Worth It? Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Review

Hello loves,

I thought I’d share my two cents on this highly favourited, highly expensive setting powder. I had to see what the hype was about and bought this back in November during the VIB Rouge Sale. Is it worth the $47CAD or just a bandwagon product?


This powder is infused with fine French “cashmere talc” meant to give the skin a flawless finish without adding colour to your makeup. Talc has been a controversial ingredient in cosmetics and is widely found as the base for eyeshadows in high-end and affordable brands. Cosmetic grade talc has been deemed safe however.

Also, Laura Mercier unfortunately is not a cruelty-free brand. This powder sells at Sephora for $47CAD or you can be cheap like me and buy the travel size for $28.


-You do not need a lot for results!

-The travel size has lasted me 3 months and I’ve got lots left

-No white casts or flash back

This shit works.


-Really expensive

-Can be messy (as all loose powders are)

-Contains parabens

Makes dry areas feel very dry



The hype for this product is real. It works. If you know how to use it with your skin type, it really works. However, it’s won’t create miracles. A creamy, creasy concealer is still going to crease under your eyes no matter how great your powder is.

I do have persistent dry skin around my nose in the winter months, so if I set that area with this powder it amplifies my dryness. I’ve tried to bake with it but found it made my under eyes feel extremely dry and tight and look crepey. Other people swear by using this to bake.

I usually don’t set my entire face because I like a dewy look, so this powder is perfect for the key area I need it for (under the eyes and the concealer cheek triangle). On days I need to set my whole face, I’ll use a different powder on the forehead, chin and nose area to avoid enhancing my dryness.

I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase this despite the good review because it’s damn expensive, contains parabens, and is tested on animals.

xo J



  1. February 9, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I feel the exact same about this powder! I love it but I can’t get over the price tag! It is a good one though! 😉

  2. February 9, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I have always wanted to purchase a Laura Mercier product, especially their tinted moisturiser but due to the cons like the ones you stated, discouraged me. Nice review though

    • February 10, 2016 / 1:19 am

      Thanks 🙂 yea, for such a high price I have some criteria!

  3. February 10, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Great review! My favorite Laura Mercier powder is their smooth focus pressed setting powder. It does wonders for oil control and has a bit of a green tint to combat redness in the face.


  4. February 10, 2016 / 3:59 am

    I am really surprised that this product is that expensive and contains talc, parabens and is not cruelty-free. What the heck am I paying so much money for then? That said, “this shit works” pretty much explains it! Lol!
    May I suggest Root Pretty’s Setting Silk? It is $10 for 2.25g or $16 for 4.5g and only has 2 ingredients:Mica and Aloe Vera Powder. I love it (I swear I am not sponsored).
    Great review!

    • February 10, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Thanks for the suggestion! I know, you’re basically paying for the brand name!!!! I had to try this powder, but I generally try to avoid parabens altogether. For such a high price there should really be higher quality ingredients. It does work, but with more research I’m sure there’s something just as good out there! Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. February 13, 2016 / 4:09 am

    Loved your review! Always been thinking of getting it

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