REVIEW: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation in “Ivory”

Since I’m getting married in February, I’ve made it a recent goal of mine to find the best wedding/photograph friendly foundation for the big day. There have been many that have come close, but recently, I decided to try the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation after reading some reviews. While I can say that most likely this won’t be my big-day-foundation, it did come dangerously close to being picked.

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The Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation a “long-wear, oil-free foundation for a photo-ready, natural-looking matte finish.” In addition, this foundation features “the same great formula with revamped packaging and a broader shade range” than the previous version of this foundation. It provides “12-hour wear, highly-pigmented formula that blends seamlessly onto skin, hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections. It leaves a flawless finish, making it ideal for video, photography, and special events. Infused with a silk powder blend, it absorbs oil and balances moisture for normal to oily skin. Get smooth skin and visibly even the look of skintone with this long-lasting foundation.”

I have to say that this is a good foundation. It provides a natural-looking finish and is oil-absorbing and non-drying on the skin. For these reasons, it feels light on the skin, conceals redness and pores, and doesn’t feel like foundation on the skin. However, what I didn’t really like about the foundation that it only looked great in the beginning right after application. I felt that this foundation was more full-coverage, but as the day wore on, it got patchy and parts of my face and when I would blot, the foundation that was sitting on my skin would move around. Then, coverage was compromised. I didn’t feel that it was particularly long-wearing because throughout the day it wouldn’t look as good, and even with a good primer and setting primer, the foundation would “lift” in odd places like my forehead.

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The color match was pretty good. The shade “Ivory” was for “very fair with warm undertones.” The “Rose Ivory” was too pink for me, but it would’ve been better had “Ivory” been slightly on the peachy/pinky side. I’ve read that this foundation has worked great for other people, so take that into consideration. It’s not a bad foundation, but for me, I need something that’s a little bit more reliable. While the search for the most perfect wedding foundation continues, I think this foundation isn’t too bad and I still feel like there will be many people out there who will like this.

Retails for $48.00 USD.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-2

I’m picky about concealers, but for the most part, I don’t really use them to begin with unless I really need it. I’ve tried expensive concealers like the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer from the drugstore. For awhile, I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Recently, I decided to abandon regular foundation wear and just use BB/CC creams. However, I got bored of that when I re-gained my love for mineral makeup. While those foundation offer a decent amount of coverage, I kept going more and more minimal.

For my minimal-look, just a setting powder wasn’t enough and didn’t do much for my skintone either. I came across the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer out of curiosity and by total accident. As a “two-shade concealer that can be color-customized to address your tone and imperfections,” this was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

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In the mornings, I’ve been applying this concealer around my nose, my chin, and on spots or redness before setting everything with whatever setting powder I have on hand. What I’ve come to realize is that this “customizable concealer naturally and completely covers dark circles, blemishes, scars, minor imperfections, and discolorations with a unique two-shade system,” and is perfect for the lazy girl like myself who just can’t be bothered. I like that “one shade is formulated to match skin’s depth of color, while the other matches skin’s undertone. This dual-shade camouflage makes it possible for everyone to custom-blend her own perfect shade.”

This concealer is very thick, so a little bit goes a long way. Seriously, a swipe of a finger is literally all the product you need. I use that one swipe and dabbed little bits of product onto my face, and the “high-level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage that lasts for up to eight hours.” It certainly doesn’t budge because of its waxy texture, so it’s easy to slap on and go without worrying about the product budging or smudging.

I’m using the shade SC-2, which is for fair to light skin tones. The light shade is a perfect match for my skintone, and the salmon shade is perfect for under the eyes. For severe discoloration, mixing the two shades is an amazing way to customize a shade for your skin. In addition, this compact will probably last forever since it takes so little to get the coverage your need. For some like myself, you won’t be using this everyday; however, if you did, you wouldn’t make a dent in this product for a long time — like, probably years LOL. I recommend this and it’s worth the money. If you need concealer and find it annoying to use/but, this is a great deal and great product for the low-maintenance and high-maintenance makeup individuals. :)

Retails for $34.00 USD.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in “Lychee Parfait”

In experimenting with some fall colors, I’ve come across Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour in “Lychee Parfait.” Not straying too far from my usual tones, “Lychee Parfait” is a neutral pink rose that is surprisingly flattering even though it’s not really that pink. The Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colours are “luxurious medium-to-full-coverage lipstick[s] that give lips the ultimate in color, texture, and finish.” It’s smooth and creamy; buildable in intensity, and looks great on the lips.

