Laura Mercier Eye Canvas

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.
Laura Mercier, Eye Canvas, swatches, EC-1, EC-2, EC-3, EC-4, EC-5, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
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 eachicon.

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4 Responses to “Laura Mercier Eye Canvas”

  • Chantal says:

    Argh! You had me with these (EC-1 looks just light enough for me), until the dreaded “texture-y”. I’ve been looking for YEARS for a lighter version of my MAC Painterly paint pot. The texture works perfectly for my eyelids – just enough slip, great coverage, doesn’t dry out my delicate eyelids, and doesn’t crease.

    Only…it’s too darn dark! I’ve hit pan on so many UD Yeyo shadows offsetting the brown, bruisy tone of Painterly. Bobbi Brown’s Bone cream shadow is the perfect color but looks too dry and, yes, texture-y on me.

    I guess the search continues.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Chantal, I have to amend my post. It was much easier to apply these with fingertips (instead of a brush); this may be the product you’ve been looking for after all.

  • Chantal says:

    Thanks for letting me know. I’ll check these out!

  • Cristina says:

    Hi, thank you for all your reviews, they are a lot of work… this EC-1 looks perfect for my eyelids, I love it!

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