I never used LM before, so I bought 2 products to compare - LM Translucent loose powder and Shiseido Translucent loose powder at Sephora - they're the almost same price (~ 30 something), same weight and from known brand.
Ok cut to the point, I found that both of them are fabulous.
The reason :
On the texture : LM has a very sheer coverage, as in you can't see the difference with the powder on, other than it is used to set the powder. This is a plus, but then, if I can't see the difference, why would I put it on ? And because the coverage is uper duper light, I don't think it controlled my oily part.
The grain of LM's is fine enough, but I find the Shiseido's more fine. It's like comparing salt grain to flour. On LM I can see the grain, but on Shiseido I can't, where it's like flour sticking together - which is why it's more messy on Shiseido because the flour-like substance flies out easily. I think that's the reason why Shiseido's create somehow a matte finish, while LM's doesn't change the texture of my foundation.
On the color : It's a good thing this LM powder doesn't change foundation color, even if overuse, so another plus. Comparing to Shiseido's , it cast a white shade on your face if you use too much of them.
On the staying power and oil control : It's now winter so I can't really test the oil control, but I do find that LM powder kind of disappear after 3 to 4 hours, while Shiseido's stays on. Or maybe it's just because the powder is too sheer I'm not sure.
So in brief I guess it all comes to the purpose of your makeup. If you think your foundation covers enough and don't need oil control, buy this Laura Mercier. But if you would want to cover some more and have a matte finish, consider other comparable brand like Shiseido.
I give it a 3, because I think it's a good powder, but not super super good to have no opponent - you can still look the same without this powder.
I love this powder. I used MAC blotting powder (too matte/ coloured/ powdery.. unnatural), moved onto the pressed version of this powder, and then finally bought the loose powder. This powder is definitely translucent, it doesn't impart any colour to my face, despite the light colour. It doesn't cake, or look powdery, and keeps my shine at bay! It actually leaves a rather soft 'glow' after application, so it's not too matte. I still use the LM pressed powder on the go.
I would repurchase, but I doubt I will be doing so for at least half a decade, since you get a huge amount of product in this container.
This is my holy grail loose powder. I love it! I have dry skin and this powder does not highlight any dry spots. It sets my makeup perfectly and gives a soft glow, as if my skin was airbrushed. I also have this in compact form to keep in my bag for travel/touch-ups. The texture is light, finely milled, and exceptional in quality. I apply this using a puff instead of a brush.
I really like the Loose Powder in Ivory because it has a light hint of color in it, however it's no longer available. I really like the feeling of this powder. It doesn't leave my face too matte. It's enough matte, but still has a nice silky feeling to it.
I've recently rediscovered this product in my stash.
I bought the Flawless Face Kit and this powder was part of the under cover eye pot.
I was using BE Mineral Veil and it makes my face dry and itchy.
The LM powder is great. It does what it says and does not dry or break my skin out. I'll be purchasing a full size one when I use up this one.
A lady at Sephora recommended this to me as I was looking at the MUFE HD setting powder. She said this LM translucent loose powder is the best she's used. I was sick of using BE Mineral Veil because it was drying. I noticed right away how much product you get for the price. They actually FILL the jar and you get 1 whole ounce! Bare Minerals powders have large containers and aren't even half full. When I bought the hydrating mineral veil, it was a huge container that fooled me and very little product inside. You get a ton of product with the LM. It feels much nicer on my face than Mineral Veil. It feels hydrating and soft and isn't drying. I will keep using this because I think it's a better buy for a better product.
This powder is nothing special. Does not mattify my oily skin and does not even imperfections in the skin texture, like some powders do...Does not hide pores at all!
I think that this powder is ok for normal skin maybe...or dry skin. But not for oily skin types cause this does not do anything about the shine you already have...insted it gives some kind of "glow"... This "healthy glow" is good looking maybe only for 1 h, and turns into a oil slick in the middle of the day... Add to this that this is quite a pricy brand! No thanks.
TRY before you buy!
Update: I did get breakouts! I kept putting it off as hormonal but I stopped using it for a day or two and my skin improved significantly. STAY away if you're skin is acne-prone!
I was wary of this product because I bought it without realising this may cause me breakouts since it contains cornstarch.
But because of all the great reviews I decided to give it a go anyway. No regrets, this hasn't caused my face to break out! I have dry skin so maybe that could be the reason
It's a smooth powder and leaves my face shine free and looking better than with no powder.
I only ripped off some of the sticker so only a few holes are exposed, but I would prefer it if they made it more spill free.
I have not purchased a full size of this product so I can't comment on the packaging. I have a trial sized and I LOVE this powder better than any other loose setting powder that I have tried and I have tried MANY!! This is so finely milled, it goes on like a dream and blends well. You don't need much at all. It lasts me until about mid day and then I touch up. I have oily skin so that's normal. This is a fabulous find and I would purchase the full sized version.
Makes my makeup last all day, controls oil but doesnt set too matte, imparts a glow, and makes my pores dissapear! What more could a girl want?