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Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette Review & Swatches


Paint with Light

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette ($52.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of highlighters for the holiday season. Obsession is new and exclusive to the palette, while the other two shades are available in the brand’s permanent range.

The standalone Face Illuminators retail for $45.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product or cost $150.00 per ounce, so the palette contains $94.50 worth of product. All three shades performed consistently with past iterations of the Face Illuminator formula; the only “downside” is that the shades are more semi-opaque to opaque than strictly medium and buildable, so as long as that’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a nice trio if you’re in need of highlighter.


Devotion

Devotion is a pale beige with a subtle, peachy-pink shift and luminous sheen. It had a more moderate glow when initially applied but could be built up to a more metallic finish with two to three layers (or used with a dampened brush). The pigmentation was medium coverage in a single layer but could be built up (as described), while the texture was smooth, firmer to the touch, but it wasn’t stiff to work with.

With this type of formula, I’d recommend using a denser brush to pick up product to ensure good, even pick up of product. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Formula Overview

$45.00/0.3 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn't emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide. May Contain(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Obsession

Obsession is a pale lavender with cooler undertones and pink-to-violet shifting pearl throughout. It had a luminous finish that could be built up from medium to intense glow depending on coverage-level and whether it was used with a dampened brush.

The powder highlighter had a smooth consistency that was never powdery and sat beautifully on my skin–almost “melted” in that sense–but did work better with a denser brush, as it was a firmer, denser powder. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though it was easy to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage (which was how it was marketed). The color wore beautifully for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$45.00/0.3 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn't emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Inspiration

Inspiration is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-opaque to opaque, though it was supposed to be closer to medium, per the brand. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was a denser, firmer powder that played best with denser brushes, which is typical of the more baked-powder-gel kind of formulas. The color applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$45.00/0.3 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn't emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches.

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Devotion Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Obsession Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Inspiration Face Illuminator