Because Laura Mercier reformulated all her eyeshadows, every product in the collection is “new,” though you may have seen some of the shade names before. My operative behind the counter considers the color payoff of the reformulated shadows to be not-as-good (no one likes change), but they are pretty soft. Laura is also switching to a palette-able eyeshadow system (much like her frequent-counter-neighbor Bobbi), but their palettes and shades were not designed to be interchangeable (Laura’s aren’t exactly square). Eyeshadows are now $22 each, and an empty palette to hold three of them is $10. Your “old” Laura Mercier shadows will not fit in this palette (click to see the colors being discontinued).
Cherries Noir also includes Illuminating Powder Mocha Spice ($35). I would have called it simply “blush,” but it’s four colors of powder, meant to be blended together and applied to the cheek.
Finally, the Lip Velvets: a full-coverage gloss with a doe’s foot wand, sold for $22. Whereas Givenchy’s full-coverage Lady Pulp gloss was like soft-lipstick-in-lipgloss-form, Laura’s Lip Velvets are a little more liquid — a little more like a stain or a long-wear gloss. I feel fairly confident that the model in the promotional photo is wearing Cassis. For similar full-coverage glosses, also check out Dior’s Creme de Gloss and Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Laque.