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Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette for July 2016

Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette

The mirrored palette features six matte and six crushed pearl-shimmer eye shadow shades, ranging from light to dark. The versatile palette can take your eyes from neutral day to sultry evening looks. The universally flattering, light reflecting crushed pearl-shimmer shades add dimension and enhance brightness. Featuring a slim, faux snake skin design, it’s both elegant and travel-friendly.

Availability

July 2016

The Details

Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette | $55.00 | Limited Edition

  • Rosegold (Pearl)
  • Tuxedo (Matte)
  • Ginger (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Morning Dew (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Copper (Pearl)
  • Ganache (Matte)
  • Buttercream (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Khaki (Pearl)
  • Sandglow (Pearl)
  • Steel (Matte)
  • Amethyst (Pearl)
  • Burnished Bronze (Pearl)

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Laura Mercier Cherries Jubilee, Raspberry Ripple, Tutti Frutti Lip Parfaits

Laura Mercier Cherries Jubilee Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Cherries Jubilee Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Cherries Jubilee Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a creamy, smooth, and emollient texture that applied evenly. The color lasted for four hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $37.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flowerscope (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Gigi (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aphrodite (LE, $52.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Romy (462) (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Raspberry Ripple Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a creamy consistency that was comfortable to wear and apply. I noticed that the texture seemed to emphasize lip lines a little bit–it read “clingy” compared to other shades (but it didn’t feel clingy). This shade wore for three hours on me and was moderately hydrating. MAC Good Luck Mochi (LE, $20.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Wrong Number (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Sweet Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Edith (424) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Seoul-ful (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Georgia (P, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Naked (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a muted, plum-berry with subtle, warm undertones and fine pink shimmer. It had nearly opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that was moderately emollient and comfortable to apply as well as to wear. This shade lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time. Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ryan (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashton (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Joaquin (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Orchid (LE, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The formula is really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall is longevity was typically less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Cherries Jubilee
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Raspberry Ripple
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Tutti Frutti

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Laura Mercier Cherry on Top & Sweet Guava Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms

Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Cherry on Top Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bright, medium orange-red with strong, warm undertones and a creamy, shiny finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, lightweight, and emollient texture that applied well with even, crisp lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Urban Decay EZ (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bang (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Sweet Guava Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bold, bright, medium coral-red with warm undertones and fine gold and pink micro-shimmer. It had very nearly full color coverage, while the lipstick had a creamy, balm-like feel that glided on effortlessly (almost “melting” against the warmth of the lips) that left a glossier finish than other shades. It was a bit more emollient as a result, so it can slide around more, though I did not personally experience feathering. This shade lasted for four hours on me, and it was moisturizing over time. Guerlain Poppy Cap (020) (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Must Be Red (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (DC, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The formula is really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall is longevity was typically less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Cherry on Top
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Sweet Guava

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Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate, Cinnful, Red Velvet Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm
Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very smooth, creamy, and balm-like texture that was fairly emollient. The texture is thin enough that it doesn’t feel slippery, but feathering might be a concern for those more prone to it (I didn’t experience it, to be clear). This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating. Estee Lauder Thrilling (P, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $35.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Cinnful Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy, lightweight texture that glided on and felt very nourishing while worn. The color wore for three and a half hours on me. Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Rich Marron (LE, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Garance (P, $55.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Neutral Rose (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nude (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) (P, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Red Velvet Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a bright, pinky-red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though there was a little more translucency across the board. The consistency was creamy and smooth, which made it comfortable to wear and apply, and I noticed this shade had a bit less slip than the other two. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing over time. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Dimitri (442) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (P) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss.” The formula is really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall is longevity was typically less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Iced Pomegranate
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Cinnful
Cinnful
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Red Velvet
Red Velvet

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Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.356 oz.) is a set of twelve shades with a general neutral-leaning vibe. Two shades–both in the purple family–are the only non-standard neutrals (your browns, beiges, etc.). There are so many neutral palettes available that it seems like any new-to-market palette should be exceptionally high quality in order to compete with all those other neutral palettes, and this one isn’t. There are several shades that miss here, primarily with respect to pigmentation and texture.

Dune is a medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a smooth, silky texture that was blendable and lasted for eight hours. Anastasia Fawn (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Wedge (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Chessboard (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Flirt in a Skirt (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Zone (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a silky, smooth consistency that was a little dusty to work with on the skin but blended out well enough. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Super Mom (LE)(100% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #1 (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Whisper (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rock is a muted, dark brown with a hint of gray and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, lightly dense texture that was easy to apply to the lid. It wore well for eight hours. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Fine (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Beautifully Charred (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Coffee Chip (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Secret Lovers (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dust is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly loose texture that blended well but tended to sheer out slightly. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Red Carpet Arrival (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Eggnog Latte (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Earth is a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it tended to sheer out and was difficult to blend out, as it looked patchy and uneven on bare skin. It is also the type of texture that darkens when applied directly to the skin compared to how it appears in the pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours for me. MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Saleos (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Cyprus Umber (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Cendre (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Influential (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Smoke (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Not Basic Black (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bone is a muted, light-medium yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little dusty and could look dry on the skin (if you have oilier lids, I don’t think it would be an issue, though). This shade wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarte Nudes (LE) is less pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Tufted Suede (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fab Accent (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Custard (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Choco Glace is a medium-dark, reddish brown with a sparkling, pearly sheen. The underlying finish was more of a satin/pearl hybrid, but there was looser sparkle and micro-shimmer that tended to get everywhere but where you intended. It had good color payoff and blended out decently, except for the sparkly bits. Most of the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours with little fall out, but most of the fall out occurred during initial application. Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Brown Sugar (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lost (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Moonshine (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violet Sugar is a muted, medium-dark silvery purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a dusty, drier texture that was prone to sheering out when applied to the lid. This one requires a good, lightly tacky base/primer to perform well. The color was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Natasha Denona Slate (27M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Great Beyond #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Champs Elysees (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearled Earth (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa Rose is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and fine shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen dusty. The color lasted for seven and a half hours for me. Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cobbler (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Vixen (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Gold Copper No. 100 (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Mauve is a light, pinky lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer color coverage with a firmer texture in the pan, which then translated to thin, uneven coverage applied to the skin. The color was faded after six hours. Smashbox Celestial (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Strawberry Ice (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot Chocolate is a muted, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was fairly blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Strong Currant (P, $25.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Leader (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Solas (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Espresso is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a very dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out as soon as it was applied. The worst part was that it was uneven when blended and turned patchy. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 08 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Activist (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder
Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Seduction Face Illuminator Powder ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color coverage (once built up). The texture was just like the others in the line: smooth, soft, blendable, but there was that slight dryness to it if you put your finger against the surface–it just didn’t seem to translate in a negative way on the skin. It was easy to diffuse the color along the cheek bones, and the more shimmery nature didn’t emphasize my pores. Of all four shades, this one had the most metallic sheen applied, so if pore emphasis is a big concern, you might want to test-drive this prior to purchasing. The color was a bit of a chameleon on me; there is a rosier undertone that became more present the more it was blended out, which made it look like bronze/copper against my skin tone. I will be curious to hear how it works on other skin tones and undertones.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Seduction
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