When this powder arrived at my place and I saw the size of the jar for the first time, I thought to myself, “Holy cow, you've gotta be kidding me!” It is gigantic! And quite heavy! So if anyone asks me what my first impression was, now you know, it's the out-of-the-world-big jar size. ;) But that's not the only thing that impressed me though, the powder itself also performed like no others. La Mer totally made this one of a kind.
The jar that houses the powder is made of frosted plastic (I believed they switched from glass to plastic just recently, the plastic one I have is quite heavy already, I just can't imagine how much heavier the glass version would be!). The size of the jar is seriously huge that I think it could be too cumbersome to carry with you to travel. But if you really need to bring it with, you can always decant the powder into a smaller portable sifter jar. La Mer includes a small powder puff but I find it to be too small (I don't quite see the logic in this – really big jar but really small puff?!). It is very velvety and soft but very small nonetheless, so I prefer using a different puff for this powder (my favorite is the Shiseido 123).
The powder is available in 4 shades: Translucent (with micro shimmer), Crème, Natural, and Beige. I purchased Crème which is a perfect match for my NC30 skin tone although I don't think the color shade matters much since it goes on almost invisible on the skin. The Crème shade has no shimmer whatsoever and is slightly tinted which I like my loose powder to be to add some extra color to my face. For this powder, I like to use a powder puff instead of a face brush since it performs better at “pressing” the powder down onto the skin. The powder is extremely finely-milled and you may lose quite a bit of product if a brush is used. But then again, there's so much product in this jar, I don't think you have to worry you will run out soon. So at the end, it comes down to your personal preference.
La Mer claims this luxurious finishing powder is so incredibly light it appears to float and that they use airspun sea-born particles which is the lightest materials on earth as ingredients. Well sounds like a lot of research was put behind the making process. As an end user, I have to agree that this powder feels extremely light, in fact, you may not even feel it at all. On my skin, it feels like the powder just disappears. I don't feel like I am wearing anything at all. Although light in texture, this powder has a pretty decent coverage. It literally smooths away unevenness and pores but still lets your true skin underneath shine through. The finish is matte with a very subtle radiant glow. I don't find this powder to oxidize and while it may not completely keep oil away, it definitely keeps my face matte a lot longer than other powders on the market.
This powder doesn't look blotchy over tinted moisturizer or foundation either. It can be built and built to give you the desired coverage and still will not look cakey. It's so great at covering up small imperfections that I tend to reach for it on “just-a-moisturizer-and-powder” kind of days. At $65 for a generous 25 g of product, this is not expensive at all, considering the superior quality and how little you need for each application. One jar will easily last you more than a year. In fact, if you break the price down to per gram, it's much cheaper than other high-end brands even.
This powder is definitely an indulgence and one that will not disappoint. If the price is within your range or if you are looking to give yourself a nice little treat, I say give it a try. It's totally worth my money and beyond a doubt exceeded my expectation.