Many colorless setting powders produce flashback on me, but the original Loose Translucent Powder from Laura Mercier also left a visible gray cast in normal lighting. The brand released a new shade called Medium Deep, which I’m happy to say performs the same as the original but without the grey cast! It doesn’t pass the flashback test but it prevents my concealer from creasing, it prolongs the freshness of my foundation, and it blends smoothly!
This product is translucent, not transparent, so it leaves some color on the skin. I’m between NC45 and NC50. Although the finger swatch shows that the powder is lighter and yellower than it appears in the jar, it’s still a tiny bit darker than my concealer. This isn’t a problem for me since I typically match my concealer to my foundation but anyone NC45 and below, who prefer to highlight the area under their eyes, could run into issues with this powder being too dark. In theory, yellow is supposed to brighten but it won’t do that if the powder is darker than one’s complexion.
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For those who keep an eye out for specific ingredients, it’s important to note that this product is not paraben-free. Some may also question the $38 price tag over ingredients such as Talc and Zea Mays (Corn) starch.
For this reason, I created a comparison table using some of the top rated and bestselling loose powders based on Sephora’s search filters.
After making the chart, I’m even happier with the price since I’m getting 2-3 times more product for only a few dollars more. There is one other product I know about, but haven’t tried myself, which is a top seller among beauty lovers: The RCMA Translucent Powder. RCMA does list propylparaben as an ingredient and it may contain trace amounts of talc but $12 for 3 oz is an undisputed better deal.
If I compiled a list of Holy Grail products discovered in 2017 I would add Laura Mercier’s powder because of its silkiness, shade selection, and performance. Ever since I bought it in April it’s been the only powder I use!
My posts have been few and far between but I have discovered more holy grail products this year that have awoken my interest in makeup again. I intend to share more of them soon. Thanks for reading! 🙂
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