Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes
Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($55.00 for 0.36 oz.) seems to have been re-released! I reviewed this here (November 2013), and it was one of the better-selling holiday palettes. Thought I would pass it along that it appears to be back at Sephora with the same packaging and shade range according to the image and accompanying description! (It looked familiar, but I was hoping it was totally new!)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00 for 0.332 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Everything about this palette was a disappointment. It’s a bit like wearing a bunch of faded, barely-there eyeshadows that just make your natural lid look muddied, dreary, and powdery. Both cheek colors were stiff and required a spatula to scrape off color to get anything to show up in a swatch, but I couldn’t get either to visibly appear on my cheeks. The eyeshadows are very soft and powdery, and unfortunately, most of them blend away to poor versions of themselves in practice. I was a bit surprised, because it swatched better than anticipated, but it was a mess trying to use this. The only way to salvage it would be use to a white, tacky/creamy base. The only nice thing about this is the packaging, which has “water’ droplets on the exterior (exactly like MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection).

Mist is a muted, light-medium green-teal with strong gray and cool undertones. It had a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was so soft that it sheered out to semi-sheer coverage. It was noticeably faded after five hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fog is a light-medium, khaki green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft yet powdery enough that it tended to blend away to a rather sheer, faded color applied to the lid in practice. It wore well for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Storm is a muted, overcast green with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was prone to sheering out to a very faded, sheerer version of itself. It only wore well for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wind is a soft, muted pink-lavender with hints of gray and a subtle, warmer undertone and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had a somewhat powdery texture that made it difficult to keep at that intensity–it wanted to sheer out almost instantly. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Rain is a cool-toned, purple-gray with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cloud is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-sheer, and lasted a mere five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset (Cheek Color) is a pink-peach with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I had to chip away at the pan’s surface to dislodge product with a metal spatula, because the surface was so firm and hard that it nearly felt like plastic. What I managed to scrape away ended up being chalky, powdery, and dry. I couldn’t get it to show up on my skin tone, but I did see a slightly chalky cast in person, though it seemed to disappear nearly instantly, because it was gone less than an hour later. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth (Cheek Color) is a medium-dark reddish brown with a satin finish. It had a similarly hard surface that required scraping to get any product out of it for swatching. It was powdery, dry, prone to fading, and incredibly difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Laura Mercier Watercolor Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Watercolor Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

Watercolor Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

Decorate the eye with sateen watercolor-like finishes with a flush of color to the cheeks. Calm, serenity, balance- let them surround you. The mood is quiet and relaxed. The look is effortless and discrete.

  • Mist
  • Fog
  • Storm
  • Sunset (Cheek Color)
  • Earth (Cheek Color)
  • Wind
  • Purple Rain
  • Cloud

Availability: Macy’s, Saks

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette

Flawless Contouring Palette ($50.00) (New, Permanent)

Through her artisan lens, developed over years of working as a professional makeup artist, Laura has carefully chosen these neutral shades in a darker range that help sculpt the face. The key to everyday contouring is to be discrete. Laura’s Contouring Palette is designed to define and highlight your features with five delicate, but buildable crèmes. The extraordinary formula is more blendable than typical contouring powders, allowing for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time.

  • 0.17 oz Contour #1
  • 4 x 0.1 oz Contour in Medium #2, Deep #3, Highlight #1, and Highlight #2

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Laura Mercier Chameleon Collection
Laura Mercier Chameleon Collection

Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Soft, cushiony colour that gives you a flawlessly air-brushed effect. Wear alone, layered or blended to create your customized smoky eye look from sheer to intense. Includes: Noir, Black Magic, Graphite, Slate, Ivory.

Rose Quartz Eye Transformer Trio ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s latest way to decorate the eye is with the Eye Transformer Trio. The color-coordinating trio features an innovative Eye Glacé with a formula that merges a glossy gel with a sparkling foil and can be paired with the Kohl Eye Pencil and a sweep of mascara for a sexy twist. The idea behind the trio is about playing, experimenting and having fun with your look. Trio includes:

  • Eye Glacé in Rose Quartz
  • Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper
  • Full Blown Volume Suprême Lash Building Mascara in Black

Black Diamond Eye Transformer Trio ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s latest way to decorate the eye is with the Eye Transformer Trio. The color-coordinating trio features an innovative Eye Glacé with a formula that merges a glossy gel with a sparkling foil and can be paired with the Kohl Eye Pencil and a sweep of mascara for a sexy twist. The idea behind the trio is about playing, experimenting and having fun with your look. Trio includes:

  • Eye Glacé in Black Diamond
  • Kohl Eye Pencil in Jet
  • Full Blown Volume Suprême Lash Building Mascara in Black

Baked Eye Color ($24.00) (Repromote)

  • Black Karat
  • Ballet Pink

Shimmer Bloc ($42.00) (Repromote)

  • Pink Mosaic

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color ($25.00) (Repromote)

  • Coy

All over Face Colour Brush ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

Decked out in a limited-edition leopard print, Laura Mercier’s kabuki-style brush with is perfectly tapered for shimmering color.

Availability: Now at Nordstrom and at select retailers

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<