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November 8, 2016

Laura Mercier Candeglow Sheer Perfecting Powder | Candleglow Concealer And Highlighter

Laura Mercier recently launched two new items to her magnificent Candleglow Collection with the Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter ($32 / 0.07 fl oz) and the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder ($38 / 0.3 oz). I ordered both of the new selections sight unseen the day they hit Sephora.com and have been excited to pen down this review for you guys since my obsession for them has been growing with each time I incorporate them into my daily looks. If you have a chance to try any of the two out I highly recommend you at least put them on your Sephora wishlist or purchase them during your next shopping trip because they are quite amazing and for me has revived a rather stale face base routine. In comparisons to other brands/collections, the color options are kind of on the slim side with seven concealer shades and six powder shades to choose from – but it’s worth noting that the overall ranges cover a pretty wide array of different skin tones so there’s definitely a good chance you’ll find a match.

The Sheer Perfecting Powder is a multipurpose, modern pressed powder that sets, perfects and finishes, leaving skin with a diffused, luminous glow. I purchased mine in the shade 3 Light to Medium which reads as a neutral light to medium brown with golden undertones and has sheer coverage. After going back and forth between 2 and 3, I decided to settle on 3 for now knowing very well that I might have to go one shade lighter once my Summer tan wears off. 3 is pretty dark but the powder has a ultra soft finish which makes the color more forgiving and easy to manipulate. When lightly dusted all over the face it provides this beautiful glow that teeters between matte and radiant but mostly verges on radiant giving skin a silky second-skin natural, soft and radiant finish that fails to look flat. The texture is luxuriously smooth and feels lightweight. Once applied to the face there is a noticeable difference in terms of how balanced and even my skin appears which leads me to believe there is a blurring element to the powder. Lasting power ranks as excellent as it remains in-tact from morning until night without turning greasy or oxidizing.

Closeup image of the color

Swatched on the arm

Swatch comparisons below to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and Radiant Light – reviewed here and here

Next up is the Concealer and Highlighter which I purchased in the shade 2 Light. Despite having ordered this sight unseen, 2 turned out to be a really good suit for my under-eye area and general skin tone. The color itself is definitely not as effective at highlighting the under-eye as I wanted it to be. Normally when I pick a concealing color I go about two shades lighter than my foundation to achieve that nice refreshed “awake” look – however, shade 1 Fair to Light would have added too much of a stark contrast to my face and since there’s no in between shade available I decided to play it safe and opt for 2. The Concealer and Highlighter comes in a click pen applicator with a soft sponge tip for foolproof and targeted application. Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with this concealer. Texture is on the thin side which makes it feel truly weightless and covers smoothly without caking or emphasizing fine lines. It has a dewy finish without being overly glowy that instantly takes a couple years off the face with an angelic brightness. Coverage is light to medium at best and while it properly camouflages moderate dark circles or minor imperfections, for my deeply pigmented dark circles it’s simply not enough as they require more noticeable coverage in order to be archived away. This is where my love/hate for it comes into play taking into account that unlike many concealer formulas on the market this one has a dewy finish and a brightening effect, it never looks or feels dry plus adding in the factor that it does not emphasize fine lines. In hindsight, this would have been the end-all be-all for me if only it offered medium to full coverage.

Swatched on the arm

Swatch comparisons below to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light-Neutral – reviewed here -, Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Light Medium – reviewed here – and the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Light – reviewed here

Bottom line, I’m over the moon for the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder. It has the most perfect natural glowing finish that is not over the top shimmery but subtle and there enough to make a difference. I love that it has a blurring effect that evens out the skin for a flawless look. Lasting power is excellent and I appreciate the sheer coverage that is not completely invisible. The Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter on the other hand I do have some reservations about. It’s simply not destined for me right now but that doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s bad. There are very few concealers that give me what I need and even then I still need to compromise on one thing or another whether that be the hydration factor, finish or coverage. This is a really good concealer for someone who suffers from moderate dark circles and need just that extra bit of coverage. For someone like myself with deep dark circles, it only veils and not camouflage them completely. This concealer basically had it all (hydration, brightness, dew, glow, no settling or caking) except for the noticeable coverage that I personally prefer.

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