Hey guys! Today’s post is an exciting one for me. I have always felt that there should be brown translucent powders, and this year, a few were released, with more in the works from other brands. In this post I will be reviewing the two most popular ones: The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the shade Translucent Medium Deep, and the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in the shade Translucent Deep.
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Review + Swatches of the shade Translucent Medium Deep
Brand claims: silky soft translucent powder sets makeup for all day wear with a modern matte finish. A touch of sheer coverage creates a soft focus effect, subtly blurring the look of fine lines and imperfections.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is very finely milled and leaves a matte finish. It helps to blur imperfections and it provides a bit more coverage than I expected from a translucent powder.
The shade Translucent Medium Deep has strong warm undertones. On me, it is a golden brown powder that matches my skintone perfectly. I love it for setting my foundation.
I also like it for setting my concealer because I don’t like the overly highlighted look. This makes my under eye concealer blend properly with the rest of my makeup, which is what I prefer. If you prefer a brighter under eye, you might not like this for setting under eye concealer.
Overall, I think its a great all-over setting powder for people with oily skin and warm undertones.
CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder Review + Swatches of the shade Translucent Deep
Brand claims: This truly skin-flattering loose powder flawlessly sets makeup, while refining and softening the appearance of the skin for a fresh, airbrushed finish.
I read somewhere that this powder is talc-free, which is supposed to make it truly translucent.
The CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder is a finely milled translucent powder that sets makeup without altering the finish of it.
That is to say, it won’t mattify your makeup. If you’re after a matte finish, CoverFX makes a matte setting powder that does essentially the same thing as the perfect setting powder, but leaves a matte finish.
This powder leans more neutral. It is neither warm nor cool, just the perfect in between balance. I love it for setting my foundation too. It doesn’t really alter the colour because it’s quite translucent. It’s a bit tricky for setting concealer. It’s fine when I use a brush or a dry sponge, but it darkens my concealer when i apply this with a damp sponge. So, I wouldn’t recommend using this with a damp sponge to set your concealer. Other than that, it’s great. It does a good job of setting both my concealer and foundation.
I think this would be great for people with more neutral undertones who are not necessarily after a matte finish.
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder in Translucent Medium Deep vs CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in the shade Translucent Deep
So, to recap: The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the shade Translucent Medium Deep leans warmer than the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in the shade Translucent Deep. I’ve come across some reveiws where people found that the Laura Mercier powders leans red on their complexion. I feel like the more neutral CoverFX powder might be a better fit for those who find the Laura Mercier powder too rich or too red.
The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder offers higher coversge, while the CoverFX Powder Perfect Setting Powder is more translucent.
The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is more mattifying and better at blurring imperfections, while the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder doesn’t alter the finish of your foundation/concealer. However, CoverFX does make a Matte Setting Powder which is more mattifying than the Perfect Setting Powder.
(Speaking of CoverFX and keeping your makeup matte, have you seen my review of the CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray? )
I think the main difference is that the Laura Mercier powder runs warmer and offers more coverage than the CoverFX powxer which is more neutral and is more translucent.
Whether you use either of these powders for all-over-setting, for setting your under eye concealer, or for setting your foundation ultimately depends on personal preference. Both brands also have regular translucent powders that are brighter/lighter in the same formula, for those who prefer a brighter under eye.
If you live in Nigeria, you can buy either of these powders here. Also follow my on Instagram via the link below to see me wearing these powders in my makeup looks.
Want more swatches of complexion products? Check out this post comparing the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation to the ABH Stick Foundation.
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