Today, I’m going to talk about my love for the Laura Mercier Matte Baked Radiance Powder Highlighter. Yes, another highlighter. No surprise there. But honestly, I thought it was just another highlighter and there was nothing special to it. And I was doubtful of the word ‘matte’ in its name, but color me wrong, I actually enjoy using it on rotation.
A MATTE GLOW
An ultra-smooth baked formula that “wakes up” the skin, providing natural colour with a radiant healthy glow for a flawless, no-makeup finish. Gives skin a modern, multidimensional matte finish with a hint of soft luminosity. Sheer, buildable coverage lets you customize your glow. Applies smoothly onto skin and blends effortlessly for a natural look and feel.
Longwearing formula wears all day (8 hours) and colour stays true without oxidizing for an even wear. Non-dusty; non-drying formula.
Dermatologist tested. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.
The Matte Radiance Baked Powders come in square, sturdy, plastic compacts weighing about 7.5 g or 0.26 oz. There are a total of 4 shades of which there is only one highlighter, Highlight-01, while the rest are bronzers, shades Bronze-01 to -03. Of course I went ahead and bought Highlight-01 which is a pale beige with some gold and silver microshimmers.
The dome-shaped, baked powders have a soft and fine texture that blends easily and seamlessly on the skin. The finish is not entirely matte contrary to its label. However, it does deliver a soft highlight that leaves a natural glow to the skin. I have a friend who saw it in action for the first time on me and she was sold immediately on the same glow so she picked up the Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette which has a mini Highlight-01 included.
If you’re going for a subtle glow, then yes, this highlighter is definitely for you when applied with neither a light or heavy hand. But if you want a more visible highlight, one that’ll scream to the high heavens, don’t fret because you can achieve that kind of luminosity too with the same product as it is very much buildable. Layer it up and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Also, it pretty much lasted on me more than the 8-hour promise.
Because of the formula, texture and lasting wear, it has become one of my favorite highlighters to date. So much so that it earned a TWO THUMBS UP from me and a holy grail status. I do wish they’d expand on the highlighter shades though because Laura Mercier truly did well on it. A pink-toned or champagne-toned baked highlighter would be awesome — I’m just saying in case anyone from the brand might read this. I’d really jump on those in a snap.
This retails for $40 in the US but surprisingly, it’s only Php 1,750 here in the Philippines, in Rustan’s Essences, which is about $37 only. Have you tried the Matte Baked Radiance Powder Highlighter? How about the bronzers?
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