Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 review and swatches.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

If you have been following the latest makeup trend, setting/finishing powders seem to dominate the scope of the conversation.  Regardless if the powder is loose or compressed, the hunt for the perfect luminous–but not too luminous powder, appears as improbably as the Holy Grail itself.  In my case, I was seeking a finishing powder that had some peachy warmth, with a stain finish, did not cake, was in compact form, lightweight, paraben and mineral oil-free, and reasonably priced.  Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ($38 USD/9 g.) has successfully checked all of my boxes.  If a soft, sophisticated, diffused complexion is at the top of your list, then this powder is assuredly for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

The Pros to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1:

  1. Extremely lightweight in feel and application.
  2. Smooth silk-like formula glides on the skin and sets makeup for the duration of the day.
  3. Coverage/luminosity can be adjusted depending on the brush used.
  4. Can be layered without looking caky.
  5. The Candleglow shade range is more skin tone relatable compared to other ambient powders on the market.
  6. Gentle–and I mean gentle–radiant finish looks healthy and not overdone on my dry skin.
  7. Formula does not contain any shimmer.
  8. The peachy hue compliments light/medium olive complexions without looking ashy.
  9. Compact is stylish and not as bulky as the other powder compacts within the LM line.
  10. Distortion-free mirror comes with a protective hardened plastic cover to keep powder kick up from muddling the mirror.
  11. Can be used as a neutral wash of color on the eyelids.
  12. Formulated WITHOUT oil, talc, silica, parabens, or mineral oil–it’s about time.
  13. Does not flashback in flash photography.
  14. Comes in six (6) shades.
  15. Made in Italy–Bravo!!

The Cons to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder:

  1. Despite the sheer nature of shade one (1), the palest complexions may still find the peach tone too dark/warm–an in-store visit is highly advisable.
  2. The powder seems to constrict easily after brush use, making it slightly challenging to get product on a brush subsequent times.  I usually run my finger across the surface of the powder to dislodge any residual compression caused by the pouncing motion of my brush.  Instead of wiping the excess powder off my finger with a cloth, I use the powder to highlight the cheekbone area.
  3. Formula does add a bit of extra depth to the skin.  I really enjoy the effect, some may not.
  4. Oiler complexions may find the slight luminosity counter productive.
  5. Clearly, not for those seeking a matte powder.
Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

  • As you can tell from the photo above, shade one (1), the lightest shade in the range, is very sheer even when applied heavily to the skin.  The distinct peach color is perfect for those who have golden or olive undertones.  On my dry skin, Candleglow 1 does add an extra bit of coloring, giving my complexion a healthier appearance.  In my experience, this powder truly combats the inherent sallowness olive skins are commonly prone to experiencing during the winter months.

Ambient Powder Comparison:

Ambient Powder Comparison

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

Hourglass Diffused Light

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

  • As you can tell from the swatches above, the difference in coloring between the two powders is quite drastic.  To start with, LM Candleglow 1 appears to adjust to my coloring more so than Hourglass Diffused Light (reviewed here).  In the past, I was able to pull-off Diffused Light without any issues, but now as I have grown a bit older (yikes!!), my skin does not take to this powder very well.  Hourglass Dim Light would have been a better alternative, but the tone of that color made my skin appear more sickly and tired–go figure.
  • Laura Mercier took her time creating more realistic skin tone shades that truly do enhance rather than mask the complexion.  In addition, Candleglow 1 does not contain silica, which as we all know at this point, is one of the ingredients (along with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silver mica, and shimmer) that causes photo flashback.  As a friendly word of caution, if you go overboard applying Diffused Light, not only would the skin take on an ashy appearance (which I has happened to me), but flashback will undoubtedly rear its ugly little head should you be photographed.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid, brow bone, cheekbone and blended all over the face as a finishing powder.

  • For the above photo, Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 worked as a finishing powder all over the face using the buffing technique (explained here), as an eyeshadow on the mobile lids, and as a cheek and brow bone highlight.
  • The Wayne Goss Airbrush brush (here) is normally utilized if I want light coverage and the Tom Ford Cheek brush (here) works beautifully if my mood dictates a more ample finish.  For the above look, the Wayne Goss Airbrush brush did a lovely job at diffusing my overall look, despite the fact I was suffering from a nasty cold.  As for the rest of my face, the Chikuhodo Z-5 (here) was used to apply the color to the lids and my finger worked perfectly for depositing color to the cheekbone area.

**Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 is available at Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, LauraMercier.com, and etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 was love at first swipe. The sheer lightweight finish, compatible coloring, soft focus effect, versatile coverage and stylish compact has restored my use of powders in my daily routine.  So enamored am I with this formula, a plot to purchase the deepest shade to utilize as a bronzer is well under way–mind you I just purchased Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder 3.  Hopefully, 2017 will give me the restraint that was clearly lacking in 2016.   Nah...I mean how else will I maintain my Sephora VIB Rouge status?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful NEW YEAR!!

