Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator Review & Swatches

01/09

Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator

Affection

Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator ($45.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The shimmer was very fine, so it produced more of a high-shine finish rather than something overtly shimmery, which meant that the powder didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

It had good pigmentation that was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmer and a bit denser, but there was no powderiness and the powder almost “melted” on my skin for a very seamless application. With this type of formula, I’d recommend using a moderately dense, more rounded brush to pick up product evenly. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$45.00/0.3 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn't emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow, it looks gorgeous in the compact! There seem to be a lot of products doing this kind of shade and finish, but it’s hard to be bothered as an onlooker when they’re so lovely and well-done.
I also like seeing your notes about the appropriate kind of brush to use, especially with cheek products. That’s really useful information!

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