Rated 4.41 out of 5 stars
With pale skin and green eyes I've always avoided bronzers (they go dirty or muddy on me, usually, no matter the brand) and in my late 40s I'm particularly careful, but Modern Mercury is magical. I bought a full size after trying it in last holiday's color promotion and that's a first. I use it on minimal days with a bit of concealer and lip balm, swept on like blush and over lids, or on more made-up days as a bit of sheen to soften a smoky eye. It's not something I'd usually spend on-I spend here on skincare, primarily and gladly, and enjoy the color promotions, but was happy to find this available in a full size. It makes mature skin (nearly 48) glow as though I'd been sailing in the afternoon, and has been a boon through the dark winter months. If the sheen worries you (and it's not glittery or anything like it-more like softly burnished antique gold with a warm glow that also has cool hues of rose-the chemists there are magicians- use a big brush and a little product, and give yourself the gift of glowing skin that you work so hard to take care of with product and SPF and hats...it's gorgeous. I couldn't be more delighted, and going into summer (with a medical condition that doesn't permit any sun exposure) under hats and SPF 100 it's a wonderful feeling to know I'll look as healthy as I'm keeping my internals. Do try it. xx
Beautiful packaging and lovely pressed compact and smooth when applied, but it's not anything special or innovative. All highlighter seem to be the same nowadays. Just a lot of sparkles and it doesn't even matter what color you get it'll end up looking the same. I now am 100% over powder highlighters. This one is a no go and definitely not worth the $$ just to put some sparkles on my face.
Roonie from San Diego, CA
Oh my god, this product!!! I know it's made to be a highlighter but I use this as a blush in the shade Modern Mercury and OMG it's amazing! I was gifted the product and I immediately knew, even though Estee Lauder is a bit out of my price range, I had to buy it again. This is my biggest holy grail product and cannot wait to repurchase!!
Britchic1 from Prospect Heights, IL
For me, finding a good highlighter has been like trying to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It's been an elusive journey. I hate too much glitter or shimmer, and unfortunately a lot of highlighters out there have lots of that. I was initially gravitating towards another color,as I thought this one might come off a bit dark on me, but after reading the positive reviews I decided on Modern Mercury. I'm really glad I did. I'm not sure the photos on the website do the color justice. It really is a pretty gold with a touch of rose. It works very well on my pale skin. It also seems to have good lasting power and is still in place at the end of the day. It's also great to use on the eyes. Very pretty. I also like the mirror in the compact. I'm happy I found this product. I'm tempted to try the other colors as well now.
Angie M from New Milford CT
I did not expect to powder to have so much shimmer. I returned it. It was not what i expected. I don't mind a little shine but this was something you would wear to a party only.
Tink from Riverside ca
It's a beauty I love how it gives me that golden lil touch on my cheekbones Ladys you won't be disappointed!
Kimberly from Denver, CO
I love finishing off my makeup with this bronzer. Honestly, I sometimes just use the bronzer (only) with some mascara and looks great for those laid back days. This is a must have to your makeup routine.
Brenda from NC
my favorite one it looks so incredible
LY from Spruce Pine Alabama
I really like this product! Lightens my face. I am using it in my daily makeup routine
GiGi from Davie, FL
This product gives my skin a beautiful sheen and glow.
PGBarbe from Punta Gorda, FL
I've used this product for years and love it. However, when I re-ordered it this time was, so surprised at the very small size container. The current one I have is .74 oz, the new one is only .31! Why change the size? And I suspect the price remained the same or maybe a bit less? Perhaps there are. Ow 2 sizes, but there never was before and I was not prompted to select a size.
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Amanda from Chicago, IL
It's so beautiful, a little goes a long way!
I have wanted to buy this for years but couldn't come to terms with the price, but finally gave in and this is now my go to highlight!
It's going to be so amazing in the summer! If you need a push to buy it, well here it is!
Jane from Kill Devil Hills, NC
This is a fine product but a little too much shine for me. To be completely honest, I mostly ordered it because the case looked so beautiful and it is! I'm going to try the matte one.
CaraM80 from NYC
I was so excited to see EL re-release Modern Mercury and, even though I knew it would be too dark to use as a bronzer or highlighter, I couldn't resist buying it and have been using it as a blush topper. It's a smooth baked gelee powder that doesn't emphasize texture or contain glitter or shimmer and blends perfectly with a fluffy brush. The color is a warm-ish pinky bronze that would be absolutely stunning on medium and deep skintones but is also beautiful on those of us that may or may not be vampires. I highly recommend grabbing it as it's probably limited edition again. **For reference, I'm very fair with cool undertones - my best foundation matches are NW10 in MAC and BR10 in YSL and concealers that match my skintone are Shape Tape in 8B Porcelain Beige and Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define in C0.7
Jewels from Texas
I have heatwave and it is such an amazing highlighter. Just try it and you'll be hooked! Glow for days!
Crissy from Nevada
I own the older version of heat wave and now the newer one they are the same exact color but the older version of heat wave has a thicker texture but they both look the same on the face so if you have the original then you might not want this one or maybe you do but I am happy with both of them
Ummea from Brooklyn, NY
One of the best highlighters!! I got the heatwave and it's literally the best highlighter ever!! It's just so glowy doesn't have shimmer or glitter. Doesn't look cheap! Makes your skin look natural and glowy!