The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is much raved about but I never really tried it because it was white. Although translucent powders are not supposed to add any color to the skin, most especially white ones almost always leave my dark skin with a white cast so I usually avoid these white (and sometimes beige) “translucent” powders. Ones that have more color to them (though they are supposed to be invisible) work a little better on my dark skin.
So when this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder was released in the new shade medium deep, which is designed for medium deep to deepest skin tones, I knew I had to try it. I have very dark skin so I wanted to see whether this really works on the deepest skin tones.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep Review
Translucent Loose Setting Powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear, without adding weight or texture. This bestseller creates a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage, while it absorbs oil and reduces shine all day. The pros know why it’s their favorite: the powder is a little denser than an average powder, providing super smooth, even application and blending. This no-flashback formula means you’ll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to subtly blur the look of fine lines and imperfections. It will not settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey. These truly translucent shades work on all skintones—from the fairest to the deepest. The just-released, Translucent Medium Deep shade was designed to be completely translucent on medium-deep to the deepest skintones, ensuring that every skintone gets a perfectly flawless, translucent finish.
For a product that costs almost $40, I wasn’t expecting it to contain talc and parabens. I don’t really have an issue with these ingredients but they are cheap ingredients and I expect to see them in products at the drugstore and beauty supply store which cost less than $10. Because of the cost, it was definitely disappointing to see these ingredients in this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. If you have issues with these ingredients, you should definitely steer clear.
This Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a finely milled powder with not much of a smell to it. I only pierced a few holes in the sticky tape which covers the sifter so it wouldn’t get everywhere and only dispense a small amount.
From trying this translucent powder, I can definitely see why it’s hyped up. For someone with oily/combination skin, it does leave a completely matte finish and I did notice that it seemed to have some oil control properties which surprised me with my extremely oily t-zone. I still got oily but it seemed that it wasn’t as much as when I used other powders.
I have large pores and while it didn’t seem to do much to blur them, it also didn’t seem to make them worse and did not sink into them. The same for my fine lines. But overall my skin definitely looked blurred with this powder on.
Overall this is a great powder but unfortunately, this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in medium deep left my dark skin ashy looking so it will be going back. I was going to keep it just for setting my under eye concealer because it does a fantastic job of setting concealer with no creasing but I had the “I set my under-eye” look when the makeup I applied all over my face including my under eye was all said and done.
Not only did my under-eye look ashy but when I took pictures, there was also a yellowish cast to my under-eye. With my cool tones, this powder is definitely for those with warm tones.
This Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in medium deep is a great powder and I would recommend it but not if you have very dark skin like me because it will leave you ashy looking. This powder is definitely not for the deepest skin tones as they claim. This medium deep shade would probably be perfect for caramel skin tones or those a shade or two darker than this with warm tones.
Available at Sephora for $38
This Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder sets makeup so well that for a split second I considered keeping it until I decided to see how it compared to my L.A. Colors loose powders which I reviewed here and are a Holy Grail item for me. Like this Laura Mercier powder, the L.A. Colors contains talc and parabens but unlike the former, the latter costs less than $5 if you can find it.
The two powders perform exactly the same however, L.A. Colors has an even deeper shade which is one of the two shades I own and this shade works better for my dark skin than this medium deep from Laura Mercier. This L.A. Colors powder is definitely a great dupe for the Laura Mercier powder. Read more about my review of this L.A. Colors Loose powder here.
The only thing is that it is a little difficult to find this L.A. Colors powder online especially the darkest shade but you may find it in your local beauty supply or dollar store. If you can find it grab it!