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 “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” 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, $45.00)(100% similar). ColourPop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay O.N.S. (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Champagne Heist (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Orgasm Fever (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Dew Drop (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Any Wonder (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rhaegal (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (DC, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Desire Fire (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Must Have It (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, 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. 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). Dior Midnight Wish (LE, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #003 (DC, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Gold Bullion (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (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). ColourPop Chisme (LE, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (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. NARS Devotee (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Air (LE, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Halo, Goodbye (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior #002 (DC, $56.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Wicked (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Pixie Pearl (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Dior Pink Glow (002) (P, $50.00) 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). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (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). Dior #004 (DC, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). Salt New York Bronze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Go With the Glow (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $37.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, 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.

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

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

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Katherine T. Avatar

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 .

Pami Avatar

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!

Ivelisse Hagy Avatar

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!

Kwmechelle Avatar

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.

Betty Avatar

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.

Raluko Avatar

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.

Alison L Avatar

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.

Ameerah Avatar

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 😀 I am travelling at the moment and brought this palette with me, it works well as eye shadow too.

Justine Avatar

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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