Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Overhyped?!

Hellooo- Leslie here!

If you’ve seen any inch of YouTube beauty videos, you have heard of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (those super ‘with it’ call it simply TLSP). So many people SWEAR by this stuff, so naturally, as any impressionable, impulsive and gullible viewer, I needed to try it for myself!!

The Product:

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38 for 1 oz of loose powder. Available at Sephora. They very recently added a second shade for those with deeper skin- so now there are two ‘shades’ of translucent  available.


The larger size doesn’t come with any applicator, but they do sell a travel size that comes with a little puff.

It may seem like a high price to pay at first, but you do get a lot of product. Some comparisons with popular setting powders:

  • Coty Airspun – $6 for 2.3 oz ($2.6/oz)
  • RCMA No-Color Powder – $12 for 3oz ($4/oz)
  • Laura Mercier TLSP – $38/oz
  • Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder – $30 for 0.67 oz ($45/oz)
  • BareMinerals Mineral Veil – $22 for 0.3 oz ($73/oz)
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores – $24 for 0.23 oz ($104/oz)
  • NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder – $37 for 0.35 oz ($106/oz) 😭😭😭

Some other than the ridiculously affordable Coty & RCMA  – you get much more than the usual loose powder.

The Claims:

Translucent Loose Setting Powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear, without adding weight or texture. Provides a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage, while it absorbs oil and reduces shine all day. This no-flashback formula means you’ll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to subtly blur the look of fine lines and imperfections. It will not settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.

I don’t LOVE the ingredient list – seems to be super long compared to a lot of loose setting powders I have tried. Maybe not? I prefer mineral powders so maybe that’s why.

Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, EthylhexylPalmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylparaben, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Methicone.

The Application & Wear:

Their website says “Preparing the puff is key”: press the Laura Mercier Velour Powder Puff into the loose powder, then work the powder into the puff by folding and rubbing the halves together, or by tapping the powdered side vigorously on back of hand.


Well- I don’t have their puff and I didn’t do that. I, like the rest of social media, used a damp beauty blender to pick up some of the powder, and pressed it into my skin. I tried it under my eyes- both this way to bake, and lightly dusted with a brush. I also tried it all over to set.

Under my eyes, this was incredibly drying. It called attention to my fine lines and wrinkles, making me look much older and drier and wrinkly…er. It also seemed very drying over the rest of my face, but the rest of my face isn’t as “aged” as my under eyes. So it didn’t enhance wrinkles. It did blur our pores, and give a nice soft matte finish all over. But any dry areas watch out! Because it will definitely call attention to it.

Applied with a damp beauty blender it was a little much for me. Not cakey, but just very…makeupy. Definitely more for photography or video. Applied with a brush it was too powdery (a loose powder too powdery?? yes. it can happen). Very dusty on my face, and created a light cast.

As for staying on all day and keeping me matte? Well I don’t think it made anything last longer. I have powders that stay matte, poreless, and locked in for 10+ hours – and this didn’t seem even close to that. I didn’t get oilier than normal anywhere, but my underye remained dry.

The Verdict:

FOR ME (I know I am in the minority on this one) this powder is a pass. Using it to bake emphasized my wrinkles WAY too much, and using it with a powder brush was too dusty and chalky. And it did not prolong my makeup wear time.

My current favorite, which doesn’t get a lot of buzz, is the NYX Cosmetics Set It Don’t Fret It – $10 for 0.28 oz ($35/oz). A comparable price, and I think the TLSP pales in comparison to my NYX powder.



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