Jun 292013

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A few weeks ago, I found that this Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter ($36/ 7.5 gm/ 0.26 oz.) was introduced, along with several matte bronzer shades in the same format.  Although the bronzer shades look lovely, I was more drawn to the highlighter for the finely-milled, natural qualities and the look that give it gives to the skin.

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I think baked highlighters are beautiful, and I love their luminzing effect. There have been a few problems with baked powders that have been released in the beauty world–some are not finely milled, some have large glitter bits that don’t work for everyone, or only available as a limited edition. With some variegated formulas, there is a color variation which makes purchasing unpredictable (Will you get a “good” one? Sounds like makeup roulette?). I appreciate that Laura Mercier created stability through a well-designed, beautiful, consistent baked highlighter. Although I love the thrill of the chase, there’s a definite niche for a steady source of products that make us look like glowing gods and goddesses. Every time.

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Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Highlight gives a natural sheen to the skin. It kicks up a little dust upon application, but less than others I’ve seen, and it doesn’t translate to the face.  It gives a pretty glow that doesn’t look chalky. In the pan, it’s a soft peachy color that seems transparent when applied on my warm, light skin tone.

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On Liz, you can see how the flash hits the highlight on her cheek.  She is wearing the highlighter in a “C” shape around her outer eye area, but that is hard to detect unless the light is hitting there more directly. It showed up beautifully as she wore it throughout dinner afterwards. The way that the light plays with this highlighter is gorgeous. Here, she is wearing Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Gabrielle and Chanel Moon River eyeshadow (which is now reaching its “sold out” stage, sadly).

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As with many baked powders, fan brushes and duo-fiber brushes work well (avoid dense kabukis unless you are going for a “superstar” glow). Here are comparisons with the finely milled, more subtle Poudre Signee de Chanel, MAC Lightscapade (limited edition, not currently available), and Bobbi Brown Nude Shimmerbrick (not currently available) (click to enlarge to see texture):

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Overall, Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance line is a welcome addition to the beauty world, especially the new baked Highlighter.

The Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter is available at Nordstrom and other Laura Mercier sources.

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  12 Responses to “Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter”

  1. Hi Amy, what a lovely luminizing effect! I love Liz’s look with Moon River and Gabrielle 🙂

  2. I love these types of products because they are so multipurpose

  3. This is so pretty! I may have to pick this up!

  4. Thank you for this review! I coveted Poudre Signee de Chanel for ages but just couldn’t handle the price in the end. This sounds like a worthy substitute!

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  6. I just picked this up today along with the MAC 159. I’m a complete sucker for a smooth and even highlighter and this one by LM fits the bill. It creates a soft gleam without looking glittery or frosty. It can easily be built up for gorgeous special effects, but it also sheers out beautifully for a soft yet luminous glow. The LM Ma swept it lightly in the classic C and built it up just a smidgen on the high point of my cheekbones. The effect was subtle, but when I moved, the light danced across it in a most flattering way. The bronzer shades are also very pretty. I’m not into bronzers this year, but if I were, I’d definitely give one of them a try. They all swatched smoothly and evenly. I’m not a baked product fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the quality of this collection made me rethink my position 🙂

    As for the MAC 159, I need it like I need a hole in my head but I love specialized brushes and wanted to give it a whirl. I don’t know what it is about unusual brushes that appeals to me, but as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to have it in my collection.

  7. Hello..I love this highlighter! I featured it on a post I did when it first came out. I use it to this very day; a rarity if you are a beauty junkie. It looks stunning on Liz. The very best to you both.



  8. Hi, can u tell me more difference btwn the chanel’s highlighter and this? I have the former and love it to bits and even wanting to buy a back up. If LM is cheaper and just as good, I might get this one! However, im not too sure of the colour it gives. The chanel is more golden due to the flecks, is this more white? Thanks in advance!

    • Which Chanel highlighter? The Chanel Mouche de Beaute is golden with glitter flecks. This Laura Mercier is white and smooth.

      • Oh, the poudre signee? I have that and is appeared to be loke how u swatch. However, I cant see the much difference with the LM? Maybe a little whiter? Oh, is the LM’s more subtle than poudre signee? I like the chanel’s highlighter to be used for dinner but not the day.

        • The Chanel Poudre Signee is limited edition and more subtle than the Laura Mercier. I don’t think that you necessary need both. Those who missed out on the limited editions of the past now have a trustworthy, high end source (at a lower than Chanel price point).

  9. Thank u so much, Amy! U always never fail to clear our doubts….. I think the poudre signee is the best highlighter ever, at least for me….^_^

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