Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlighter Seems Oxymoronic

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A radiant highlighter that is matte seems like an oxymoron, doesn't it? It's hard to imagine that something that adds a subtle sheen to the skin could be matte, but the proof is in the pudding. Or at least in the powder.


I didn't quite know what to expect in the new matte, radiant highlighter (01) from Laura Mercier. I guess the best way to describe it is that it's similar to applying the Early Bird filter in Instagram. You'll get a bit of a natural glow that adds a tiny bit of champagne warmth and a subtle sheen. It's not  matte, but it's not traditionally shiny, either. Almost as if you scratched the surface of a coin. The shine is still there, it's just diminished.

This Matte Radiance Highlighter from Laura Mercier gives you a touch of glow, without going overboard. It's truly like adding an Instagram filter to your face. This highlighter can be beautiful. However, it is a powder, and a matte one at that, so if you have fine lines spilling on to the tops of your cheek bones, be careful. Make sure your eye and cheek areas are fully hydrated or the powder can show off your lines.

Check this out in person at your neighborhood Laura Mercier counter or find it online. I'm torn on this one. I love the unique look of this powder, but not how my lines show up. What do you think? Pick it up or pass?

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