Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuuummmmble!
*Cue that one, “Y’all ready for this?” song.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder for awhile now. Like, that powder was my right hand, my go-to for setting my under-eye concealer. It’s pretty expensive for setting powder, but you get a lot and it’s very versatile in the sense that you can use for your whole face as well. I was doing fine and dandy with this powder until…
the RCMA No-Color Powder came with a bang on social media.
After hearing the amazing claims on this powder, I immediately went on the hunt for it online. Just my luck, every place was sold out. I did finally find it on backorder from Frends Beauty and it said it would ship in 1-3 weeks. My desperation decided that wasn’t too bad of wait and it was only $10 for 3 oz*, like, come on! I would’ve been crazy to pass that deal up, so I ordered it and it came in 2 weeks.
Alright, so I know I called this the battle of the translucent powders, and that isn’t exactly accurate. The RCMA No Color Powder is not a translucent powder, it is a powder with no color (as the name suggests, haha). Sometimes, translucent powders can leave a little color on your skin. As you can see, the Laura Mercier has a beige tone to it and the RCMA is white.
Both these powders are very lightweight, sheer, easy to blend, and silky. When I was swatching them, the RCMA felt a little, “softer,” and creamier than the Laura Mercier. I also felt that although the Laura Mercier powder is not dusty at all, when it’s side-by-side with the RCMA powder, it did feel and look a little dustier.
These powders are great for all skin tones and from what I’ve seen, they are great for all skin-types whether you use it for your under-eyes or for your whole face. These powders also don’t have any flashback, which is awesome for when you take photos. I can’t stand when I look like a ghost because of flashback!
In the bottom photo, I had applied my concealer and have not yet set it with powder
In the bottom photo, I applied a different powder to each under-eye. Can you guess which is which?
Sooo on the your left, I applied the Laura Mercier powder and on your right I applied the RCMA powder! If you look closely on the left, you can see some “white” from the Laura Mercier powder left-over. Compared to the RCMA powder, I did feel like I looked a little pasty with the Laura Mercier, but that’s probably my fault for not blending it well. I also put some RCMA powder on my nose, and I definitely noticed it helped control my oils and helped keep me matte all day!
I wanted to take a photo with the flash on so you guys could see that there was no flashback!! Pardon my awkward smile, I had my Invisalign in and I’m weird about smiling with them on, haha.
When it comes down to it, these powders are almost identical. They leave your skin with a flawless finish and they last all day! They are super easy to blend, a little goes a long way, and I like how they don’t change the color of my foundation! However, there is one major difference between these..
The Laura Mercier powder is $38 and the RCMA powder is $10! I mean, need I say more?! In the words of Lil’ Dicky, WE GON SAVE DAT MONEY! (if you haven’t heard that song you need to, haha)
I’m definitely and RCMA No-Color Powder lover now, which actually kinda sucks because I still have so much Laura Mercier powder left, but I mean, I probably won’t have to buy any more setting powders for the rest of my life! I am a changed woman!
*When I purchased the RCMA No Color powder from Frends Beauty, it retailed for $10. Now going to the site, it is retailing for $12. They upped the price, but it’s still cheaper than LM so smile!
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