Laura Mercier Affection is a very warm-toned, very light gold with a metallic finish. It is a limited edition highlighter that retails for $45.00 and contains 0.3 oz.
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Laura Mercier Affection Face Illuminator ($45.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The shimmer was very fine, so it produced more of a high-shine finish rather than something overtly shimmery, which meant that the powder didn't emphasize my skin's natural texture.
It had good pigmentation that was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmer and a bit denser, but there was no powderiness and the powder almost "melted" on my skin for a very seamless application. With this type of formula, I'd recommend using a moderately dense, more rounded brush to pick up product evenly. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.
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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder is a face-illuminating hybrid with a soft rose gold shimmer that’s perfect for highlighting. The unique formula features high pearl levels that sweep on buildable, long-wearing color. Its bouncy texture allows for excellent color payoff, and its soft gold shimmer flatters all skintones.