Laura Mercier just added a new eyeshadow base to her lineup: the potted Eye Canvas. Eye Canvas is meant to be a lighter-coverage alternative to her Eye Basics (which are packaged in a lipgloss-style tube, with a doe’s foot applicator). It contains potato starch (to absorb and control oil), Nylon 12 (an oil-absorbing, anti-creasing ingredient), and silica (to fill in/minimize fine-lines and wrinkles). One sales associate likened Eye Canvas to Tinted Moisturizer and Eye Basics to Laura’s Silk Creme foundation.
Two things I learned while swatching: this product is fairly sheer and it dries quickly. I started applying EC-1 and quickly realized it was light enough that I would probably need dividing lines between the shades. I grabbed a black eyeliner and drew those, but when I went back to finish my EC-1 swatch, the product on my arm had dried to the point that I couldn’t continue adding more on top of it. I had to wash off and start over.
EC-1 is pale white-pink. EC-2 is yellow peach. EC-3 is peach-pink/beige-pink. EC-4 is terracotta rose. EC-5 is peach brown. I believe I could wear EC-1 and EC-2 with equal ease.
I think fingers are the best way to apply these. I applied EC-2 to my lids with a flat, domed synthetic brush and thought — by itself — it was a bit texture-y (though it looked fine once I put powder shadow on top of it). Application was much smoother with fingers alone (and it was easier to control the sheerness and get a nice, even layer).
Eye Canvas is a permanent addition to the line, and they are $26 each.