Battle of the Translucent Powders | Laura Mercier vs. RCMA No-Color Powder

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.

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Laura Mercier in focus on right
RCMA in focus on left
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.

comparison 1
RCMA on top, Laura Mercier on bottom
comparison 2

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

no setting powder

In the bottom photo, I applied a different powder to each under-eye. Can you guess which is which?

set powder

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.

set with flash
All blended with flash!
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!

Don’t mind my crazy flyaways, haha I never noticed how bad they looked haha. 


*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!

I’m wearing the RCMA powder here as well, I love it!

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33 thoughts on “Battle of the Translucent Powders | Laura Mercier vs. RCMA No-Color Powder

    1. Lash-Eyed Beauty

      I started to “bake”! I don’t know if it’s really considered baking cause it only sits there for like 3 minutes cause I’m impatient but I just stick a clean old beauty blender in the powder and put it on my under eyes and then wipe it away in a few minutes! It really does help with longevity!! Thanks for the love on my posts btw! ❤️❤️❤️


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  3. Vanessa Mata

    This review was amazing! I have the RCMA no color powder and it works wonders on me. I have very oily and textured skin. When using the RCMA no color powder it simply blurs any imperfections and keeps my skin looking matte but in a healthy way. I love using this product especially for my under-eye, as every powder I’ve used to set it creases on me, except this one. It’s inexpensive compared to others which work the same way.

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  4. Wendy C

    Great review! I received my RCMA No Color Powder this week and I’ve used it a couple of time already. I’ve noticed it has controlled my oily T-Zone aaannnddddd no flashback in photography! 🙂

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  5. Kat

    Right now I’m using NYX HD Studio and it keeps me matte all day on my t-zone. It’s the only powder where I don’t need to touch up at all in 12 hours which is huge. I really want to try RCMA but concerned about the oil control…. How do you find it for you? Do you touch up throughout the day at all?

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    1. Lash-Eyed Beauty

      I don’t bring my makeup to work, so no touch ups! I will admit that there is a little sheen that pokes through, but I’m still matte- I just have a “natural” glow. Definitely not oily! I think you should try it, it’s such a great price and you get so much! I like to leave the powder on my nose for a minute to really get the maximum “bakeage”


  6. vonn

    dose this powder work on any skin color im scared to b a ghost! alot of white people on beautylish r saying it made them look white i can only imagine on me my foundation is bareskin minerals 12 its like medium tan!

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    1. Lash-Eyed Beauty

      I have beige toned skin so I have a little lighter skin tone than you (but still similar) and I don’t get whitecast or white residue at all. I think it depends on how much you’re putting on honestly. I don’t bake with this; I simply pat some on and blend/brush it off my undereyes. I could see how if you’re applying this with a wet beauty blender under your eyes and all over your face, it would leave some sort of white residue if you didn’t blend it off well. You could also try combining this with your current face powder!


  7. Sasnuhy Paskevichyan

    thanks for the great review! I just ordered a sample of this powder (10 grams for 2.99) on camera ready 🙂 You should try it-I think it’s cheaper and the product is always in stock! It’s a certified cosmetic website that carries authentic brands-Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets, RCMA, Inglot and many other brands among the lines.

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