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.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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.