Secret Brightening Powder

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Loose Powder
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Secret Brightening Powder is a weightless, talc-based loose powder that is meant for (and does a great job of) highlighting skin, especially under the eyes—but again, the effect is subtle. There is no reason a similar effect cannot be created by the artful use of a standard concealer and powder, but for those inclined to experiment (and especially for makeup artists) this product, though pricey, may be worth experimenting with.

Talc, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Zeolite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Orchis Maculata Flower Extract, BHT. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine, Ultramarines, Red 7 Lake, Red 6, Red 30, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake.

Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better. 

For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.

Laura Mercier Makeup

What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.

Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.

Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!

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  1. BRENDA a.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 12, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    great look
    • I bought this somewhat impulsively after the makeup artist at the LM counter applied it under my eyes. I've used it for a couple of days now and I've gotten some really great compliments on my skin! I have good skin ( been using PC skin care for many years) but this just adds a certain something. I've shied away from powder lately, but this one is light and not at all cakey or powdery looking. I use it under my eyes over concealer and dust over my face. I love the look, and it seems to last.

  2. Elizabeth
    Reviewed on Monday, March 25, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Does not photograph well
    • You'll look great with it on, but don't have your photo taken with flash. You'll look like someone sprinkled baby powder under your eyes. Yikes!

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