Laura Mercier: Cherries Noir Fall 2008

No doubt, by now you’ve seen the stunning promotional image for Laura Mercier’s fall collection, Cherries Noir. (For you fans of Top Chef Season 2, score one for Marcel.)

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.


Cherries Noir: Lip Velvet, Coffee Ground, Bamboo, Primrose, Stellar, Cashmere, Kir Royal, Mocha Spice, Cherry Blossom, Royal Plum, Cassis, Mocha Rouge, Naked Rose

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4 Responses to “Laura Mercier: Cherries Noir Fall 2008”

  • Laurie says:

    >Thanks for the swatches! I really like the lip velvets. I bought cherry blossom during the NM beauty event and really dig it. I hope she expands the color offerings.

  • Dede Wilson says:

    >As usual, Karla’s pics are very true to life and helpful in terms of color. I did try these and found the colors to be muted on the lip. Royal Plum was best for me in terms of color, altho I didnt purchase. And why it is called Plum is beyond me. The color wore well in terms of saturation, but it wasnt very glossy and it was a bit drying. Great in concept but didnt work for me enough to spend the bucks. I found the LM stains very drying too:( Oh well, money saved.

  • pepperika says:

    >your site is awesome, would you mind if i featured it on my youtube account (gummibalu) i think more people need to know about it, i am so thankful for all the swatches you do and how much effort you put into this site :)

  • beauty parler says:

    >Loving these colours! Especially Cherry Blossom, they look really glossy.
    Great swatches!

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