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Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder and Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

October 31, 2016
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder and Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter


Laura Mercier added two new items to her Candleglow Collection with a Sheer Perfecting Powder ($38 for 9 g / 0.3 oz) and Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter ($32 for 2.2 ml/ 0.07 fl oz). I received some press samples but also ordered one of the powders sight unseen online as I was unsure of what color I would be. The color options are on the small side with six powders and seven concealer shades but I will say up front the range is pretty wide – if you have medium to deep skin tone I think there’s a good chance there will be a match for you.


I reviewed her Candleglow Foundation earlier this year back in February and still find it to be a very good for giving medium natural-looking coverage with a dewy but not too dewy finish. I still am in between shades and have to mix colors (I mix Dusk and Golden, although there is a possibility there is a better match – I just haven’t had a chance to reinvestigate). The Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powders have a soft finish which makes the colors more forgiving if you don’t have a 100% exact match.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder - The Beauty Look Book


I can use either #1 or #2 to set my foundation and I am beyond obsessed with both. The color difference is noticeable on my face if I apply one on each side to set. Dusted and applied to the whole face both give the face a gorgeous flawless finish that is matte and radiant at the same time. There are shimmer particles to the powders which are apparent with a heavy swatch. On the face it gives a subtle glow much like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Dim Light or Diffused Light. Ithink the colors for the Laura Mercier Candleglow powders work better for my skintone compared to the Hourglass ones in terms of setting powders.


Lasting power is very good and it stays put well. After a few hours I don’t look like a greaseball. It has a forgiving finish like the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour powders. #3 is too dark to set for all over the face but I can use it as a soft wearable contour to warm up the complexion.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder - The Beauty Look Book


Swatched with a heavy hand to show the color which makes the shimmer glow more apparent. On the face when dusted with any powder brush the shimmer is softer for a very natural glow:


Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder - The Beauty Look Book


Some comparisons for packaging and also color:


Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder vs Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders - The Beauty Look Book


To date the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder in #2 is my holy grail setting pressed powder because it really does give the skin a flawless finish, doesn’t darken and doesn’t make the face look flat. Now that I’ve tried the Laura Mercier it is now tied as my second favorite pressed setting powder. Swatches next to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Dim Light and Diffused Light. I added the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze #2 to compare below.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder vs Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders - The Beauty Look Book


Up next are the Candleglow Concealer and Highlighters. These come in a click-type of pen applicator with a puffy sponge tip. My best match is #2 which is an exact match for my under eye area. For this one, the coverage is medium in coverage under eyes and the applicator is very soft to the touch. It has a hydrating glowy feel but isn’t heavy. I have mixed feelings about this one – for my undereye area it just doesn’t offer enough coverage. Texture wise it’s good. There are few concealers I can wear under my eye area because most look super patchy or emphasize fine lines and end up making my skin look dry and aged. The Candleglow works well to covers dark circles and brightens and the fact that it has a dewy finish makes it so it feels nice and blends well and does not look dry. I just need more visible coverage so this one is not for me right now.


To use as a highlighter on the face works better for me, however given the packaging design I think layering it on the face, especially if you layer over foundation will get the applicator dirty fast. I suspect it might be easy to clean off with a bit of cleansing water and cotton pad.
If you’re one who finds you only need a little bit of extra coverage this is a nice one to check out. If you need more noticeable coverage, I’d say opt for the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealers or NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers instead.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer Highlighter - The Beauty Look Book


Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer Highlighter - The Beauty Look Book


Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer Highlighter - The Beauty Look Book


Swatch comparisons below to MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC35, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Macadamia, Ginger, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher #3 (which is too dark for me now) and Natasha Denona Eye Light #2.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer Highlighter vs NARS MAC Natasha Denona - The Beauty Look Book


Overall I’m 100% in love with the new Candleglow Sheer Setting Powders. I love the finish, the subtle barely there glow, the lasting power and color selection. They have the perfect glowy finish that won’t give you that frosted look and I really like that they are sheer and natural but not invisible. The Concealers are ok – I think finding the right concealer depends on so many factors such as skin type, coverage preference and skin tone. For me they aren’t my favorite. I don’t think they are bad, I just prefer more coverage when it comes to concealers. (Ingredients are listed on each page on Sephora.)


You can find both the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder and Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter at Laura Mercier counters now. Online at Laura Mercier, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Setting Powders and Candleglow Concealers provided for review consideration. Powder #3 purchased by me.


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  • Oh wow!can I have these all

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • I've been waiting for this post! I have the #2 powder in my Sephora cart right now and am waiting for the VIB Rouge sale to start this week to pull the trigger!

    Best, Lisa

    • Yay! It's a great one πŸ™‚

  • These products all look absolutely divine!

    Abigail Alice x

  • They look like pads of butter! I think you've enabled a purchase… x

    Jen | affecionada

  • These look so beautiful! I need to try ASAP!!

  • Anonymous

    The look of these powders and your description are very enticing.
    Thank you,

  • The powders sound so nice. How do they compare in size you the Hourglass ones?

  • Your photos are absolutely STUNNING!!

  • The powders look gorgeous! I love how you do your swatches, they're always so useful πŸ™‚

  • OMG these concealer wands look so satisfying for some reason. And their highlighters are always so pretty and natural looking, want them all! Thanks for sharing!

    Bonnie ||

    • Thanks Bonnie! Glad the post helped πŸ™‚ The concealer wands are like a soft puff cloud lol!

  • Intrigued by the powders for sure, I have and enjoy a couple hourglass ones, but I can't use it alll over, or else I look too shiny in weird places, so I'm gonna check these out!
    And even though I'm not a big fan of click pen type products, (that's how I understand these concealers to work, only with a sponge tip instead of a brush, is that right?) I thought #1 might be perfect… but then I saw how similar it looks to Nars Custard, which is wayy too dark for me, so now I'm unsure. Sephora trip necessary, I guess! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Joni – late to getting to a lot of comments. The LM is what I wanted some of the matte/satin HGs to be for all over the face. I think there is a .5 concealer shade which might be a better match for you!

  • The powders look absolutely gorgeous! You can just tell how soft they are by looking at the pan. I will have to check them out!

    Daniela |

    • Hi Daniela – I'm in love with everything about these!

  • I like high coverage concealers too but the foundation sounds really nice, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Amazing products! Those concealers look like they'll be really easy to apply because of the applicator tips. However, I do prefer more coverage so that's a bummer.

    • Me too! If you can test at a counter definitely do so!

  • Lalla

    Hello ladies, I am really bad at finding the right shade for my skintone. I’m unfortunately unable to swatch the powders where I live. Is anyone able to suggest the color I should get? I am a MUFE foundation stick in 120/Y245, or a too faced born this way natural beige, or urban decay all nighter shade 6.0.
    Would love to know your opinion!
    Thank you for any help you can provide!