Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powders – Devotion, Indiscretion, Addiction and Seduction

April 8, 2016

Laura Mercier just launched three new shades of the Face Illuminator Powder ($44 each, 9 g/0.3 oz). They are currently exclusive to Sephora and come in the same formula and design as the previously launched Indiscretion Face Illuminator. Each highlighter is cased in a square mirrored compact and while they are described as powders the texture is very unique. They almost have a creamy look and feel but definitely are not creams. Laura Mercier calls this a “non-dusting texture” which I think is fairly accurate. They are powders without the traditional powdery feel. Each color is very shimmery and sparkly but the texture is smooth and they are not overly frosted. On the face they adhere nicely to the skin which makes them long lasting on me. The texture is soft and blendable so they are easy to layer. Pigment is medium and natural looking but you can build pigment for a more visible sheen. In terms of emphasizing skin texture or pores, only one emphasized my pores slightly which is the gold one mainly because of the way the color looks against my olive skin.

  • Devotion is a shimmering pale pink. It has a similar effect to some of the colors in the Anastasia Gleam Glow Kit, Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura and Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (swatch comparisons below). This one swatched on the arms and hands extremely frosted but on the face it blends out to a really pretty natural sheen.
  • Indiscretion is a classic medium champagne color with a peachy tinge. This is my favorite out of the four, I already had the old original version (had a different name) and this is the same color. It adds a lovely glow to the skin. If you are fairer I suspect this will be more bronzey on your complexion compared to mine.
  • Addiction is a shimmering yellow gold. Gold highlighters with yellow tones often times emphasize my pores. This one is really pretty but not my favorite on my olive skin because I already have some yellow undertones. Shimmer is on the sparkly side but it’s not over the top and blends nicely.
  • Seduction is my next favorite out of the bunch. It’s a medium bronze shimmer that has some reddish undertones. I suspect those with darker skin tones will find this matches their skin tone more for a glowy highlighter while on me it’s definitely bronzey.
The shimmer in each highlighter is really pretty. The colors in direct sunlight:

Close ups with comparison swatches:

Anastasia Glow Kit in Gleam (Crushed Pearl and Hard Candy review)

Anastasia Glow Kit in That Glow – Bubbly and Dripping in Gold (review)
MAC Cream Color Base in Hush from Contour Kit (review on kit)
Tom Ford Illuminator Duo in Moodlight (1/2 swatched, review)
NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation (peach side)

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation (peach side)
MAC MSF in New Vegas (discontinued)
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow (highlighter side, review)
Anastasia Glow Kit in That Glow – Sunburst (review)

I had some challenges photographing the bronze shades with the flash and cloudy weather, so I have two sets, first is without flash, next is with flash:

MAC MSF Metal Rocks (discontinued)
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Medium-Dark (review)

All four perform extremely well and give the skin a natural candlelit glow. The shimmer is noticeable on the complexion but not over the top. That being said, for my medium skin, the lighter shades Devotion and Addiction do have a more visible sheen on my skin because of the color contrast to my natural skintone. Devotion is all kinds of gorgeous for a soft light opal pink sheen without looking too pale. Addiction is pretty just not for my skintone. Seduction acts like a bronzer. Indiscretion is hands down my favorite.

With so many highlighters available to choose from picking one or narrowing down picks to a few might seem overwhelming. I certainly find that it is. If  you can try in person I recommend you do – finding the right one for you will be kinda like finding the right foundation for you. It depends on your skin type, skin texture, coverage, degree of shimmer and application preferences. I think the Face Illuminators from Laura Mercier have the a very unique texture compared to others. The non-powdery finish makes them feel almost like a cream so they adhere well to the skin. Shimmer is definitely noticeable to give the skin a glowy highlight so it’s apparent on the skin but it’s not over the top. I love that for the most part they don’t emphasize my skin imperfections or pores too much. Your mileage may vary depending on what your skin texture is like. All this being said if you’re going more for color effect rather than formula or texture you will be able to find a lot of other products that will give you a similar look (as shown by the handful of comparison swatches).

