I, like the rest of the makeup-wearing population, love the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in all its skin-mattifying, pore-blurring, bake-worthy glory.
My one complaint was that because it was white, the original shade would leave me looking ashy (especially in the summer when I get my tan on). Normally, I’d bronze up the outside of my face to warm things back up – there’s almost always a way to make it work, but the point is that (dark-skinned) people of colour shouldn’t have to make things work when things just work for light-skinned folks, y’know? But that’s a different blog post altogether…
Tl; dr (do people still say that?): Laura Mercier finally came out with a shade of Translucent Setting Powder that doesn’t go Casper on darker skin, and it’s glorious.
The formula is about the same as the original (pictured here in the travel size), with the tone being the obvious difference. Oh, Laura got the shade right on this one. It’s a gorgeous warm brown that I think will work super well for anyone around my skin tone and darker, since the warmth to it will help prevent it from going ashy. Currently I use Medium Deep to set my whole face and the original shade to set my under-eye concealer because it gives a more brightened effect. As my summer tan builds, though, I can see myself using Medium Deep all over.
If you’ve avoided trying this powder because the shade was too light for you, it’s time to give it a try, because the formula and new shade kinda rock.