Like 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.