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Laura Mercier Medium Deep Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

01/09

Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow

Translucent Medium Deep

Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Loose Setting Powder Glow ($38.00 for 1.00 oz.) is a soft, medium-tan with warm undertones and a medium, golden sheen. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage when applied with a powder brush and dusted all-over my face (which isn’t shown, as this shade isn’t intended for my skin tone but those deeper than I, please refer to my Translucent review for an idea of the effect of the powder all-over). It was buildable, like the lighter shade, so I applied it more heavily to show how it looks on my skin and to make it clear that this isn’t a subtly, luminous powder either.

The powder felt smooth, silky, and was very finely-milled, which made it easy to apply all-over to set my base makeup but could also be built-up to act more as a light to moderate highlighter. It sat well on my skin, but it wasn’t as blurring/smoothing compared to the original powder, which is more mattifying. The slight sheen it gave all-over was visible to my eye, which may or may not be your cup of tea. If you’re someone who tends to like a dewy, very glowy base, then it might be a good fit. I found this powder worked better to complement the more mattifying original powder. It extended the wear of my base products by two to four hours, depending on the formula, environmental conditions, and how heavy (or sheer) the application of. I would say it typically made my base wear well for between 10 and 14 hours.

Formula Overview

$38.00/1.00 oz. - $38.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give a "glow finish" while setting makeup for "up to 12 hours" in two shades--Translucent and Medium Deep. It is described as having "sheer coverage" that "blur the look of fine lines and imperfections." The powders have a silky, finely-milled quality and are sheer but neither is colorless, and I noticed that the Translucent darkened my foundation about half a shade overall (I'm about light to light-medium). Both shades deposit a soft, barely-there shimmer, but it's somewhat visible close-up, so they result in a good deal of luminosity when applied all-over. I found that I preferred the look of the original Loose Setting Powder for most of my face and using the Glow version on strategic areas for a candlelit glow as the original formula gave my skin a smoother, more pore-less finish than the Glow version.

The powder did help extend the wear of my foundation, and I'd agree that it definitely kept my foundation looking fresh for between 10 and 14 hours, depending on environment, formula, and how much foundation I applied (or didn't apply). In general, I would recommend this powder only for someone who likes a very dewy finish, doesn't mind visible pearl/sheen on the skin, and is light-medium or deeper (or doesn't mind a warming powder if one is fairer).

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Glow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

01/11

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Your Left) / Translucent Glow Loose Setting Powder (Your Right)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Your Left) / Translucent Glow Loose Setting Powder (Your Right)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Your Left) / Translucent Glow Loose Setting Powder (Your Right)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Your Left) / Translucent Glow Loose Setting Powder (Your Right)

Translucent

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow ($38.00 for 1.00 oz.) is a pale, yellowed powder with a golden sheen. It had sheer coverage when dusted all over my face (as a setting powder), but it had enough shimmer and was buildable that I was able to apply it as a highlighter on my cheekbones, just to give you a better idea of how much of a sheen this can add to the skin.

The powder was finely-milled and silky to the touch, which helped it apply all-over my face to set my base. Depending on the formula, how much of that formula I applied, and what I did that day, the wear ranged between 10 and 14 hours of solid wear out of my base (as compared to 7 to 12 hours without). I did not find that it was as good as smoothing on my skin’s natural texture and pores as the original Loose Setting Powder (which I love), but it did sit well on my skin and did not make my foundations appear cakey.

It yielded a noticeable sheen wherever I applied it; not really a subtle glow but light to moderate with faintly visible pearl if I looked closely, which I know can be a deal-breaker for some. I preferred using the Glow powder on the high points of my face and underneath my eyes but preferred the original for the rest of my face.

Formula Overview

$38.00/1.00 oz. - $38.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give a "glow finish" while setting makeup for "up to 12 hours" in two shades--Translucent and Medium Deep. It is described as having "sheer coverage" that "blur the look of fine lines and imperfections." The powders have a silky, finely-milled quality and are sheer but neither is colorless, and I noticed that the Translucent darkened my foundation about half a shade overall (I'm about light to light-medium). Both shades deposit a soft, barely-there shimmer, but it's somewhat visible close-up, so they result in a good deal of luminosity when applied all-over. I found that I preferred the look of the original Loose Setting Powder for most of my face and using the Glow version on strategic areas for a candlelit glow as the original formula gave my skin a smoother, more pore-less finish than the Glow version.

The powder did help extend the wear of my foundation, and I'd agree that it definitely kept my foundation looking fresh for between 10 and 14 hours, depending on environment, formula, and how much foundation I applied (or didn't apply). In general, I would recommend this powder only for someone who likes a very dewy finish, doesn't mind visible pearl/sheen on the skin, and is light-medium or deeper (or doesn't mind a warming powder if one is fairer).

