Eyes · Skin

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder – Review, Photos, Swatches


The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes is such a blogger/YouTuber staple that I can’t even tell you how many years it has been on my radar. I watched countless videos where beauty gurus applied this powder and got an instant eye lift. Yet a loose setting powder especially for my under eyes wasn’t a part of my routine and so I continuously forgot to pick this up, despite even pricing it online and adding it to my mental shopping list countless times.

So while I spun around the Sephora in New York, briefly overlooking the Laura Mercier stand – I had never tried a single product from the brand! – it suddenly dawned on me and I ran straight over to throw this into my basket.


The packaging is simple and functional. Laura Mercier isn’t known for cute, kitsch or outrageous, yet I didn’t care much. It was the product inside that I was interested in. While I have no qualms about the tub being plain, the lid gives me trouble sometimes which is a major bugbear. Sometimes it just doesn’t screw on to the tracks first time, it can take several attempts which is a pain especially when I’m trying to do my makeup in a hurry before work.


The powder is very light, fluffy and finely milled which is why I feel the lid NEEDS to be closed completely. I’d be afraid it would just mist away otherwise! I would go so far as to say this is the finest powder I have ever used.


Aesthetics aside, Laura Mercier promise that this sets the under eye area while brightening at the same time. They claim it is lighter than air and prolongs the wear of concealer or other eye products. It is said to work on all skin tones and provide a touch of sheer coverage. It contains microionised pigments which they say won’t settle into fine lines, accentuate shadows or look cakey.

I couldn’t wait to try it for myself and as I mentioned, it definitely lived up to the lighter than air promise. My makeup routine involves me applying foundation all over my face, including around my eye area and over my lids. I then apply concealer under my eyes and as I blend that out, I tend to bring that up on to my lids too. I then set my eye area with whatever face powder I am using at the time to prevent creasing and movement, and use that base as my eye primer. I usually like to use as light a face powder as I can find to brighten the eye area so this seemed ideal for my needs.


In this photograph, I have foundation and concealer on both eyes but popped the Secret Brightening Powder on the eye on the right. I think when comparing both, you can see what a beautiful job it did of setting the area. Everything looks lightly diffused and the creases have been softened. This set the area incredibly and I found it really easy to use. Despite it being so feathery in texture, it really mattified the area without making it look heavy or cakey.


In the top photo, I have foundation and concealer on, in the bottom photo I have the Secret Brightening Powder on top to set it. While I already mentioned how much I love the effect it has, I really don’t see the brightening aspect it is supposed to have.

Sometimes if I apply a regular powder over my eyes, it can accentuate the lines around my eyes or the creasing of the product. However, this whispers delicately over the area, diffusing things softly. It works every time and is honestly a dream to use. Perhaps it is because I am so fair that the brightening effect isn’t really obvious. I don’t find this changes the colour of the product I have underneath – whether lightening or darkening. I think this is truly a translucent powder that will work on all skin tones.

This retails for €27 from Brown Thomas (I got mine from Sephora for $28) and you get 4g of product which is really a very small amount, considering the price. The 30g tub of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder costs only €15/$10 more. While I really do enjoy using this, I definitely cannot see myself repurchasing it as it simply does the job of a finely milled powder and while I love the effect, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I will, instead, stay on the hunt for a loose face powder that can help me achieve the same thing!

Have you tried the Secret Brightening Powder?
What is your favourite loose setting powder?

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