Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder - £18.50

I always used to have problems with my mascara migrating down my face throughout the day. That was when I discovered that it is really important to set your under eye concealer. It seems like an obvious solution but I never knew anyone who specifically powdered their eye area, everyone just concentrates on their t-zone & oily areas. Anyway that little tip has saved me from a lifetime of having panda eyes. I've tried quite a few setting powders over the years. From things like MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural & Illamasqua Translucent Loose Setting Powder to Rimmel Stay Matte Powder & Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. But Laura Mercier have something special - a setting powder designed for use on the under eye area only.

Secret Brightening Powder is a fine milled transparent setting powder. It feels silky soft and weightless on the skin. It doesn't settle into fine lines & doesn't look cakey or powdery at all. It really helps to prolong the wear of my concealer & completely stops my mascara migration problems. What really sets it apart from other setting powders is that it contains white pigment to lighten & brighten the under eye area. Therefore it's also helping to increase the coverage of your concealer because it's harder to notice the dark circles underneath. It has a slight sparkly effect, kinda like the illuminating particles in Origins' GinZing Eye Cream. It's not noticeable unless you look in a big magnifying mirror but it definitely helps the overall brightness of that area. Because of the white pigment present you should never set the rest of your face with this powder, otherwise you'll lose the lightened area. Think of Kim Kardashian style contouring. She always puts loads of light yellow concealer under her eyes, not all over her face. Laura Mercier also make a yellow version of this powder so if you think this one will look ashy on your skin, there's a warmer alternative too.

I apply this powder with the Real Techniques Setting Brush. The size & shape of it are absolutely perfect for setting your concealer. Patting the powder onto the area with this brush helps to reduce concealer creasing & dragging. Secret Brightening Powder definitely helps me to look more awake & well rested. You only need to use a teeny tiny amount so I think the price can be justified. I've been using this stuff every day for months now & there's still loads of powder left. It might seem like a bit of a faff having a separate setting powder for your eyes & your face but trust me, it makes all the difference.

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  1. Thank you so much for this review, I have the same problem on my under eye area so I'll be definitely be trying this technique! xx

  2. Oh this sounds amazing. Thanks for the tip :)

  3. Thanks so much for this review! I've been at a loss for setting powders too so will definitely give this a try. Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage concealer is one of my faves too x

  4. I'm terrible at using loose powder, but it seems so great that I'd love to give it a go - and there's something very boudoir about loose powder too :o). Xx


  5. I love LM products but have never tried this. Having dry skin I normally steer clear from loose powders, I am very tempted now!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  6. I've only ever heard great things about this, I really want to try it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  7. Oh gosh, I didn't know this product existed until now but now I think I need it in my life!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  8. I've never been great with choosing setting powders so thanks for posting this!


  9. These two sounds like a dream team, need to get my hands on them xx

  10. i usually keep away from loose powders due to them kinda looking clingy and use stay matter pressed powder - but this looks so light!


  11. Awesome review! This under eye setting powder sounds amazing - may have to pick it up some time! xo

  12. looks so smooth and silky! I'll have to give it a try

  13. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this product. I keep coming close to picking it up and then not. I should just take the plunge, shouldn't I? :)

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition