Laura Mercier Gilded Gold, Orchid, Plum, Seashell Caviar Sticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirtied, medium yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage but was more challenging to blend for me. It seemed prone to skipping on the skin, and it was one that applied a lot better with a separate brush (try a flat, synthetic one). It wore well for nine hours before creasing. MAC Unwind (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Old Gold (PiP, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (DC, $21.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheap Date (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Be the Sunshine (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened, light-medium lavender with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable consistency that lasted for eight hours before showing signs of creasing. I wish it had been a little creamier in consistency to make for better application. Kylie Cosmetics North Star (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #14 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Double Date (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Baby Roo (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #11 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lilacked (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a blackened plum purple with warm undertones and a soft, sprinkling of plum shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with some creaminess, but it was a challenge to blend due to it drying down very quickly–I didn’t feel like I had much time to work with it before the edges became unmovable. Once it set, it stayed on well for nine hours. MAC Deceit (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #5 (DC, ) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Alchemist's Curse (P, $6.80) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #4 (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Drama Queen (DC, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Young Punk (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Glamorous (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Cabernet (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunset (15) (LE, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Not for Sale (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brightened, white gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and this shade was more like I remember the formula being: creamy without being too slippery, so it applied with even, smooth coverage on the lid and then wore all day long (nine hours)–but it was still blendable and easy to use. The others weren’t as foolproof. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (DC, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop We Jammin' (P, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Blurred Lines (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Yet to Come (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Silver Millennium (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Power Eyes (Enhance) (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Money Mission (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop WKND (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Champagne (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Trust Issues (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Quartz (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” My experience has been that the more neutral shades (browns, taupes, beiges) tend to out-perform the colored ones.

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Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Orchid Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Seashell Caviar Stick Eye Colour

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I am on my second stick of LM Orchid. Personally, I give it an A grade. The listed dupes -(-GA– it is in powder form, thus non creamy, Chanel Utopia- spongy feel, but formula dries up )— they do not compare. I have not found this shade in any other shadow stick form.
I love eye shadow stick portability and durability. They are non flaky, do not dry out,easy to apply, long wearing. I have tried similar products from Bobbi Brown, and NARS and Chanel. LM is King of shadow sticks. The shades I prefer are: Orchid, Sand, Burnished Bronze,Grey Pearl, Moonlight, and Rose Gold.
I hope that you do not mind me voicing my opinion. I seriously like this product.

I love the look of Seashell so I’m glad it got the best grade of these. I’ve been meaning to pick up Sand Glow for a while but I think I’ll wait and hope Laura Mercier does a Holiday set again and includes it – I regret not picking up last years!

I have never used any of these. I have a deluxe sample size of one I received in a Sephora order that is still sitting unused. I have always read such great things about them! I don’t think I’m too interested now!

I got a set of 4 minis last Christmas, and they are all very nice. They were Cocoa, Moonlight, Rosegold, Amethyst, all pretty neutrals. The set sold out fast. And I have the full-size in Khaki. It looks like the performance really depends on the shade.

Nicole, I wonder if it’s the same one I got – “Shadow” – a matte grey. It’s actually very nice, though not something I’d reach for at this time of year, but come fall, I will probably wear it a lot.

Yep,that’s it Mariella! I’ve not used it yet. Definitely a nice shade for fall like you said. I never have used these. So, I was pleasantly surprised at that Sephora point offering.

I bought Orchid last week to use as a cream base for my powder purple shadows. I’ve had good luck using their neutral brown colors. I haven’t had a chance to test Orchid yet, but as long as it doesn’t crease, slide off, or melt on my oily lids, it’s an A in my book 🙂 I’ll trade some creaminess for longer wear time. I usually swipe these caviar sticks on, then blend with a clean fingertip, and I think the warmth of my fingertip will soften it up a little, make it more creamy. Oh, there’s a typo in the last paragraph -you typed in Gilded Caviar but it’s suppose to be Seashell

Yes, that’s why I got Orchid. For a base color, I wanted something that was lighter and semi-opaque, so it doesn’t change the color of the powder shadow too much. A lot of the purple cream shadows I looked at were too shimmery, too dark, or too cool-toned (can look like bruises or dark circleson me). I’m praying this holds up on my oily lids.

Oh wow, these are probably not the best Caviar Sticks LM makes! I have a whole bunch but none of these colors. You need to try Sandglow and Khaki. Those are some of my favorites!

I was going to say something yesterday, when these reviews first appeared but I got it so wrong with the Sephora blush that IS discontinued that I figured I’d just wait til someone else caught it, or you saw it for yourself, Christine!

Always let me know! I am not usually on the front-end of the blog itself – I’ll be on the Swatch Gallery and stuff, but I check the post when I write it, then schedule it, and after that, I don’t go through it again (because I was SUPPOSED TO have caught everything when I checked the post!!).

Purples….again!!! Although at least I have a dupe for Plum. Also for Gilded Gold and Seashell as well, none for Orchid, though, that I can think of at the moment. And I love what Orchid was *supposed* to look like!

It’s such a pity that all colors in this line don’t perform equally. My beloved Sand Glow is much better than most of the ones in the mini set I got this past holiday season.

I thought Plum would be my favorite, but …hello, Seashell! What a gorgeous highlight shade. These get recommended to me all the time for my oily eyelids, but I’m too chicken. I should just get one and try it out. lol

I recently purcgased LM in Orchid and I’m really liking it. It can goes on really lightly or a surprisingly deeper shade with more pressure. I chuckle at how long-wearing the swatch was on my hand & hard to get off. I own 2 from Bobbi Brown in Sand Dune and Golden Pink, which are really creamy and long-wearing.

I regretted not picking up last year Nordstrom’s deal with 6 but I managed to get the 4 from Sephora (convinced a friend too xD). I also have Khaki, Sandglow, and Burnished Copper as well.

I quite enjoy them and plan on getting more with the sale 😉 I find them to be less creasy than Mally’s version but I have oily lids so all creme shadows crease a bit on me. With a primer (NARS’s pro prime works well for me) or even adding another shadow on top works too for me personlly. Adds that bit of kick 😀

Pass on the Orchid and the gold one, pity on the Plum because I like that depth I see, and Seashell…for sure on that one. So nice, so pretty….need/want ;D

Seashell is my much loved color to use as inner corner highlight or a base for my powder eyeshadows when I do any gold smokey eyes. The pigmentation and staying power is incredible on this particular shade – in fact I tested it by swatching on the back of my hand and leaving it there all day until the next morning and the color only faded slightly (of course on my oily eyelids the longevity was shortened a notch). I had to order it all the way from SpaceNK UK but the hassle was absolutely worth it.

What a shame some of these shades didn’t review really well – I love all the shades I own of the LM caviar sticks (none of the ones in this post) and am always looking to try more shades. Have you tried the Kiko ones? I was looking at them also after seeing some great reviews online.

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