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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 Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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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. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Bronzer) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (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 Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dame (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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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. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter (95% similar). 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 Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Private Party (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Nude Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Talia (Highlight) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunkissed (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweetie Pie (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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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.

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

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.

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)

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). Giorgio Armani Maharajah (517) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Gigi (P, $58.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flowerscope (LE, $17.50) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Romy (462) (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Aphrodite (LE, $52.00) is lighter, more muted, 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. Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). 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). Urban Decay Hideaway (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Seoul-ful (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Edith (424) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Sweet Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Georgia (P, $58.00) is 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. Tom Ford Beauty Ines (LE, $36.00) is brighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ryan (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Kyra (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Joaquin (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashton (P, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Orchid (LE, $54.00) 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!

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