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Guys, it’s almost Christmas, and I’m SO excited!! The Holidays are my favourite time of the year, and we’re going to Mexico again this year, so I cannot wait to have it all start! What are you all doing for the Holidays this year? Let me know in the comment section!

I really struggled with choosing a product to review this week, because the Holidays really call for some super exciting, glam makeup looks, so I wanted to review some super fancy eyeshadows, something glittery… You know, just Holiday stuff.

BUT I realized there was ONE THING I never reviewed on THB that really makes all the difference when attending a party, especially if you have oily skin like me. You guessed it, I’m talking about setting powder. The Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder, to be specific.

I had heard many, many, many good reviews about this setting powder (actually about Laura Mercier cosmetics in general) but never got it because… I have a confession to make… And it’s embarrassing. The last time I used setting powder was in high school. And it was WAY too light, and it made me look like a ghost. A very powdery ghost, that is. It really wasn’t a good look, let me tell you that.

When I realized how bad it was, I stopped using that Maybelline pressed powder and kind of just hoped for the best. Then, about 2 years ago, I was sick of looking slick all the time, so I went out and got myself a Clinique pressed setting powder, from their acne collection. I still have that powder and although it wasn’t bad, per se, for me to not use an entire makeup product FOR 2 YEARS (!!!!) means it’s not really something I like. I was just kind of meh about this powder.

So in the past year, I developed a technique which basically consists of the following steps:

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As you can see, there’s some really good stuff in there, but a good setting powder is dramatically lacking. So I finally bit the bullet and got the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder. Now in the beginning, I wanted their “glow” version of the same product, but when I tried it on at Sephora, it really didn’t work out for me. It looks GORGEOUS as a highlighter, but I did NOT see myself applying this all over my face… So I went with the basic version. (That being said, they do have a limited edition kit for the Holidays with both products, which would make an AMAZING gift. I linked it below so you guys can check it out!)

AND I’M OBSESSED!!! I tried it on for the first time before a night out at a club DTLA (which was absolutely horrendous, but that’s another story) and when I came back home, my makeup was flawless! It’s also the same night I tried on my Tickled Peach palette from Too Faced, and as I mentioned in the palette review, everything was still exactly where I applied it. No smudged foundation with disgusting patches of oil, no eyeshadow stuck in my crease… Just perfect. And let me tell you, when I look at myself after a night out, at 3am I can NEVER say that much. And I’m sure I’m not the only one, ha!

What I love about this powder is not only that it makes my makeup last forever (which is definitely the main reason why I love it though), but also because it doesn’t look too heavy. If you remember why I didn’t use setting powder before that one, I’ll say it again: I hate a cake face with a passion. I literally cringe when I see girls who look like they forgot to wipe off their bake before heading out. If you ever see me IRL and I look like a bag of flour exploded in my face, PLEASE tell me. I promise I won’t be offended, I’ll actually be grateful AF.

The one thing I will say about this products that isn’t a positive is how you get screwed when you buy the mini version. The full-sized version of this product is $38 for 1oz of product, and this mini version is $23 for 0.33oz. Which means you’re paying significantly MORE THAN HALF of the price, for a THIRD of the product. This is just not a good deal.

I mean, yes, you get a puff for “free” with the mini, and the full-sized puff does sell for $15, but in my opinion, you just don’t need the puff that much, I actually use my brush to apply this powder and it works really, really well. And to be fully honest, I kind of feel like I could make this puff for less than a dollar, so I really can’t justify paying so much for it.

So definitely buy the full-size product! Although if you really want to try the puff, it’s your lucky day, because they just launched their Christmas version of this product, which is $42 for the full-size, including the puff. You still pay $4 more, but you get the beautiful limited edition container and the puff. For a beauty freak (and collector) like me, this is definitely a great offer! I obviously linked it below so you guys can check it out!!

But as for the product itself (the actual powder), I’m simply in love. And I’m not the only one, because the reviews on Sephora are STELLAR. I know this one is also a big favourite in the YouTube “beauty guru” community, and now I fully understand why.

I’m definitely bringing mine to Mexico, because a) it’s gonna be hot and humid AF, which, hello! Makes me look like I slept in a fryer.. but also because b) there’s gonna be a lot of Holiday partying, and this is for sure my new ride-or-die for a long-lasting face! With a good setting spray, of course! (My current fave below!)

Did you guys try this setting powder? Do you love it? Hate it? If you don’t use it, which one is your go-to? Is there anything better out there? I kinda doubt it, but I’m willing to look it up if you guys have some fire recs!!

Love, Jenny xx