When I showed some pictures on Instagram of the Laura Mercier City of Lights Holiday 2018 collection, I received a surprisingly high number of inquiries about this particular palette. The Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette is a limited edition palette for this season, and I don’t really blame anyone for having their eye caught. This is quite a stunner of a palette to look at!
I will tell you right off that if you love shimmer and an eye-catching shine on the skin, then this palette will likely be right up your alley for that. But if you’re in the market for something a little more subtle, and don’t favour warm tones on skin, then you may want to look elsewhere.
The Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette is a trio of highlighting powders. The pan sizes are very generous, and you likely will never ever finish them LOL! 😀
What caught my eye (as I’m sure it caught yours) is the swirl of colours in each of the pans. Each palette will feature a different pattern, as it is a fairly organic design. I know what you’re wondering – are these anything like the Hourglass Ambient Blushes or Bronzer? It does look similar.
The answer is no.
These powders in the Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette are strictly highlighting powders. They are made of very finely milled powders and very smooth. But they quite clearly add shine to the skin.
These are the swatches of the colours to give you an idea of the shine I mean.
Are you surprised at how pigmented they are? I was too!
I wasn’t too careful the first time, and dipped my brush into the powder, without thinking too hard. The result was of me frantically brushing away colour, and desperately trying to blend the product into my skin.
The next time, I was far more careful.
With these powders, I recommend that you either use a fan brush, or a duo-fibre brush (once popularly known as a skunk brush) or a very loose brush. The reason is because these brushes do not pick up as much product, and deposit product in a more diffused manner on skin.
Then, gently, very gently, tap the surface of the powder. Then, shake it off, before again, very gently, applying to skin. Even then, you might find yourself with more colour than you intend!
The shades can be briefly described as follows:-
- Bronze Mélange : An intense warm orange-toned bronze highlight
- Champagne Mélange: A pale light gold highlight
- Rosegold Mélange: An intense pink-toned rosegold highlight
I personally find the Champagne Mélange shade the easiest to handle. The shine is not as intense as the other shades, and it gives skin a nice glowy finish. A little trick is to really buff it into the skin, for a noticeable glow without looking like you’re shining a spotlight on your cheekbones. It has a more candlelit glow to it that I find the most flattering.
The other two shades, I struggled with at first. As they are both quite pigmented colours, I found them showing up too strongly on my skin. I have a very fair skintone, which might explain why I struggle. For those with a deeper skintone, you may find that these colours give your skin that right amount of burnished glow that is very flattering.
But I soon realised that they could do double-duty as eyeshadow! You can easily swipe just one colour on your lid, blend it out, and then line with a dark eyeliner, for a very quick and simple look. I don’t find the powder to stray, so it can be quite flattering.
By way of challenge to myself, I did also wear the Bronze Mélange on my cheek by way of a face warming powder (as how I wear all my bronzer), and the Rosegold Mélange as a hint of blush. It works 🙂
But I do have to be very very lighthanded, and I must buff the product into my skin to ensure that I don’t look like I fell face-first into a pot of glitter and shine. When I get it right however, I do think it quite pretty in a very simple, no-fuss, flattering sort of way 🙂
I have the Bronze Mélange buffed along the sides of my face, with the Rosegold Mélange adding a tiny little pop of pink tint to my cheeks. I do have to go over everything with a brush to ensure it’s all nicely blended, and buffed to look natural.
But I do like the way the shine looks in pictures. In person, it looks a little more “wet” so you do look like you have been sweating a little even if you haven’t. But under indoor lighting, it does look quite flattering.
That said however, this isn’t my favourite face palette, for the simple reason that I’m not very much into using highlighting powder or shiny powders. I like an understated glow. But when I have to work a little more at it, I tend to lose interest.
I don’t notice it settling into lines and pores more than any other product, but that experience might vary depending on how severe your issue with lines and pores are. The rule of thumb is that a shiny powder will highlight flaws on skin more, so you do have to be quite comfortable with that fact – and not go out in to the sun, because sunlight can be quite unflattering 😛
The Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette is limited edition, with beautiful packaging. The white cover with the rose-gold accents is very attractive and it does have a good heft to it. But as I said right at the top, you must enjoy using highlighting powders.
Otherwise, it would just be a waste of your money 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Laura Mercier Stardust Radiant Glow Palette is a limited edition highlighting palette for the City of Lights Holiday 2018 collection. You get a trio of generous sized pans of highlighting powder – a warm bronze powder, a champagne powder and a rosegold pink powder. The texture is very fine and soft, and the pigmentation of colour is very intense. So is the shine. For this reason, unless you want that sort of bling that draws attention from a mile away, I recommend a very light hand, and the right brush. I’d personally pick a fan or duo-fibre brush, or a large fluffy, loose, brush so you do not deposit too much product on skin. The intensity of colour also allows you to use the powders on eyes, so you could, at a pinch, use this as an all in one face palette. Get it right, and you will be blessed with a lovely glow on your skin. Get too much of it, and you may risk it looking patchy and splotchy. So blend, blend and blend!
- Pigmented colours allow you to use them on eyes as well
- Fine-milled and soft textured powders
- Smooth and easy to blend and buff out
- Does not settle into lines or pores more than usual
- Makes skin look flattering under indoor or low light
- Champage shade is less shiny and gives skin a very nice candlelit glow effect
- The Bronze shade is quite warm and coppery in tone which can look odd on the skin. Be sure to use just very little and buff it out for best effect
- Very shiny so may not suit everyone’s preferences
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes an intense shine highlighter
PRICE: RM209 | £40 | US$52
LIMITED EDITION: Yes, Laura Mercier City of Lights Holiday 2018 collection
Did this Laura Mercier highlighting palette catch your eye?
I confess I faced a bit of a challenge using it, primarily as the colours were so pigmented. But when I got the hang of it, and picked the right brushes, it sort of fell into place, and I quite liked how it looked. But I will have to say it’s not for everyone! Is it for you? 😀