Stop the Press: We’ve Found a Dupe for a Laura Mercier Cult Classic

Ask any makeup artist and they’ll tell you that Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (€27) is a definite must-have item in their kit bag.

It’s reached cult status within the industry with fans including international artists such as Lisa Eldridge and Val Garland as well as the Guardian’s beauty guru Sali Hughes.

But what makes it so special? Well, the “secret” is that the powder is incredibly finely milled giving it a light as air feel. When used to set concealer underneath the eyes it doesn’t cake or settle, but appears to be almost completely invisible.

I say almost because there’s one noticeable difference when you use this powder instead of a normal one, and that is a subtle but noticeable brightening effect. This is thanks to the slight, matte white pigment which catches the light and disguises the darkness underneath in a natural way that makes it look like you’ve had your 40 winks, and then some.

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