Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

July 7, 2013
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Laura Mercier’s Dark Spell Collection for fall features a stunning glowy Face Illuminator in Spellbound ($42 for 10g/0.35 oz). Run immediately to your closest Laura Mercier counter to pick this one up. You may remember Rose Rendezvous (released back in 2011) sold out instantly. I suspect this one will be a fast seller as well.
Spellbound is a stunning rose-gold highlighter. It has incredible pigment that is visible on the skin even when brushed and blended. The shimmer is highly visible but it’s not quite as frosty as MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighters or Estee Lauder’s Gelee Highlighters. I’ve worn Spellbound over and under blush or bronzer and also as a highlight for the eyes. This is just so so gorgeous, words cannot describe this one. Lasting power is quite good and doesn’t turn your face into a glowy mess. I love that this one doesn’t emphasize pores like some metallics can. The application is quite smooth and lightweight.

Compared to other highlighters below. I find it most similar to Chanel Mouche de BeautΓ© minus the glitter/sparkle and with a bit more finely milled shimmer/pigment. You can see that the shimmer isn’t quite as sharp as with some of the other highlighters. Pigment is hard to show because it blends in with my skintone but the pigment is very good with Spellbound.

Bottom line: back-up worthy. Be sure to check out the lovely reviews and swatches on The Non-Blonde and Best Things in Beauty.
Laura Mercier’s Dark Spell Collection has arrived in stores now. You can find Spellbound now online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Lauramercier.com. It’s listed as limited-edition so I suggest you order sooner than later so you don’t miss out.

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  • Hi Sabrina, Spellbound is gorgeous! I love the peachy tones— it looks like a great highlighter for both summer and fall πŸ™‚

  • this is s beautiful product!


  • Beautiful review…. this is one of the items on my wishlist!

  • purchased : )

  • Lovely! Any idea how it compares to Guerlain Cruel Gardenia? It looks much warmer, which is excuse enough for me to try to pick one up.

    • Hi Kylie,

      This one is completely different. Cruel Gardenia is pinker and cooler an goes better with winter into spring colors. This one is more like the proverbial "kiss of sunshine" as it is a light rose gold and will be perfect summer into fall. Yes, you "need" both πŸ˜‰

  • Very tempted! How does this compare to Dior Amber Diamond?

  • All of those illuminators are gorgeous. I wouldn't want to use it just to keep that pattern!
    Emily xoxo

  • Literally the prettiest highlight ever! Wow im very tempted!

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  • Ordered this right after reading your post. If it wasn't for your blog I would be a very sad shopper. Thank you for always bringing us the best reviews and swatches!

  • OMG!!! The Laura Mercier is so pretty. I super love the shade. It looks light and natural on skin. I wanna have this. This will def be included in my purchase list.

  • Laura Mercier makes some of the best highlighting powders. I used to love the shimmer bloc in peach mosaic. Haven't used it much since I switched to more natural/organic products, but it is still one of my all time favorite highlighters.

  • I'm curious if the Wet N Wild Fergie Rose Champagne highlighter is a dupe for the Laura Mercier Spellbound one

  • Wow, that looks pretty amazing in the pan… I'm afraid I would never use it.

  • Your review made me ask my brother (who is in the US at the moment) to buy it for me instead of waiting for it to arrive where I live (probably late August, September). Anyway, he'll be here in 2 weeks and I'm really waiting to try my new highlighter. In the meantime, I'm giving much love to my Rose Rendez-vous