Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Review

I’ve dabbled in mineral foundations before, a bit of Bare Essentials that didn’t sit right on my skin and the BM Beauty one that was a tiny bit too shimmery for my tastes. My history with them isn’t too promising. However after hearing a few raves combined with my love for the brand I decided to give the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder a go.

Now this isn’t strictly a mineral foundation, Laura Mercier suggest that this can be used as buildable foundation or as a pigmented powder. It’s also oil-free and water-resistant, contains SPF 15 and is formulated with active amino acids to clear the skin of toxins, promote healthy skin growth and fight the aging process. Sounds great, non? I bought this with the primary thinking that I’ll use it as a powder foundation, so by my vanity I sat swirling, tapping and buffing away with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush until I was happy with the coverage and it covered my whole face. On first impressions it looked great, it left a natural skin-like finish on my normal/combination skin, was a medium to full coverage and the shade I had, Natural Beige was a good match for my skintone. However about 2 hours into wear I noticed that it has sunk into the pores around my nose, making them look rather enhanced, not a good look. Then by lunchtime the powder has gathered up around by my eyebrows (the driest part of my face), and by the end of the working day although most the product was still there it had bunched up in my drier areas and made me look a bit cakey. So major disappointment on the foundation front.

However all is not lost with this product. The other day I needed a quick touch up before a night out and had 10 minutes to turn my makeup around so I dusted some of the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder all over my face with the Japonesque Powder Brush*. A light coating, over makeup really seems to do the trick. It doesn’t leave a powdery appearance at all and just covered up any flaws that were peaking through after a whole day of makeup wear. None of that funny-pore business or clinging to dry patches it just freshened everything up. So from now on I will be using this as a powder over my foundation when I need a little extra coverage or in the evenings to touch up my makeup before a big night out. See – all is not lost, don’t you love a happy ending!

If you want to see what it looks like on my skin, I was wearing it in one of my more recent videos (link here). It’s not the cheapest powder in the world at £31, but for a nice coverage one, that I think will work great to keep my makeup in place in the Summer I know I’ll get my use out of it. What are your experiences with the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder? Do you like it as a foundation, powder or both?

*PR Sample


  • xlucykellyx

    I have it, but found the same problem as you did! So i use it as a setting powder sometimes!

    • jackieb_19

      I found that if I moisturise and instantly conceal then apply the power as a foundation it sinks into the skin, looks lovely and last all day. I live in Australia and even though we are mid winter foundations never last all day on me so thats saying something!

  • Margarita

    I thought it would be great to try it but then again it works the same like other mineral powder i use for touch ups.
    great review and hope to see the clinique mascara review 🙂

  • I found the same thing happened with me recently when I tried the Laura Mercier oil free foundation maybe it is something to do with their Oil free products? xo

  • Sheila O’Riordan

    If it helps, I have found that if I spritz my face with the Cauldalie after application and then again during the day, it keeps the foundation glowy and sitting well.  I love it simply because the Bare Minerals foundation made my skin itch like crazy, and I’ve only recently found out through Caroline Hirons blog that it’s because there is a specific ingredient in it that i’m obviously allergic to, so I’m very happy with LM because it doesn’t cause that reaction.

  • Liana

    I’ve had this foundation for agesss and when I saw it on Essiebutton’s skin I decided to give it another go as I didn’t like it the first time round! But it did exactly the same with you when I used it as a foundation 🙁 Great idea as a setting powder! I will try! Thanks Anna!

  • Silvia Quriós

    I am so looking forward to try laura mercier, I never tried it before but it looks amazing! thanks for sharing

  • Louise Parker

    that’s a good idea to use it as a setting powder, though it is annoying when a product doesn’t work like you thought it would. LV x

  • I haven’t tried it, and after the fiasco that was the BareMinerals experiment, I’m not touching another loose powder with a stick. I made SUCH a mess of my vanity table, the tabletop ended up wearing more foundation than I did. I’ll just stay faithful to pressed powders in case of shine, or no powder at all.

  • I’ve recently purchased some mineral powder and I’m finding it a little hard to use but I love how light it feels on my skin :). xxxx 

  • I have found that this is the best way for me to use the bare minerals! I used to be a huge fan, but I discovered liquid foundations . . . and I haven’t looked back! Lately, I’ve been using my old Bare Minerals Matte for a setting powder/touch up for a night out. It works beautifully! It helps keep my liquid foundation in place, as well as takes some of the shine away. 

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  • Becky

    Thank you for giving such an honest opinion on this product. I have been toying with it for sometime I always head to Space NK play about with the testers but never bit the bullet and bought it which I am glad I didn’t now as you are not the only one to have mixed feelings on this product. I am glad you found a use for it though as it would be sad to see it go to waste! 

    Beckys Makeup

  • Clay Butterfleyes

    Great review, loving the honesty ! xx

  • Jadegillett

    so tempted to try a powder foundation! xox

  • cescafrancis_x

    really want to try out a powder foundation! my skin is more on the combination/oily side so maybe I won’t have the same problem with product collecting on dry patches! Love your blog 🙂

  • Ying Cheung

    my skin is quite oily and i have been considering whether to get this or not. I think this mineral powder foundation would be great for the upcoming summer since i hate putting too much stuff on my face as its going to melt off anyways. Thanks for reviewing~x

  • Ronacooper

    Is it shimmery? Im a total glitter phobe, if I can see any particles of shimmer I don’t go near a product. I really want to buy this but Im afraid that once I try it in natural light i’ll be disappointed. 

  • Lilly Summers

    This works nicely as a light foundation for me, but as a powder on my oily skin, I find it tends to pool around my nose and doesn’t keep the shine off my face at all. It is nice for a light dewy look though.

  • Mybeautyupdate

    had the same problem, after applying the mineral foundation i used mac´s  fix plus, and then buffed with a brush where i have large pores and it looks great all day, it melts everything together, try it!

  • Personalperspectives

    I also had the same problems – enlarged pores and no staying power and it grabbed on my dry patches.  After attempting to make this work for two weeks it then resulted in a rather unpleasant break-out.  My favourite mineral makeup is L’Oreal Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Makeup – it blends well and lasts all day.

  • adeleadeniran

    I was so close to buying this earlier after reading this I’m kind of glad I didn’t xx

  • Such a pity that it didn’t work as a powder foundation! I’ve got combination skin, I love powder foundation and I was about to buy this in Natural Beige but if it’s disappointing as a foundation, I’m having second thoughts! Did you use a primer?