Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01

Prior to buying this, I’d thoroughly scoured the Internet for swatches and found around … one, with not a cheek swatch/ demo to be found. However I’d seen enough raving about shades Bronze 02 and 03 to decide that I’d give this a try.

I bought this blind off Space NK’s online site for £25. This is the lightest shade of 4 bronzer shades. The Matte Radiance Baked Powder is also available in a highlight shade, Highlight 01. It’s packaged in a rather bulky compact with a curved top and a good-sized mirror.

Swatched on my arm in daylight:

This is most definitely a warm bronzer with golden undertones as opposed to grey. Here is a comparison swatch against my The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Matte:

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Left: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01, Right: TBS Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder 01 Light Matte

You can clearly see that the LM is much warmer and more golden compared to the Honey Bronzer, which is redder and greyer.

I really like the way this applies. It’s a baked formula, so it’s incredibly smooth, and glides onto my bare skin uniformly without patchiness. Pigmentation is pretty good, but since I got this in the lightest colour, it takes a while to build up — which is what I was looking for.

Left: Bare skin, Right: Lightly applied

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Applied more heavily. Please ignore my pigmentation and slightly visible cheek veins.

Overall, I’d recommend this to light-skinned people looking for a subtle, warm bronzer. I find that most bronzers targeted at fair people tend to lean cooler, so I’m glad to find a warm-leaning bronzer that’s still light in colour. This is great if you want to warm up your complexion but are scared of darker bronzers that might easily make you look stripy/ orange. The formula is also great — its lasts a long time, fades gracefully (being so light helps) and is extremely easy to apply.

This is not for you if you’re looking to contour — it’s best worn on the cheekbones, for warming up the complexion. I imagine that it could be layered over contour powder to soften it out, but this won’t do a good job of contouring on its own.

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