Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

 

Tres Chic

Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette ($52.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes two blushes, two highlighters, and two bronzers. Both the blush and highlighter formulas were described as buildable, and the blush in particular was described as sheer and buildable. The texture of most shades was on the dustier side–thin, drier, and dusty–and my experience over time has shown thinner powder products tend to harder to apply and blend, which was true with some of the shades in the palette. The pigmentation was more medium to semi-opaque and buildable for most shades; only Peach was truly sheer. The wear was seven to eight hours, though the blush formula is marketed as having 10-hour wear.

Laura Mercier Peach Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Peach Blush Colour Infusion

Peach

Peach is a light-medium, pinky-coral with warm, golden pearl. It had sheer, buildable coverage (as described) paired with a thin, dry, lightly chalky texture that was hard to apply and blend out as it just stuck to my skin wherever initially was applied. I had to barely pat it in a gentle “line” across my cheek and then really buff it in because spreading it out wasn’t an option. This shade stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Pearlescent Pink (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Milani Berry Rays #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Milani Coral Beams #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Fox (DC, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop My Sun and Stars (P, $7.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Count Me In (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.2 oz. – $150.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “sheer, buildable” coverage that “blends seamlessly with skin” that lasts for “10 hours.” I purchased two shades–one shimmer, one matte–to see how they performed before considering purchasing more of the range. The texture of both shades was rather thin with a firmer consistency that wasn’t as blendable as I would have expected, though it had the sheer coverage that was described. It was buildable from sheer to mostly opaque coverage, though the shimmer shade I tried was easier to build up. They lasted around eight hours on me, which was solid wear, but it was shy of the 10-hour claim.

 

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lauroyl Lysine, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Red 7 (Ci 15850).

Laura Mercier Gold Radiance Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Gold Radiance Face Illuminator

Gold Radiance

Gold Radiance is a pale gold with stronger, warm undertones and a barely-there sheen. It appeared shinier when I initially swatched it on my arm, but I couldn’t get that level of glow on my cheekbones–it ended up having more of a satin-level shine on me. It had more opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture that felt drier and almost chalky to me. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading visibly.

Top DupesFormula OverviewSmashbox Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).MAC Gold FX (LE, $31.00) is cooler (90% similar).MAC Gleam Sheen (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).NARS Albatross (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Highlight (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Thimble (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Extra (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. – $146.67 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn’t emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

 

Laura Mercier Luxe Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Luxe Face Illuminator

Luxe

Luxe is a medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single pass, though the drier, dustier texture made it easier to apply less for sheerer, more buildable coverage. The product applied fairly evenly and wasn’t too much effort to diffuse and blend out. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of wear.

Top DupesFormula OverviewColour Pop Class Act (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Tarte Candlelight (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).rms beauty Midnight Hour (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).MAC Baby It’s Gold Outside (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).MAC Hot and Heavy (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).MAC TheBlonds (LE, $41.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Anastasia Mimosa (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.3 oz. – $146.67 Per Ounce

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula was typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that could get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but didn’t emphasize my pores. The texture was smooth and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it that seemed common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tended to last around eight hours.

 

Laura Mercier Rose Blush Colour Infusion

Laura Mercier Rose Blush Colour Infusion

Rose

Rose is a medium-dark pink with moderat,e warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, almost silky, but it was thinner and somewhat dusty in the pan. I had a lot of trouble applying and blending out this shade, as it always looked somewhat uneven and splotchy (despite trying a few different application methods/tools). It had medium, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me.

Top DupesFormula OverviewNARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Tarte Amazed (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar).NYX Dusty Rose (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Naked Cherry #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Sweet Enough (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Chanel Quintessence (440) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.2 oz. – $150.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “sheer, buildable” coverage that “blends seamlessly with skin” that lasts for “10 hours.” I purchased two shades–one shimmer, one matte–to see how they performed before considering purchasing more of the range. The texture of both shades was rather thin with a firmer consistency that wasn’t as blendable as I would have expected, though it had the sheer coverage that was described. It was buildable from sheer to mostly opaque coverage, though the shimmer shade I tried was easier to build up. They lasted around eight hours on me, which was solid wear, but it was shy of the 10-hour claim.

 

Laura Mercier A La Mode Bronzing Powder

Laura Mercier A La Mode Bronzing Powder

A La Mode

A La Mode is a medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had medium color coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque. The texture was lightly dusty, drier, and thin, though it applied evenly and blended out without difficulty. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Ticket to Brazil (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).Tarte Park Ave Princess (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).CoverGirl Bronze (200) (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more muted (90% similar).Too Faced Chocolate Gold (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Beach Ready (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Sunset Striptease (P, $4.99) is less shimmery (90% similar).Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Guerlain Terracotta Gold Light (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar).

Laura Mercier Tres Modern Bronzing Powder

Laura Mercier Tres Modern Bronzing Powder

Tres Modern

Tres Modern is a very light, golden brown with a satin sheen. The bronzer had medium color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage on my skin, though for reference, it barely showed up on my coloring (and I’m light to light-medium) even when applied more heavily. The texture was thin, soft to the touch, but on the drier side and could have been more blendable on my skin. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me before fading visibly.

Chanel Medium Light (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Guerlain Terracotta Gold Light (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Ticket to Brazil (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar).Chanel Medium (P, $58.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar).Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar).Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Beach Ready (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Contour (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar).

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