One of the quieter, more understated Winter/Christmas collections is the one from Laura Mercier. Amidst the glitz and sparkles of the larger cosmetics brands, Laura Mercier quietly enters the room bringing with her beautiful red lips and a touch of elegant metallic shine on eyelids, drawing inspiration from the Art Deco period in the 1920s. The collection is small, compact and incredibly alluring to me.
I think its the bright red lipstick
Illuminating Eye Colours Gilded Bronze and Gilded Platinum
Or maybe its the new Illuminating Eye Colours. These single eyeshadows with a lovely quilted surface have a luminous pearly finish that is at once smooth on skin yet gives off a beautiful metallic shine that gilds the lids with colour. I was immediately drawn to them like a magpie, and they go on so lovely on skin. I do have one of these so I will be able to tell you about it in greater depth soon
Here are the other 2 colours of the Illuminating Eye Colours – Gilded Moonlight (metallic gold) and Gilded Rosegold (metallic rose gold).
The Lip Lacquer in Lacque Rouge is also new. What it is, is a high pigment light coverage liquid lipstick that applies on lips with high glossy shine like a lacquer. It comes in only one colour and this is seriously pigmented! I was quite drawn to it, and if you remember the tips for wearing red lipstick by Laura Mercier global makeup artist Michael Coulombe that I shared a while ago, he uses the lip lacquer over lipstick for a bright, opaque, glossy evening lipstick. It is beautiful! I’m thinking of picking it up.
Laura Mercier : Tamara Rouge and Deco Rouge
There are 3 Creme Smooth Lip Colours in the Art Deco Muse collection. Two are a bright solid creamy red while the third is a, perhaps more wearable rose. The ones that caught my eye were naturally the two reds – Deco Rouge and Tamara Red. They swatch an opaque creamy red that is at once elegant eye catching. I however found the texture a little dry and not as creamy as I’d like it to be.
Here are some swatches I took at the counter, to show you what they look like.
Top: Illuminating Eye Colour L-R: Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Rose Gold, Gilded Bronze and Gilded Platinum
Bottom L-R: Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Deco Rouge and Tamara Rouge and Lip Lacquer in Lacque Rouge
My favourite of the eye colours is Gilded Bronze which isn’t bronzy at all but a very lovely metallic grey-brown taupe that happens to be a colour I really like. The next favourite would have to be Gilded Platinum.
Of the lip colours, as I said, I found the cream lipsticks a bit dry going on although I did not test it on my lips so I can’t say for sure how they feel. I haven’t tried Laura Mercier lipsticks yet, so I don’t know how they usually fare. If you wear them and you know, please share so I can decide if I might like to pick up one of them.
You can see from that little dab of colour, that the Lacque Rouge is seriously pigmented stuff. Perfect in keeping with the theme of strong pigmented liquid lipsticks that we have been seeing released from other major brands – Guerlain and Shiseido, just to name 2. This one however, is limited edition, as with the rest of the items featured here.
Does the Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse collection strike your fancy? Do you like Laura Mercier cosmetics?
I haven’t had a lot of luck with most of the Laura Mercier colour items, but their base makeup has me firmly as a fan – primer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealers – all work very well, and I will be telling you about them soon because I really really like them. So be warned when I gush. Colour wise, I haven’t had much luck but who knows how it will change. I like the look of the Art Deco Muse collection, I have my eye on a couple of items and I like the elegance and compactness of it. How about you?
Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse Illuminating Eye Colour (4 shades) Price: RM89 Creme Smooth Lip Colour Price: 95 Lip Lacquer Price: RM89 Lip Glace lipgloss Price: RM89 Graphic Liquid Eyeliner Price: RM89 Nail Lacquer (3 colours) Price: RM69 Availability: Laura Mercier at Bangsar Village II, Fashion Avenue Pavilion KL, Ken’s Apothecary stores and online Limited Edition: Yes, Art Deco Muse collection Winter/Christmas 2012