Laura Mercier Setting Powder (+ a dupe!)

When I buy new makeup I want to buy the fun stuff. A new eyeshadow palette, that bold lip color, but setting powders? Not so much. That was until I discovered the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This stuff, is a game changer.


The first way I use this powder is with a ┬ádamp beauty blender to set my under eye concealer. I don’t necessarily “bake” in this area, but I do use quite a bit of the powder and press it into the skin. No matter how much I use it never looks cakey! This powder also really locks in your makeup. If I only use it to set my under eyes in the morning and then go through my entire day, even including a workout, my under eye concealer will still be there when I get home, even if the rest of my makeup has broken up and come off.


The next way I use this powder is on a big fluffy brush all over my face. It gives such a beautiful, natural-satin finish. It makes your skin looks airbrushed, and my favorite thing about it versus other powders is that even though its called translucent, it does have a slight color. Nothing concerning if you are super fair, but stark white powders can leave a cast; this does not. It blends into your makeup like butter, locks everything in, and makes it so much easier to go in with more powders and blend! If you have a darker complexion, the Medium Deep shade has glowing reviews. I haven’t tried it, but I’m betting its worth a shot!


The last way I use this is to carve out my contour. I’m usually super messy with my bronzer/ contour because I just use it to bring some color to my face. The last couple of times I’ve gone out and wanted a more polished look, I’ve taken some of this powder on my beauty blender and baked right under my contour line to sharpen it up. In the past when I’ve done this I get a white cast on the lower half of my face or my contour becomes way too sharp; not with this. This gives me a more defined contour without looking like I drew a line with a marker. Its subtle, structured, and so easy with this powder.


  • Yes, this is a high end product and therefore has a $38 price tag, but I have already had mine for over a month, use it daily, and have barely made a dent.
  • The packaging is wide and shallow, so you can really get the product evenly disbursed on a Beauty Blender without making a mess!

Any cheaper options?

The RCMA No Color Translucent Powder is not a bad dupe for this powder. I will say that I like the Laura Mercier one more, though. The RCMA does leave a slight white cast on me unless I am very careful and apply it in layers. I do have an olive-medium skin tone, though, so if you are lighter in complexion it might work for you.

The RCMA also gives more of a matte finish in my opinion, which can be a pro or con depending on what you are looking for. Finally, my biggest gripe for this powder is the packaging. Its pretty brutal because its nearly impossible to get out without making a giant mess. On the plus side, its only $12 dollars and you get 3 ounces of product versus 1 oz in the Laura Mercier.

All in all, this is a great product that I used for over a year and do love! I do like the Laura Mercier more, but if you are on a budget this is a great alternative!


Have you guys used either of these products? Are you going to? Let me know what your opinions are! I’d love to know what you think or what other setting powders you love!

Until next time!




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