HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

LM Mineral Powder 2 HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15


Update 5/7/13: Laura Mercier is no longer cruelty-free.

Laura Mercier states they are cruelty-free and I have no information to indicate otherwise. Gingerrama has a great post showing Laura Mercier’s responses to animal testing inquiries (she calls their reply “exemplary” and I have to agree!) However, they are currently not on PETA or the Leaping Bunny’s lists, so I don’t have confirmation of their animal testing stance from an independent party. I will update if/when I learn any additional information. Laura Mercier is manufactured by a Stafford, TX-based company called Gurwitch Products.

I’m really excited to write this post, because Laura Mercier is one of my favorite brands, and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder is one of my all-time favorite products. This powder has been a staple in my makeup routine since I first tried it, about two years ago. I’ve gone through probably 3 or 4 of these by now… it’s such a versatile, multi-use product. I’ve used is as a powder, as a foundation, cheek highlight, eyeshadow, under eye brightener, and concealer.

OK, back to the review… I have three shades of this powder which I tend to mix: Real Sand, Natural Beige, and Rich Vanilla.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powders in Jars HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Top Left: Real Sand, Bottom Left: Rich Vanilla, Right: Natural Beige

One of my favorite things about this product is how it appears when blended into skin. The finish is definitely illuminating – not what I’d call dewey, but it gives a subtle glow to skin. I remember LisaLisaD1 on Youtube saying that it’s like using an eraser on your skin and that’s really the perfect way to describe it – it takes away or fades imperfections while staying imperceptible. With one layer, coverage is sheer, but you can build up to light coverage (maybe slightly more than light but not medium) without it looking powdery or cake-y. After applying, you can go back in with a small concealer-type brush and dot it over any spots – it really covers well when used this way.


You can use it lightly over tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation, but I don’t think it does much to “set” foundation the way many other powders do. I like to use it over foundations like Make Up For Ever HD that have a slightly matte or flat finish. I’ve also found it works similarly to a light-reflecting concealer for the under eye area. I use a fluffy, loosely-packed eye shadow brush (my favorite for this is a duo fiber crease brush) and lightly buff the powder into the darkest area under my eyes. It instantly brightens with very little product, so it looks totally natural.


I can’t say it lasts particularly long on me – it does fade throughout the day. It’s mostly gone in about 6-8 hours on my skin, but that is pretty typical of most foundations for me.


What intrigues me about the ingredients (aside from that there’s so few of them) is the pearl powder, which apparently has been used in cosmetics for centuries.

[box] Natural Beige, Soft Porcelain: Mica, Pearl Powder. (+/-): CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Real Sand, Tender Rose, Rich Vanilla, Classic Beige, Pure Honey, Warm Bronze: Active Ingredient – Zinc Oxide. Ingredient: Pearl Powder. May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).[/box]


This powder blends seamlessly into the skin, so it’s not very visible in swatches. These are super heavy swatches to try to show the colors.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Swatches2 HG Status: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

 L-R: Rich Vanilla, Natural Beige, Real Sand 

The big con about this Mineral Powder is the shade range. It comes in seven skintones and a universal bronze shade.  Three of the shades are very fair, which on one hand is great, because I know finding very pale foundation can often be as difficult as finding very dark foundations. However, that means there’s only four shades covering the rest of the skintone spectrum. There’s no option for very dark skin tones. In the summer, I use the second darkest shade, and I am usually around NC37 then. If you’re slightly darker than NC37 (maybe up until NC42) with warm undertones, the darkest shade may work for you. Any darker, you’re out of luck – which I just don’t understand. Of course, this is by no means unique to this product. As a whole, Laura Mercier actually does a good job offering a full range of shades. I hope the color range for the Mineral Powder expands in the future, because I love the product so much, I really wish I could recommend it for everybody, not just up until a certain skintone.


Recap – The Basics

  • Finish: Natural finish with subtle sheen
  • Coverage: Sheer to Light-Medium
  • Wear time: ~6-8 hrs
  • Price: $36
  • Availability: Sephora, Laura Mercier counters and website


Are you a fan of mineral powders? What’s your favorite one?

  • Moxie

    I haven’t tried Laura Mercier’s Mineral Powder. I really enjoyed reading what you thought of it. Thank you!! xo

    • Catherine

      You’re welcome! If you’re ever looking for a mineral powder, I definitely recommend it :) Thanks for your comment, Moxie!

  • Kate

    LM is cruelty-free? And the heavens opened and the angels started to sing… LOL! That’s great news! I wasn’t sure if they are CF or not, so I always just stayed away.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine

      Haha! :D
      Their statement does seem trustworthy and I couldn’t find any information to indicate they’re not being honest. Gurwitch Products has only two brands – LM and Revive – and generally smaller companies are more likely not to use animal tests. Here’s another LM statement on animal testing from cruelty-free blogger Hotashi: http://www.hotashi.com/jetaime/?p=5032
      BUT of course without Leaping Bunny certification, we can’t really know with complete certainty. With recent developments from some brands, I’m beginning to get even more skeptical of companies. So, while I believe it is very very likely that LM is cruelty free, I think I’m going to hold off on doing any more reviews until they get on the Leaping Bunny or PETA list. I’m just concerned about them quietly entering China or something similar and misleading anyone.

  • Tiffany

    Unfortunately, Laura Mercier is not really cruelty-free. As you will notice on many of their labels, their “finished” product is not tested on animals. That means individual ingredients are tested on animals (either by them, or a third party asked to on their behalf) but not the final form of product. Also, they are owned by a company that conducts animal testing.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine

      Hi Tiffany, LM is owned by Gurwitch Products, which owns only LM and one other brand, Revive. They have stated that their products are never tested on animals at any point in manufacturing or by any third party, nor are they sold in China. Please see the grey info box called “Laura Mercier and Animal Testing” in the post above for more details. Thanks for your comment.