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Glow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

01/10

Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Rainbow Pearls

Guerlain Rainbow Pearls Meteorites Pearls ($63.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent powder that is supposed to have “six new shades” that “diffuse redness and dark spots” and minimize “areas of shadow” and “counter dullness.” Per the description, it states to use it to “set make-up and revive the complexion.” It seemed to neutralize some of the natural redness in my skin when applied over bare skin (maybe by 10-15%), but when I used it over foundation, the effect wasn’t necessary given that the foundation was doing the heavy lifting anyway. It did more in the way of softening out my natural texture and giving my foundation a soft focus finish without being too flat or too powdery. I don’t think that it did that much to “counter dullness” nor minimize “areas of shadow.”

This limited edition, summer version of the famous Meteorites Pearls is more of a translucent powder that softens skin texture and the look of pores but doesn’t add a lot of noticeable sparkle/shimmer. I’d say more in the vein of delicately shimmered to keep the powder from reading flat or matte on the skin but not actually shimmery or frosted in finish. The pearls yielded a good amount of powder when used with a medium-sized powder brush (I used IT’s Plush Powder brush) without being too dusty in the container. It was violet-scented but the scent didn’t linger noticeably after it was applied.

When it came to setting makeup, the incredibly finely-milled, silky texture of the translucent powder worked particularly well with dewier foundations without taking down the finish too much like more traditional setting powders might. It seemed to extend the life of my foundation by an hour to an hour and a half, which is a little less than a typical setting powder does for me (gets me to about 10-hour of solid wear from my base makeup).

There was a “Rainbow Pearls” that was launched a few years ago (also called Summer Edition), and the two are not the same–this year’s iteration is more neutral and translucent with less sparkle/shimmer.

Ingredients

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Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

01/10

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Gold Pearl

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls ($65.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a translucent, light beige powder with warmer undertones and flecks of larger, light gold sparkle. The effect was slightly smoothing with stray, visible sparkles on my skin. The latter effect is not something evreyone is going to appreciate, so keep the sparkle factor in mind if noticeable shimmer or glitter on the skin is a deal-breaker!

Per Guerlain, the limited edition holiday version of Meteorites is supposed to “warm up the complexion and fight dullness” with “reflect[ing] light.” I actually felt like this year’s powder did a lot less to smooth and blur my skin’s natural texture and pores than past releases, and it did not seem to do much in the way of brightening or warming up my skin tone, though I am warmer in tone and light-medium in color, so the latter wasn’t a surprise (it’s lighter than my skin tone). Over the years, I’ve often found that the subtle effect is something I can tell in person but is less noticeable in photos, but this version definitely doesn’t do as much as past Meteorites Pearls (of which I am normally a fan). There was a slight effect, but we’re taking what was already subtle to a very subtle level. If Meteorites were on your radar, the permanent iteration does a better job.

This year’s version is also a bit smaller than past iterations at 0.70 oz.

Ingredients

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

01/05

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017)

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) contains two Ambient Lighting Powders, one Ambient Bronzing Powder, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder. The palette should work well for someone who likes the Ambient formula, as I felt like the formulas were consistent with the standalone shades I’ve tried in the past.

I know in the past, the value of the Hourglass palettes has been an issue, so I did the math for these – each powder was listed as 0.049 oz. each, which is comparable in size to last year’s palette. The breakdown is: $12.88 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder, $6.28 worth of Ambient Bronzing Powder, $24.83 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush, and $11.64 worth of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder for a total value of $55.63. It might still be worth it for someone who rarely finishes their products, would not buy these products individually, and/or travels often.

I’m not sure what the release date for this palette is at all retailers but imagine it will be in the next few weeks.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

01/11

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls

Birthday Candle Pearls

Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearls Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, satiny powder with flecks of small, but more noticeable, shimmer throughout. The amount of shimmer was still sparse, so it still worked well for all-over application but was a little more noticeable compared to other Meteorite variations if applied more heavily to the higher points of the face.

The 30th anniversary edition of the Meteorites Pearls is supposed to “warm your complexion and bring radiance to all skin tones” with “gold pearls to fight dullness, pink pearls to reveal glow and champagne and white pearls to reflect light.” The powder, like most of Guerlain’s products, has a violet scent, though it was subtle and I did not personally detect when applied to my face, only when I initially opened the jar.

According to Guerlain’s current copy for the product, the powder can be used to “fix make-up and improve hold,” which I find to be fairly minor in practice–maybe an extra half hour but a true setting powder would do more. In the past, it has been described more as a finishing powder than a setting powder, and I think that is a more accurate description of this powder. It has often brightened my overall look slightly, breathed a little life back into my skin if I’ve gone too matte, and the like. No matter how you describe it, though, Meteorites Pearls are subtle and are designed that way, and for some, it will be a product that calls to mind a story of the Emperor with No Clothes.

Ingredients