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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Laura Mercier Signature Colour Essentials for Face, Eyes & Lips Review

Hi everyone. I am going to review a makeup set for you today. I really like makeup sets like this because not only is it a great way to try out different products and colours, it also tend to cost less than buying each product individually. 
As seen in the blog title, the main character of this post is the Signature Colour Essentials For Face, Eyes and Lips by Laura Mercier.

I bought this set during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I wasn't planning on reviewing it until I saw it in Laura Mercier counters in Malaysia. For people living in the US, this product is a Nordstrom exclusive item and it's still available online (as of 16th of October 2012).

This set contains a deluxe travel size Foundation Primer, an exclusive 3-well Custom Compact with a full size Second Skin Cheek Color in Vintage Pink, Eye Colour Duet in Morning Dew/ Primrose and Eye Colour Duet in Topaz/ Kir Royal, full size Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Twilight, travel size All Over Eye Colour Brush, mini Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara in Black and a full size Lip Glace in Sweetheart. 

This set also comes with an insert with step by step instructions to create a look with the products. Excellent for people who are just starting out with makeup!

Deluxe travel size Foundation Primer (more than half of the full size). A full size version of this primer comes with 1.7 fl oz of product. 

The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer has a very light texture and it is colourless on the skin. 

I have been using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer for a long time and I do really like it. According to the product description, this primer creates a barrier on the skin and it is supposed to suit all skin types. The texture is light and doesn't feel heavy. I feel like it preps up the skin very well and makes the skin supple and smooth for makeup application. With this primer, I do notice that makeup stays on well and goes on smoother.  

It is important to note that this primer is a very basic one so it doesn't really have any colour correcting properties, SPF nor does it fill it pores or fine lines. The scent of it is also a little strange, which bothered some people according to some reviews I read online. 

The custom compact included in this set is an exclusive version (top) and the one at the bottom is what a normal version looks like. 

3-well Custom Compact. From left: full size Second Skin Cheek Color in Vintage Pink, Eye Colour Duet in Morning Dew/ Primrose and Eye Colour Duet in Topaz/ Kir Royal

Second Skin Cheek Colour in Vintage pink (satin finish mauve tone neutral pink)

This blush has a nice smooth texture that applies and blends well on the skin. It can be blended out to a slight flush but the colour is definitely buildable. This colour is very natural on my skin, so I like to wear it on my "no makeup makeup" days. This blush lasted 8 hours on me, fading gradually after 5 hours of wear.

Eye Colour Duet. From left: Morning Dew (matte pink tinged white), Primrose (peachy pink champagne colour with a golden sheen and gold & pink micro shimmers), Topaz (mushroom taupe with a subtle sheen) & Kir Royal (deep violet with a subtle sheen)

I really like the colour combination in this palette. This palette is very versatile and it can be used to create soft, natural looks or stronger, more intense looks as Morning Dew/ Primrose are the perfect soft neutral tones while Topaz/Kir Royal added a pop of color. 

Morning Dew can very easily disappear on the skin or appear powdery on some simply because it is a light matte shade. For my skin tone, it makes a very good subtle brow highlight or swept all over the lid as a colour wash to even out the colour on the lids. Primrose is a gorgeous color that I like to sweep all over the lids when I want to wear just one colour on my lids. I also like to use it on the lower lashline to create the aegyo sal look. 

Topaz is an excellent colour to be used to create some definition on my lids. I like to use it on the outer corners or on my socket bone to create some depth. I also like using this colour to line my lower outer lashline. Kir Royal is definitely the statement colour in this palette. This shade is amazing when used to create a smokey eye look.

The eyeshadows are all soft and pigmented. All shades are easy to blend and are very buildable with minimal fall out during application (make sure you tap off the excess of course). Without a primer, the eyeshadows stayed on for around 7 hours with fading after 4 hours or so. With a primer, the eyeshadows stayed on for over 8 hours with fading after 5 and a half hours. 

Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Twilight (Metallic gunmetal grey with silver micro shimmers)

I am a big fan of the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour. I have 7 out of the 8 shades in the permanent range and I have reviewed them HERE if you are interested. This product is a godsent for oily lids and it stays on for hours and hours with almost no smudging. This product is creamy and it glides onto the lids, you will have a little bit of time to blend it before it sets and once it sets, it will not move anymore. Twilight is a gorgeous metallic gunmetal grey that will work great as a base for smokey eyes. I also like to use it to line my eyes if I don't want to wear black on my lashline that day. 

