Laura Mercier Highlight 01 is a very warm-toned, light beige with a luminous finish. It is a permanent.
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Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as "golden nude." The formula is described as an "ultra smooth baked face powder" that gives a "natural colour with a radiant healthy glow" with "sheer, buildable coverage" and "eight hour" wear.
There are four shades, and this is the lightest one, and the other three appear to be more bronze-like. The texture is incredibly soft, silky, and smooth; it's thin but not dusty or dry, and it's this thinner, silkier consistency that makes it easily blended on the skin. The finely-milled powder paired with fine shimmer keeps the finish from emphasizing pores (even when applied more heavily).
It had buildable coverage, as described, and it actually lasted for closer to nine hours on me. I can definitely see why this has been raved about over the years--glad I picked it up, as I see it finding its way into my go-to drawer (a great permanent highlighter? always room for one more!).
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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