Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Private Party (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunkissed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweetie Pie (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Top Row: Bronze (01), Bronze (02); Bottom Row: Bronze (03), Bronze (04)

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder