Product Review: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

This may come as a shock to you beauty lovers out there

but I have never tried the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Crazy, right? It’s a cult favourite!

Unfortunately, I have been led astray by cult beauty favourites before – the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, for example, was a catastrophe on my face. Also, I’m not exactly the most adventurous when it comes to makeup; I avoid cream anything (blush, contour, eyeshadow) and I like my powders pressed – mostly because I’m a wee bit of a klutz. I thought using a loose powder would be a disaster waiting to happen (thankfully, I’m still waiting).

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Review

For years I’ve used drugstore powders. Like mascara, I always thought powder could be skimped on. I didn’t think spending the extra money would really get me a better product. Turns out, I was very wrong. For the most part, drugstore powders work in a quick fix, but I have yet to find one that has real staying powder. Most drugstore brands require several reapplications a day, and cause my foundation to become patchy by the afternoon.

Thus, I purchased the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, knowing it was high time I tried this coveted product.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Review

My verdict? This product is a game-changer.

Let me first clarify that I have combination skin. In the summer it’s oily, in the winter it’s dry and at times, flaky. I’ve struggled over the years to find a decent powder that works with my foundation, mattifies my skin on oily days, and doesn’t accentuate dry patches.

The only downfall is that there are only two shades. Translucent is for very fair to medium skin tones, while Medium Deep is for medium deep to the deepest skin tones. The translucent powder is really quite light even for me, but as long as I add a touch of bronzer it all evens out. Hopefully they’ll launch an in-between colour at some point.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Review

I find the best way to apply it is with the accompanying velour puff. Sephora has its own powder puff for a few dollars less which I’m sure would work just as well. The velour puff provides the perfect application and is washing machine friendly (it’s suggested that you pop it in a lingerie bag first).

As a result my skin appears smooth and unblemished, without the added weight or texture that some powders leave behind. It’s never cakey, and has a beautiful airbrushed effect, blurring any fine lines you may have. It keeps my makeup intact throughout the day and the only time I need to reapply is if I’m transitioning from day to night.

I’m happy to say that the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder has a permanent home in my makeup collection. It’s such a great feeling to find a staple product that really works for you, isn’t it?

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of this product. Also let me know if you have other setting powder favourites. Don’t forget to pin the images if you liked this post and find me on social media!

Elizabeth x



  1. January 16, 2018 / 3:12 PM

    I’m a HUGE fan of Laura Mercier, I’m such a sucker for their radiance primer which I also purchased myself and did a review on. Now I’m definitely going to have to try the transluscent powder, especially after you said its a game changer!

    Kirsten //

    • elizabethingold
      January 18, 2018 / 12:37 PM

      Oooh, I’ll have to try the radiance primer! I have to say I’ve never really explored Laura Mercier before this powder but I’m definitely intrigued now – but yes, you must try it! I’m planning on purchasing a second.

  2. Kate
    January 30, 2018 / 3:51 PM

    Girl this makes me want this powder!!!!

    • elizabethingold
      February 13, 2018 / 12:20 PM

      Oooh try it, try it! It makes such a difference and it lasts for a long time!

  3. November 30, 2018 / 5:59 PM

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • elizabethingold
      December 10, 2018 / 6:08 PM

      I use WordPress so I’m afraid I can’t help!

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