Laura Mercier has a new collection out, called Fresco. Like several makeup artists, Laura was a painter before she got into makeup, and this collection is inspired by the soft colors of that (most notably Italian) painting style, in which wet pigment is painted onto wet plaster, and the two dry together.
The collection includes a repromote of Laura’s beloved cake liner in Mahogany Brown (click here for swatches, but please note that her cake liners are now $22), as well as several shades of her Satinee Creme Eye Colour (Ecru Silk, Pink Chiffon, and Stone Suede, according to the website, but all five original shades are permanent — click here for swatches).
There are also a handful of exciting new products — the new products are all limited edition.
First of all, there are two Creme Cheek Colour Pots (each $34). They have a flip-top lid with cream blush on top, then a screw-top sifter container of powder on the bottom — but it’s best to think of these JUST as cream blush; the powder is so sheer you couldn’t use it alone. It’s intended as a setting powder for the cream, tinted to match (a meet-in-the-middle alternative to using either another blush or translucent powder on top). I attempted a partially overlapping set of swatches to illustrate this.
There are also two new shades of Satinee Creme Eye Colour: Teal Cashmere and Amber Velvet.
The piece I think everyone’s really talking about is the lip palettes ($48). These come in “Fair” and “Medium.” Each palette contains a lip brush, six shades of universally appealing, semi-staining, satin-matte lip color and (an identical) lip primer. If I’ve understood the website correctly, the lip palette names refer to the shades inside, not to the recommended skintones.
The concept behind these palettes is that you play the artist, patting on different layers of color, mixing and matching, using shade one if the pigment gets too dark; intensifying the pigment with shade four.
Laura even has a few recommended “recipes” to get you started (I’m reminded of Jelly Belly’s jellybean “recipes”). From the Fair palette:
- Peach Sorbet (soft peach with rosy undertone): Dab on shade number 4 (Brown), shade number 3 (Terracotta), and shade number 1 (Beige)
- Sunny Apricot (soft warm pale peach): Dab on shade number 6 (Light Apricot) and shade number 1 (Beige)
- Soft Pink (pale blushing pink): Dab on shade number 4 (Brown — only a touch) and shade number 1 (Beige to mute)
From the Medium palette:
- Cherry Crush (raspberry): Dab on shade number 5 (Red) and shade number 3 (Cranberry)
- Peachy Pink (pinky peach with or without brownish tone): Dab on shade number 2 (Fushia), shade number 1 (Beige to mute), shade number 6 (Light Peach) and shade number 4 (Brown) to neutralize if desired
- Woody Rose (brown mocha with rosy cast): Dab on shade number 4 (Brown) and shade number 1 (Beige) to lighten and make pinker
Laura Mercier Fresco: cream eyeshadow, cream blush, watercolor palette, Soft Apricot, Sienna Sunset, Satinee Cream Eyeshadow, Teal Cashmere, Amber Velvet