Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange (Three layers)

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
  • Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
On lips:
  • Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick

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Virginia Avatar

Do you think this could be a good all over powder for medium skin? I’m looking for something like Meteorites (I can’t use them since I’m allergic).

Mariella Avatar

Pricey for something that doesn’t do very much (though your cheeks do have a lovely glow and you are right – this doesn’t look powdery on you, even if the photos show the results after multiple layers….). Do the 3 colours go all the way through the product?

xamyx Avatar

I really like this, actually… Then again, I’m on the lighter end of the spectrum, and I don’t care for alot of cheek color. That said, I’m still on the fence, as I have several similar products… I’ll definitely swatch it if I catch it in-store, but I won’t be going out of my way.

Elizabeth Avatar

This is so beautiful and so disappointing, even more so because it’s so beautiful! Have you gotten a chance to try out the Chanel Dentelle Precieuse powder, Christine? I’m hoping that performs better (and that it doesn’t sell out before the Nordstrom sale opens for regular people).

P.S. longtime lurker, new commenter/blogger. I love your blog!

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