Laura Mercier’s original setting powder has earned a well-deserved reputation as a must-have item in basically every makeup artist’s kit. Now this cult-fave product comes in a new “light-creating” finish and in 3 tones to suit a wider range of complexions. I personally am not one to set my makeup on the regular, but I’ll have to make an exception for something as pretty as this, no? Plus it’s the holiday season where a bit of sparkle is always a good thing!
Light Catcher Translucent Loose Setting Powder (CAN $51.00/each) | A loose face powder with an ultra finely milled texture (as in: fairy gossamer wings — seriously), it’s said to provide up to 12 hours of setting time, helps to blur imperfections, tone corrects, smooths the appearance of fine lines & texture, and has no photo flashback (when the flash from a camera shines off skin). Unlike some other powders that can settle into lines or sit at skin’s surface level, this texture melds into the complexion, helping to provide a seamless finish that never appears heavy or cake-y, while leaving behind the most luminous glow.
As I mentioned at the top, unless it’s for a special event makeup, I don’t really reach for setting powders but when I do, one of my preferred products is often Laura Mercier’s original translucent version, as it has one of the finest textures I’ve ever worked with. With regards to this new iteration, I was hesitant to apply it all over the face to avoid looking like an extra from ‘Twilight’, but the glow is quite refined and if hesitant as I was, one way to go about it is to focus application on key areas of the face — this way, the effect becomes radiant as opposed to otherworldly. Personally, I think I’ll probably be using this more in a highlight capacity for days when I want a glow that’s not over the top. Another great way to wear this powder is along the collarbones and décolleté; perfect for when you want to spotlight those areas. Application can be done using either with a puff (the one from Laura Mercier is an excellent one) or with a brush; using a puff will yield a more intense look but that method is easier to buff into the skin. With regards to using a brush, a dual-fibred one will provide a diffused finish — excellent for anyone who prefers just a whisper of radiance.
Celestial Light | Champagne beige, for fair to light skin tones
Honey Star | Golden peach, for medium skin tones
Cosmic Rose | Bronzed rose, for medium-deep to deep skin tones
For the above swatches, I blended out each shade and added the loaded version on top. Note that all were only lightly blended — they can definitely be buffed in for an even more diffused effect.
I’d almost consider these a hybrid setting/highlight powder and if a subtle glow combined with skin-blurring properties is your thing, then these Light Catchers are what you’ve been looking for. Considering how long one jar can last you, they’re also basically a steal at this price. And since we’re deep into holiday season, I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to add a bit of sparkle to beauty looks!
Available at Sephora, Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix & online
Kindly provided by Laura Mercier for my unbiased consideration