Laura Mercier Fall 2011 Smoky Eye Collection

Laura Mercier, Smoky Eye, fall 2011, displayLike Chanel, Laura Mercier also has a “Fall 2″ collection: Smoky Eye (click here to revisit “Fall 1,” the Canyon collection).

This collection is a bit of a hodge-podge. First, the collection introduces a new kind of smudgy eyeshadow crayon, the Caviar Stick Eyeshadow. There’s a smoky eye palette (which includes a bunch of brushes). And then there’s a fantasia on the theme of nude lips (the go-to complement to a smoky eye) — in the form of a mini collection of Lip Glaces.

Connoisseurs of Laura Mercier eyeliner already know that she makes two “pan-form” liners: Cake eyeliner (which requires water or tightline activator, and makes a very precise line, like a pen) and Caviar eyeliner (which is smudgy like a crayon, and does not require water). Caviar Stick Eyeshadow is an extension of the “Caviar” idea. And though these twist-up crayons are super creamy and blendable when first applied, they seem to set pretty well after a moment or two.

We’ve seen a number of smudgy eye crayons recently (both new and familiar): MAC Shadesticks, MAC Greasepaint Sticks, Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, Bare Escentuals Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks. These are eyeshadows, eyeshadow base — some of them (Urban Decay and Buxom, especially) can even be used as eyeliner. I think the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks are a bit too soft to function well as liner.
Laura Mercier, Caviar Stick Eyeshadow, swatches, Smoke, Steel, Plum, Jungle, Sapphire, Amethyst, Khaki, Cocoa, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
I swatched the Caviar shadows two ways. First pencil-to-arm to show you the full color.

Smoke is black with silver shimmer. Steel is cool, dark grey, gunmetal silver. Plum is a rich, shimmery royal grape (but it becomes more red-plum sheered out). Jungle is dark forest green with gold shimmer. Sapphire is aptly named, sapphire blue. Amethyst is actually more of a frosty pink bronze/rose quartz (almost copper-rose, sheered out). Khaki is cool brown (much more brown when it’s sheered out). Cocoa is warm chocolate brown.

For the second set of swatches, I colored the tip of my finger with the crayon, then smudged the shadow onto my arm.
Laura Mercier, Caviar Stick Eyeshadow, swatches, Smoke, Steel, Plum, Jungle, Sapphire, Amethyst, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Laura Mercier, Caviar Stick Eyeshadow, swatches, Khaki, Cocoa, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Caviar shadows are $24 each (and permanent).

The Classic Smoky Eye Palette is $85 (and if that seems high, it’s the brushes that raise the price). It contains four shadows, a cake liner, and brushes: an eye colour brush, a dual ended crease + smudge brush, and a dual-ended pointed eyeliner + cake eyeliner (aka tightlining) brush. This palette is limited edition.
Laura Mercier, Smoky Eye Palette, swatches, Black Ebony cake eyeliner, Sparkling Noir, Granite, Sable, Vanilla, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Sparkling Noir is black with silver sparkles. Granite is a grey taupe satin. Sable is a lighter, warmer, shimmery taupe with a touch of purple. Vanilla is a near-white matte.
Laura Mercier, Nude Lip Glace, swatches, Bare Beige, Bare Naked, Bare Peach, Bare Pink, Bare Baby, Bare Blush, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Finally, there are six Lip Glaces ($22, pigmented gloss with a doe’s foot applicator). Bare Naked is milky, warm, pale pink. Bare Peach is limited edition, a light peach-pink. Bare Beige is a repromote, a dusty, warm, muted, browned-rose. Bare Baby is a cool, pale bubblegum/strawberry milk pink (maybe a little more pink than Bare Pink, which is slightly more white?). Bare Baby is limited edition. Bare Blush is muted mauve pink.

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8 Responses to “Laura Mercier Fall 2011 Smoky Eye Collection”

  • Line says:

    Awesome pictures Karla! They’re always so clear. Are you going to be swatching the fall Estee lauder collection?

  • Angel says:

    Just bought a ton of clinique colour surge shadows that lacked “surge”. Wish I had a few of the caviar sticks instead.

  • NeenaJ says:

    Just bought the Caviar Sticks in Amethyst and Cocoa and am in love! I’ve been wearing the two pretty much non-stop for two weeks and I have to remove them with an oil-based remover. They don’t budge once set.
    Amethyst is the color I wish Rose Platine had been. It’s just gorgeous as an under eye liner.

  • Eileen says:

    Excuse me for contradicting, but these work beautifully as liners. Just swipe your favorite liner brush across the pencil and then apply. It’s no different than applying a cream or gel liner only these happen to be housed in a pencil rather than a jar. And, as NeenaJ mentioned, once set, these last all day without fading or smudging. So far, my favorite is Amethyst. Don’t let the name fool you. This is a beautiful, warm bronze-rose.

  • Angela says:

    *Sigh* You ain’t helping my savings account here! ;) Thanks for the review.

  • lacip says:

    Have amethyst and love that it’s shimmery, do khaki and steel also have the shimmery factor or they more flat like the plum shade?

  • Sandra says:

    Never been even slightly interested in LM products before seeing these swatches. I’ll be keeping an eye open for the brand from now on. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • kristin says:

    just got the caviar stick eyeshadow in Smoke.
    did a blooper and applied directly on my eyebrows from the pencil.

    redid it with my angled brush & the results were amazing!

    gonna get one in khaki the next time i visit Sephora!

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