If there is one iconic makeup product every makeup artist agrees on, it’s Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It won all the major makeup awards and became a cult-favorite best-seller for all the makeup “bakers” out there. This month, Laura Mercier launched a new version of the iconic setting powder, Translucent Setting Powder-Glownow, that is designed to provide luminous, light-reflecting coverage and naturally-looking smooth finish.
While it might come in a similar packaging, the finish new Glow Setting Powder provides is completely different. Let’s break down the differences and compare Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder-Glow.
Laura Mercier Setting Powder vs Setting Powder-Glow
Perhaps, the main difference between the two is in the function each powder serves in your beauty routine. The original setting powder is known for its texture camouflaging and shine reducing properties. You “bake” it with a damp beauty blender for a few minutes — and you forget about creasing concealer and shiny T-zone.
What makes the new Glow Powder unique is that it reflects the light and looks illuminated, not matte. You want to apply it with the Glow Powder Brush it on high points of your face — the temples, cheekbones, and bridge of the nose. Don’t confuse Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Loose Powder-Glow with a highlighter! We are talking very natural, subtle luminosity.
Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic who is a brand ambassador for the new Laura Mercier’s powder launch talks about the differences between the two as of “set down” and “set up” powders. The original loose setting powder is described as a product that “sets down the look of unwanted shine and texture.” While the Glow Powder is all about “setting up with luminosity.”
The Claim: “12-hour glowing finish for luminous setting that lasts.”
Key Idea: The powder contains a custom pearl blend that gives the skin that subtle glow and sets makeup.
My Take: Ever since I introduced this product into my makeup collection, I reserved the OG setting powder formula for my T-Zone and under eyes only. For the rest of the face, I use Glow. It gives an “illuminated from within” kind of finish that looks very natural and catches the sun in the most appealing spots.
Best Combo: The new Laura Mercier powder works beautifully in combination with Becca Backlight Perfecting Filter and a buildable glow-enhancing foundation like Lancome Skin Feels Good. If you are all about glowing skin, I highly recommend trying out this combo!
Shades: Comes in 2 shades, Transclucent and Medium Deep.
How to Apply: Use Glow Powder Brush to add luminosity to the temples, cheekbones, apples of the cheeks, and bridge of the nose.
Finish: Weightless, naturally glowing finish.
Longevity: 12-hours wear.
The Claim: “Your go-to setting powder.”
My Take: Laura Mercier’s setting powder has been makeup artists’ must-have for a reason. It never gives a flashback in photos and helps to smooth out any skin imperfections. I believe that this product is essential for anyone with oily or combo skin type. I’m going through my third jar of the product and I will continue repurchasing it over and over again. By the way, each jar lasts forever even though I use it daily!
Best Combo: I love using this setting powder on my under eye area. First, I apply a foundation that I use at the moment, followed by Tarte Shape Tape Concealer or Kevyn Aucoin Etherelist Concealer — and then “bake” with the setting powder. If you don’t get enough sleep or struggle with dark circles, you will truly enjoy such combo!
Shades: Comes in 2 shades, Transclucent and Translucent Medium Deep.
How to Apply: Press with a Velous Puff onto the forehead, lower cheeks, sides of the nose, around the mouth, chin and lower jawline.
Finish: Weightless matte finish.
Longevity: 12-hours wear.
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There you have it: an in-depth comparison of Laura Mercier’s translucent loose powders. I hope this post was helpful and provided you with a few new ideas on how to use setting powders. If you have any additional products, please leave your comments below. Let’s discuss your favorite loose setting powders!