Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Review

I've been wanting to try this product for ages and now that I have been using it for the past 2 weeks I feel like I have made my verdict. I'm going to try to keep it short and to the point!

The product in question is Laura Mercier Mineral powder.

here it is in all its pretty packaging glory
The colour I bought is Natural Beige - and I knew this from watching other people's videos on YouTube with skin tones similar to mine. The colour is a perfect match for me right now - I have medium skin with neutral undertones, sometimes leaning towards yellow more than pink, but products with truly neutral undertones tend to suit me best and this is exactly that.

Natural Beige

The only other "mineral" foundation I have tried before are MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder and Bare Minerals (both the original and matte formula) so I will compare them to those. The packaging is great - I love the fact that the container is larger so you don't have to struggle fitting a larger brush, and it also has a tab you can twist to close the holes so that product doesn't spill out. 

It has a luminous, natural finish - less luminous than Bare Minerals Original but not as flat as the matte. It is my favourite thing about this foundation. It just looks effortless and natural.

I am wearing Bobbi Brown creamy concealer on any problem areas, then applied LM mineral foundation with a MAC 182 kabuki brush. The blush I am wearing is MAC Earth to Earth.
The coverage is medium when applied with a kabuki brush, and you can build the coverage up but it tends to get a bit cakey-looking, so I stop at "medium" and just use concealer underneath on any problem areas. When I first apply it (like in the photo above) it looks amazing, however...

I was afraid this would happen since it happened with the original Bare Minerals formula as well - it makes my face itch like crazy! It doesn't happen all the time and it doesn't make me break out in a rash or give me acne... but the feeling is uncomfortable and it happens when my face would start to sweat (therefore in warm, sunny environments). The staying power is also quite low on my oily skin, it lasts about 1 hour before it starts letting oils through.

I have tried it with different primers underneath and while they stopped the itchiness and prolonged wear an extra hour or two - the finish just isn't as nice as opposed to when I apply the powder directly on the skin.

So, I will use this up (hopefully in the fall/winter my face won't sweat and the itchiness won't be as annoying) but unfortunately it was a miss for me.

If you have had itching/reactions to the original Bare Minerals formula, I suggest not trying this since I believe they have the same irritating ingredient in them. Bare Minerals matte works well but lacks the luminous finish that I very much desire.

What has your experience been like with mineral makeup?