Ladies and gentlemen--
Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite setting powder. Alas, all setting powders were not created equal, and this one is by far one of superiority.
I purchased the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder a couple months ago because summer was upon us and my Cover FX Setting Powder in Light started to look chalky on me. I then saw the benefit to purchasing a translucent powder that I could use all year round. At the time I also started doing makeup on other people, so I also thought it would be wondrous to use one setting powder on all skin tones, especially one that would photograph well. Thus, I marched into Sephora in search of the best setting powder they had. Of course, this product is what I ended up with:
For $34, you get 1 ounce/ 29 grams of product. While the price seems a bit steep, you actually get a lot of product for your money. The packaging is very sturdy plastic with a screw on top. The product comes out in a sifter, which does not let too much product come out at once no matter how you shake it. Mine is stored sideways and travels with me a lot so I can totally vouch for this. At the same time, you don't need to shake it like a shake n bake commercial to get product out.
I like to use this product on my face after applying liquid foundation with either a kabuki brush or a blush brush. You can either tap off the extra before applying of just smack some powder over different parts of your face to blend out later. I do a little bit of both :)
I'm not going to go over the pros and cons because there are no cons, and you can only expect so much out of a setting powder.
I really love how fine and smoothly this applies. It is not at all difficult to blend all over your face and avoid patches of chalkiness. I have been using this product since June, so it has been featured in all my FOTD posts since then. There is no ghastly glow when photographed, a problem I have heard MUAs complaining about MUFE HD Powder. I really do feel like it sets my makeup properly without looking powdery and caked on. I would definitely come back to this powder after experimenting with a few other ones!
You can purchase this at Sephora, Sephora.com, and Nordstrom.