Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours. MAC Forever Green is more shimmery. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches. Even with all of these olive green eyeliners, the matte finish makes this one stand out.

Slate Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a neutral, medium-dark gray–or it would be if it had any color payoff whatsoever. It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven. It seemed to look as bad ten hours later as it did when I initially applied it; all that waxiness kept what little applied in place, I guess. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. Urban Decay Uzi has shimmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. Bobbi Brown Smoke is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a matte finish. The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn’t half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Vice is warmer and shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS St. Marks Place is cooler-toned, more violet. Milani Perfect Purple is more shimmery. MAC Designer Purple is also more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Laura Mercier’s new Longwear Creme Eye Pencils are supposed to apply smoothly and evenly, be richly pigmented, last for 12 hours (yes, a full 12!), be “water-poof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and tear-resistant.” Each pencil comes with a pencil sharpener as well. They’re definitely water-resistant to water-proof overall, though I will say that it was difficult to determine the outcome of Slate when splashed with water, given it already looked faded from the get-go! I was disappointed in the texture of Slate and Violet, with Violet being salvageable, but Slate had no redeeming factors.

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Sage

B+
It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Slate

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It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven.

Product

3/10

Pigmentation

3/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Violet

C+
The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn't half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Slate Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Violet Longwear Eye Pencil

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The Dupe List: Slate

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10 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Sage, Slate, & Violet Longwear Eye Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Yikes! Laura Mercier – $24 US (and dubious “goodness”); Sephora – $9 US/$11 CDN (and very high “goodness”). Even if the “goodness” factor was equal, I still know which one I’d be choosing!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, could I make a request? When you’re reviewing pencils (eye, lip liner, lipstick-type, etc.) would it be possible to state at the outset or somewhere in the review whether they require sharpening or are “twist up”? You sometimes do (saying a pencil was difficult to sharpen or simply including it in the description) but not always and it is often difficult to tell from the photos whether they’re twist up or require sharpening (which I hate).

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

      Okay, scratch my previous comment – I see now that you said they each come with a sharpener. I missed that in my first reading (though seeing it at the start would be helpful to someone who reads like I do)

  3. Amy

    This is mind boggling to me. I have to wonder if they accidentally pulled from their reject batches to send you the press samples. I have every one of the LM Longwear pencils, and every one of them is richly pigmented and applies smoothly.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jen Jen

      I bought a set of 5 over the holidays last year, including Slate and Violet. I find them better than Christine did, but not as good as you’re describing. I wonder if they’re just inconsistent? Weird!

  4. faerieevenstar

    OMG! That Slate is the WORST eyeliner I’ve ever seen! I honestly don’t know how these sort of products ever leave the lab…

  5. Sage looks AMAZING! Poor Slate, though haha. That color could have been beautiful.

  6. These are so lame for a ‘premium’ pencil.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Adena meow

    24 bucks for these, yeah right.

  8. Sage isn’t very nice-looking. :/