Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

01/07

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection
Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

L'Amour Exotique

Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four highlighters–two are new to me and two are also available in the permanent range. I found all four shades to be consistent with the permanent formula, which has a slightly drier, almost looser texture to the touch (not uncommon for this type of formula) with medium to opaque coverage that lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Value

The full-sized shades of the highlighter retail for $44.00 each and contain 0.35 oz. or $125.71/oz. The palette contains 0.44 oz. worth of product or $55.31 worth of product. It would not be a “value packed” palette from a quantity standpoint; the way it would be “value packed” is in the sense that the full-sized highlighters are rather pricey on their own, even though they are large, so for less than the cost of two standalone shades, you would be getting four. (The price vs. amount is also not drastically lower.) If you’re someone who does not typically pan their powder highlighters, the palette would definitely be worth trying if you like this type formula.


01/03

Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Infatuation Face Illuminator

Infatuation

Infatuation is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff in a single layer, but the soft, lightly dry texture made it easy to pick up less product on my brush for sheerer coverage if desired, so I found it easy to work with. It was shiny on my skin but didn’t seem to accentuate to look of my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. - $146.67 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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Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide. May Contain(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

01/03

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

Indiscretion

Indiscretion is a muted, meidum-dark gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque rather than buildable (as described), but I felt like the softer texture was both blendable and controllable so I could just use a less-dense brush or a lighter hand to get sheerer, more buildable coverage. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me before fading. It did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but I felt like this one was just on the edge where it might on someone with more textured skin.

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. - $146.67 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.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide. May Contain(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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01/03

Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Temptation Face Illuminator

Temptation

Temptation is a medium-dark, rose gold with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than a layer more. I found the consistency to be a little looser and with slightly larger sparkles in it, so this would be ideal for someone who preferred a stronger highlight. On me, the powder was blendable and I could sheer it out for less coverage/more moderate sheen. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. - $146.67 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.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide. May Contain(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

01/03

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Devotion

Devotion is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation on the skin. The texture was soft, blendable, and just a smidgen dry in the pan but did not appear dry on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. - $146.67 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.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide. May Contain(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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Product Availability

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Collection $58.00/0.44 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Becca Apres Ski Palette
On lips:
  • Bite Champagne Pearl Prismatic Lip Gloss

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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That’s what I feel like, Christine. I’m not drawn to this palette but a highlighter would have to be surprisingly unique for it to make the wishlist.

Infatuation reminds me of one of the Anastasia highlighters that were released a couple years ago. That had the same gelee like texture. There were four released, and Infatuation reminds me of the orange/peachy one. Got it! Peach Nectar!!

Someone who is just getting into makeup or someone who is not immersed it – there are always new readers coming to Temptalia so I imagine there are lots of new-to-makeup folks out there at any given moment!

Finally, i was checking your blog every day to see your review before I buy it and boy am I glad I waited. I know myself, know that I won’t use the pink and the very dark bronze (i thought I would but after seeing your review of it having sparkles I know I won’t). I am so bummed this won’t work for me I have never tried any highlighters from LM and I cannot justify the price for just 2 of the 4 pans. Oh well.

P.S. Christine a small typo in the value section with “doesn’t not”, no big deal but I know you are a perfectionist!

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