Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette Review & Swatches

01/08

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Paint with Light

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette ($52.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of highlighters for the holiday season. Obsession is new and exclusive to the palette, while the other two shades are available in the brand’s permanent range.

The standalone Face Illuminators retail for $45.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product or cost $150.00 per ounce, so the palette contains $94.50 worth of product. All three shades performed consistently with past iterations of the Face Illuminator formula; the only “downside” is that the shades are more semi-opaque to opaque than strictly medium and buildable, so as long as that’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a nice trio if you’re in need of highlighter.

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01/05

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
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 pale beige with a subtle, peachy-pink shift and luminous sheen. It had a more moderate glow when initially applied but could be built up to a more metallic finish with two to three layers (or used with a dampened brush). The pigmentation was medium coverage in a single layer but could be built up (as described), while the texture was smooth, firmer to the touch, but it wasn’t stiff to work with.

With this type of formula, I’d recommend using a denser brush to pick up product to ensure good, even pick up of product. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Formula Overview

$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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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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01/05

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Obsession

Obsession is a pale lavender with cooler undertones and pink-to-violet shifting pearl throughout. It had a luminous finish that could be built up from medium to intense glow depending on coverage-level and whether it was used with a dampened brush.

The powder highlighter had a smooth consistency that was never powdery and sat beautifully on my skin–almost “melted” in that sense–but did work better with a denser brush, as it was a firmer, denser powder. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though it was easy to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage (which was how it was marketed). The color wore beautifully for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$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.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

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01/05

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Inspiration

Inspiration is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-opaque to opaque, though it was supposed to be closer to medium, per the brand. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was a denser, firmer powder that played best with denser brushes, which is typical of the more baked-powder-gel kind of formulas. The color applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$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.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

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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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This is lovely. The first two seemed aimed at lt to med, and the third is substantially darker. For the lt to meds, it would seem to be more of a blush or topper, if it looks that pigmented on you. At least it seems easy to use, once you get it started. Personally, i’d consider going for the SG dupe for Inspiration, as a shimmer blush.

This looks so nice. While I’ve sort of sworn off much makeup buying, I may just buy this because it looks like a palette where I can get use of all 3 shades and the quality and value are both really good.

Beautiful trio of shades! I would be on this except for the fact that I have dupes for 2 out of the 3 shades. But I still just may, because I feel like my dupes may be just different enough.

Hands down, this is gorgeous – I’m more inclined to purchase this rather than one of the Hourglass Ghost palettes, even though this has fewer shades/less range (offset by more product/better value and packaging that doesn’t look like a plastic lunchbox!), that pale pink is just STUNNING.

Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of the Hourglass packaging either and I really don’t know what the name ghost has anything to do with holiday releases unless we’re talking about Halloween. The Ghost palettes also only have a single highlighter between them. I picked them both up but I’m seriously considering this one but I do not need it.

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I don’t need any more highlighters, but this one is very tempting.
The first two, the lighter ones are probably very good for my skin tone, the third would work very nicely as a topper.
Now this little palette makes me feel inspired, and I had almost given up on finding inspiration today after reading about, but mostly looking at the Norvina 3. Yay for inspiration!

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