the must haves | laura mercier secret brightening powder

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Goodbye to the days where I would do a quick sweep of concealer under my eyes and head out the door – hello to those annoying fine lines that now cause my concealer to crease only a few hours into the day. Although I have always preferred refreshing setting sprays over setting powders, I figured it was time to try something new.
I popped into a Sephora hoping someone would be able to assist me on finding something to prevent concealer creasing. Out I came with a little container holding the most precious powder on the market: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (0.14 oz, $30 cdn).

The powder is described as a translucent, weightless powder that sets under-eye concealer to brighten dark circles and diminish signs of visible fine lines. There are light reflecting pigments that aim to deliver a radiant finish.

The powder comes in a simple standard plastic container. When you open the initial lid there is a sticker that prevents the powder from spilling. I would recommend keeping the sticker on and peeling it back when you need more powder to prevent messy accidents (I learnt this the hard way!).

The product is true to its word; a finely milled, light reflecting powder that helps reduce dark circles and fine lines. I noticed an instant difference when I first applied the powder. I have tried this product with a few different concealers but definitely have noticed the best results with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. There is no more creasing and my under eyes look much brighter. You can use either a beauty blender or brush to apply, myself choosing a small brush to gently tap the powder under my eye.

Personally, this is a game changer for me. After trying many different products and different ways of application, I’m so happy I have finally found something that works to brighten my under eyes while reducing fine line visibility. If you don’t have fine lines, you could probably use a translucent setting powder combined with a brightening cream instead, however, if you have fine lines – you need this in your life. It’s on a holy grail status for me.
Yes – a little goes a long way with this product so I don’t think I will need to repurchase for a long time. I’m going on almost half a year with this product and even on daily use, I haven’t put a dent in it yet!

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30 comments on "the must haves | laura mercier secret brightening powder"
  1. I do have fine lines, but I've under the impression that a translucent powder works great for me. maybe it is because I never tried a brightening one to compare.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Ah, fair enough. I do love how fine the powder of this one is and it does have the light reflecting which makes all the difference for me!

  2. This sounds amazing! Great review.

    Anika |

  3. I have seen many raved about this powder all over YouTube but I personally never tried it. It's said that e.l.f has a powder that is a great dupe for this and I'm planning to pick that up...what can I say, I'm a cheapskate. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. LOL let me know how it works! I should try it out and compare the two!

    2. Yes, please! I hope you do pick it up cause I would appreciate a comparison post, please!

    3. haha I will definitely let you know when it goes up! I just need to buy enough to make the shipping worth it!! haha :D

  4. It's been YEARS since I researched setting powders so much that I didn't realize Laura Mercier had a white 'translucent' one out. I bought a yellow-ish powder compact at Sephora, from her brand. And it's still going strong (because I literally powder my face twice a year lol).

    1. haha yeah, I prefer a setting spray but for my under eye, this powder is life!!

  5. If a product can reduce the fine line visibility, it is a winner! I will keep this in mind and give it a try, I hope it gives a nice finish.

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. It has a great finish for me, personally - hopefully you love it as well when you try it!

  6. This sounds great! I've heard lovely things all around the internet on this stuff. I've never tried it, but translucent powder is a must for me.

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    1. Yes, I am so happy I have this in my life! :)

  7. Even though I do not have that fine lines problem, I've heard great things about this powder as everybody seems to think it isn't drying when all the powders I try really dries my skin out! So I guess my question is: did you find it drying ?

    1. How lucky! I was so sad to notice a few fine lines under my eyes in the recent years. I do use an eye cream and let it absorb before I apply any makeup. With the cream, concealer and setting powder my eyes don't have any dry patches, however, all skin types are different. I would recommend visiting a local sephora and ask them to apply it on you or for a sample (some will provide one even though it isn't a liquid) just to get an idea of how it will work on your skin! :)

  8. I have heard so much about this powder! Thanks for sharing!


  9. I've been hearing about this powder! I definitely want to try it. It's going on my list! Thanks for this review.

    1. Yes! I hope you'll love it as much as I do! Thanks, Kim! :)

  10. This stuff sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  11. Brighten dark circles you say?? That's already a good enough reason for me to get a powder that so many rave about! I'll have to check this at Sephora, thank you for introducing this!

    Macarons and Mischief

    1. Thanks for reading! I'm sure you'll rave about it as much as I do! :)

  12. I love the sound of this & am very tempted to buy it! xx


    1. You'll love it and won't regret it! I use it literally everyday! :)

  13. I'd love to try Laura Mercier powder, it looks amazing and I've heard such great things about it! I have to try it out! <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

    1. I definitely recommend the powder! Let me know how you like it!

  14. Wondering how much better this is than the Translucent version (and essentially what's the difference). Looks super pretty, however!

    1. This powder has light reflecting pigments to brighten the under eye area whereas the other version doesn't! :) I absolutely love this powder!


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