I am nowhere close to making the move to pro makeup artistry at this point in my life. While I have the interest in cosmetics, the commitment (and budget!) it entails is not something I’m ready for. And I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready, to be honest. But that doesn’t prevent me from choosing products that make me feel a like a pro, even just a little bit. For some reason, that’s the impression I have of loose powder, and I’m writing about Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder (USD 38 / PHP 1,750) today, a brand that is popular in the pro beauty world.
Quick Specs: 0.4 oz./11.34 g ; made in USA
Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica.
When I was in the department store shopping the Laura Mercier counter, I was given the option between the loose setting powder and the pressed setting powder. I opted for the former, because I was told by the SA that I’d be getting more product on a per gram basis with the loose powder. Hmm… Okay, loose powder it is.
The packaging is a simple twist-off cap over frosted plastic container. Inside is a stopper that can be twisted to expose the small holes where the powder comes out. The problem is that the stopper doesn’t fully seal the holes, and a little powder always leaks out. Not the most practical to travel with. There is no included sponge, puff, or any applicator in general.
The unscented loose powder is smooth and finely milled. Application does have a learning curve to it. If you’ve seen some red carpet disaster pics of celebs looking coked out due to incorrectly applied powder, you can pretty much blame it on these silica face powders. When applied too thickly, white patches that aren’t initially visible in regular lighting tend to reflect light during flash photography. The key is to use it ever so sparingly. And because of that, what tiny amount of loose powder that’s ideal to use won’t be enough to produce a matte effect on oily or dewy skin, nor will it prevent immediate re-greasing. Inversely, the thin layer you’re required to use makes it ideal for people with dry skin who shouldn’t be over-applying loose setting powder to begin with.
Verdict: For a most natural finish that hardly affects the color and finish of your face base, the Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder is there to do as promised: Your makeup will be all set. The selling point is how this colorless, invisible powder will work on any skintone—an especially convenient feature for makeup artists—and it does deliver when used sparingly.