Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator review, swatches and comparisons.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter.

The most acquired items in my makeup collection are highlighters.  I have an ongoing obsession with these gleaming, glowing, silky beauties.  Being that I have a dry skin, a highlighter is a must in my daily routine. Highlighters/Illuminators single-handedly restore the life and glow back into my skin, which has been unkindly stripped away by foundation and time 🙂  So when Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator  ($42 US/10g) from the new Dark Spell Collection came-a-calling, I answered with a resounding, “YES PLEASE!”   *click on each photo to enlarge*

The Pros/Formula:

Spellbound has a wonderful hybrid formula and aesthetically speaking, it is an amazing piece of cosmetic to behold.  The term hybrid would imply a mixture of two textures, presumably gel and powder.  The color of Spellbound is a soft rose gold, not too light, shimmery or dark, it would certainly suit a variety of makeup looks and skin tones.  Laura Mercier describes Spellbound as,

A beautiful face illuminating hybrid product with a soft rose gold shimmer perfect for highlighting. The unique formula based on high pearl levels provides buildable long-wearing colour.

The hybrid consistency is very reminiscent of the limited-edition Rose Rendezvous (RR) Illuminator Laura Mercier introduced last year.   RR had an unmistakable rose/pink hue (similar to Estee Lauder Modern Mercury highlighter), which did not appeal to me in the least.  Spellbound on the other hand has a slight pink undertone dominated by a peach/gold base color; I adore this shade.  Spellbound is pigmented and long-lasting with a definite sheen apparent in the targeted areas.  My Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) remains my favorite illuminator, however when mixed with Spellbound, it takes on a denser persona. When combined, Spellbound was able to warm up Highlight 01 so that the latter did not look so stark on my tanned summer complexion.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator w/Highlight 01 on the cheek bones.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator w/Highlight 01 on the cheek bones.

The Cons:

I did find the texture to be slightly gritty compared to Highlight 01.  Of course the average “jane” would think me ludicrous, but the makeup connoisseur within, can sense the discrepancy in the quality.  My other complaint is the “limited-edition” tag that has been slapped on this product.  Due to the general appeal, LM should consider making Spellbound (and Ritual) a permanent item in their lineup.

Comparisons Highlighters/Illuminators:



  • Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator and Laura Mercier Highlight 01.
  • Swatches:  LM Spellbound, LM Highlight 01, LM Spellbound mixed w/Highlight 01.




The closest Highlighter/Illuminator in color to LM Spellbound would be Dior Amber Diamond.  Keep in mind, any one of these offerings will look slightly different depending on your natural coloring.  There are some highlighters in my collection I no longer use due to the fragrance and/or paraben factor.  If these features do not concern you, all the highlighters shown are fabulous.  I apply Spellbound with my Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, but frankly any small head brush will suffice.  The lasting power is phenomenal especially if used with a slightly dampened brush.

Laura Mercier cosmetics are sold in Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus,, etc..

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (click to enlarge).

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (click to enlarge).

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

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Spellbound is a beautiful, gleaming, soft, and sexy Illuminator. Nothing compliments your face like a good quality highlighter and this does the job spectacularly.  As always, it is best to start off lightly and build up to your desired intensity.  Due take note Spellbound is limited-edition, therefore do not hesitate, because as we all know Laura giveth and she also taketh away.   Be well and stay safe.


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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.


  1. Alas, the LE curse! I back your petition regarding Ritual becoming permanent. I got obssesed for a back up, I even sent my minions to Washington and New York, to no avail =( (I live in Mexico City).
    They should at least produce larger cuantities of LE items, don’t you think?
    Anyways, nice you included a variety of highlighters for comparison, I am totally lemming Spellbound and Highlight 01, even though I already have enough products to last me three reincarnations!

    • Monica, I would like to meet the advertising/marketing executive who created the concept of LE. He, She, It, They should be sent to a deserted island far from civilization, so as to truly feel the pain we endure when our precious products are no longer in production. Too extreme? Nah… 🙂 Thanks for indulging me in my rambling and for commenting. The very best to you.

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