I bought this with the suggestion of the SA at Sephora. I tried it out a couple of times and I was not impressed with it at all. I have the MAC Blot powder and that one works better than this. I hated the sponge that came with the LM because it picked up too much product so I still had to blend it with my powder brush. I have dark skin so you can see the yellow whitish tint to it.
The packaging was alright kind of bulky for me. I ended up returning it since it was $40 so I was expecting it to keep me oil free for at least 6 hrs but that did not happen.
Without question, this is my favorite powder and the one I keep going back to. Recently, I've tried other powders by Lorac and Tarte, but no other powder gives me the flawless look that this powder does. I normally apply it with a powder brush, but the secret to a truly flawless, almost airbrushed look is applying it with the big Laura Mercier powder puff (sold separately) in a rolling motion.
I love this powder. I use it on my T-zone a few times over my foundation during the day. It's not cakey, and removes/controls shine very well. Highly recommended.
This does a good job of setting makeup. You are supposed to apply it with an LM puff. You work the product into the puff then roll it onto your skin. Maybe I don't have enough powder on the puff, but I feel like half of my makeup comes off when I try to work this product into place. I took one lippie off for the way you have to apply this. It doesn't alter the color at all, but I wear beige ivory.
This is my HG setting powder. Is completely translucent on me if I am careful to apply it properly, and if by chance it does go on white - it can be easily buffed out with the swipe of a brush. Sets makeup amazingly! I use it to set Bobbi Brown concealer, Lancome Teint Miracle, and mac foundations generally. Also like the packaging. Absolutely adore this product!!
This just didnt work for me. I know many people have great results with it, but for me it just wasnt good. The powder is white. Actually WHITE. Im nc32-35ish depending how tan i am and this really washed me out and gave me a grey awful cast. And this is the other bizarre thing!! It made me itch like MAD!!! It made me look pale, itchy, grey...and after 30 mins i was shiny again (i have combo skin, and my HG foundation is a little glowy but i like to tone down the glowiness a little with a light powder) But with this i was oily and shiny within an hour! So u appl more and then get more of this white cast!!! Just awful!! The SA told me this powder is used on african people!! Right...i understand maybe this will work if u use the tiniest milimetre of it but then whats the point of a powder...i dont ever use a lot, i use my usual powders very sparingly but this was a disaster. If you want a truely amazing ''translucent powder'' with some actual colour to it (not full on colour like mac pressed powders but just SOMETHING so u wont ever look white or pale!!) pls buy the chanel one the pressed one is amazing i use shade 3 its great!! and no weird itching!!
HG setting powder. Truly translucent unless I pick up too much (I use a cotton pad to apply). Can make my face look a little flat initially, but within 10 mins it sets and looks very natural. I uses this to set my Revlon New Complexion One Step Compact Make-up in Ivory Beige, with wonderful high coverage, natural-looking results. This powder has never caused any break-outs for me. The packaging is sophisticated but I don't like how the puff is in with the powder. However, it is not of much consequence to me as I use a clean cotton pad every time I use it. Once a month I'll use a pad to swipe across the surface of the powder - to 'clean' it - I think this helps retain the integrity of the formualtion. I recently repurchased - my previous compact lasted for over a year.
This makes my skin look gray and dirty. I give it a two because it doesn't magnify imperfections or anything but my skin looks muddy and dull when I put this over my foundation. Another reason I'm going to send it back and won't buy it again is that it has Ethylhexyl Palmitate as an ingredient- which is classified as a pore clogging ingredient. I don't use powder on bare skin but I know some people do so it's good to know the ingredients. I wish I would have checked first but I was buying the foundation and threw this in to go with it. The main ingredients in this powder are very cheap and do not justify the price- 30 dollars for some talc, cornstarch, and pore cloggers. You can get that at the drugstore.
Perfect pretty little sleek compact. Weightless feel while resetting makeup and ridding face of oil. Only pressed powder I will use. Have tried many and none have the combo of being truly translucent, small packaging, reasonable price, & quality powder all in one product. Helps combat shine, but does not keep it at bay forever. Through trial and error I have learned that there is no such product that eliminates shine for combo/oily skin girls completely. Yes, I have even tried primers, but I’ve realized the more junk you put on your face, the worse it will look. I’d much rather touch up once or twice a day with a pressed powder than run around all day with globs of product all over my face. continued >>
I am loving all of LM products.
My skin has had a major breakout recently due to work stress, so I am skipping the foundation. Instead, I use Clinique SPF40, LM Flawless Fix to conceal my cystic pimples, and then set it off with LM Pressed Setting Powder.
The makeup is sheer, and I don't need to touch it up throughout the day as it sucks all the oil off my oily skin, leaving it smooth and fresh.
I will most certainly buy a second compact!