Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. It’s pretty neat, as they have the same swirled, raised design, but everything is on a smaller scale. For someone who likes different highlighter shades (or highlighting blushes/bronzers) and would use two or three of them, it’s handy to have and would be good for traveling. Since the individual Illuminators are pricey, this is a good way to try them all for less than the cost of two full-sized shades. I think that the palette versions are fairly comparable to the permanent versions I have, though there are a few differences that I noticed. I don’t think that those differences really impact the overall look of the products applied, but they are there. This formula (and thus palette) is most suitable for someone who likes moderate highlights and some sparkle but not over-the-top metallic highlighters.

Formula Overview

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a โ€œlong-wearing, buildableโ€ highlighter that gives a โ€œnatural-lookingโ€ glow. The formula is typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that can get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but doesn’t emphasize my pores. The texture is smooth and blendable, but there is a bit of dryness to it that seems 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 tends to last around eight hours.

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. The sheen became more refined as I buffed and worked the product on my skin, and while the full-size version seemed to be more likely to emphasize my pores a bit, this one didn’t. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00)(100% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay O.N.S. (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Champagne Heist (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot J203 Luminous (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Rhaegal (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dew Drop (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it didn’t emphasize my pores when applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Holly Gold-head (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Dior Midnight Wish (LE, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior #003 (DC, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Gold Bullion (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). OFRA Rodeo Drive (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a light pink with warmer undertones and cooler, violet and light pink shimmer. It had sheer to medium coverage, so it was buildable to some degree, but it was never intense. The powder was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry and blended well in practice, so I don’t think I would have even noticed it had I not felt the powder with my fingertips. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Pixie Pearl (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior #002 (DC, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). OFRA Pillow Talk (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Halo, Goodbye (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Air (LE, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Wicked (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Devotee (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Pink Glow (002) (P, $48.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seduction is a medium-dark bronze with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque color payoff, if desired, and it had a soft, lightly dusty consistency. It was very easy to blend and diffuse across the skin, and it wore well for eight hours. Of the four shades, this one had the strongest sheen (and most pigmentation to begin with), so while I didn’t have issues with it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, if there was a shade prone to it, my guess would be this is the potential troublemaker. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Go With the Glow (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior #004 (DC, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Addiction Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tarte Bronze Casting Eyeshadow
  • Tarte Monochrome Eyeshadow
  • Tarte Selfie Portrait Eyeshadow
  • Tarte Van Gogh With It Eyeshadow
  • Tarte I Louvre It Eyeshadow
  • Tarte One Too Manet Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Surfer Babe Contour Eye Pencil
  • Tarte First Impressionism Eyeshadow
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick

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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I already have the full size in Addiction (love!), so I can’t justify this, but glad it scored well for others. It’s a nice way to get a mix of high quality highlighters in one kit .

Such a pretty palette! I’d snap it up if I could use those shades, but Devotion is the only one I could see myself using on my fair skin. Great palette for medium or darker skin tones!

Finally, a holiday offering that immediately went on my wishlist! Been wanting to try out these LM highlighters for the longest time, but wound up buying quite a few MAC LE highlighters instead. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ones I bought, but then didn’t give attention to others. Like these, for example!

They all look fabulous on you Christine! I purchased this at the Sephora Appreciation Event and now I really cannot wait to dig in when I get home tonight!

This came in the mail yesterday. And while I’ve only used Devotion on my NC50 skin, I love it sooooo much! I use the Wayne Goss blush brush, though I don’t have it in front of me to tell you the proper name of it, it works beautifully. I’ve definitely been able to build up the intensity without looking like a disco ball. Looking forward to using & mixing the others.

I wish they would split sets like these in two, a light set and a dark set. The fair and dark skinned probably can’t
use all the colors, only the medium tones win, it’s such a waste.

Hmm, no, don`t think I would dare after having had a bad experience with the Beige Shimmer Brick from Bobbi B. used as a blush. Sigh. Thanks for putting things in perspective for me. I love your posts and they`ve helped make wiser decisions in selecting make-up.

You’re so right, Genevieve. I mean, I splurged on the Tom Ford highlighter duo and I absolutely love it, so I’ll be sticking with it for awhile ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s the plan today, anyway lol…

This palette is very pretty but I decided not to get it because a) I already have a sh*t ton of highlighters in my stash and b) I think I’d probably enjoy just looking at it more than actually using it. So I decided to save my money and put it toward my ELxVB haul ๐Ÿ™‚

How did this last 8 hours on you?! I have worn it multiple times (don’t have oily skin, use setting spray) and it has dramatically faded within like 4 hours. Also, i find it very hard to pick up any product. Sadly, i will be returning.

I applied it to bare cheeks (no primer, no foundation), and I’m normal-to-dry at the moment!

I’m glad you are returning if it isn’t working well for you, Alison!

I never bought any of the Laura Mercier highlighters before. I was so happy when I saw all four shades in one! Was waiting to see your review of it and am happy you liked it too ๐Ÿ˜€ I am travelling at the moment and brought this palette with me, it works well as eye shadow too.

I think these would make gorgeous eye shadows too. I don’t know that I would use the darker shade on my cheeks, but I would on my eyes. They all look great on you!

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