Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder - Shine Control


27 reviews

66% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, PTFE, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Water/Aqua, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulfate. ( /-): Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).

on 4/26/2015 11:45:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

HG product. The matte translucent makes my skin look amazingly calm and even. It doesn't make me look ashy, but then I have really pale skin.

This + Jackie Oates = me looking downright photoshopped. And not the bad kind of photoshopped where half your arm disappears, either; the good kind that you have to pay very expensive effects artists for.

on 2/10/2015 3:24:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My absolute favorite pressed powder! This is my go to for setting my makeup. I will say that I tend to get very shiny very easily and this is one of the only powders I've come across that really controls shine.

I have medium-light skin and I like that this is a translucent powder, I haven't had any issue with it making me look pale or ashy or whatever. If I really, really layer it on with a sponge applicator then yes, it will make me look slightly lighter but only as expected and even after that it's not like a white cast or anything.

One of my favourite things about this powder is that it looks great in photos! And I mean flash photos!!! By looks great I mean it looks matte but no whiteness/illumination with flash.

If you struggle with oily, shiny skin I highly, highly recommend this powder. It works best to absolutely mattify when applied with a dense, soft powder brush or a sponge like the one it comes with. If you don't want an entirely matte look you can always dust it on lighter with a fluffy brush. Also I'm mildly acne prone and it has never broken me out.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 10/3/2014 9:54:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have never tried Laura Mercier and I am very pleased so far. This powder is great for on top of foundation and even on the go. Sometimes if I know I will be sweating and I am only wearing a bit of powder foundation, I will pat some of this onto places where I am most oily and I stay matte longer than without it. I like the packaging a lot because when you shut it there is a strong click and I know it isn't going to accidentally open in my bag. Also there is a pretty good sized mirror that is ideal for people on the go.
I remember this being a little pricey but a little goes a long way and I can see this powder lasting me for quite a while. Overall I can't find anything back with this powder and recommend it to people who are oily, like to set their foundations or are on the go a lot. The compact isn't very large and it doesn't take up too much space in my handbag so that is another plus. If you are willing to spend the money then go ahead and give it a go!

on 3/3/2014 6:19:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This is just another Pressed powder that is too whitish and must be blended very, very well. The sales aassistant applied this powder for me (at Sephora) and when I went home, my face was looking little bit white and cakey.
Another thing is that almost all powders and blushes (including LM) contain talc or mica. For instance, mica and talc becomes caught inside a pore, enlarging it for good (yuck!)

on 11/14/2013 12:13:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This powder was great. I have oily skin and have redness to cover and this product worked great for me. I don't find that it was a miracle worker in terms of my redness, but it did ever so slightly have an effect in toning it down. It was also not a miracle worker in completely stopping oil from breaking through but worked a lot better than many products that I've tried. I would still get oily but not as oily, and that was a great accomplishment. I put a thin layer on my face after foundation and actually looked very natural and didn't cling to any dry spots or settle into pores. I didn't have any problems with looking "green" or chalky. The packaging was great, sleek and sturdy. I may repurchase down the line because I did like it a lot, but I am still on the hunt to see if anything else works better for me.

on 10/29/2013 9:21:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Love this. Was using MAC blotting powder but it felt a bit grainy.
Don't be put off by the white colour, but i would advise to dust your face and blend with large brush after 'setting'
I use LM tinted moisturiser or similar and then 'press' this powder all over my face with the sponge. The white will be very noticeable sitting on top of your skin so take a large soft natural brush (i like MAC bronzer one) and swirl it round, dusting off excess and very lightly blending into foundation. I will then blot gently again if i need to with sponge during the day if oil starts to appear, and it doesn't upset the finish too much.
The result is a perfect matt finish without the cakey or pigmented or aged look i get if i use a normal powder.
You also dont have to fret over colour matching and oxidising.
Pricey but imo worth it.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 10/8/2013 4:42:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My friend had bought this powder for her wedding, and let the bridesmaids use it. You know how it goes - you wake up at an ungodly hour to get your makeup and hair done, and are supposed to look great until midnight...right....

I've only heard and seen and been recommended to use setting powder, but I did not really think it could be that much more different than my mineral powder that I use to dust sparingly after I apply my foundation.

To my surprise, the ingredients for this powder really does "set" your face for quite some time. Mind you, during the wedding, I reapplied about 3 times. However, I use it on an almost daily basis now, especially when I know I will be putting in long hours at work.


- It keeps my oil production at bay (though I am normal skin, I do not have oily skin)
- Only a very small amount needs to be used
- After a minute after application, my face "looks" flawless - it is matte, and seems to minimize the appearance of pores
- The pressed powder form makes it easy to use while on-the-go


- The price is a little more expensive than some other setting powders out there
- By the 3rd application, my skin is dry and doesn't give me that beautiful, matte appearance. Understand that it is a great product, but it won't set your makeup forever!


- I still apply my foundation and mineral powder before I apply this
- I bring with me a small retractable brush and instead of sweeping, I pat/blot my face with the brush - I believe this ensures that the skin is absorbing it
- Use a small amount or you might look chalky

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 9/17/2013 4:01:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Not for someone who has acne prone skin. The first ingredient listed in this powder is Ethylhexyl Palmitate. This rates a 4 (5 being the highest on the pore clogging scale).

As soon as I stopped using this along with LM oil-free tinted moisturizer, LM oil-free primer and LM Loose Setting Powder (which all contain Ethylhexyl Palmitate), my face cleared up. I just tossed all of her stuff away.

If I didn't have oily and acne prone skin, this would probably okay. But I do Definitely dislike.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 4/2/2013 6:41:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I was super excited to try this powder as my skin can look like a greasy frying pan without the correct powder over my foundation. the girl at the counter suggested this , I was curious but a bit scared as I like full coverage and this just isn't at all. although I didn't experience any shine all day which is great it made my foundation crack up and break up on my face, leaving my foundation colour blotchy with white patches. I really didn't enjoy this product and for the price tag no no no it's not good at all. I feel that you get a really small amount of product that's not great. I'm not liking the packaging of LM maybe it's just me being fussy!

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The only purpose to use this is for the absorption of facial shine. So be patient and don't use it until you have a bit of shine.
Do not waste it to 'set your makeup'.

Ignore the fact its green. I got the green version. The green does nothing - oh its just like all of the other greeny products I've been tricked into buying....

Over the last 15 years I have used a multitude of oil blotting products from decleor, clinique, clarins, body shop, mac and benefit.

My shine has diminished as I have aged, but I would still need a touch up usually every 3 hours at work (unless Im using Nars sheer matte foundation).

To cut to the chase, this is quick and easy to apply- I like the nice little case with its mirror. If you have a shine problem on my level, it soaks up the oil immediately like magic and doesn't leave my skin feeling slimey/dry/heavy. I find that after I have used it I wouldn't need to reapply for at least 4 hours.

If you put this on a low/no oil patch of skin then yes it can make you look dusty- like you were in the kitchen baking dusty. And if you put this for no sensible reason on a dry patch of skin yes you will look like a baker.

As Ive said this product is primo for sucking up shiney oil. If there is no oil it will sit there because its got no job to do.

Bottom line: the sponge is thin and soft so only dab it on your oily spots!!

You need to wash your little sponge now and then ( I use Bobbi Browns cleanser).

This is the best oil absorbing product I have come across. Its a bonus to have it in functional portable packaging.

Laura you redeemed yourself with this product. You needed to because your tinted moisturiser was just naff.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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