Sunday, 10 March 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks Spring 2013: Pink Opal, Orchid, Rosegold & Sandglow Review & Swatches

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If you only treat yourself to one piece of eye make-up from the new Spring Collections, I recommend Laura Mercier’s new Caviar Stick Eye Colours.  I have four shades to share with you today: Pink Opal, Orchid, Rosegold and Sandglow.  Pretty, wearable shades that take seconds to apply and do.not.budge all day - I’m totally hooked.

Caviar Sticks are twist-up eye crayons, primarily designed for use as a shadow, but I like to use them as a liner too.  I already have a darker shade (Khaki) from when these first launched, and still adore it, but these new Spring colours are so pretty.

Pics & Swatches

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The colours above are true to how they look in real life.  Edit - I’ve re-swatched and taken new pics in better light, as follows…

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For this last pic, taken a few mins after application, I ran my finger firmly down the centre of the swatches twice to try and smudge them. There was a little bit of movement just above the word ‘smudged’ and in the Orchid, but it’s barely visible to the naked eye looking at them now  on my skin.  It’s now 15mins later and I can’t get them to budge at all, no matter how hard I rub at them… my fab new Melvita eye make-up remover will be required!

Colours

Pink Opal is the least pigmented and most shimmery of the four, a pale pearlescent pink which looks lovely as a wash over the whole eye or blended out as a brow highlight. It also works well as an inner corner highlight.

Orchid is a soft metallic mauve lilac. This works equally well blended with darker tones or other pastels and will be lovely for Spring.

Rosegold is a pale pinky-peach gold with great colour payoff, perfect as a wash over the whole lid to brighten the eye. Great for the morning rush or glammed up for evening.

Sandglow is my absolute fave, the deep, well pigmented old gold shade I’ve been searching for forever.  It also leans slightly taupe in certain lights. I love this blended over the lid either alone or as the base for a smoky eye. It can be sheered out with a brush or applied heavily for a real molten gold look.

Application

I tend to apply these straight from the bullet and blend with my fingers if using one colour, or with a brush if I want to sheer them out or blend a couple of the tones together.  On first use, I need to look down for a couple of minutes until they dry, to avoid creasing. I’m then completely unaware of them until I come to remove them, when they look pretty much as when I applied them. If you like a slight metallic finish without looking OTT (these are totally daywear friendly), and zero fallout, you will love these.  My eyes are sensitive to eyeshadow and these don’t cause any irritation at all (I’ve been using them daily for a couple of weeks).

I sometimes use a fine brush to apply along my lower lashline with a darker shade, but these colours are so soft I can get usually get away with applying straight from the stick. They remain soft and workable for around 1-2 mins, so don’t hang about if you want to get blending, though you can always apply more and blend over the top if needed.  Admittedly I’d love Laura Mercier to bring out this exact formula in a slimmer crayon too, for even easier application as a liner.

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In this pic I’m wearing Sandglow both as a liner and sheered out over my mobile lid. This was a very quick look done in rush to take my mum out for Mother’s Day this afternoon, so not exactly showing the colours at their best, but I wanted to share some idea of how they look on. 

I’m also wearing GOSH BB Cream, my favourite cream blush in Oleander by Laura Mercier, highlighter from the new GOSH Skin Perfecting Kit on my cheekbones and New CID lip pencil in Hollywood Cerise.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks* cost £20.50 each and are available now at Space NK or House of Fraser.

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