This is a loose powder in a small container that was designed to go along with the LM Secret Brightener, (a highlighting sheer concealer suited for under eye use among other things). And to use that under the eyes, this powder is an absolutetly essential tool, otherwise the secret brightener will make your eye make up bleed because it's not dry and cakey like most concealers. This powder is a super finely milled white powder with a slight hint of shimmery particles, that sets I would imagine virtually any type of concealer better than any other powder would. Normally the combo of concealer and powder under the eyes can give a very cakey and crease filled result that more than anything emphasizes the lines around the eyes. (This not being a problem for young girls, but for us over thirty with drier skins it is...) This powder however being so finely milled and with the really small small shimmery particles not only avoids settling in the lines but also somewhat diffusing them. For a person like me who normally stays away from concealers because of above named reasons - this is truly an innovation, however expensive.
This ultra fine shimmer white powder is close to miracle. I use this on top of my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and the result is stunning. The fine shimmers in the powder doesn't appear to be shimmery on the face at all, they melt into the skin and reflects light so there's no dark shadow under the eye. The BB concealer covers about 80% of my circles and when I add this powder on top, my undereye circles are amazingly all gone, not even a shadow left and doesn't matter what kind of lightening it is. The undereye area is seriously brightened up. The other great thing is that it keeps my concealer with a semi-matte finish all day long and does't settle into lines. I use a very rich eye cream and when I used BB loose powder to set concealer, the undereye appears shiny after a few hours, the BB powder also settles into lines that I never know were there and cakes up after a while. I should have bought this magic powder earlier.
OK, this is one of the products that you need to purchase with its "twin-product"--LM Secret Brightening Illuminator which is a opalescent fluid-based stick. The latter acts as a concealer and highlighter under your eyes. I was told by the MA to dab some Secret Brightening Powder on top of the Secret Brightening Illuminator to set the coverage.
At home, I experimented using this finely-milled icy-white shimmer powder without its "Twin", and found that it didn't do very much to brighten any part of my face. The sifter's perforated holes are also too large for this microfil loose powder. You'll have to be careful when you open the lid every time, else the powder will fly all over the place...
Just try it and you won't believe your eyes! Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is the finest silkiest white powder in the jar, but it does not appear white on the skin. I tested this at the LM counter while shopping with my wise friend Annie. I put it under one eye and looked at her, and her mouth dropped! She was amazed and so was I. This powder gently brightens just as the name says. I had Cle De Peau concealer on, and it lessened the yellow cast of that product and made me look (and even feel) very refreshed. I have looked for such a powder to use over concealer, and often regular face powders are too pigmented or too thick, and cake or crack when applied over concealer (especially at my age.) I have used Shu Uemura pressed powders (even the pale blue) to try to achieve the effect that this LM gives. No weird white effect, just a pretty look, this will definitely be one of those 'reach for it every day' products.
The price is reasonable and I think that this jar will last a long time. Can't rave enough!
I use this over my LM Secret Brightner and there's nothing better to light up the area underneath my eyes and really make them POP! I also use it over Dior Skinflash and YSL Touche Eclat. Wonderful stuff - takes years off of my face! Well worth the price!
I use this to set my secret concealer. I also apply a little on the inner corners of my eyes to open them up. I look like I've had a full nights rest even when I get 4 hours of sleep.
i use this with the secret brightener. i put secret brightener under my eyes, then set it with this powder using the secret camouflauge powder brush. i think it looks pretty good! but i'm a laura mercier addict, so i may be biased.
I love this product and think it works miracles at setting concealer under eyes and on acne. The one problem is that the holes in the plastic cover are too big and let too much powder out. This should have been designed better.
I have heared soo much review on how excellent this powder is but i have to say that i am slightly dissapointed. It is supposed to get rid of the eyebags or at least mask the appearance of it. I use it on top of my concealer, but i feel that dusting this powder left me with a racoonish feeling. I might be dusting too much of it, but i doubt it. Plus if i look closely, i can see gliterry specks under my eyes & its just kinda weird. I will keep on using this though, because i have spent AU$45 on it & i intend of make full use of it. If i do finally mastered the art of using this brightening powder, i will update.
Update: I bought the secret brightener from Laura Mercier & i have to agree that it does help. I guess the main key is you have to use it with the Secret brightener to really see a difference.
this works very beautifully over my undereye concealer and just magically makes them disappear even more. I've been using my Trish Sheer Eye Contour brush to apply this and it's the perfect size and deposits just enough.
edit- sorry but after a few more uses, I found this made my under eye area appear dry and ashy. Have since gotten rid of it