What was the first Laura Mercier product you ever tried? Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely? What was the first product you purchased? Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?
my answer: The first product I remember trying was an eyeshadow quad called Tuxedo, which was basically a smoky gray/black smoky eye kind of palette. I really liked her Shimmer Blocs, though – pretty to look at and full of shimmer! Now, I’m a huge fan of her lip products, which seem to fly under the radar a bit, but they can pack some pigment!
Share your first time experiences with Laura Mercier in the comments!
This September, Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund has launched a campaign to raise awareness on the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. You can donate directly online, wear teal on September 7th (National Wear Teal Day), or shop for a cause. Laura Mercier is donating 100% of profits from the sale of the Bonne Mint Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Creme Colour Palette ($48.00) and Rose Hope Lip Glace ($24.00) to the fund.
Additionally, for every tweet with #LMOCF, Marie Claire will donate $1 to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Happy tweeting!
Laura’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For the fall season, Laura was inspired by Hollywood stars in the late 1940’s—the era when black and white film transitioned into colour. This classic period featured intellectual beauties like Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth, and their signature looks in films had a sensual quality—slightly colourized, sexy yet subdued. The overall cinematic feeling is one of vintage charm, strong romanticism and an ultra-feminine appeal.
Makeup is modern and dramatic. Eyes wear muted shades in smoky mixes of teals and chocolates, blended together to create a true sultry appeal. Lashes are long and voluminous tipped in burgundy, defining and enhancing the eyes. Lips have a creamy soft finish in shades of roses and mauves, while cheeks are luminous and glowing. Nails are painted in soft shades of nude and cocoa.
Laura Mercier Belle Nouveau Collection for Summer 2012
Laura’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For Summer 2012, she invites you to escape to a dream world that explores creativity through colour, taking inspiration from Art Nouveau’s innovative spirit and painted posters. This poetic embrace of sugary happy tones in sheer textures sets the mood—soft but daring, playful yet romantic.
The face is touched in clouds of colour that bring sophistication without strong definition. Highlights include sheer milky pastel eyes and translucent lips printed in colour. Skin is illuminated with a soft, healthy touch of bronzer and glow.
Sheer Creme Eye Colour ($22.00) (Limited Edition)
Mauve Pastel Soft mauve
Grey Pastel Pale grey
Aqua Pastel Pale aqua
Creme Lip Print ($20.00) (Limited Edition)
Nude Beige Nude
Nude Coral Soft coral
Nude Pink Soft pink
Lip Glace ($22.00) (Limited Edition)
Orange Tulip Coral
Lotus Blossom Pale pink
Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)
Lavender Cloud Lavender
Sheer Creme Colour ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
Copper Glow Veil
Body Bronzing Makeup ($38.00) (Limited Edition)
A lightweight gel bronzer that smooths on evenly and blends perfectly leaving the skin refreshed and hydrated.
The formula is described as a “hydrating, anti-aging, plumping, and conditioning lip color” while delivering a “sheer wash of color with a semi-matte finish.” For fans of more opaque lipsticks, you’ll want to keep reading, because this color is anything but sheer! It’s very nearly opaque on lips–the barest hint of my lip freckle peeks through. It’s vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.
Laura Mercier delivers a somewhat moisturizing formula that’s creamy and glides on fairly evenly and easily, and really, the only claim she missed was the sheer one. Just to reiterate, I rate products based on what the brand claims the product does, so if it’s a sheer product that ends up being opaque, they’re not living up to their claim–and this is why purchasing makeup is entirely subjective, because someone who loves sheer color wouldn’t like this and vice versa. My hope with reviews is to set expectations so that you know what you’re buying, for better or worse!
Kissed Lips wears really well and long–six hours in total–and it’s not drying at all. My lips felt all right after I removed the product seven hours later–not lovingly hydrated but not devoid of moisture. The texture, while creamy, seems to emphasize any and all lip imperfections–you can see that it’s managed to find every last bit of imperfect lip texture in the swatch. If you have drier, chapped lips, I would pass on this particular shade, because it will cling. Not drying yet it exhibits some of the characteristics of a drier formula!
The texture, while creamy, seems to emphasize any and all lip imperfections--you can see that it's managed to find every last bit of imperfect lip texture in the swatch. If you have drier, chapped lips, I would pass on this particular shade, because it will cling. Not drying yet it exhibits some of the characteristics of a drier formula!
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