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.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

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 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Swatch (Samoa)

I clearly have a bronzer problem. In May, I talked about the new release of bronzers from NARS in one of my window shopping posts. I claimed I wasn’t going to buy the matte version. Well, that was true. At the time, I ended up getting the satiny version in the shade Punta Cana. But right before Christmas, I finally broke down and decided to try the matte version.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa bronzer swatch dark skin

Despite typically preferring a satin finish, I like this matte formula better than their traditional finish. It is definitely a matte powder, but it gives a healthy look to the skin. The most comparable bronzer that I’ve tried is the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder (swatches here). They remind me a lot of each other, but the NARS formula is denser likely due to the oils in the ingredients.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Punta Cana and Samoa bronzer swatches dark skin
Punta Cana (left) and Samoa (right)

Pictured below is Samoa (matte formula) and Punta Cana (regular formula) swatched. I thought it would be helpful to see the two side by side so you can see how the finish differs. Hopefully this is helpful if you are trying to decide between the two. The colors looks similar in a swatch but Punta Cana applies deeper and more neutral than Samoa on me. Punta Cana is much more like it looks in the pan, than it looks in the swatch.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa and Punta Cana Bronzer Swatches dark skin
L to R: NARS Samoa (matte) and Punta Cana

If you’re curious to see how Punta Cana compares to other brands, I posted a round-up of my bronzers over the summer.

What’s your favorite bronzer finish, matte or satin? Let me know in the comments below.

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour

Don’t let the title scare you away; regardless of skin tone, the information in this book can be helpful. The publishing of this book is a necessary addition to the few makeup guides still available in print. I found out about The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour by Funmi Fetto from Vikeejeah on Youtube. Vikeejeah and four other YouTube Creators collaborated to all cover three products mentioned in the book. Kelsee Briana Jai, one of the collaborators, created a playlist of all five videos for easy viewing. I’ll also leave that below for easy watching.

I do want to mention that some of the write-ups in the book are more helpful than others. Some anecdotal parts aren’t that helpful in terms of how a product works, but I haven’t noticed any items that I felt wouldn’t be workable for deep skin tones. Overall, I have enjoyed reading through this book and am excited to check out some products I haven’t tried before.

I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the products covered in the book that I have tried. The book does cover skincare and hair care, but I’ll only be focusing on the makeup portion.


Two of the foundations in the book that I have used are the Estee Lauder Doublewear and Nars Natural Radiant Longwear foundations. I already have a review of the Estee Lauder doublewear foundation, so if you want more details from a dry skin perspective, you can check that review out.

As for the NARS longwear foundation, it is still fairly new to me, so I’m still getting a feel for it. You can tell in the swatches below how matte the Estee Lauder is in comparison to the NARS’ Radiant finish. The one issue I have had with the NARS formula was that it accentuated texture really badly until I got my shade right. It looks much better on me now that I’ve switched to the shade Tahoe instead of Huahine and Syracuse.

Estee Lauder double wear shade 5w2 rich caramel and nars natural radiant longwear shade tahoe swatches
L to R: Estee Lauder doublewear 5W2 and NARS natural radiant longwear tahoe
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The Fall Makeup Edit (2020)

MAC raizin Blush, NARS Savage blush, NARS Noumea and Guayaquil Eyeshadow, Revlon Raisin Rage, Chanel Antoinette, Beccay Maui Nights, Clinique WN 82 Latte, Chanel pourpre profound, Dior Sienna

I decided to pick out some products to focus on this season. I don’t usually care whether a particular shade coordinates with the season, but I wanted to try something different this year. This assortment went in a somewhat monochromatic direction, which is a look I don’t mind. But I’ll see how long it lasts before I want to swap any of these out.

Foundation – Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (WN 82 Latte)

For my dry skin, this is the best-looking finish on my skin that I have come across. The brand claims a natural matte finish, which I always assume means satin, and I would agree with that. I have no issues with wear time, but due to my dry skin, I hardly ever do. While it does last throughout the day, it is not transfer-proof or resistant. I have worn it on its own, but it transfers easily. So I prefer to set it with powder. The powders that I do not find to change the beautiful finish are the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and the now discontinued MAC Next to Nothing Powder. However, any setting powder you prefer will work if you do not mind a more matte finish. This foundation is one of my favorites that I have been using it for over two years now and have repurchased it.

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