Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is another ‘Worth The Hype’ post, where I talk about a product that has gotten a lot of consumer and media attention and tell you if I really think it’s worth the attention it’s getting.

Today we’ll be talking about the infamous Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder*.


If you’re new to the beauty community or you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, this powder is used by some of the most prominent beauty influencers and is raved about for being mattifying and setting makeup, as well as being great for use with the baking method.

This is available in two color options (Translucent, Translucent Medium Deep) and retails for a whopping $38. My favorite powder is the Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing P0wder, and that’s a $2 powder, so this really has to amaze me in order to actually be considered worth it’s hype and price tag.

For starters, I have very dry skin. I know what you’re saying, “If you have dry skin, why would you review a powder that claims to be mattifying?”. Great question. My answer to it is because I’ve heard people of all skin types raving about this powder, even saying that it works for dry skin. So I’m here to tell you if I find that to be true or not.

As for the packaging, you’re getting 1 oz of product and it comes in your typical sifter jar style packaging. It’s decently convenient and keeps product from getting all over the place. I generally shake some of the powder into the lid of the jar and use from there.


There is a velour puff available for purchase for $15 that is intended to go with the powder, but I’m really not a fan of it. It packs on way too much product and just makes my skin look very heavy and aged.

A pro to this powder is that it is incredibly finely milled and leaves a very silky feeling on the face. However, I’m gonna say it isn’t worth the hype, at least for my skin type. Every time I apply this as recommended or even lightly with a large powder brush, my skin ends up looking dry and cakey and emphasizing fine lines I never even knew were there to begin with.

I also tried to bake with this (If you’re not familiar, it’s a method of powdering where you heavily pack the powder onto the desired area and leave it to ‘bake’ for 5 or 10 minutes, then brush the excess powder off. The point of this method is to stop creasing and lock your makeup in all day.) and it really looked terrible.

Ultimately I can get use out of this if I use a very small amount, but using it like that really doesn’t make it worth the nearly $40 it goes for, for me.

To sum it all up, if your skin is very oily maybe this will be a good powder for you. But if you’re as dry as I am, I’d steer clear of this.

And on that rather negative note, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future ‘Worth The  Hype’ posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!


*This post is not sponsored. I was sent this product for free via Influenster  for review purposes.




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