As the name implies, this brush can be used to sweep color onto the entire lids in one swipe/ patting colour all over the lids. Since this brush is quite wide, it might be too big for people with less lid space. This brush is a tiny travel size one, which I am not a big fan of because I personally prefer doing my makeup with full size brushes (I have big hands and I find tiny brushes to be very uncomfortable to hold). With that being said, this is still a nice brush with bristles that are quite soft and dense. 

 The brush head for this mascara is huge! It's the length of my eye.
The colour. 

This is the first Laura Mercier mascara that I have tried and I really like it. It has a huge standard mascara brush that gives volume while still separating the lashes to create a full, clump-free look. It does give a tiny bit of length but nothing too over the top. This mascara also holds curls quite well, which I am very surprised by considering this is not a waterproof formula (non waterproof formula tends to make my lashes droop). I do notice some smudging with this mascara, but then again, most mascaras (even waterproof ones) will smudge on me. This mascara is also not too difficult to remove, I have tried using bi-phase eye makeup remover and makeup remover oil and both took it off very well. 

Laure Mercier Lip Glace in Sweetheart (sheer peachy pink with micro shimmers)

The Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Sweetheart is a limited edition lip glace (I can't find it on the official website). It is a sheer formula that imparts a very subtle pinkish glow onto the lips. The formula is not too thick or heavy but it still leaves a balmy feel on the lips. This Lip Glace has a very glossy look on the lips with not very visible shimmers. It has a caramelly/ toffee type scent but it's not noticeable once the product goes on. On my lips, this lasted for 3 hours without eating or drinking. 

I am really pleased with this makeup set. All the products work well and the colours are versatile and will work for an array of skin tone. I will say that the colours in the palette are very dupable, so people with a huge makeup collection might not find it worthwhile. If you like the colours or if you are interested in trying out some products from Laura Mercier, I think that this set is definitely something worth looking at. 

 A light makeup look using Primrose eyeshadow all over the lids, Twilight Caviar Stick Eye Colour to line my upper lashline and one third of my outer lower lash line and Topaz to smudge out the line. I then used 2 coats of the Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara and as you can see, it coats and separate each lashes to give volume in a very natural manner (you have to keep in mind that my lashes are nothing amazing to begin with). I have the Vintage Pink Second Skin Cheek Colour on my cheeks and for my lips, I was wearing the Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Colour also by Laura Mercier with the Sweetheart Lip Glace over it.

A smokey eye using the same palette. For my eyes, I blended the Twilight Caviar Stick Eye Colour on the lids as a base. I then layered on Kir Royal on the outer corners/ over v. After that, I used Topaz to line the inner part of my lower lashline. I used Primrose as a transition colour to blend out the edges on my top lids, extending into Morning Dew to highlight my brow bone. For more intensity, I lined my top and bottom lash line with a black gel liner pencil. Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara on my top and bottom lashes finished with a set of false lashes.

I was wearing the Vintage Pink Second Skin Cheek Colour and the Lip Glace in Sweetheart.
Closer look of the eye makeup.
(p/s Please excuse the glossiness on the lash band, I should have put some liner over it to cover it up but I forgot. It's not noticeable when my eyes were opened. Such is life)

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  1. Love it! I really need to check out the Laura Mercier counter near me, I hope they stock it! x

    Raves 'nd Ramblings

  2. wow, nice review! the products look really good!

    Fashion Breaker

  3. Great products :) xoxo, Mina.
    Il mio blog: The Style Fever

  4. Lovely make up, looks great! X


  5. Love the packaging! The make-up looks great on you.


  6. Beautiful set! I love the color palette!


  7. Really nice make up set<3 It's just a bit of everything to get started~


  8. just by reading your reviews, I think you made want to get one myself!! I haven't tried LM products but I have heard great reviews on them especially on their tinted moisturizer. The items included on the set are all so interesting and very wearable for everday! Thanks so much for sharing this ^_~ and great reviews =)

  9. wow, these laura mercier products look fantastic! i only have one product from them, but i definitely want to get more. :)

    <3, Mimi
    LensVillage Giveaway

  10. Wow, lots of products from Laura mercier! Great reviews, very detailed

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  11. Wow beautiful kit! I've been really curious about Laura Mercier but haven't tried any of their products before so this kit might be a good idea!
    It's a shame this doesn't come with an actual foundation/tinted moisturzier though, i've heard good things about them!

