This holiday Laura Mercier has released a limited-edition six piece Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set ($55, each mini stick 1.0g/0.03 oz). Over the past few years, I've eyed the holiday Caviar Stick mini sets but only liked 1/2 of the shades so never purchased it. This year's set has beautiful neutrals including Rosegold, Copper, Moonlight, Khaki, Amethyst and Cocoa. All the shades are colors I know I will use, I've had this set for a few weeks now and love the versatility of the colors. These are perfect no-fuss cream shadow sticks that you can swipe and blend with a finger, although brushes work too for the darker shades if you want to get detail application.
- Rosegold is a lovely soft warm champagne with a hint of rose
- Copper is a warm but wearable soft copper shimmer
- Moonlight is the perfect platinum-taupe shimmer with a bit of warmth
- Khaki is a neutral khaki metallic
- Amethyst is a soft mauve purple with silvery pearl
- Cocoa is a basic chocolate brown with a hint of shimmer
Each shade is nicely pigmented but easy to blend and smooth on the lids. The sticks are buildable so you can control the level of color you want. My lids are on the normal-dry side, but I can apply these straight to the lid without any base or eye cream needed. If you have oily lids you will really like how these stay put. The dry time is just perfect for me. Some cream shadow sticks dry almost instantly requiring super quick blending before they set. The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks have a slightly dewy texture which gives you more time to blend and apply slowly - but once they set, they don't budge.
You can use these a number of different ways: a single shade alone, multiple colors layered together, or combined with powder shadow. Close ups and swatches:
Eye swatches below: top picture is just with Moonlight applied and blended on the lids, the bottom two photos are with Rosegold and Khaki layered in addition to Moonlight:
I'm smitten with this set. If you're one who rarely gets to finish a cream shadow stick because they end up drying out before you can use it up, these minis are a good way to try multiple shades in smaller doses. I've had a couple of the full sizes that have lasted over a year and haven't dried out but I'm always worried about it (many other brands have). Or if you want to try multiple shades out in a smaller travel friendly format, these are great. You can bring all six shades with you in your makeup bag or travels without worrying that they will take up a lot of space.
I highly recommend it. The Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set retails for $55. I bought mine at Nordstrom. It's also available at Bloomingdales, Saks, Neiman Marcus and Laura Mercier.
Have you tried Laura Mercier Caviar sticks? What's your favorite color? The holiday sets this year look amazing. I've started to make a wish list.