Review| Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 

Hi guys, happy new month! It’s rather late but better late than never, amirite? The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is one of the most popular powders ever. It’s a cult favourite and I’ve wanted to try it forever. I recently picked it up in the original translucent shade, just about a week or two before the brand released a new deeper version aimed at women of colour. Boo 😑It comes in a grey box and the product itself is a slightly frosted tub with a mirrored cap. I really like the packaging. There is a sticky tape covering the holes when you first open the tub for the first time. In retrospect I should have just punched a few holes in that tape instead of taking it off entirely. 

What It Is : A cult favourite and award – winning, silky powder with a touch of sheer coverage to set makeup for a lasting wear.  

The powder is very finely milled and looks almost wet when I pour it into the cap. The brand claims that the powder provides a no flashback formula that means you’ll look great in photos and it creates a soft – focus effect to softly blurs the look of fine lines and pores that never looks cakey, all of which I absolutely agree with. When I set my whole face with this, it definitely blurs my smaller pores which is an amazing bonus. I don’t find that the powder controls my oils for too long, only for about an hour longer than my oils take to come in when I do my usual routine of oil controlling primer + matte foundation, meaning my oils start to come in after about 7 hours. It is definitely impressive but I expected to be matte for much longer. 

It isn’t holy grail status for me. I do like it a lot but I was expecting the oil controlling properties to be much more impressive than they are, especially when you consider how expensive it is ($38)  You get a lot of product, 1oz which is pretty amazing because a lot of loose powders contain only a little product, so it’ll last a really long time. I do recommend getting this powder, it is a really good powder and I’m still deciding if I should get the medium deep powder. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried the translucent loose setting powder. 

Where to get it: Rouge Cosmetics 

Thanks for reading! 

What Happened When I Decided to Bake My Face

Happy new month people! I hope it’s going well so far. Sometimes if you can’t beat ’em, you have to join ’em, and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve been seeing people bake in practically every YouTube video I’ve watched so I decided to give it a shot.

And what exactly is baking? I’m pretty sure everybody knows by now what it is, it’s leaving a setting powder to sit on your face for a few minutes then brushing off the excess. This is supposed to absorb all oils and leave a matte finish, and prevent concealer from creasing (that’s if it’s under your eyes you’re baking). I decided to try it out, but baking my whole face, and here’s how I got on.

Now before I continue, I have to mention that I have oily/combination skin, mostly oily in the t-zone but I’ve been known to get oily all over in extreme cases. My nose is the first to go shine city usually, then the rest of my t-zone follows.

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7:15am. Leaving home, face freshly baked

I noticed my nose get shiny early as usual, but the rest of my face didn’t. I blotted because I am so used to blotting but I realised that I didn’t need to because I wasn’t oily at all.

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6.20pm. Leaving work

At this point I had been wearing my makeup for over 11 hours and I hadn’t gotten shiny at all. Usually I would be so oily by midday, and would have to blot several times by the end of the day.

The second day I tried baking, I resisted the urge to blot, just to see how long I would take to get oily. And I kid you now, I did not get oily AT ALL. Yes, my nose did get shiny enough to light up my neighborhood in a blackout, but the rest of my face did not follow like it usually does. Damn I don’t know why I didn’t try baking earlier. I am definitely hooked !

If you’re going to bake with a translucent powder, be careful to not to overboard with the powder or it’ll leave a white cast.

If you haven’t tried baking, give it a shot now!!

Beverly xx