For me my top two picks are Indiscretion and Seduction for color and finish. I already own a lot of light pink highlighters but if you’re like me (medium or even darker) you might find many light pinks have a sharp almost white look on the skin so they require a light hand or lots of blending. If I didn’t already own so many I would hands down say Devotion is a must – it performs the best out of all the pale pinks I own because of the way it melds with the skin and just glows. The formula and texture is superior to other pale pink highlighters that I have.
I still have one more set of newer highlighters to review (the ones from Urban Decay) but out of all the ones that have recently launched, the Laura Mercier ones definitely have the best texture for my skintype, Hourglass Strobe Powders have a more subtle strobe effect, Anastasia Glow Kits are the most glowy and have the best value for price, I’m still undecided on the Urban Decay highlighters but will let you know my thoughts once I post the review.

Bottom line, the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powders are solid performers for quality, pigment, texture and lasting power. You can find them now at Sephora.

Devotion and Seduction sent as press samples. The other two shades purchased by me.

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  • Oh wow these look stunning! I especially love devotion and indiscretion.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

    • I think Indiscretion is the winner!

  • I also own the old Indiscretion, which I love, but Devotion looks beautiful as well!


    • I agree – glowy and pretty.

  • These are so beautiful, I've been wanting to get my hands on one forever but gutted they aren't available in the UK! xo


    • Oh no! I hope they launch in the UK soon.

  • I found they didn't look as sparkly on the face as they tend to in a swatch!

  • These look very nice, especially Devotion! I do prefer something a little bolder though x


    • If you want something bolder perhaps check out UD aura πŸ™‚

  • These are gorgeous! I really want "Devotion"!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • Ok I really need Devotion, Indiscretion, and Addiction. They're beautiful!! Your swatch pictures are the best!

    • Thank you!! So glad they helped – I think Devotion is such a pretty pink.

  • love the colour. it is so pretty

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

  • I like this kind of alternative between a creamy/powdery texture! I believe Seduction would be gorgeous on top of a bronzer!


    • I think you're right! Will have to try that πŸ™‚

  • These are to die for. I have fair skin, so Seduction and Addiction are probably a little too dark for me…but the other two are GORGEOUS!

    • I think Devotion will look really pretty on fair skin πŸ™‚

  • I was generously gifted with Devotion and Indescretion and love them both. Devotion blends into my complexion perfectly and can be worn as an everyday highlighter and yet it can also be built up and polished to produce a serious night time sheen. Indescretion adds a more burnished look when I'm wearing bronzer (Guerlain 00) and I know I'll be reaching for it constantly once summer evening entertaining is in full swing. This seems to be the year of the highlighter for me and I've acquired some real beauties from Dior, Chanel, ClΓ© de Peau, and now Laura Mercier. The only ones I've been disappointed with have been the strobing powders by Hourglass. On my skin, they have absolutely no staying power whatsoever πŸ™

    With the strobing trend going strong, there has been a plethora of products from which to choose–from soft satin glows to full on fairy dust and everything in between. And the shade selection has been incredible. The cosmetic companies have finally embraced the fact that highlighting does not necessarily mean applying something light and frosty. Hallelujah! From the standpoint of finish and color, there really is a product to suit just about everyone–if you like highlighters πŸ™‚

    • Yay!! I'm so happy you have 2 of these, and yes I'm thrilled they aren't frosted or overly shiny too.

  • These are gorgeous. I just bought the UD aura highlighter yesterday to try it out, but I haven't opened it yet and sorry, but it's going back in favor of Devotion! (It was an impulse to begin with, I'm really not the biggest urban decay fan…) but these are SO pretty! Indiscretion, (great name btw), looks a lot like the overall effect of the new MAC MSF "Otherearthly", which is also amazing.

  • Oh wow.. Indiscretion looks gorgeous. I recently bought the ABH Glow Kit in Gleam and I'm absolutely loving it. I'm pretty certain I'll be picking up the other for Summer.

    Kirsty – Life in Excess

    • It is a really good one. With so many highlighters out there it's hard to pick just one.

  • These look stunning!

  • I love your swatches, definitely the best on the Internet, I want to buy everything! But you are a slightly different skin tone to me, not by much but enough that I need to check stuff out myself.

    Brilliant though, keep up the good work

  • These are looking beautiful. I just loved those mild colors. Definitely going to buy this. Thanks for sharing.

  • The pics in this post are SO dreamy – I love Indiscretion but it looks like I'll be adding Devotion and Addiction to my collection too. I wish the packaging wasn't so bulky though, they take up so much space in storage… Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the UD ones, too

  • Lea

    These are AWESOME pictures and swatches~thank you! Do you know what the gloss color is of the one in the photo? Also lovely. Thanks!