Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

If you know me, I tend to hoard a lot of new make-up and then not actually open them up to use until months later. So, I realize I'm a little behind on this review as it was originally launched in March, but I figured since it's still available in stores (my local Sephora just re-stocked on this, so I think there should be a fair amount of locations that will still be carrying it), it's not too late to post this. For Summer 2015, Laura Mercier launched a limited edition shade of their Face Illuminator called Indiscretion, which is described as "a face-illuminating hybrid with a soft rose gold shimmer that's perfect for highlighting. The unique formula features high pearl levels that sweep on buildable, long-wearing colour. Its bouncy texture allows for excellent colour payoff, and its soft gold shimmer flatters all skintones." Each Face Illuminator comes in a regular black square mirrored compact, with 10 grams of product, and retails for $50.



Indiscretion is a light-medium warm rosy bronze with gold shimmer-sheen in a pearlized finish. It is a new and limited edition shade. It has a very lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and cooler than Becca Rose Gold, darker and more bronze than Becca Opal, brighter and more golden than Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick, pinker than Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow, darker than MAC Soft and Gentle, pinker than MAC Global Glow, lighter and less brown than MAC Cheeky Bronze, and darker and less sparkly than Urban Decay Aura.

If you're a fan of MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estée Lauder's Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée, NARS' Dual-Intensity Blush, or any other liquid-powder hybrid highlighters out there, you will love the formula of Laura Mercier's Indiscretion. The texture is extremely lightweight, but incredibly soft and silky; it's sort of like an extremely finely-milled version of baked mineral products. It has amazing colour pay-off, too, so it can go anywhere from soft, illuminating warmth to a serious J. Lo glow. Either way, it makes all skintones look warmer and healthier, as if you went away on vacation, so it works all year round — though especially this time of year, when you want to really highlight that summer tan (especially now that "strobing" is a thing). Fairer complexions will likely use this as a soft skin finisher or blush topper, but medium to deep dark complexions can use this as a beautiful highlighting shade. That having been said, it's the exact same thing as Laura Mercier's Spellbound Face Illuminator that came out last year (this is probably disappointing to a lot of people who look forward to Mercier's LE highlighters every year), so if you have that, you definitely don't need Indiscretion. But if you missed out on Spellbound, or Bobbi Brown's Bronze Glow from the Scotch on the Rocks holiday collection last year, or on any of MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinishes (this is a good dupe of Superb), or you're just looking for a really pretty highlighter in a really pretty design, this is well worth taking a look at if your local Sephora or Laura Mercier counter still has it in stock.
4 comments on "Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion"
  1. LM seems to be in a bit of a rut with LE offerings. They've been recycling stuff for a couple of years now.

    1. Thank god I haven't made a habit of collecting LM products. This is my first highlighter from them, so I don't feel bad at all. :P

  2. The highlighter I want right now is the Dior fall one - but I think it's only available on Dior's actual website. I have to poke around some more.

    1. I think it might only be available on the website, too, because I saw the fall collection in person and there's no highlighter. :( I'd be all up on a Dior highlighter, too, 'cause their collections haven't really excited me.


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