Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, moderately dense consistency that was firm but not stiff to work with (it felt like a baked powder–a smidgen dry but not in a bad way) and blended out easily. The intensity and coverage were very much in line with the brand’s description, and as I layered the product on my skin, it became more shimmery and metallic, too. It semi-sheer to medium coverage, it had a soft glow that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly on me.
100% of the proceeds of this shade are donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$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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