  12. the colours in the palette are beautiful! and WOW I think this is the first time I have seen you do a heavier smokey eye look, and you look amazing! you really suit this :)

  13. Another flawless review!! i need a good primer, maybe this one is good for me!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  14. Hi!

    Wow Stuff but good makeup!

    It's so beautiful!

    Here in Hungary I will destroy these things can not get!
    is buying it!

    I subscribed to your blog because they like it!

    Sincerely, Judith

  15. I've never heard about this cosmetic brand before, it looks nice!

  16. Wow these Laura Mercier products are lovely! The primer, palette and stick eye colours look really good :)

  17. Nice review! Looks like a great set!

  18. Wow, I love your heavier, smokey eye look! Very glam~! I really like the look of the eye pencil - I've been looking around for one recently, but haven't really committed to buying one yet, since I'm quite used to black liners only.

  19. laura mercier is a great product line! good choice :) and thank you for sharing!
    also, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! maybe we can follow each other and keep in touch :)


  20. OMG this set is gorgeous ! I always like sets but this one is really lovely ! I love everything in it. Ahhhh how can I resist to spend money again ?! You really have a good taste :) Ah and you look beautiful as always my dear !

  21. Love LM products! This looks like a great makeup set! Thanks for sharing it. :)

    xo - Sheila

  22. This set seems amazing! Was it from Sephora? btw love your makeup look :)

    x Grace

  23. Sweet makeup girl ^^

  24. yes that line has amazing stuff! i love the color palette you look gorgeous!

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  25. Great stuff here!
    Thanks for the comment =)
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  26. Hi! Nice blog :))) Would you mind if we follow each other? Ive already followed you, hope you follow back if you like my website :)

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  27. You look lovely. Thanks for your sweet comment, dear. :)


  28. great post, you look perfect ;)

  29. That looks like a great set!! Love Laura Mercier, really high quality products.

  30. This is a great review, very informative. This set looks great, perfect for an everyday neutral look. Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

    Sita xx

  31. This looks like a great set with some very wearable shades. Thanks for the review!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  32. I'm such a fan of Laura Mercier !

  33. Great post! You look great!
    Laura Mercier products are really amazing!

  34. Awesome that you did this review! I have used some of her foundation before and loved it, but don't remember trying anything else. I love this combo though. The colors are so pretty on you!

  35. I like how this set can very easily take you from day to night!!

    Btw, love your nail colour! So vivid!

    ♡ M.May

  36. You're so pretty :)


  37. Mmm, I'm so lemming for the mascara right after I read "holds a curl well", I swear I have the most curl-resistant lashes.
    The lip glace looks so different in the tube than when applied! But it looks great on you and surprisingly has a bit of opacity.


  38. Sounds like it's a pretty good little kit to have. Great review dear x

  39. WOW!!!! You look so beautiful in this eye makeup, very hot indeed!!! Great review as always!!

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  41. that customized palette is beautiful. the colours are well suited for fall & winter :) looking cute as always <333


  42. good review, I like the lip Glaze! I like your simple smokey eyes, looks good on you. I always look so weird with smokey eyes hahaha I wonder why -.-

  43. I like how it's so complete and seems so worth it! :)
    The Misty Mom

  44. I'm oh so jealous I'd love some Laura Mercier makeup.


  45. Very beautiful, my love!

    Feel free to follow me via gfc and I will be happy to do the same for you!

    Happy weekend,

  46. Ooohhh the smokey look is gorgeous on you! :) I like the look of Topaz and the blush. I thought for a second the foundation primer was actually a smaller tube of their famous tinted moisturiser - somehow it seems to make more sense if that was included to make the kit more definitive to do your whole face? The lip gloss is super pretty as well!

  47. Love the eyeshadow colors! You're so beautiful. X

  48. Nice review! I never
    heard of Laura Mercier
    before c:


  49. Wow, how tiny that brush and mascara are!! :D
    Anyway, I see Laura Mercier on beauty blogs all the time lately~~ they must be good, i guess! ^^

  50. Oh there are so many great products here! I love the colors, very wearable!

  51. Great review! Love the color of the eye stick!

  52. Great review and great makeup set. Unfortunately, it's not available here in Brazil, but I'll keep an eye on their sets when I travel. I just loved the color of the blush and that it was long wearing, 8h is great!

    Have a great week,
    Manu Luize.

  53. Thanks !
    I love your make-up & you're so pretty ❤


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