Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection for Spring 2014
Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection for Spring 2014

Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Reinvent yourself with shades that cast a happy, youthful glow. Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette includes four eye shadows in shimmering neutrals and two blushes in pops of colour to create the perfect look for the season.

Faux Lash Mascara ($24.00)

  • Sierra Brown (Limited Edition)
  • Black (Permanent)

Creme Cheek Colour ($24.00)

  • Sunrise (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Praline (Permanent, Repromote)

Metallic Creme Eye Colour ($23.00)

  • Golden Mist (New, Limited Edition)
  • Copper Sunrise (New, Limited Edition)
  • Platinum (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Alloy (Permanent, Repromote)

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24.00

  • Pure (New, Limited Edition)
  • Play (New, Limited Edition)

Lip Pencil ($22.00)

  • Chestnut (Permanent, Repromote)

Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00)

  • Brigitte (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Palm Beach (Permanent, Repromote)

Eye Canvas ($26.00)

  • EC-2 (Permanent, Repromote)

Creme Eye Liner ($22.00)

  • Graphite (New, Limited Edition)
  • Espresso (Permanent, Repromote)

Availability: January 2014

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Reader Rashmi requested a top five of burgundy lipsticks, and I have to say, finding a really lovely burgundy lip color that’s permanent is difficult. It seems to be a favorite hue to go-to for limited edition collections, though.

  1. OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts
  2. MAC Endless Drama — a deepened, semi-opaque burgundy red with a soft, frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani #408 — is a muted, reddish burgundy with a pearly shimmer
  4. Buxom Menace — a brightened, berry-ish burgundy with a shimmery finish
  5. Laura Mercier Merlot — a lightened, muted berry-burgundy with a natural finish

What’s your favorite burgundy lipstick?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, shimmering purple-tinged gray. Dior Constellation (864) #1 (LE) is a bit darker. MAC Time to Tango (LE, $21.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Pastelluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, though it could be on the powdery side at times. Pearl Fantasy had good color payoff, but it was not fully pigmented. I could see this being a formula that would work better when applied with a damp brush, as it would take down any powderiness while amplifying the color. When applied dry, the color was buildable to opaque color in two to two and a half layers of product. It wore well for eight hours with minor fading becoming apparent near the nine-hour mark.

Laura Mercier Twilight Caviar Stick ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with an emphasis on gray, but the underlying base color is brown. The finish was pearly–not quite metallic but not frosted. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer, powder. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is a powder product. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is warmer, powder product. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer, less pearly, powder. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

It was lightly creamy, and it dried down quickly, so I would recommend working one eye at a time so that you can blend and work along the edges. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three passes. I had light creasing after eight hours of wear, though, which was surprising to see for a long-wear product like this.

The Glossover


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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Laura Mercier White Magic Collection for Holiday 2013
Laura Mercier White Magic Collection for Holiday 2013

Model is wearing: Foundation Primer, Oil Free Suprême Foundation in Vanilla Beige, Secret Camouflage in SC-4, Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, Eye Canvas in EC-3, Illuminating Eye Colour in Crystal Fantasy and Opal Fantasy, Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Gunmetal Smoke, Faux Lash Mascara in Black, Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight, Brilliant Glacé in Pink Prism, Nail Lacquer in Angel Wing.

Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearl Fantasy
  • Crystal Fantasy
  • Opal Fantasy

Tightline Cake Eye Liner ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gunmetal Smoke

Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Twilight
  • Sterling

Brilliant Glace ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Prism
  • Rose Prism
  • Nude Prism

Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Flamingo
  • Mocha Myth

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Butterfly Wings
  • Angel Wings

Second Skin Cheek Colour ($24.00)

  • Orange Blossom (Permanent)

Mineral Illuminating Powder ($32.00)

  • Candlelight (Permanent)

Availability: November 2013 at Nordstrom, Sephora, Laura Mercier

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