Friday, September 22, 2017

Product Review -- Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder

I have a love/hate relationship with setting powders.

I know I need them if I want my makeup to stay in place, because even though my skin is more normal to dry these days, it can still eat up foundation like nobody's business.

But because my skin leans more toward dry, I don't love a matte finish my makeup -- I prefer a glow or dewy look, which isn't always compatible with powder.

For years, I've been a big fan of the Laura Geller Balance and Brighten, which is a baked powder foundation -- it doesn't really provide that glowy look that I'm after, but my skin never looks cakey and the porcelain shade is perfect for my pale skin.

So I was intrigued by another powder from the Laura Geller line -- I've had my eye on the Filter Finish Setting Powder for a while now, and when I finished my last Balance and Brighten (which is one of the few makeup products that I've gone through multiple times), I decided to give it a try.

The powder comes in a simple plastic compact with a clear lid that allows you to see the product inside. The powder itself is actually a mosaic of several different color-correcting shades, including light green, lavender, peach, and yellow.

Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder
Those different shades are supposed to balance your skin tone and blur imperfections -- and give your skin a warm glow.

Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder
That obviously was the selling point for me.

And this powder definitely delivers that glow even while setting my makeup.

I am pretty much in love.

But I've seen quite a few poor reviews for this powder and I understand that -- if you apply too much, it can add a little too much sheen and accentuate any texture issues that you might haven.

The key is to use a large, fluffy brush and lightly dust it over the face for a light, even layer.

Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder swatch

Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder blended out
I'd also point out that I have extremely fair skin and the powder works well with it.

However, if you have darker skin, I think this powder is probably way too light and may wind up looking ashy. There's only shade, which is called Universal, but it definitely won't work for all skin tones.

The powder retails for $32, which is fairly pricey, but I'm totally willing to pay that much for powder that keeps my makeup in place and gives me a nice glow at the same time.

You can find the powder on the Laura Geller website and at Ulta.

Have you tried the Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder? What's your favorite setting or finishing powder?

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