Showing posts with label Laura Mercier. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laura Mercier. Show all posts

Saturday, July 5, 2014

On My Radar / New In Beauty


I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! A few items currently on my radar, from top left clockwise:

What's on your radar this week? Have you seen any other new fall items in stores yet? I'm eagerly waiting to see Tom Ford and all the Chanel quads.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Neutral Creamy Shimmer Wash Eye Shadows | NARS, By Terry, Laura Mercier, RMS and Chanel


Lately I've been a fan of these swipe and go shimmery wash eyeshadows. I like a creamy texture so there's no extra base needed for good pigment and blending. I like neutrals but have discovered a few non-nude shadows I find good for color, dimension and glow. Just add a simple black or bronze liner and mascara and you're good to go (for lazy makeup days). I also find them good for touch ups if you're transitioning from day to night to add a bit of depth to the eyes. The creamy textures mean you apply straight from the tube if it's a twist up stick or right from the compact with your fingers and smudge/blend easily. My current favorite neutrals:


  • NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Iraklion ($25) is a mauve rose quartz taupe fawn shimmer. It blends out to a sheer finish but nicely contours the lids. You can layer for more color and it also works well as a base for powder shadows but won't change the color.
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold ($26) is a shimmery gold with a slight hint of pink tones, on me it pulls more champagne gold but the pink prevents it from being a pure yellow gold. It's on the creamy side so if you have oily lids you may need a matte base underneath.
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar ($43 each) in Ombre Mercure (interesting oyster that flashes gold and a bit of green sparkle), Frozen Quartz (cool medium pink sparkle) and Misty Rock (plum pink) are all intense creamy shadows, I adore each of them alone on the lid with a simple liner. They are on the pricey side but the quality, texture and lasting power make these worth every penny.
  • RMS Cream Eyeshadow in Solar ($28) is something I use on a weekly basis, alone or as a base, there's something so pretty about a rich gold shimmer for the eyes that warms up the complexion (review here)
  • Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerville ($36) is a classic champagne peach shimmer. I think it's one neutral shimmer everyone should have in their beauty collection. It makes a lovely wash all over the lids.
  • NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows ($29 each) in Europa and Andromeda (reviews here) are nice when layered together for that simple polished glow look for the eyes. 



Swatched side by side you can see they look intense when swatched straight from the tube, the pigment is good and textures are super easy to blend and layer. They aren't quite as frosty when you blend them out. My assessment for shimmer levels:
  • Most shimmery are the By Terry Ombre Blackstar sticks but if you've tried these you know they blend out really nicely but maintain the color. RMS Solar is on the shimmery side as well but the gold base blends well with my natural skintone almost like a contour.
  • Medium shimmers are Laura Mercier Rose Gold and Chanel Emerville.
  • Sheer shimmers are NARS Iraklion and Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Europa and Andromeda (most in this formula are intense, but I have the softest ones).


What are your favorite creamy shimmer shadows for an all over wash? Do you have any swipe and go kind of shadows you love? Or are you one who usually prefers to layer more color on the eyes?



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tom Ford Spring Nail Polish Comparisons to Chanel, MAC, Marc Jacobs, NARS, YSL and Laura Mercier


Sugar Dune is more pinkish compared to other nude pinks like Chanel Jade Rose, Tom Ford Toasted Sugar and Tom Ford Show Me The Pink.


Coral Beach is more of a straight peach compared to Chanel Distraction, Laura Mercier Cabana (discontinued) and NARS Vertebra (discontinued from the Pierre Hardy collection).


Incandescent is the perfect mix of copper, gold and rose. It's not too metallic on the hands which makes for a more neutralish shimmer. Below compared to Chanel Delight, MAC Soiree, Chanel Rose Moire and Marc Jacobs Le Charm.


Indiscretion proves to be a slightly deeper but brighter pink. Below compared to Tom Ford Trophy Wife, Chanel Pulsion, Chanel Rose Insolent and YSL Rose Babydoll.


I hope these comparisons help with your purchasing decisions!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

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Laura Mercier's Dark Spell Collection for fall features a stunning glowy Face Illuminator in Spellbound ($42 for 10g/0.35 oz). Run immediately to your closest Laura Mercier counter to pick this one up. You may remember Rose Rendezvous (released back in 2011) sold out instantly. I suspect this one will be a fast seller as well.

