La Mer The Powder Review

January 20, 2012

I have briefly mentioned that La Mer The Powder is my favorite loose powder in several of my posts but I have never gotten around to do a full post on it. Quite a few people have asked me about it so here is the full review.

I discovered the La Mer loose powder many years ago after this powder literally went viral amongst the Asian bloggers and on some beauty forums. La Mer is normally known for their skincare products, so had I not heard of this powder on the forum I would never have looked into it further. I am really glad I did and was totally hooked on to it ever since. Of course I have tried other brands during the years but I always go back to this one.


La Mer’s powder is housed in a heavy, sturdy glass jar, and it contains  25g of product, which is a lot! One jar would last about 2 years for me, and I normally get it from the US which is significantly cheaper than in Australia – it retails for USD$65 . I really think this is quite a reasonable price for the amount of product you get, for the brand and the superior quality. Of course it is still in the expensive category, but if you do the maths (calculate the price per gram of product), it is actually cheaper than those of other high end brands!

Though I have been using this powder for years, to date I still get blown away by how light and finely filled the powder is. La Mer claims that this powder is so incredibly light that it appears to float. I agree! Sometimes if  the powder puffs into the air during use, it looks like “smoke” and the particles of the powder is invisible.

As for the finish – I love it! It is neither too matte, nor too translucent. I normally use this powder on top of a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer.  It provides a very subtle coverage that is just needed as a finishing step to even out the areas of the skin that your foundation/tinted moisturizer can’t do. It takes away the unnecessary shine without looking powdery and cakey. When it is applied, the powder is so finely milled it just disappears into your skin, so I even use it under the eyes to set the concealer.  The finish is just naturally flawless – not too matte, not too dewy, just  like a baby’s complexion with this natural radiance/glow that seems to diminish as we age.

The only thing I don’t like about this powder is the puff that comes with it. Having used the ultra luxury powder puff that comes with some high end Japanese powder, this one feels cheap and not velvety enough for me, so I always replace it with the MAC Pro Powder puff which is much better (but still not perfect…)


I am using the shade Creme which contains no shimmer and has some color to it rather than totally translucent, and my review is only for this shade. Please note that La Mer’s powder also comes in the shade Translucent, and I did not like the finish as it contains micro shimmer.


Bottom Line: The creme de la creme of powders! Available here and here.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamilla January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Ooh! I wonder how this compares with my Suqqu Nuancing Loose Powder – thanks for the review!


Reika January 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I haven’t used Suqqu, but out of all the Japanese loose powder I have tried (such as CdP and Kanebo..etc), I find that the Jap powder gives more coverage and looks slightly more powdery on the face than La Mer


Jess January 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

Yes, I have to agree! I have tried Lunasol and Kanebo Sensai and CdP, and they do appear more powdery than the ones from Western brands such as Dior, Chanel and Guerlain.


Thu January 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Wow, thank you for the review. I’ve never heard of La Mer Powder, but now I can’t wait to check it out (after I finish the current one though as I am on makeup/skincare purchase ban till I finish up). And 65$ sounds reasonably to me.


Reika January 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Yes it is quite reasonable for a brand like La Mer, and one tub can last you forever!


m.fay January 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

thanks for the review! once I get through my chanel powder I’ll be sure to give it a try.


Renata January 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Great review!
I was never interested in this powder because I thought they all had shimmer.
Do you think this color works for very fair skin? (A lot of powders look too beige on me)
Thank you!


Reika January 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I am fair (NC15) and the shade creme works perfect for my complexion, it doesn’t look beige at all on me.


Renata January 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Thank you! 🙂


Joyce September January 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

I got The Powder in Translucent, and I love the shimmer but it’s very subtle. Prefer to have a luminous finish as opposed to one with color. Do you have Muji over there? I love their powder puff – velvety soft! (:


Reika January 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Oh..thanks!! No we don’t have Muji here, I need to find a way to get Muji powder puff now!


Joyce September January 22, 2012 at 1:53 am

Guess I’ll have to get you one then 🙂


Petrina January 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

I.must.have.this!! Your pictures have sold me!! 2 years is a very long time. I’ve been using clinique blended powder n brush n 30g lasts a littles less than a yr.
Do you ever apply it with a brush? If so which one? I normally use MAC 129 but I don’t really like it


Jess January 23, 2012 at 1:18 am

Thank you so much for the in depth review, Reika! Based on your previous presentation of this powder to be one of your best picks of the year, you already sold it to me! So, I’m awaiting mine from the UK now, since this product is not available over here in Austria. Booh!

I can’t wait to receive it, hehe… 🙂


CFS January 23, 2012 at 7:35 am


At the local La Mer counter, the salesladies informed us that the La Mer makeup line has been continued.

Hope it’s not true!


Elaine January 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Only the translucent is available in Australia. Boo! I’ll like to get this through a friend in HOng Kong, but I’m not sure which color to get. Can any suggest the color that will suit an NC 25-30? Don’t know if I should get the creme or beige.


Annie February 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Rei 🙂

Not sure if i have missed any of your reviews about essence mask sheets? I know that ther are many brands out there. Would you be able to recommend which brands are good with reasonable price and where i can purchase them 😀


Reika February 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

I really love Beauty Diary mask sheet, been going through tons of them over the past few years as they are very affordable. My favorites are the premium range.
You can get them from sasa.


annie February 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thank you!!!!!!! And how often shall I apply? Do you have to wash your face afterwards? And any scents or type in specific you could kindly recommend? 😀


camilla February 23, 2012 at 3:09 am

How does it photograph? Does it look it theres powder there? Does it reflect light 🙂


Ambika January 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

i was wonderind to use this product la mer powder..
i leave in sydney nsw.can u tell me where can i buy
this preduct??!!thanks..<3<3


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