Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Burgundy can be such a warm and cozy color, which is why it reminds me of autumn! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

  1. Laura Mercier Kir Royal — a satin, warm-toned burgundy
  2. Makeup Geek Burlesque — a shimmery reddish-burgundy
  3. MAC Deep Damson — a matte burgundy
  4. Inglot #452 — a bold, deepened red-burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a muted, deep burgundy

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

 

Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “burgundy with shimmer.” It’s a reddish burgundy with warm undertones and violet and fuchsia shimmer. NARS Rouge Tribal (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Black Tea (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Feelin’ So Good (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Lip Glace formula is supposed to be a “high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss” that “hydrates and protects lips” with a “non-sticky formula.” The color is described as “rich, long-lasting” as well. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color came through but it was visible. The shimmer is on the lighter side, so it is more in the background with this particular shade. Applied, the color didn’t settle too much into lip lines, but the sheerer nature of such a dark shade made it so it didn’t look that even on, either. The gloss felt lightweight, non-sticky, and was lightly hydrating, while it lasted for three and a half hours on me. It had a burnt sugar/caramel scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange

Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Melange ($42.00 for TBA oz.) is a light-medium, plummy brown with a soft sheen and neutral-to-warm undertones. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is darker, more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Launching soon with Laura Mercier’s fall collection, this limited edition Cheek Melange is supposed to “add natural, glowing colour to cheeks … It provides natural radiance to complexion and is designed to complement all skin tones.” If you are light-medium or fairer, you may get slight color out of this, but on my medium complexion, I applied four layers–packed on–and could barely distinguish the color on me. It does, however, add a soft, luminous sheen to the skin without brightening. The powder is somewhat stiff, which contributes to needing to layer it on, though once dislodged from the pan, goes on smoothly and doesn’t look powdery. It seems to add “natural radiance” regardless of skin tone, but it doesn’t add “glowing color” to all skin tones. It doesn’t have any white base to it, so it can be applied to deeper skin tones without looking chalky, but it will be very subtle and produce mostly a soft sheen. The color/sheen lasts for almost eight hours on my skin. There are better, more finely-milled, higher performing highlighters at the $40+ price point, so this left me unimpressed. It’s too bad, because the shade itself is more unusual, so something with more color payoff and a softer texture would have been interesting.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour is a sheer, blendable cream face colour that provides natural looking colour and gives skin a “Bonne Mine” healthy glow. Wake up your skin with a healthy glow. These sheer, blendable sticks give skin natural-looking colour with a “no-makeup” radiance that looks soft and sun-kissed. Luminous shades for cheeks and face transform skin into radiant, glowing skin. 4 luminous shades.

Bonne Mine Stick Face Color ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Bronze Glow
  • Coral Glow
  • Peach Glow
  • Pink Glow

Availability: Now at Nordstrom; June 2014 at all Laura Mercier retailers