Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is . Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It is exactly the same as last year’s Spellbound. I strongly would have rather the brand use the same name, because I didn’t know until I received the product and went, “This seems familiar.” It’s a lovely, moderately luminous highlighter otherwise. Laura Mercier describes it as “buildable long-wearing color” to highlight the face. The texture is soft, lightweight, very blendable, and very slightly emphasizes pores at times. I noticed if I used a fan brush, it was fine, but if I used a highlighting or blush brush, there was slight emphasis. The color lasted for eight hours on me.

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Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • ColourPop Sweet Thing Lippie Stix

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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It’s a shame they just renamed it, but I do want to find this and test it out! It’s a beautiful color, and I’m pleasantly surprised that the design of the powder didn’t make the product stiff, dry, and hard to pick up on the brush.

(I know you’ve probably answered this question a million times, but where do you get those earrings, Christine? You seem to have them in every color combination possible. Love them!)

I was surprised at how similar they were!

Yes, annoying, too. They looked similar in promos but you never know… then you receive, and it’s like, “Oh, you got me.” YSL did this with me with one of their LE *packaged* palettes.

The pattern looks more like fabric to me. It’s called “indiscretion”… so I think they’re supposed to be sheets!

While it is pretty enough, I love my ColourPop Butterfly Beach highlighter immensely. Also still want that LG Ballerina, too. I’ll skip this even though I am totally fawning over that cool molten texture!

Nancy, have you tried ColourPop’s Highly Waisted? I ask because I love all 3 of those as well. Well, I pretty much love all highlighters that are good performers. 😀

Yes, I have, Nicole! I really like Highly Waisted a lot, but it really is “holy duochrome Batman!” The flash is quite noticeable, but to me, it’s extremely gorgeous! Especially with a coral type of color, or bronzer.

Glad you got it! I think only Barney’s and Neiman Marcus has it still (online that is). But somewhere does 😀

I purchased this as “spellbound” but I barley used it. It was too shimmery for my taste. I am anxious, however, to hear reviews about the new Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in “Sunset pink” And I do like Chanel’s summer 2015 highlighter/bronzer

They probably think people actually abide by expiration dates, LOL! Also, people who just buy “as needed” likely have only 1-2 highlighters, of which they actually will need to replace, and the rest of us have sooo many, we likely won’t notice!

That’s just so misleading to do to/with people who are your consumers. I lost respect for companies that do that and have not continued purchasing after noting. There are sosmy highlighters out there anyway..

Well, I guess they’re counting on those who buy it because they lack anything similar in their stash, for whatever reason, and won’t realize it’s just renamed. However, we all know many people will grab it, realize they already have it, and many will be returned. Seeing how limited it is, that’s really sad for those who didn’t get the last one, or who really do need a replacement.

Exactly — I think it is wasteful 🙁 I obviously didn’t and won’t return mine, but I know that when I got YSL’s “new” LE version of an existing palette I already had, I meant to return since I had already reviewed it… like a month prior. I ended up donating it instead, but yeah. It seems like a waste.

This looks lovely on you, Christine. What a not very nice “trick” to give it a new name and dupe a lot of people (not just you – someone pretty knowledgeable about makeup products) into buying it thinking it’s a new shade. I think that’s sort of a dirty trick. Lovely illuminator but I think it’s a tad too warm for me.

Thanks, Mariella!

Oh, yes, indeed. I remember how popular last year’s Spellbound was, so I wanted to snap this one up, and lo and behold… 😉

Very pretty. I have all four of the main dupes listed, lol. I like the design in the powder too. But, with it being a LE and since I am very well stocked in Highlighters in this shade range. And considering , the situation going on in my personal life with the house and upcoming surgery, I will likely be passing ( unless the insurance happens to decide to get prompt and pay me back!). Also, I forgot to mention in my Friday Free for haul that I finally got with the program and now own The Balm’s Cindy Lou! So, there is another addition to my highlighter collection. Idk if I saw this in person if I could pass it up though,lol. It looks so lovely on you Christine! I’m trying to make myself hold out for those CDP luminzers in Gold and Sand Beige though! 🙂

Seems a little sneaky to release an item under the guise that it is limited edition only to release the same exact product as yet another limited edition item. I missed the first and the second, but I guess I will catch the third under whatever they choose to call it.

It really does look lovely on you, so I hope you like your backup.

How does this compare (in terms of performance) to LG Ballerina? I own Ballerina but it tends to fade fast on me (perhaps because it’s baked and needs a wet application). Anyway, I prefer the color of Ballerina to Becca Rose Gold, but the performance of the Becca product is superior to LG Ballerina so I’m thinking LM Indiscretion may be a happy medium for me.

Wow, you weren’t kidding; they’re the same formula, shade, and even have the exact same “bunched silk” design! That’s really a shame considering Spellbound was a press sample and you purchased this one; I’d almost feel a little gypped!

I just noticed how crooked the label is on the back of the compact. For a prestige brand like LM, I’m surprised at something so careless.

I work at Sephora and our Laura Mercier brand rep was here last week and told us that this is going to become permanent along with the Ritual bronzer!

So pretty. You look so lovely using highlighters, Christine.
I wonder if this would suit me, I have to go visit the LM counter next time I’m in one of the departmentstores.
I don’t have any rosy/coppery highlighters, just gold and silvery ones.

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