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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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Tatiana Baibabaeva says:

    This powered makes you look extra natural and healthy. Definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    Tatiana

  2. No shimmer…yay! That’s what killed the Hourglass powders for me.

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