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Sneak Peek: Laura Mercier Laura’s Leading Ladies Lip Set Photos & Swatches

Laura's Leading Ladies
Laura’s Leading Ladies

Laura’s Leading Ladies ($298.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes 15 full-sized lip products–five glosses, 10 lipsticks. There are five shades, which are then repeated across the Lip Glace, Creme Smooth Lip Colour, and Velour Lovers Lip Colour formulas. It’s a real whopper of a holiday mega set! The shades are held in a large, glossy jewelry box, and each of the velvet containers that hold the lipsticks are removable.

The brand also has three Iconic Leading Lady Lip Duos, which feature a Velour Lovers Lip Colour and Lip Glace set, that include shades featured below (Catherine, Sophia, and Vivien) — I wish they had more of these shades available individually or in smaller sets, though!

Laura's Leading Ladies

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Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (04) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is dark brown with warm, reddish tones and a satiny sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The powder had an incredibly smooth, soft, and finely-milled feel to it that blended out beautifully on the skin–it didn’t look dry or totally matte, but it had a nice, natural finish that looked like skin but better. It had semi-sheer to opaque coverage, and the blendable texture made it forgiving and easy to diffuse the coverage if over-applied. The color lasted eight and a half hours on me, which is a bit longer than described!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (04)

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (03) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” It is more satiny than Bronze (01) and Bronze (02), and it has a stronger red undertone, but it isn’t too much darker overall. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a thinner consistency that kicked up very little excess powder in the pan. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied well to the skin and didn’t look dry or powdery, while it blended out well and became more natural-looking in finish after it was diffused. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (03)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (02) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” The texture was soft, smooth, and very lightly dusty, but it still applied well to the skin without looking powdery or dry (I have normal-to-dry skin). It was easy to blend and diffuse the edges of the bronzer on the skin to get a soft, natural warmth. The color payoff was semi-sheer, but buildable, and should work for those who like barely-there bronzer and those who want more noticeable warmth on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for just over eight hours before I noticed slight signs of fading.

There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (02)

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Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Bronze (01) Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, medium yellowed brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Matte Radiance Baked Powder formula is supposed to have “natural color with soft matte radiance” with “sheer, buildable coverage” that lasts “8 hours.” Now, this isn’t as luminous as Highlight (010), and I can see more of that “matte radiance” concept with the more bronzer-like shades. The texture was very smooth and finely-milled, thin but not dusty, and blended out nicely on the skin without skipping or turning patchy. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (closer to opaque after three layers on me). The bronzer lasted well for eight hours on me–exactly as marketed!–before fading. There are four bronzer-liker shades in the range, and the first three are all fairly similar, while the last one is considerably darker.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Bronze (01)

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Laura Mercier Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives 2016

Laura Mercier Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives 2016
Laura Mercier Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives 2016

Laura Mercier has put together four special products for Nordstrom’s upcoming Anniversary Sale.

Availability

July 2016

The Details

Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette | $65.00 | Limited Edition

Laura brings her artistry to this exclusive iconic colour collection of must-have eye and cheek essentials.

  • Eye Colours: Vie En Rose, Cashmere, Minx, African Violet, Stellar, Boudoir, Guava and Espresso Bean
  • Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01 and Bronze-02

Wink of an Eye Artist Collection | $83.00 | Limited Edition

Hydrate and rejuvenate the delicate skin around the eyes with Repair Eye Serum. Prime and perfect with Eye Basics, the cult-classic Caviar Stick and finish the look with Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara.

  • Repair Eye Serum
  • Eye Basics in Wheat
  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold
  • Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara

Twist & Pout Collection | $25.00 each | Limited Edition

Laura has hand selected her two favorite lip essentials to take you through the season and beyond.

  • Roses Raspberry Ripple Lip Parfait + Naked Lip Pencil
  • Nudes Cinn-ful Lip Parfait + Hazelnut Tea Lip Pencil

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