Spellbound is a stunning rose-gold highlighter. It has incredible pigment that is visible on the skin even when brushed and blended. The shimmer is highly visible but it's not quite as frosty as MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighters or Estee Lauder's Gelee Highlighters. I've worn Spellbound over and under blush or bronzer and also as a highlight for the eyes. This is just so so gorgeous, words cannot describe this one. Lasting power is quite good and doesn't turn your face into a glowy mess. I love that this one doesn't emphasize pores like some metallics can. The application is quite smooth and lightweight.








Compared to other highlighters below. I find it most similar to Chanel Mouche de Beauté minus the glitter/sparkle and with a bit more finely milled shimmer/pigment. You can see that the shimmer isn't quite as sharp as with some of the other highlighters. Pigment is hard to show because it blends in with my skintone but the pigment is very good with Spellbound.



Bottom line: back-up worthy. Be sure to check out the lovely reviews and swatches on The Non-Blonde and Best Things in Beauty.

Laura Mercier's Dark Spell Collection has arrived in stores now. You can find Spellbound now online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Lauramercier.com. It's listed as limited-edition so I suggest you order sooner than later so you don't miss out.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Laura Mercier Organza Nail Lacquer - Fall 2012 Cinema Noir


The first signs of fall beauty have arrived. The Non-Blonde gave us a first look at Laura Mercier's first installment for fall 2012 with beautiful swatches of the Mystere Eye Shadow Duo. This past weekend, I spotted the display at Saks and picked up the palest item in the collection: Organza Nail Lacquer ($18), a neutral light sheer beige with a tinge of light pink loaded with tiny gold and silver sparkles. It's sheer and different from anything I own. It's reminiscent of OPI's classic Hollywood Blonde, but a golden version with a slightly more pigmented nude base. I applied this with two coats although I three might be better. Still, two coats resulted in an glowy and sparkly look.


Close up at an angle so you can see the beige base and gold sparkles suspended, if you turn this in the sun you see multi-colored shimmers in some champagne and silvery sparkles:




In terms of comparisons, Laura Mercier's Organza might remind you of other shades such as Essies Chips No Potatoes (which looked horribly yellow on me) or other Chanel Beige-Golds such as Beige Rose or Beige d'Or. It does indeed have a similar feel, but the base has a slight pinkish mix to help this from looking yellow on olive skintones (like mine). Here are a few comparisons:



I found mine at Saks and this should be arriving at counters now. I'm not sure whether it's limited edition or not, these days I tend to assume most items are these days. Bottom line, gorgeous, subtle and glowy. I've worn this for three days now with no chips or tip wear yet. Laura Mercier's Organza is perfectly polished without being too distracting or glitzy.

The other two shades released were a warm mink-pink cream and a warm light cocoa. I thought they were too close to my skintone to be flattering for me, but curiosity will definitely lead me to another trip soon to test those on the fingers.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Loving Right Now

I'm always drawn to matched lip and nail collections. I loved the Chanel Extrait de Gloss Collection (from 2010, see summary on Karla Sugar) and the recent MAC Fashion Sets, in particular Angel and Please Me (see lineup on Temptalia here, here and here). Right now I'm loving something that's a little more mixed lip/nail combination and something a little less matched, but still in the same color family. Here are a few mixed and matched combination sets I'm loving right now. Swatches below as well.

Glowing neutrals
Left to right: YSL Golden Sand #54 Gloss
YSL Golden Shell #51 Gloss
Chanel Island #597 Le Vernis
Chanel Pêche Nacrée #515 Le Vernis


Corals and golds
Left to right: Chanel Nakkar #149 Glossimer
Dior Brown Panama #432 Addict Ultra Gloss
Chanel Holiday #617 Le Vernis
Chanel Delight #607 Le Vernis

Snapshot of jewelry from J.Crew's Published June Style Guide and online at J.Crew here (I need one of those bracelets!) (Online versions of the J.Crew catalog are published on their website, currently May's Style Guide is available to browse, I suspect June's will be uploaded soon)


Pink lavenders
Left to right: Laura Mercier Nude Lilac Lip Glace
Dolce and Gabbana Lilac Nail Polish
Dolce and Gabbana Raspberry Lip Gloss
NARS Ratin Jot Nail Polish


