a soft, smooth texture that makes blending a breeze. The color just diffuses and softens with ease and doesn’t look on uneven on the skin. It does have buildable color, so if you have a medium or lighter complexion, you’ll see some warmth and color added as well as a reflective sheen. I have normal-to-dry skin, and it does emphasize pores slightly when I used it on my cheeks, which wasn’t surprising, given the finish has such a high-shine. If used very lightly (like with a fan brush) just over the high planes of the cheeks, then I didn’t see any emphasis, so it will depend on how much you apply, where, and so on. It lasted eight hours well on my cheeks, and after nine hours, it started to look a bit faded and patchy.

The Glossover

LE
product

Spellbound

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

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27 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I little to warm for me (as MAC Light Year looks orange one me) but Yeah!!!! more Gelee formula products from Italy!!!

  2. This is absolutely stunning! And I love how it looks like silk in the pan.

  3. Lara

    Gorgeous on you! Is it very similar to bare minerals’ love affair?

  4. Kortni

    Would you recommend this for warm toned deep complexions? The design is stunning, I really am spellbound by it!

  5. The design of the powder is absolutely luxurious. It makes me want to touch it. Haha!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbie Barbie

    i want to touch this

  7. I ordered this as soon as I found out about it a few days ago. I was terrified this would be Rose Rendevous all over again (which I sadly missed out on), so I was too afraid to wait. I’m really happy I ordered it, it seems like a great highlighter and a nice shade for my skintone.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rad Rad

    I checked this out at the LM counter and was quite disappointed with it – the product was hard to lift from the pan. I think i’ll be giving this a miss!

  9. Do you think you could use this safely as an eyeshadow?

  10. That’s so pretty, love the wavy effect of this as well!

  11. My goodness, what a beauty! I love the warmth of it.

  12. the design of this illuminator definitely has me spellbound, lol. it’s so pretty! i would buy it for the design alone.

  13. coco

    how does this compare to MAC’s whisper of gilt?

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Susan Susan Dowman Nevling

    The product is so pretty and would love to have it for that reason. Of course, I won’t. Since I am fair and pink, I think it would be too dark on me. :-(

  15. Oh great, I saw this product and read some really good feedback on this product. Laura Mercier has some excellent products..although the label presence seems to be rather low key. Thanks so much for the swatches..big help.. saved me some cash. This looks like it is pulling fairly orange.

  16. EricaA

    Would you happen to have a swatch of it on a darker skintone

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariam Mariam

    I can’t believe this. The one being sold in the US is 10g/.35oz and the one being sold in Europe is 6g/.20oz???? Why are they always unfair with us??? And it’s also more expensive like always than the US. Very sad.

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariam Mariam

    And the ones listed on Nordstrom andlauramericer.com are also .20oz or 6g. Where do you get the 10g version from? What’s going on? Anyone ?

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of SandraJT SandraJT

    Surprisingly, my local Sephora still has this! I overlooked it the other night thinking it would be very coppery. It looks peachy to me in your swatch, which I love! May have to go back & snag one!