As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
As a relative newbie to the world of powders and poufs, I’ll admit that I’ve been rather complacent in my product choices. After trying a handful of drugstore and department picks that either turned me pink, white, or glittery (and sometimes a disturbingly hideous combination of all three), I eventually, settled on a product that kept me adequately shine-free, sans any nasty or unflattering cast. Whether I was actually impressed with the powder or just too terrified to make another return is debatable, but enough was enough and I was at least content—kind of. However, being the beauty obsessive that I am, content just doesn’t cut it. Like, ever. When searching for a new product, I want something to truly knock my socks off.
So, when I discovered Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder ($28) a couple of weeks ago during a trip to Sephora, I was definitely intrigued but also prepared for disappointment. I’m pretty particular when it comes to my skin, and though I like my complexion to be matte, I don’t want it to be too matte. What caught my eye about Laura’s formula was that it’s specifically meant to be used over concealer and promises to brighten the under-eye area without settling into fine lines (a.k.a no creasing). My initial reaction to such a bold statement? Yeah, right. However, three hours into my first application? Zero. Creasing.
Not only were my annoying mid-day under-eye creases MIA (for basically the first time ever), but my face felt virtually makeup-free and my skin was subtly luminous. Never, and I repeat, never have I fallen in love with a product so quickly. (Typically, I have to try a new product for at least a week or two before I can really tell if I like it or not.) It was love at first use, and I have been completely smitten with the lightweight, translucent formula ever since. Every morning, I simply apply it first to my forehead, nose, and chin (using my MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush, $35), and then layer it a bit more precisely under my eyes using Sigma’s F65 Large Concealer Brush ($15) as the last step in my makeup routine. Plus, I never have to worry about reapplying throughout the day.
If I had to have one stipulation, it would be in regards to the packaging. The pot is pretty small (which makes it easy to carry on the go), but since the product is a loose powder, there is always the possibility of unscrewing the lid and getting it everywhere and anywhere—and the even more daunting possibility of dropping it and wasting its contents completely. However, considering the product's utter magic, it’s a risk I am willing to take.