Laura Mercier Translucent is a moderately warm-toned, light gold with a luminous finish. It is a permanent powder that retails for $38.00 and contains 1 oz.
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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow ($38.00 for 1.00 oz.) is a pale, yellowed powder with a golden sheen. It had sheer coverage when dusted all over my face (as a setting powder), but it had enough shimmer and was buildable that I was able to apply it as a highlighter on my cheekbones, just to give you a better idea of how much of a sheen this can add to the skin.
The powder was finely-milled and silky to the touch, which helped it apply all-over my face to set my base. Depending on the formula, how much of that formula I applied, and what I did that day, the wear ranged between 10 and 14 hours of solid wear out of my base (as compared to 7 to 12 hours without). I did not find that it was as good as smoothing on my skin's natural texture and pores as the original Loose Setting Powder (which I love), but it did sit well on my skin and did not make my foundations appear cakey.
It yielded a noticeable sheen wherever I applied it; not really a subtle glow but light to moderate with faintly visible pearl if I looked closely, which I know can be a deal-breaker for some. I preferred using the Glow powder on the high points of my face and underneath my eyes but preferred the original for the rest of my face.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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Laura Mercier has taken their iconic, cult-favorite Translucent Loose Setting Powder and infused it with pearl pigments so you can lock in your look for up to 12 hours with a healthy, glowing finish. This lightweight, innovative powder allows you to keep a natural glow, and extends the wear time of foundation by up to double, without adding weight or texture. It creates a healthy-looking, radiant finish with a touch of sheer coverage that resists settling into fine lines and pores. This no-flashback formula means you'll look great in photos. It also creates a soft-focus effect to subtly blur the look of fine lines and imperfections without looking cakey. These truly translucent shades work on all skin tones—from the fairest to the deepest.
Talc, Mica, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).