Hi BFFs!!! Hope you all had a beautiful Easter and welcome to another 'Kimberly's Fave' segment. This one is all about Laura Mercier’s setting powder (in both translucent and medium deep). If you are wondering why the setting powder made it into my favorites, then you probably haven’t used it yourself yet. Since my late teens, growing up in Holland, I’ve been using the Clinique loose powder no. 4 and was convinced that it didn't get any better. Then, I moved to the US and tried many other brands, only to find my current go-to from Laura Mercier.
How I use the Powder
I use both the translucent and medium deep powders at the same time. I use the translucent powder mainly to set my concealer and under eye area and also to tame my T-Zone. I apply the powder with a brush over my T-Zone area and with a wedge sponge under my eyes. I also like to apply it along my jawline to emphasize my contour. The medium deep powder is ideal to add a little extra tan to my already naturally tan skin tone. I basically use it as a contouring powder, and it works just fine. I apply it below my cheekbones, around my hairline, along the sides of my nose and on the very edges of my jawline. If I apply it all over, I find that it is a little too dark for my skin tone -- however, when paired with the translucent powder, it is just right.
What I Like About the Powder
After applying the translucent powder to my under eye area, it sets beautifully and doesn’t crease into the fine lines or get cakey – it just nicely smooths out and blends. Even when I bake (which I don’t do that often) the excess powder is easily brushed away. It doesn't leave that annoying chalky finish like some other translucent powders do. The matte finish of the powder is ideal in the hot California weather, especially if you have combination skin like me. It helps oily skin stay matte and has a natural finish. It’s pretty much undetectable on your skin – it looks like your own skin!!! As a bonus, there is no flashback and we all know that this is a must for good photos.
What I don’t Like About the Powder
Uhm??? I can't think of anything that I don’t like about the powder, but if I do in future, I will update this blog. For $39 this powder goes a long way, because you don’t need a lot to get the job done and it lasts up to 12 hours, so touch-ups are hardly needed. Wait a minute… I did think of something I don’t like…. IT IS ALWAYS SOLD OUT!!! The Sephora where I live is always running out of stock (not surprised about that though). So happy that the Online Gods always come to the rescue.
Some Fun Tips
Got greasy hair? Work a little bit of setting powder through your roots and see your hair come back to life!
Lipstick bleeding? Blot your lips on a tissue to eliminate excess lipstick. Lightly dust setting powder over your lips and apply a final coat of lipstick. Now, watch your lips obey!
Oil slick skin? Even if you don't wear foundation, apply setting powder over your skin. It will keep it matte and oil-free throughout the day.
Eyeliner running? Dust some setting powder over your eyeliner to keep that line intact. When lining your waterline, dust some on and under the eyeliner to keep it from running.
Sweaty feet emergency? Dust some setting powder on your feet to keep them nice and dry.
Have you tried the Laura Mercier powders? If so, did you like them? What’s your favorite setting powder? Let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring. xo
Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored. And as always, any opinions given are my own