Laura Mercier must like eyeliner as much as I do (she sells five different kinds). We’ve already looked at her cake and caviar liners, pressed pans of pigment you apply with a brush — and I keep hinting at how much I like her kohl pencils.
Laura has two kinds of pencil eyeliners (both $19). I meant to swatch only the Kohl Eye Pencils, but there was a regular Eye Pencil right there, so I was inspired to compare. The Eye Pencils only come in three colors — black, brown, and blue — and they’re not quite as soft and smooth as the Kohls… they feel a little waxier (though the Pencils do not claim to be waterproof).
That’s not necessarily a strike against the Eye Pencils; the Kohls are just a dream to apply. For me, these pencils are foolproof — their fantastic texture makes them extremely quick and easy to put on. The only downside? Definitely not waterproof/smudgeproof. The Kohls are also all rich, vibrant, very blackened colors. Black Violet (a very black purple) has the least amount of sparkle. Brown Copper is a rich brown that falls somewhere between Sephora’s Electro Choc and MAC’s Molasses. Antique Jade is a forest green (click to see MAC’s Kohl Power liners); Stormy Grey is a beautiful charcoal that pulls a bit blue on my eyes. Black Gold is exactly my definition of “antique gold;” Black Navy is sapphire; and Black Turquoise is a fantastic jewel-toned teal.
According to Laura’s website, I neglected to swatch Purple Sapphire and Iced Blue. Fortunately, Purple Sapphire was included in Nordstrom’s Anniversary set this year, so you can see a swatch of it here. Laura’s website is also offering free shipping through December 16, 1 P.M. CST.