The La Mer Illuminating Powder made it’s debut on Instagram on November 4, 2017. After being late to the game to purchase the limited edition 2017 Soleil Bronzing Powder and scouring the internet to find it, I promptly put the Illuminating Powder on my Christmas list and told my husband to buy it right away. Sure enough, my Santa dropped this beauty in my stocking and I was thrilled! It wasn’t easy to wait for Christmas to get my hands on it so here is my review of the La Mer Illuminating Powder from the 2017 holiday collection.
I’m not sure if the powder is limited edition or it’s just the compact design which is an artist collaboration with Hannah Pugh. She is a UK artist and her work is stunning! The artwork collaboration was specifically for the La Mer 2017 Holiday Collection and you can read more about the artist collaboration and how it evolved here. I was drawn to the packaging as well as the fact that this was another makeup product from La Mer. I already had the Soft Fluid foundation and limited edition 2017 Soleil Bronzing Powder and was completely in love so I had to have this product in my collection.
The La Mer Illuminating Powder is described as a lightweight, shimmering pressed powder. It is infused with gemstones, brilliant pearls and color-true pigments that create a luminous, healthy glow. I wasn’t able to find a lot of details on La Mer’s website about this powder and it’s already sold out on their site. However, as of late December, it’s still available in some department stores in the United States. I paid nearly double the price for the bronzing powder once it sold out in the U.S. So, if this is something you have your eye on, don’t hold off too long.
The compact was a bit smaller than I initially expected but I only had the Soleil Bronzing Powder compact to compare it too. The bronzer was 17g/0.60 ounces and the Illuminating Powder is 7.94g/0.28 ounces. It’s quite a bit smaller than the 2017 La Mer bronzer but when compared to many compact highlighters or illuminators on the market, it’s an average size. For example, the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is 5.95g and an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is 10g. When comparing the La Mer luminizer to other popular brands, it measures in the middle. Overall, the compact is very durable and solid. Holding it in my hand, the compact weighs in at 147g/5.2 ounces. It’s a beautiful and luxurious feeling product.
Now for the yummy stuff on the inside! This is a perfect product to layer with the La Mer foundation! I also have the loose powder which I haven’t even cracked open yet. I am truly in love with the Soft Fluid foundation! I promise to review that soon because I definitely want to share my thoughts on it. For those of you that follow me on social media and see my makeup regularly, I rarely do a “full glam” look. I wear a lot of product but I don’t want it to appear like I’m wearing a lot of makeup which makes this product ideal. This is a luminizer that is perfect for day time wear and there’s no glitter or sparkle on the skin after applying it. The powder has a soft, peach glow like a warm candle. It’s simply beautiful and very natural looking on the skin. It can be applied all over the face or just on the cheekbones and other areas you would typically place highlighter. I prefer to use this product over my entire face like a finishing powder.
La Mer’s website says this product is designed for all skin types. It’s a universal shade that would compliment any skin color. I’ve seen a few reviews on websites where the product is sold and most were very positive. At this time, there is one review on La Mer’s website stating the product did nothing. I have no idea how that could be the case! Unless the product was defective or not properly applied, you can see in my swatches below that there is definitely pigment and a beautiful sheer highlight that comes from this powder.
The one thing to be aware of is the silver band in the compact is only on the surface. When the product is swatched running my fingers across the silver, the color and effect of the powder is slightly different. Hopefully you can see this in my swatches. In the second swatch, I did not run my fingers over the silver shade. Once the superficial layer of silver is gone, the product is a sheer apricot shade. Personally, I like the product better without the silver so the fact that it doesn’t run through the entire compact, is not a disappointment to me.
I’m eagerly waiting for more makeup because everything that La Mer has released so far that I’ve tried has lived up to my expectations. This is a pricey compact at $130 U.S. but I’ve never felt ripped off with La Mer products I’ve purchased. This is no exception and I’d definitely repurchase it! I have inquired with La Mer about whether this is a limited edition product or that only applies to the compact design. I’ll update this post when I have additional details. If you decide to purchase this product, I don’t think you’d be disappointed!
What is your favorite La Mer product or something in the line you would love to try? Have you tried any of the new makeup in the line? I would love to hear your thoughts about the products!