Hype Hound: Is The New Laura Mercier Setting Powder Better Than The First One? | Clozette

Fans of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder rejoiced when the brand introduced a new variant of the cult favourite, which features a luminous finish. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow racked up rave reviews when it was first released. Mario Dedivanovic, brand ambassador to Laura Mercier and, most notably, celebrity makeup artist to Kim Kardashian-West, even filmed a makeup tutorial on how to use it with the Laura Mercier Glow Brush and an average powder puff. Having had generally good experiences with Laura Mercier’s products (their Secret Camouflage concealer is a staple in my kit), I decided to try the brand’s latest setting powder to see how it compares to its predecessor. Here are my thoughts.

Packaging and Texture

The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow doesn’t deviate too much from the original version in terms of packaging. It still comes in the same frosted plastic jar, only this time with a contrasting mirrored screw cap. I think it's a pretty nice touch, especially since the light-reflecting abilities of the cap perfectly convey what the setting powder is about. It isn’t flimsy and it does have a bit of heft, though I’d still be careful with handling it since it doesn’t seem particularly heavy-duty. Something to note if, like me, you’re a bit clumsy and have a knack for dropping things.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow packaging

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow, SGD70/~USD51 (sephora.sg)

As for the texture, the powder is very finely milled and it goes on sheer. I took the shade Translucent, which covers skin tone levels 1-4, which I’d assume would be Fair to Light Medium. There is a subtle golden undertone to the powder — courtesy of the custom-blended pearl pigments used in creating it. I think it does reflect light quite nicely. There’s also no noticeable fragrance, only the generic scent of most talc-based powders.

Application and Wearability

Originally marketed as a setting powder with a 12-hour luminous finish, I had qualms about using the product all over my face. For one, my skin type is oily/combination and while I’m not immune to the power of a good highlight, shine is not something I appreciate in excess. This one looked like it would be glow-y, almost too glow-y for me, so I opted to use it to highlight only the key areas of my face where I’d want that extra glow and where light naturally hits: on the temples, cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow. I didn’t have the special Laura Mercier Glow Brush so I used my 3CEXMaison Kitsune powder brush. I’ve constantly relied on this one for powder-based products as it picks up just enough to diffuse evenly across the face.

What Laura Mercier gets right is the weightless texture. It didn’t feel heavy or look cakey at all on the face — very important if you live in a humid environment. The glow is subtle but buildable as it took a couple more layers to get the effect I wanted. I can’t attest to its pore-blurring qualities as I generally don’t have large pores but it doesn’t settle into fine lines nor does it draw attention to imperfections. But the 12-hour formula didn’t live up to its claim; the luminosity diminished quickly after three hours.


Overall Thoughts

If you’re of the oily/combination skin type, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow works well as a highlighter, as it goes on easily and there’s little room for error with the kind of blendability it has. I wouldn’t recommend it all over the face as there’s still a distinguishable shimmer that wouldn’t do well for those battling with excess shine even if it’s blended out. Normal/dry skin types might appreciate it as an actual setting powder, though it’s best to go in with a light hand even then. It also photographs nicely, leaving no tell-tale traces of powder or a white overcast. I wouldn't call it a makeup essential but it's nice to have and great for drawing light to the areas of your face you’d like to enhance. As an overall setting powder, though, I still prefer the original.


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The K-beauty craze is not going anywhere soon, which means good news to us who have been smitten with it since the beginning. As fellow beauty aficionados, we're letting you in on a secret: Mamonde, one of our fave K-beauty brands, is having a big sale on LAZADA's 7th Birthday Bash.

That's right! Just in time for the e-commerce platform's 7th birthday, Mamonde is one of the many brands that will serve us mega discounts on some of our old and new K-beauty favourites. Catch the storewide sale of 20% off from 12AM to 2AM and 15% off from 2AM to 11:59PM (excluding Exclusive Sets). Or if you're no early bird, gear up your wallets for a vanity restock by taking note of these Mamonde picks you can get for less on this big day.

Flower Lab Essence Mask [10 + 5 Masks]

If you're planning a sheet mask hoarding session anytime soon, this might be the sign you're looking for. Coming to LAZADA Singapore first before any other e-commerce website, these super adhesive and ultra-replenishing masks are up for grabs at SGD30 for 10 + 5 during the sale for a whopping 33% savings. 

Age Control Power Serum

We all know how serums can be pricey for their potency, but what if we tell you this is just the right time to shop for one? From enhancing skin elasticity, helping reduce fine wrinkles, and aiding in strengthening the skin barrier, we have our eyes on the Age Control Power Serum for our beauty stash shopping spree. Originally at SGD58, this pick has 40% slashed off its price for LAZADA's birthday sale, making our decision to hit that 'Add To Cart' a lot easier. 

