When I was waiting in a long line to buy the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion foundation (I had been meaning to since finishing my sample, and I swear I went in just to purchase the one product), I found myself with plenty of time to browse the impulse purchases they line up right by the register. I saw something which I’d never spotted before: a travel size of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, which comes with a little puff and is priced at $22.50.
Do I need another powder? Not exactly, but I’m in a position where most of my belongings are in storage thanks to a move, some traveling, and currently staying in an apartment on a temporary basis. So I parted with my favorite NARS Light Reflecting loose setting powder since it doesn’t travel well – no closure for the sifter, and no fitted powder puff to help stop the powder from filling up inside the reservoir if the pot gets banged around in my makeup bag. I used masking tape to close the sifter and put it to rest for the time being.
So when I saw a travel size of this version by Laura Mercier, which I’ve heard great things about, I thought it was a really cool opportunity to try a new product for a smaller investment. And it comes with a little puff!
Ok, problem number one: that puff does not fit in the jar. I mean, really? It’s small and looks like it should, but it doesn’t. Maybe this is just hitting on a pet peeve of mine, but this is a high-end product and this feels so sloppy. There isn’t a closure on the sifter either, which isn’t a huge surprise. While I still feel like it’s nice to be able to buy a smaller jar, this is not exactly a travel-friendly product. Just so you know.
Sephora describes the powder as “an extremely lightweight, silky, sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish.” It’s supposed to be infused with “cashmere talc” for a powder that isn’t dusty or drying, yet provides a velvety, soft-focus finish and natural feel.
It’s a really nice powder. It is lightweight for sure, not dusty, and does offer a nice, velvet-like finish without being overly dry. I’d say it looks a little dry on my flakier areas that aren’t in great need of setting powder, but it also helps a little with oil-control in the center of my face. It definitely sets foundation and concealer and prevents creasing. I wouldn’t say it totally smooths over fine lines, but it does do a really nice job of camouflaging my pores, which is much appreciated.
I do still prefer my NARS Light Reflecting loose setting powder, which has this magic ability to keep oil at bay throughout the day, yet is super flattering on the rest of my face. But this one from Laura Mercier is a nice one to have around and I do really like that they offer a small size. Finishing up a whole jar of loose powder is a rare event for me, and I’m happy to pay less money for a smaller size, even if the price per ounce isn’t as good.
Above, I’m wearing the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder over the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion foundation and L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye highlighting concealer. On their own, those base products have a luminosity to them but the powder sets my face down to what I’d call a natural demi-matte. I generally use the powder lightly with a brush, but you could get a heavier coverage with the puff. I’m having the most issues with acne, texture, and flaky skin on my chin, and that’s the one area where I find the powder can look a tad dry. However, I should also mention that the Teint Infusion foundation dries down and controls oil fairly well on its own for me, so the powder isn’t solely to blame for this.
The translucent setting powder is available at Laura Mercier and Sephora, but it looks like Sephora is the only retailer that carries the travel size. The full size costs $37 for 1 oz. and the mini jar and puff is $22.50 for 0.33 oz. You can also grab a full sized puff for $12 (which seems awfully steep to me).
Have you tried this one out? What’s your favorite setting powder?