Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Lip Glaces
Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Lip Glaces

Lip Glace ($25.00)

A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.

  • Azalea Pink
  • Bare Baby Peachy pink
  • Black Cherry Deep reddish purple
  • Chocolate Dark brown
  • Cosmic Clear with shimmer
  • Daiquiri Pink
  • Garnet Burgundy
  • Nectar Sheer coral peach
  • Orchid Deep purple
  • Pink Pop Hot pink
  • Poppy Ruby red
  • Tulip Pink
  • Wildflower Magenta

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Macy’s

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour
Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Myth Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “plum rose.” It’s a reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is very similar. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $45.00) is more muted, less red. MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $16.00) is slightly more plum. MAC Craving (P, $16.00) is more muted, less red. See comparison swatches.

The texture is lightly creamy, smooth, and glides right onto the lips without dragging or pulling. There are three types of finishes in this formula, and Myth is matte (Laura Mercier made it easy to remember–the first letter of the name corresponds with the finish, e.g. M for Matte). It’s comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasts, though I would say it is only lightly hydrating. It had excellent full color coverage, but the selling feature of this formula is really how lightweight it feels when worn. You still get the coverage of a traditional matte lipstick, but it doesn’t cling or feel heavy at all. It has no discernible scent or taste. The one knock I have against this product is the size–it’s a mere 0.06 oz., and the average lipstick hovers between 0.10 and 0.12 oz. Even for formulas I’ve seen in the slimmer, twist-up bullets, product size is around 0.08 oz.

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Friday, February 14th, 2014

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

A collection of 12 beautiful eyeshadows hand-selected by Laura Mercier forms the Artist palette. Mix and match the hues to create looks unique to you, and finish with a little lining and defining thanks to a bonus mascara and Caviar stick.

  • Noir Deepest black (Matte)
  • Deep Night Deep black navy (Matte)
  • Coffee Ground Cool charcoal brown (Matte)
  • Cafe au Lait Neutral caramel beige (Matte)
  • Ginger Light neutral peach (Matte)
  • Buttercream Light neutral yellow (Matte)
  • Diamond Pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Guava Peach stucco (Sateen)
  • Sable Cool grey taupe (Sateen)
  • African Violet Violet copper shimmer (Luster)
  • Violet Steel (Luster) (Limited Edition)
  • Rich Cocoa (Sateen)
  • Cocoa (Mini Caviar Stick, 0.03 oz.)
  • Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara (Mini, 0.2 oz.)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom (Exclusive)

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?