Now that summer is here, I turn to loose setting powder to reinforce my makeup like a pro. I’ve been patronizing Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for eons but in some unprecedented twist of fate, it started to make my under eyes look extra cakey and dry. Hence, the hunt for the next best setting powder. Will Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder topple down Laura Mercier? scroll down for the scoop!
Cinema Secrets Laura Mercier
Price $22 (0.60 oz) $25 (0.14 oz)
Shade Availability 6 1
Finish Velvety matte Matte-sheen
Cruelty-free Yes Yes
Key ingredients Tapioca starch, mica Talc, silica
What Cinema Secrets says “an oil-free, ultra-fine loose setting powder for a natural-looking matte finish. Keep your makeup in place with this lightweight, oil-absorbing powder that sets your foundation for all-day wear. Enriched with anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidant to fight free radicals, it leaves a smooth, shine-free finish that’s perfect for all skin types”.
What Laura Mercier says “A transparent, weightless powder to set undereye concealer, brighten dark circles, and diminish signs of visible fine lines. Create the appearance of the most naturally perfected skin, while maximizing the wear and coverage of makeup. This transparent white setting powder brightens, lightens, and boosts luminosity. Formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments, this super-soft weightless powder delivers a soft radiant finish, never settling in fine lines, accentuating shadows, or building up on skin”.
What I say: “In terms of value for money, it’s Cinema Secrets since you’re getting more product for a lesser cost compared to Laura Mercier. While both contains mineral-based ingredients, I like Cinema Secrets better because it uses tapioca starch (environmentally friendly and safe for use) and mica (safer than talc, gives a radiant look). Laura Mercier on the other hand uses talc (good in oil absorption but whether it’s safe or not in cosmetics is debatable) and silica (prevents caking). In terms of overall finish and quality, I prefer Cinema Secrets because it does not make my under eyes desert-dry. It also helps my makeup stay in place all day without depleting the moisture underneath”.
What’s your favorite setting powder?