I purchased this as an alternative to the pressed translucent powder. I thought the slight green tint would help counteract redness. I'm not sure what purpose this relatively "new" product serves. I would not repurchase because it does not do anything better/different than the pressed translucent powder. The sponge it comes with is very flimsy and cheap, but I appreciate the fact you can apply on-the-go.
This is probably the best setting powder I have used..........not cakey but must be used with a brush and light hand. Not really mattifying but enough for me with a natural glow. Does not settle in wrinkles or pores. First time ever for me to hit pan with a translucent powder.
I LOVE this powder (translucent matte version). It goes on beautifully and is so fine you can't feel it at all, except for the silky smoothness that you'll feel if you run your fingers on your skin. Any oiliness goes away immediately and it really makes my makeup blend well. The packaging is really cute (subtly sparkly purple. yay!) so its no biggie to re-apply if you get oily during the day. I have no idea what the people who mentioned the greenish tinge are talking about, though. It's completely translucent. The only thing I don't like about this product is the applicator sponge it comes with. It really should have a fabric pad because the sponge absorbs way more powder than it applies. I use a big facial brush to put this on instead.
This finishing powder is pretty darn nice. It's so smooth and velvety and picks up right on my powder brush with ease. It blends really well into my face over my foundation and doesn't sit on top of my skin at all. One time I even put more powder than I normally would to see what it would do, but it just kept blending into my skin controlling shine and creating a beautiful matte surface. You would have never known I just piled on powder. Love the greenish tint to as I get red sometimes around my nose and it reduces that well. I was skeptical at paying $32 for it at first but it was way worth it.
I use this in combination with LM's creme smooth foundation and this is a very good shine control pressed powder, but morever it is fantastic for neutralizing redness. I have oily, acne-prone skin and this doesn't cause any problems, no breakouts. This product is talc-free, so it doesn't have quite the same oil absorbing effect of other talc-based powders, but it still does its job effectively. If you use a shine-control primer with this, I think it will do the trick for you. One caveat, if you don't have much redness in your skin - the greenish tint of the powder may make your skin appear somewhat sallow. Also, this is great for toning down blush if you overdo it. You can apply this with the sponge enclosed - patting it on the oily spots (not swiping) or you can use a brush. I alternate and either way it looks good. The packaging is very streamlined and will slip into even the smallest purse. Really nice.
I purchased this at a Nordstrom and have been really happy with it. I'm a medium tan tone naturally and so many powders show up on my skin and grab my little 'down' hairs on my face. This one worked really nicely. 1st- you don't need a lot of hte product- the BA at the coutner told me that the LM philosophy is that if you can see it on your face you've put too much on-- I am def. applying this with a lighter hand and have seen great results. No more shine and my skin looks smoother- my cheeks tend to get a bit red during the day and this powder really helps calm them down (at least visually). Will def. repurchase. Very happy with this product.
Sephora is pushing this hard right now, so I felt the need to come on here and share my experience before anyone else is duped like I was.
I purchased this powder two days ago after getting the hard sell from a sales assistant. She told me this was the best pressed powder they have in stock (granted, Sephora really does seem to lack in the pressed powder selection), that it would even out my skin tone, that it would last all day, and basically that it would do my dishes and make my bed.
I should have known better, but of course I didn't. I tried it on in the store and found that it immediately left a greenish cast on my pale skin. That makes sense, as the product is light green. I figured that would go away after a few minutes and it did. For about ten minutes, this powder cut the shine on my face and looked pretty nice. Well, it only looked nice long enough for me to purchase it and leave the store, because when I got on the subway and checked my face about twenty minutes later, the powder had gathered in my pores and the shine was back. And that Laura Mercier Smooth Focus went back to Sephora tonight.
If you've got very evenly-toned skin with no visible pores and no hint of shine, you might light this product. It's certainly light enough. For anyone else, stay away. I traded this in for the NARS pressed powder, so I'll update on that in a few weeks. If you're desperate for a solid blotting powder, go for MAC's excellent Blot Powder. That's what I would have done if I was smart enough to skip the LM.
I just received this today as a delux sample for Sephora's Beauty Insider program. It's a cute little compact with a mirror and a nice little double sided sponge that has two differt levels of coverage. I am really enjoying it for my NC15/20 skin. It is very nice and light, hardly shows up on the skin at all! However, it still absorbs really well. No grease at all for me which is great!
I think this is a brand new pressed powder from LM, I received my deluxe sample from Sephora.com. It is a very ordinary, white powder pressed blotting powder that I don't feel it extra especial from other all the favorites such as MAC and Maybelline. Just like any other white blotting powder, I was hesitant to powder too much or too often on my nose as it does show a little white color on my NC25-30 face. I probably will finish my deluxe but will not buy the full size item. Still like MAC's Blot Powder and Maybelline's Dream Matte better.