Setting Powders: Ben Nye vs. Laura Mercier

So many brands have setting powders – how do you know which ones to choose?! From watching a bagillion reviews on Youtube, I narrowed it down to these two: the Ben Nye setting powder and the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.


I think they are both high quality products. I ordered my Ben Nye powder from Amazon and the sifter didn’t work, but that was the only problem I had quality wise. They both feel like very luxurious products




They are both pretty finely milled. However, I do find the Laura Mercier to be a bit more finely milled. It’s so smooth and almost silly, if that makes sense. When I bake with the Ben Nye Powder, I can actually feel the product on my skin, and the product being “baked” in (which is good – it kinda feels “tight”). I don’t feel that with the Laura Mercier powder and I think it’s because of the finely milled-ness. I also like that the Ben Nye Powder has a slightly pink sheen. The pink is not even noticeable, it’s more of “undertone” type of look. 


I think the Ben Nye powder lasts longer on oily skin than the Laura Mercier does. My face doesn’t really get too shiny when I bake with the Ben Nye. However, it DOES get shiny with the Laura Mercier powder like I normally would.


They are both great powders but the Ben Nye seems to be less finely milled, although it does last longer for oily skin. If you have dry skin, the Laura Mercier is probably not an issue. My skin is REALLY oily by the way so think about that before making a decision. I also really like the color with Ben Nye setting powder (they have other colors as well as a translucent color). 

What’s your favorite setting powder? I really want to try the Kat Von D powder next!

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  • Reply Courtney Livingston August 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I have such oily skin I will have to try the Ben Nye. Thanks for sharing!!
    Courtney ||

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles August 9, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Thanks for reading! Let me know how you like it if you try it! ๐Ÿ’–

  • Reply beautystylemama August 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Nt skin is dry. I love to use ben nye banana luxury powder and i love it.

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles August 9, 2017 at 3:04 am

      It’s awesome! ๐Ÿ’–

  • Reply SimpleSerenity August 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Great post, I didn’t try any of these, but I would love to try Laure Mercier one. xx

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles August 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      It’s so silky! You would love it! ๐Ÿ’–

  • Reply Moushmi Radhanpara August 9, 2017 at 10:03 am

    A great post.

  • Reply hudapervez August 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I definitely want to get the Laura Mercier powder but it’s so damn expensive, haha!

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles August 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      It is!! I get the travel size because I don’t contour my face unless it’s a special occasion or I’m taking shots for a blog post so it works out for me! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’–

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    Woah, milled is actually used as a term in the beauty world? Thats soo cool! Awesome post!!!

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