Hello hello! Just 5 more days to Christmas – are we all Christmas-gifted out yet? I didn’t do any gift guides this year (haven’t done so for the past couple of years because I’m disorganized that way hehe…) but I wanted to show you something I got for myself this year that I’m exceedingly happy about and if you like cream shadows, you may be too.
The Laura Mercier Shimmer Effects Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection (RM155)!! I happen to love the formula for the LM Caviar Sticks, even better than other similar cream stick eyeshadows and I had this insane idea of picking up more of the colours.
It was opportune therefore that for Christmas 2013, there is a set of 4 mini sized caviar stick shadows in 4 colours that I’d been wanting to get in a value priced set. Win? Win!
To be honest, they aren’t all that mini. Each of the mini Caviar Stick Eyeshadows are about 1g while the full size version is about 1.64g so it is really quite a value packed set.
The 4 colours in this set are Rosegold, Pink Opal, Amethyst and Sugar Frost. 4 shimmer shades with Amethyst the deepest shade. They are all permanent colours so if you already have these colours then it’s not much of a set to consider. But if you don’t (like me) then it’s worth checking out. Is it any wonder it came home with me?
Left-Right: Rose Gold, Sugar Frost, Amethyst, Pink Opal
Another item you may have seen me Instagram a video of, is the Colour-to-go Portable Palette for Eyes, Cheeks and Lips (RM189). If you didn’t see it or aren’t on Instagram or Facebook then here you go!
The Colour-to-Go Portable Palette comes in 2 shades – Natural Nudes and Smokey Violets and come in a handy-dandy compact palette with literally everything you need in it to do a face for night or day! The only thing lacking is brushes, which I’m sort of glad about, because if they had brushes it wouldn’t have been impressive anyway I’m sure. Few included brushes are.
Smokey Violets pictured here is a trio of 3 violet-purple toned eyeshadows, and a violet coloured cake eyeliner. You know, I thought it was 4 eyeshadows at first too. The first 3 from left swatch beautifully, with lovely fine milled shimmer in 2 of the shades and one matte shade to tie everything together. I’ve got the swatches below so you know what I mean.
However, that colour on the right feels very hard to the touch and barely showed up. I was ready to pan this when I realised that it was the famed Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner! They really DO have everything in this palette! To use the Cake Eyeliner, use an eyeliner brush, wet it and then dampen the product to pick up colour to draw your eyeliner or to tightline. I have one from a couple of years ago and I will tell you that it takes a bit of getting used to. But it never dries out unlike gel eyeliner, and gives a defined or natural finish, depending on how you use it. I’ll do you a review one of these days – someone please remind me if I forget
On the bottom layer is a shimmer peachy bronzer-blush and a matte pink blush. The look ties together with a mini nude lip lacquer. The red one I have was a separate gift
Swatches of the Smokey Violets Portable Palette from left to right:-
- Bronzing Pressed Powder – Golden Bronze - shimmery medium toned bronzer
- Second Skin Cheek Colour – Barely Pink - Matte pink blush
- Eyeshadow - Shimmer light pink eyeshadow to use to accent or highlight
- Plum Smoke Eyeshadow - Matte purple-taupe eyeshadow as lid shade and to blend with the shimmer shades
- Violet Steel Eyeshadow - Shimmer deep violet for definition or to create a smokey eye look
- Tightline Cake Eyeliner Violet Asphalt- Didn’t swatch at all because I was silly and tried to use my fingers. Use a drop of water, use a thin eyeliner brush and use it to tightline
- Lip Glacé – After Hours - A peachy nude lip lacquer
- Lip Glacé - Poppy - A bright red lip lacquer
The Lip Glacé reminds me a lot of the Laque Rouge lip lacquer from last year with a similar thick pigmented, glossy colour and shine. Beautiful!
While the Smokey Violets Portable Palette is a compact palette, the size of each item is fairly large, it is portable and lives up to its name and the quality of the powders are pigmented and smooth. I’d definitely say that this is a palette to consider. You will need your own brushes of course but then you probably have those anyway
Here are a couple more items in the Laura Mercier Christmas 2013 collection that I spotted at the counter. There is a new Laura Mercier counter at Empire Shopping Gallery, so if you live in or around the Subang/Sunway/USJ area that might be your nearest counter
This is the very popular Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette which has received rave reviews worldwide. The texture of the shadows are very impressive, being smooth and pigmented although I’ve read they may be prone to have some flyaways. I was very keen to check this out but when I saw it, I knew I would pass because although this palette is supposed to be a cool and warm toned palette – the top row is cool while the bottom row is warm – I found the colours in general too warm for my liking, and also too purple toned. However, if you have a warm skintone or golden skintone then these colours would look beautiful on you! With all the raves everywhere, it was hard for me to walk away but I did
The other palette I wanted to show you is something a little more unique and special.
This is Le Petit Bon Bons by Laura Mercier which retail at a jaw dropping RM790/ US RRP $250! It comes in a fairly large beautifully crafted wooden case and looks just like a box of bon bons (sweets) doesn’t it? There are 30 baked eyeshadow colours of different textures ranging from matte to high shimmer and can be used wet or dry. Definitely one to gawk at and if you break it down, it works out to an affordable RM26 per shadow. Isn’t it fun how math helps put things in perspective?
Did you get yourself anything from Laura Mercier this year? Are you done with your Christmas shopping (if you are gift-shopping)?
I’m terribly pleased with the mini caviar sticks so I’m very happy I got it. I started my gift shopping late being quite disorganized this year, so I found myself doubling back and forth to pick up items I’d forgotten. Goodness, you’d think I’d be a little more organized won’t you?