Monday, July 10, 2017

Battle of the High End Setting Powders - Laura Mercier, KVD, Becca, Lancome, Cover FX

We're doing something a little different today.  Today I'm going to get really in depth and compare prices and my detailed reviews on five popular high end loose setting powders and at the end I'll tell you my holy grail and which of these is the best bang for your buck.

Disclaimer: I don't have oily skin so I don't use setting powders to keep oil away, I use them to achieve an airbrushed look and to prolong my overall makeup look.


Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder - $30 for 0.67 oz. (also comes in a mini 0.19 oz for $15)

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

Info
The Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder only comes in one Translucent shade.  This loose setting powder is supposed to have micro-blurring technology for a flawless locked-in finish.
My thoughts
Pros - Made my foundation look nice for a couple of hours
Cons - The look I achieved was not flawless or airbrushed.  It did look nice but the look only lasted for a couple of hours.
Summary - This setting powder did nothing for me.  It looked nice when I first applied it, however I didn't feel like it made my foundation look good for more than a couple of hours.  I have already returned this powder.

Becca Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder - $38 for 0.35oz.

Becca Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder

Info
The Becca Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder only comes in one shade called Golden Hour.  This is a loose setting powder that is supposed to act like a veil to blur imperfections while setting makeup and providing a subtle radiance.
My thoughts
Pros - Gives a pretty sheen.
Cons - Not translucent.  Applies blotchy, sheen can be too much for a setting powder.  Because it has color, it can't be use to set concealer under the eyes.
Summary - You can read my full review of this product here.  This setting powder is not translucent, it does provide some color.  It can apply a bit blotchy if your foundation isn't fully dry before applying.  After several hours of wear, I noticed that some blotchy areas of my face had sheen while others didn't, therefore the sheen wasn't all over.  Although I still own this powder, I rarely use it.

Lancome Absolue Powder - $58 for 0.35 oz.

Lancome Absolue Powder

Info
The Lancome Absolue Powder comes in several shades, some more shimmery than others.  I have the shade Ecru Light.  This was recommended to me at the counter because there was not a real translucent shade.  This powder is supposed to leave the skin even-toned and luminous.  It has soft-focus micro sparkles which optimizes the effects of light and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.
My thoughts
Pros - Adds some subtle color.  Applies evenly.
Cons - Not available at Ulta or Sephora.  Not translucent.  I find that I have to use a makeup sponge to get enough product to give my skin an airbrushed look.  Just applying with a large brush doesn't apply enough product for that flawless finish.  Because it has color, it can't be use to set concealer under the eyes.
Summary - I only use this product if I want to add some color to my overall look and if I have time to apply it with a damp makeup sponge.  When I do that, it looks fantastic.  I wish there was a true translucent shade or that someone at a counter could suggest one to me (I went to several counters before buying this and each one recommended a different shade of this powder!).

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder - $35 for 0.35 oz. (also comes in a mini 0.14 oz for $14)

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

Info
The Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder comes in two shades, Light Medium and Medium Deep.  I have the shade Light Medium.  This is a translucent powder that is formulated without talc and provides a soft-focus airbrushed finish.
My thoughts
Pros - Translucent and matte.  Prolongs the look of my foundation.  Doesn't make my face look powdery.
Cons - None.
Summary - The only con I can think of is that while this is a good setting powder, it's does not give as much of an airbrush finish or prolong the look of my makeup as much as the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder does (Spoiler Alert!).

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder - $38 for 1 oz. (also comes in a mini 0.33 oz for $23)

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Info
The Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder comes in two shades, one for fair to medium skintones and one for medium to deep skintones.  I have the lighter shade.  This is a silky translucent powder that is matte and will lock-in makeup while providing sheer coverage.
My thoughts
Pros - Translucent and matte.  Prolongs the look of my foundation.  Never makes my face look too powdery.  Gives a flawless airbrushed finish.
Cons - None.
Summary - This is hands down my favorite of the bunch!  It's easy to apply with a large fluffy brush.  It goes on super smooth and even and makes my makeup look flawless and airbrushed.  When I use another setting powder, I notice that my face just doesn't look as even or airbrushed.  It also prolongs the wear of my makeup by a lot.


COST SUMMARY
I think it's important to compare the ounce for ounce cost of each of these products.  Sure, the Laura Mercier powder isn't the cheapest at first glance, but ounce for ounce, it's significantly the cheapest!

Powder Cost Ounces Cost/Ounce
Kat Von D $30 0.67 $45
Becca $38 0.35 $109
Lancome $58 0.35 $166
Cover FX $35 0.35 $100
Laura Mercier $38 1.00 $38


OVERALL SUMMARY
Obviously, the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is my holy grail setting powder!  While the Lancome and Cover FX ones are good also, I just prefer the finish that the Laura Mercier one gives me.  You can also see that ounce for ounce, the Laura Mercier powder is the better deal!

What is your favorite setting powder?

p.s. I can't wait to get my hands on the new Urban Decay Velvetizer Powder!  Has anyone tried it?

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