Friday, April 22, 2016

New: Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Devotion

New this spring, Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator Powder ($44) caught my eye on Sephora instantly. It comes in four shades, three of which are new, but Devotion called to me. I was not disappointed. This gleaming powder adds an instant touch of radiance. Plus, I read at Allure that she designed the Devotion shade for fair skin tones!

Laura Mercier said, "I developed this product to help women create a radiant look for themselves using a performance makeup artist tool that allows a buildable layer of shine - from subtle illumination to extreme radiance." That's exactly how it works.

This long-wearing, buildable, and versatile highlighting powder can be used anywhere on your face or body. It provides a natural-looking, radiant, allover glow. I'm not sure how the red algae ingredient in it adds to the radiance or texture, but that's certainly a popular ingredient these days.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder highlights the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skin tones. Its non-dusting texture allows for excellent color payoff and applies smoothly and evenly onto the skin without dragging across dry areas. The unique formula brings a stunning gleam to the complexion for an instant glow that is said to last up to eight hours.

I took my compact photo in full sun. As is normally the case, my photo is more true than the online photo. I had a feeling that the pink would be stupendous, and it is. There's nothing wrong with the color shown at the top of this feature, but it's not true.

I applied a swatch with moderate intensity with a sponge-tipped applicator and took my photo immediately below in the same bright sun in which I photographed my Devotion compact. As you can see in the swatch photos, Devotion is fairly sheer, and it gleams - no glitter or sparkle - it adds a sheen to my skin. It's brighter in full sun, but it still gleams in indirect light or indoors.

I took a shade photo to prove it. See the glow below. Same swatch, two vastly different lighting exposures.

I think the shade photo shows how the powder gleams evenly on my fair skin, even without direct light.

I think you will like Devotion if you can wear pale pink. If you can't, there are two other new shades you can consider, both warm gold: Seduction and Addiction.

You can find Laura Mercier's new Face Illuminator shades at Sephora, where I purchased mine, at Laura Mercier's Web site, and at Laura Mercier counters. There is a new shade for everyone.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

10 comments:

Teresa Ann Elizabeth "Teri" said...

CG,
I love how the Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder looks on fair skin! I too have very fair skin and it seems sometimes I'm stuck between overwhelming color or shine and just not enough. It's not all that easy with very fair skin.

I was wondering what sort of bronzer you would recommend for fair skin blondes? I don't mind some radiance in the product, but sometimes I wouldn't mind it simply being a straightforward Matte powder.

Do you have problems finding a bronzer that doesn't bring out too much of the "red or pink" undertones that a lot of us fair skin women have to contend with?

So glad you are back! I always trust your opinion and even better, I can shop at Tyson's as well.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!
Teri

Sandra said...

Great find, CG! I like the sound of the Laura Mercier Illuminator better than the Bobbi Brown bronzer I just received. The Bobbi Brown does flake, and I think the color of the Laura Mercier Addiction is better for me. We do have a Sephora in Burlington, and I am going to check it out. I also like Laura Mercier's Primer, and use it all the time, as well as her tinted moisturizer.

LilyBiscuit said...

It looks beautiful. I'm very fair too and there are so many new products out there, I wasn't sure which to buy. LM just released a new primer for oily/blemish prone skin I'm interested in too. I need both :)

Charleston Girl said...

Teri, I have my favorites. I'll post tomorrow. One is Hourglass. One is Armani. One is Guerlain. I will drag them out and get names and numbers.

Charleston Girl said...

All, I heard a terrible industry rumor that Gerwich is shopping LM to sell. I hope that's incorrect!

Teresa Ann Elizabeth "Teri" said...

Thank you so much, CG!
You are always so helpful with advice, honesty about products, and thorough in your knowledge you share with all of us.
You are definitely a cut above among Beauty Bloggers ❤️

Teresa Ann Elizabeth "Teri" said...

After I read this I googled Laura Mercier (the actual company/brand) just to see what was going on. I must be mistaken because I read that Janet Gurwitch sold it to Amway awhile back.
That can't be right. Now I'm curious

Charleston Girl said...

Teri, it's either Amway or Alcor, or something similar. Confirms the rumor!

Thanks for the kind words! I'll be back tomorrow.

Eileen said...

I waxed poetic (lol) about the gorgeousness and qualities of Devotion and Indiscretion in last weeks Forum so I won't rehash it all here. Suffice it to say that I've been wearing both of these beauties regularly for the past few weeks now and am still completely enamoured with them. They're just so gosh-darn beautiful! Devotion is a dream come true for fair and light skinned ladies, but even if you're light, don't shy away from Indiscretion. It is the one I previously described as molten rose-gold and it is stunning when worked with a bit of pink coral blush and/or a light bronzer (I wear Guerlain 00). I'm NC15, Guerlain 02, Clé de Peau 010: light with warm undertones. Both of these highlighters work magic on my cheekbones and eyes. Yes, and eyes :-) When I first received them, I applied them in a soft, diffused C for day and added a bit extra on the high point of the cheekbone for an evening spotlight. But then, I realized how lovely they'd be on the browbone. And then, I realized how lovely they'd be when patted just on the middle of the eyelid. And then, and then . . . LOL These two by LM and the ever lovely Diorskin Nude in Glowing Pink (001) have been the standouts for me thus far in a year of stunning highlighters.

Charleston Girl said...

Teri, some favorite bronzers, as promised...
Guerlain 00, the new one called Light Blonde
Armani Sun Fabric in 100 (I told someone I didn't have it, but I must have had a temporary lapse)
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Tawny Brown
Dior Nude Tan Paradise Blush and Bronzer Duo
Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer
Chantecaille St. Barths Bronzer

I'm sure there are others here that I love, but those came to mind.