The Beauty Lookbook
Products come and go, but there are few that stay in our lives forever. There are those brands we first learned about in high school and haven't stopped purchasing ever since. Enter: Laura Mercier. With OG formulas we can't imagine living without, the brand has officially maintained a coveted place on our vanities for more than a decade.
I couldn't imagine a life without my number one favorite (Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $35), and my co-workers had a few longtime loves of their own. Naturally, the cult-favorite setting powder tops the list. Keep scrolling to find out which ones we won't live without, no matter how many new and trendy products come across our desks.
"To say that all setting powders are created equal is a complete falsity. In theory, powder seems like a hard-to-mess-up product; 'What makes it so special?' right? Wrong. Swirl a bit of Laura Mercier's powder on over your foundation and you'll know what I'm talking about. It has a magical way of blurring out imperfections and making my foundation look even better. And midday shine? Fuhgeddaboudit. I'll never go back." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
"I'm firmly and happily ensconced in camp dew, but as someone with oily skin, my T-zone still remains a problem area. I want my skin to have an angelic sheen, but not reflect light like a disco ball—the struggle is real, truly. In those instances, I turn to the OG translucent powder from Laura Mercier. I dip my Too Faced Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36) into the silky powder and dust it across my nose and forehead to squash any excess shine—and unlike other powders, it never ends up making me more shiny a few hours later. Plus, this classic product can be used in a multitude of creative, modern ways—like this weird and terrifying Korean makeup setting hack. Who knew?!" — Faith Xue, editorial director
"It's simply the gold standard. I have plenty of loose powders in my makeup collection, but I always reach for this one. It goes on like silk and never cakes. And it leaves the perfect finish—not too matte. All I can say is I understand why it's in virtually every makeup artist's kit." — Deven Hopp, beauty director
"This highlighter is as stunning in the pan as it is on the skin. Every time I open up the package, l can't help but gasp a little. Same goes for when I apply it. What's great about this product is how versatile it is—you can use it to dust a subtle glow across your cheekbones or build it up to go full-on alien disco ball." — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
"The genius is in the color-customization, in each compact comes with two shades of concealer to address any tone issues or redness. It's like color-correcting for dummies in that it's so easy to master (and small enough to cart around with you everywhere you go).
"The texture is creamy, but not too thick, and glides on smoothly each time you apply for an under-eye situation that shows no trace of exhaustion or puffiness." — Hallie Gould, senior editor