Hi everyone! Here’s a #browngirlfriendly review for you.
So if you’re a fan of Sephora, Laura Mercier or watching beauty YouTube videos, you’ve probably already heard that Laura dropped a brand new shade of her cult classic setting powder for those of us kissed by melanin.
If you have never seen/heard of the original Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder, prepare for your life to be changed. The powder is very finely milled and feels super velvety to the touch. It comes in a bone color with a yellow/warm undertone that *should* be complimentary for all skintones. It claims to provide translucent, lightweight coverage while also blurring the appearance of oil and texture and locking in makeup for long-lasting wear.
The original LTSP is great–I love it and use it frequently. It does most of what it claims. The velvety feel smooths the skin and makeup to give a mannequin-like result. The issue is that wearing this powder when you have a darker skintone like me can result in a white cast on the skin, especially apparent in flash photography.
We are not here for Casper-face.
To remedy the shade issue I generally mix my foundation powder (Ben Nye Luxury Powder in the shade Beige Suede) with the LTSP. And this has been working out great for me. I am someone who has an oily T-zone, but I prefer a dewy finish to my foundation. I like to apply powder around my nostrils, in between my eyebrows and I bake powder on the smile lines of my face since I am prone to creasing.
About a week ago I received a full size LTSP in the Medium-Deep shade complimentary from Influenster to test out. I wasn’t expecting it to be a full size, btw, so shoutout to Influenster for hooking it up with the free full sized product! Now that I have been using this powder for some days, here are my thoughts.
- As far as packaging, product quality/quantity and performance, the medium-deep shade is on par with the OG.
- There is absolutely positively NO FLASHBACK when using this powder! Hallelujah!
- The medium-deep powder does appear to be translucent, but I don’t believe it would appear translucent on light skin although it may work well for subtle bronzing.
- I would say this powder has got more red in it than yellow, which means that on skin with olive or golden undertones it can appear off tone. I have a mix of yellow and red in my skin and I feel that this powder can sometimes cool me down too much, foundation wise.
- I can’t be sure on this just yet, but I feel that this powder doesn’t bake as well as the original formula.
Overall my experience with this has been great. I like to mix the original and the M-D before dipping in my sponge and baking/setting. I would recommend this product to people who have combo and oily skin types, or for those with any type of skin that just want to add a softer look to their face.
I would also say this can be a great shade perfector. For example–if you are wearing a foundation that is slightly off tone, use this powder over top to achieve a more neutral and seamless match.
I’ve got some recent selfies on my Instagram page (@taylorbird___) all using the powder in my makeup application, but I will take some product pics and makeup close-ups to post exclusively here.
Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions about Influenster or how this product performs. Thanks for reading!