What are lip and nail combinations are you loving right now?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Coral Nail Polishes for Spring and Summer


Coral seems to be all the craze this year for spring and summer nail polishes. My peachy-coral obsession for blushes has now transitioned into nails. I've already reviewed a number of new peachy corals this year: Chanel June, Laura Mercier Cabana, Dior Riviera and Chanel Distraction. Many have asked about the newest from Dior Bikini. From promo photos it can be difficult to identify differences between so many similar shades. I gathered what I could find online, here they are lined up:

In real life, here is what I see below, they are all more similar than promotional digitized photos appear to be. (Many thanks to my Twitter friends who let me know Dior Bikini arrived online at Sephora.com.) Here is the verdict, left to right:
  • Chanel Orange Fizz - is the lightest and brightest, it's more orangey than all the rest
  • Dior Bikini - has the best coverage, it's more of a true peach, with slight reddish tones, slightly darker
  • Chanel Distraction - semi-sheer medium jelly finish with the subtle iridescence
  • Laura Mercier Cabana - most jelly-like, slightly more pink undertones
  • Dior Riviera - most vibrant coral red


A few more swatches to other oranges, peaches and corals: Rescue Beauty Lounge Coral, Revlon Demure, Dior Sweet Orange 334, Dior Bikini 231, Chanel Distraction, Dior Riviera 537, Laura Mercier Sizzle, Chanel Orange Fizz, Chanel June, Chanel Miami Peach, Laura Mercier Cabana.


Overall, if you have Chanel Distraction or Laura Mercier, you do not need Dior Bikini. I do believe Dior Bikini has the best formula and richest coverage. I really do love it (even though it's almost identical to other corals) and it would be my vote for the season's best coral. At this time I haven't seen Dior summer anywhere on counter on the West Coast (Southern California), although it has just arrived online at Sephora.com and Nordstrom.com as well. I suspect it will arrive any day in store. Have you checked out any corals for nails this summer? What is your favorite? Or do you have a classic coral in your collection that you're loving right now?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Laura Mercier Très Chic Nail Lacquers for Spring 2012


Laura Mercier's new nail polishes from her Très Chic Collection this spring are the perfect mixture of bright and colorful but manage to be soft enough to be appropriate for work. I have a couple nail polishes from past limited collections and wish she would introduce a permanent line (or sprinkle a few more releases here and there for nails). There are 5 new shades for spring, all limited edition and $18 each. The colors come in a square bottle and a perfectly sized brush that is slightly flattened/wide for easy application.

The colors are all creams without shimmer:
  • Oh La La is a soft pastel pink (sheer)
  • Flamingo is a bright pink
  • Cabana is coral-peach perfection with a soft cushy finish
  • Sizzle is a hot coral red
  • Luscious is a bright fuschia purple


The colors are bright and punchy and I love each of them. I could have passed on Oh La La which is the weakest shade, but I find sheer pale pinks weak in general. There are slight streaking problems with this color but evens out with 2 thick coats. The other shades have a decent formula which applies smoothly with 2 coats. I found Laura Mercier's applied best over Deborah Lippmann's Moisturizing Base Coat (thanks to Café Makeup for the recommendation, read her review here). I haven't worn any for an extended period of time (over 2 days) but so far, the results are good. I'm still partial to the formula of OPI, Chanel, Dior and Rescue Beauty Lounge when it comes to nail polish formula, but the Laura Mercier comes quite close. With the proper base coat and a good glossy top coat, the result is smooth, rich and all out gorgeous.



Here are the shades swatched individually, 2 coats each over Deborah Lippmann's Base Coat, but with no top coat:





Comparisons were difficult to photograph because from my digital camera and iPhone, some of the brights look identical although in person there are distinct differences. As you might suspect with classic brights, there are definitely dupes out there. I personally liked Cabana the best as the perfect soft but bright peachy shade, although there are similar colors, Cabana has the right mixture of softness to prevent it from being too harsh or orangey. As you can see below, there are similar shades, but I really love each of the new ones from LM.


If you're on a budget, I'm sure there are many OPI shades that will give you a similar effect. I'm personally looking forward to seeing the Holland Collection once it's launched at Ulta. Still the Laura Mercier shades manage to look classic and polished for brights without looking cheap like some bright shades can.

My top 2 picks: Cabana and Luscious.
 

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