Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder – Does it live up to the hype?

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder

It’s inevitable that when I hear so many positive reviews on a product I’m going to want to try it.

Over the last few months I’ve been reading so many good things about Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder that on my recent trip to Selfridges I decided to pick one up. Whilst I was chatting to the Sales Assistant I happened to mention that I prefer pressed powder as 1. It’s not as messy,  but more importantly 2. I’m super clumsy so it’s always a safer option for me. To my surprise he said that the translucent powder also comes in a pressed version and it’s the same formula. I was concerned that it may not be exactly the same formula but he assured me it was so I decided to give a go and see……

The Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder is encased in her signature dark brown plastic casing which is sturdy and easy to open. This may sound like a silly thing to mention but my last Urban Decay powder was always a bugger to open and I almost broke a nail so many times trying to open it! But, no problems with this one just in case you were wondering…..

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder review

It comes with a small applicator sponge which I find absolutely useless – I prefer using a big fluffy powder brush to apply.

From the first time I used the setting powder I was amazed. Literally amazed.

The powder itself is a lot silky than others I have used so it’s picked up easily on a brush. It feels light on your face, soft to apply and looks very natural.

Not only did the powder do it’s job of setting my foundation (obvs) but it created a soft focus look and definitely reduced the appearance of my pores and slight imperfections, creating a glowy flawless base. Hoo-ray!!! I almost clapped for joy when I first started using it!

The Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder creates a satin finish and lasts well. I have oily skin and I can wear this for about 8 hours before I see the effects starting to diminish, and that is me being very picky and really scrutinising my skin. Others probably wouldn’t be able to tell any difference.

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder in-depth review

This powder is so good that since I have been wearing it people who see me regularly have commented at how good my skin looks – yes it’s that good!

As the Setting Powder is colourless it should work on all skin tones however I have read some reviews saying it’s not great on very dark skin. I’m extremely fair and it’s perfect for me and does not alter the colour of my foundation underneath or add any colour.

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder  - does it live up to the hype?
I had already used the powder before I took these pics – hence the marks in it – it’s not sold like that!

The Laura Mercier’s Translucent Pressed Setting Powder costs £27 and is definitely on the small side for powders containing only 8.10g (£3.3 per gram) – most other powders I have in my collection are 10 – 12g. To make things worse I have since noticed that with the loose setting powder you get 29g for the cost of £29 (£1 per gram), so the pressed powder is definitely the pricey option gram for gram, so I think on that basis I might risk the loose version next time!

This is my first time trying any Laura Mercier product – I’m seriously impressed and will definitely be repurchasing. I also swatched one of their highlighters while I was in Selfridges and oh my! Glitter dreams…

Are there any other Laura Mercier products you can recommend?

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