Pore Clean range

Keeping our skin clear from all the dirt and pollution is a battle we all can get behind. So now's your chance to grab Mamonde's Pore Clean range including the Blackhead Stick, Toner, and Clay Mask during the Flash Sale for Skincare at 25% off. You'll definitely be bidding skin woes goodbye after you're done using this bunch, for sure. 

Flower Pop Eyebrick eyeshadow quad

Every beauty lover knows that palettes with many pans are cool and all, but nothing beats a trusty quad you can take anywhere and put on anytime. And if you're looking for one that will give you the perfect 'K-drama leading lady' look sans the effort, you're in luck. Included in the Makeup Flash Sale is Mamonde's Flower Pop Eyebrick eyeshadow quad in No. 1 and 3. Choose between its wearable nude variations at 25% off.

Mamonde x LAZADA Surprise Box

If you're in for a haul but don't want to overthink it, why not give the Mamonde x LAZADA Surprise Box a try? Choose from an SGD37 bundle with a total worth of SGD120 or an SGD47 curation filled with products totalling SGD150. The latter comes with Mamonde's bestsellers in skincare and makeup like the Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip, the Rose Water Toner, the Floral Hydro Emulsion, and more. Talk about joining LAZADA's birthday bash celebration with a beauty bang, don't you think?

Plus, get even more K-beauty fun with special offers and promos from LANEIGE. Check them out here.

(Cover photo from: @mamondesingapore)

Grab these Mamonde goodies and more at LAZADA's 7th Birthday Sale here.



We often look to K-beauty for inspiration on the latest trends in makeup and skincare. Regardless of how bizarre some of these trends may seem (synake and snail creams, anyone?), the appeal of the dewy, chok chok glow is practically universal. While the real secret to clear, glowing skin involves a long-term commitment to a healthier lifestyle and products that really work for your skin type, we just can’t resist the allure of a fast fix.

The Tone-Up beauty trend promises just that: instant brightening effects, colour-correction for a more even skin tone, and imperfection-blurring qualities conveniently packed into one easy product you put on as the last step of your skincare, before your base makeup. Think of it as a really good primer/moisturiser that just makes everything look better upon application. Though the benefits of Tone-Up products are arguably short-term (it’s not a replacement for a functional skincare routine), sometimes we just need that little mood boost of looking good to end up feeling good. Here are our product recommendations for Tone Up skincare:

Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid SPF35 PA+++

laneige tone up fluid

Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid SPF35 PA+++, price unavailable (laneige.com)

Laneige’s Tone Up Fluid offers convenient sun protection while addressing eight areas of concern. It hydrates, controls excess oil and improves skin barrier function while offering defensive protection against UV rays, blue light, dark spots, dust, and free radicals.

Banila Co. White Wedding Dream Cream

banila co dream cream

Banila Co. White Wedding Dream Cream, SGD43/~USD32 (althea.sg)

Banila Co.’s hydrating Dream Cream contains micro blooming powder to brighten dull complexion while imparting a luminous glow. Flower complex and vitamins moisturise the skin and even out skin tone for a clear, healthy-looking complexion.

Cloud9 Blanc de Whitening Cream

cloud9 cream

Cloud9 Blanc de Whitening Cream, SGD18/~USD13 (althea.sg)

Touted as one of Korea’s best-selling products, having sold over 10 million jars since its first release, this pudding-like cream offers an instant brightening effect that lasts up to 12 hours. With snow lotus, edelweiss, and white ginseng extracts it claims to lighten dark spots and rejuvenate damaged skin with continuous use.

Son&Park Tone Up Base SPF30 PA+++

son&park tone up base

Son&Park Tone Up Base SPF30 PA+++, SGD27/~USD20 (althea.sg)

Son&Park’s base lotion comes in a friendly peach-toned shade for those who would like the skin-improving effects without the ghastly white overcast. It evens out skin tone while White Flower Complex restores the skin’s oil and moisture balance for better makeup application.

Karadium Sparkle Tone Up Air Cushion

karadium tone up cushion

Karadium Sparkle Tone Up Air Cushion, SGD19.50/~USD14 (althea.sg)

Geared towards oily/combination skin, Karadium’s air cushion contains Centella Asiatica Extract to control excess sebum and boasts of spherical and flat powder particles to correct and smooth out the skin. It comes in two shades: #21 (light) and #23 (beige).

Etude House FIX&FIX Tone Up Primer SPF33 PA+++

etude fix&fix

Etude House FIX&FIX Tone Up Primer SPF33 PA+++, SGD22.90/~USD17 (etudehouse.com)

Etude House’s Tone Up Primers come in a variety of options to colour-correct your skintone. The Rose shade brightens up dull skin, the Mint shade combats redness, while the Lavender shade neutralises yellow undertones.

(Cover photo from: @taeri_taeri)