Laura Mercier Sensation Face Illuminator Review & Swatches

Sensation Laura Mercier Sensation Face Illuminator ($45.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a deeper coppery brown with moderate, warm undertones and a intense, metallic finish. It was one of the more intense highlighters in the brand’s range (instead of being a little more buildable). It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, but the formula was that gel-powder hybrid type, so that the texture was firmer (but not stiff) and would easily yield less pigment with a lighter hand.While I don’t recommend fan brushes with most products, this one might work well with it to achieve a subtler sheen. Using a moderately-dense brush, it gave me intense, metallic finish that did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.Top DupesFormula OverviewBecca Blushed Copper (DC, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Melt Cosmetics Sundown (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Lynx (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).MAC Format (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Sinamon (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Soft Serve (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).MAC Cloudy Copper (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Formula Overview$45.00/0.3 oz. – $150.00 Per OunceAccording to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn’t emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.Browse all of our Laura Mercier Face Illuminator swatches. We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!Where to BuyCurrent Sales & DealsNeiman Marcus — Earn up to a $1,500 gift card with your select regular priced purchase of at least $500 with code BESTFEB (beauty excluded), ends 2/16. Free shipping + free returns every day, ends 12/31. 15% off your first order when you sign up to receive Neiman Marcus emails, exclusions apply, ends 8/30.Nordstrom — Dozens of new beauty gift with purchases (browse here), ends 2/13. Up to 40% off on new markdowns during the winter sale (shop here), ends 2/23.When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!

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