The Wanderlust List #3 (Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder)

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the previous versions of the Wanderlust List below.

Instead of buying the Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder, I’m revisiting some powders that I already own from Laura Mercier, MAC, and NARS.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

As a dry skin person, satin or luminous powder is always intriguing. When I saw Becca release this powder, I was going to purchase it as soon as it made its way to Sephora. I’ve talked with Lili (a fellow blogger that you should check out if you haven’t) about it and I talked about it again in a Monday Edit. I still think it looks promising, but the more time that passed, the more I realized that I already have powders that have a similar finish.

Swatches of Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

So the powders pictured above are the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shade 5), the MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (shade dark), and the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (shade sunstone). All of these powders leave a satin to luminous finish on the skin and don’t cling if I have dry patches. It is important to keep in mind that if you do not have dry skin and need oil control in your setting powder, these may not be for you.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5)

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5) swatch

The Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder is the most luminous of the three products. It leaves a luminous finish and I try to be careful using this with non-matte foundations and I don’t use it if the finish of my foundation is luminous. If you want to learn more about this powder and see shade 4, I’ve featured it previously in Setting Powders That Work for My Dry Skin.

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark)

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch
MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch

The MAC Waterweight Powder is a natural finish with just a hint of luminosity to it. If you are familiar with MAC’s mineralize skinfinish natural, that is more matte than this waterweight powder. I typically just mix the two colors together, but I swatched them separately to show the different undertones of the two sides. There are only two shades left in stock on the MAC website, so this product may be getting discontinued. If you are interested in it, you could always try to see if a MAC counter has more shades in stock.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone) Swatch

The NARS Light Reflecting Powder leans more satin in finish but it still has a nice luminosity to it. This powder is the newest to me, but so far I prefer the Laura Mercier since this one is a little too orange on me. It is sheer, since it is a setting powder, so I do think that makes it more workable.

Even though the powders I own are all slightly different, they all get me to pretty much the same place. I’m just trying to be more careful about buying new products that duplicate something that is already a favorite. I’m not always good at it, but we’re all works in progress, so I just do my best.

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The Wanderlust List #2 (Uoma Black Magic Poise Palette)

The Wanderlust list is about pausing before buying something new to see if you have a product that already fits that “need.” If you missed the first post in my Wanderlust List series you can also check that out for my alternatives to the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette.

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Uoma Beauty is a newer brand to the makeup market that seems to be getting nothing but praise. I can ignore most of the excitement, but the Uoma Beauty Black Magic Palette in the shade Poise keeps creeping back onto my wish list.

I have some shades from Make Up For Ever (MUFE) that can give me a similar look and vibe. These shades are alternatives (rather than dupes) that I’d be happy to use instead of spending $44.00 on a new palette. Since I’ve never seen this palette in person, I can’t speak to how similar or different my alternatives are in quality and texture. But, I can tell you that MUFE eyeshadows are great quality for those that like an eyeshadow formula that is pressed firmly in the pan.

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The Wanderlust List #1 (Natasha Denona Bronze Palette)

Wanderlust is a universal feeling that is a longing for something. We see new products that we like the look or concept of, we know they aren’t for us, and still, we consider them anyway. Sometimes we go so far as to buy them, despite having something similar or knowing we won’t use them.

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. Opting out of new releases can be challenging for a blogger. I mentioned previously that the analytics tell me new releases are what people want. I could continue to cater to that crowd, but I’m personally burned out from new purchases and want to get back to using my favorites.

Disclaimer: As a beauty blogger, I have more makeup than a “regular” consumer. That does mean that I have more options to choose from when I’m opting out of a new purchase, but hopefully, the thought process can still help.

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