-Maria

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Things I Have Been Loving.

Things I've Been Loving: Zoya Nail Polish Remover,  Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Zoya Nail Polish Remover, Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

This blog centers around all the things I love.  However, sometimes there are things that are utilized (and loved) that are only mentioned in passing.  I mean really, there is only so much you can say about nail polish remover to excite the masses.  So for this post, I will briefly highlight all the things that have been on constant rotation in my routine as of late.  Don’t be surprised if an odd item makes its way toward the middle or end.  After all, I write in my kitchen with the company/distraction of my children, impending dinner and a perpetually hungry dog circling around me at all times 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

    1. Zoya Nail Polish Remover removes all traces of polish swiftly without drying out the nails or cuticles.  As an added bonus, the smell is so much more pleasant than your average drugstore polish remover.
    2. Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray smells heavenly and the superfine mist holds the most challenging hair styles in place.  A word of caution, if used in excess the build up can feel heavy and unpleasant.
    3. Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil is exactly the same as Josie Maran Argan Oil, without the inflated price tag. I can purchase 8 oz. of MRH Argan Oil for $44 USD as opposed to 2 oz. of Josie Maran Argan Oil for $48.  Both are organic, cold-pressed and unrefined..you be the judge.
    4. Crystal Essence Deodorant is aluminum-free, natural and perfect for the fall/winter season.  The Pomegranate Fragrance is refreshing and non-offensive.  Even my husband and son love this brand.
    5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 (reviewed here) has been worn on its own and paired with every lipstick in my collection.  The berry tone is beyond suitable for the upcoming cooler weather and the stain left behind is rather potent.
    6. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) is the best matte lipstick IMHO.  Do I need to say more?  Nope…I’ll stop gushing now.
    7. Hourglass Diffused Light (compared to Nars here) has been brought out of hibernation for the fall/winter season.  This ambient powder promises to diffuse the look of imperfections…yada, yada, yada….I use it with a dry BeautyBlender and use the press and roll method around the T-Zone area. However, do tread lightly with this beauty…too much will result in photo flashback in flash photography.
    8. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510 and M-600 (reviewed here and here) have been used everyday since their purchase.  The creamy texture is beyond dreamy..try them and see.
    9. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) is the best matte navy color on the market.  Not even Make Up For Ever has a navy of this caliber in their 210 color line-up.  If you are looking for truly exceptional quality matte colors..GA is your man.
    10. Rapidlash was purchased at the beginning of summer.  My typical coconut/castor oil mixture has served me very well, however, I wanted to see if I could achieve the same results in less time. Ladies this not only works, but it works a little too well, on me (I have to trim my lashes).  In all fairness, I have very long lashes naturally so my goal was to gain volume. Incredibly long lashes have not only been obtained using this serum, but it seems my once-upon-a-time voluminous lashes have magically returned.  Application has now been downsized to every other night, with the continued use of my coconut/castor oil conditioning every night.  Costco now carries this brand for $49 for a pack of two.  Bed, Bath and Beyond also carries this brand and you can use your 20% or $5 off coupons.
    11. Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday.  This beauty applies eyeshadow so quickly and defuses the most pigmented colors perfectly.  If you would like to invest in one quality Chikuhodo Brush, this would be my pick.
    12. Memebox Meme Eyebrow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday to apply my tight line color, gel liners and/or dampened to apply powder eyeshadows as liner.  This little gem is worth the expense of the whole Meme Brush Set.
    13. Minimal Jewelry is the theme de jour.  I’m enjoying the simplicity of wearing one statement ring (Pomellato Nude Ring) with my plain 2 inch gold hoop earrings, sans necklaces and bracelets.
    14. EZsizer are wonderful ring guards used to protect rings and/or make rings fit more securely.  If you are like me and have enlarged knuckles and thin fingers, then these are a must for you.  I purchase the medium size for winter and the petite size for summer.
    15. Spirulina (read about the health benefits here) is suitable for internal and external use.  This green algae is added everyday in my post workout shake and applied once a week as a detoxifying mask. The idea for this mask came from Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (here); in her wonderful post she outlines all the details to concoct this amazing mask.  Your skin feels so soft after the mask has been removed; frankly, everyone needs to get on the Spirulina bandwagon..That’s right I said it 🙂

 

Things I've Been Loving: Pure Hawaiin Spirulina.  This is the brand I use.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Pure Hawaiin Spirulina. This is the brand I use (photo courtesy of Amazon.com).

Spirulina Facial Mask

Things I Have Been Loving:
Spirulina Facial Mask.

Things I Have Been Loving: Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would like to know, “What have you been loving lately?”  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Entourage and the Meme Brush. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool and stay safe.

-M-