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I’m new to this range of Laura Mercier lipsticks. However, because my experience with “Lychee Parfait” has been so great, I’m open to looking into other colors like “Peche” and “Antique Pink.” In addition, the formula is really nice and comfortable to wear. It’s not heavy even though it’s a medium to full coverage lipstick; and, it keeps the lips hydrated without looking too glossy or shiny. The texture is smooth even when my lips are feeling dry.

“This cream formula envelops lips in rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure olive oil and vitamin E nourish lips. Color glides evenly onto lips without skipping, dragging, feathering, or setting into fine lines. You’ll have the appearance of visibly fuller- and younger-looking lips in just one swipe.”

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“Lychee Parfait” is a neutral pink rose and it’s a great my lip but better kind of color. It’s great for every day wear, and can be amped up at night if needbe. I like to add a light layer for a more natural look. But I also like to apply it fully with a heavier hand, as it gives my lips a plumped and fuller look. Another minor thing that really does wonder for me is that this lipstick is a fragrance-free formula, which is a nice surprise from the traditional fake-vanilla scent I find in many lip products. Because this isn’t dry, I find it easy to wear and I really recommend this lipstick and this shade!

Retails for $27.00 USD.
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Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color in “Heartbreaker”

As you can see, I’m on a major lipstick kick this month so my lip product crusade continues with the Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color in “Heartbreaker.” I needed this lip color after watching Lisa Eldridge’s video titled “3 Products, No Brushes.” In the video, she uses the LM Gel Lip Color in “Heartbreaker” as a lip color, cheek color, and eyeshadow and it was brilliant.

As a new formula, the gel lip colors are “innovative gel-based lipstick[s] designed to cushion lips in comforting, sheer color with a shining finish and subtle vanilla flavor. The super-smooth formula glides on easily, conditioning your lips and leaving them perfectly hydrated.” The color is sheerly pigmented, which I know seems weird. But, the gel formula applies glossy and not like a lipstick with the perfect amount of buildable color. “Heartbreaker” is a bright pink shade that can be applied sheerly to bring in a pretty pop of color to the lips; and, it can be built up on the cheeks (like in the video) as a bright pink creamy blush.

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Obviously, Lisa Eldridge demonstrates the versatility of this lip product and this shade is perfect for that. I’ve been wearing it mainly as a lipstick, and will further experiment with the shade on the cheeks eventually. But I’m enjoying the bright pink color on my lips because it isn’t too loud or clown-ish, and it looks fun and pretty without being too over-the-top. Since my lipstick kick began, I’ve been interested in colors outside of my comfort zone and this is a safe option if you’re feeling the same way.

This formula is great and is hydrating as well. The balmy texture melts into your lips, but it can catch onto dry flakes on the lips. I like to exfoliate my lips and apply a lip balm properly under all lip products — whether they’re high end or low end. This isn’t as moisturizing as Bite Beauty Lipsticks or the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, but it still glides smoothly onto the lips and fades nicely without looking blotchy. Wear time for this lipstick isn’t that long since the gel formula is a little slippery, but it doesn’t bother me a bit. I recommend this shade and the other lipsticks in the gel color range are worth checking out as well.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $23.00 USD.

Natural Eye Look of the Day feat. Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes

Posting Face of the Day’s is always fun, but I neglect featuring the eyes because I find that it’s usually the same during the week. Because I work in a professional, academic setting most days, it’s really not an appropriate time to be experimenting with makeup/makeup looks. Since my work environment is limiting to my makeup creativity, I find that it’s important to have good quality neutral palettes so that you can have some choices. As with everyone else in the blogosphere, I’m still getting good use out of my Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes and wanted to feature it in my “Natural Eye Look of the Day.”

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As you can see, things are pretty simple. I used a little bit of “Plum Smoke” as a base color all over my lids and added “Truffle” to the outer crease. After some blending, I applied “Espresso Bean” along my lashline (upper and lower) for some depth and definition. Then, I curled my lashes, applied the Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, and glopped on some Fasio Hyper-Stay Mascara.

For the brows, again, simple. I used the Benefit Gimme Brow and filled in sparse areas with MAC’s “Coquette” eyeshadow with the Louise Young LY31 Angled Sable Brow Brush.

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Here’s a better look at the palette and a corresponding blog post if you’re interested in more information. It’s worth the money, for sure. I hope this has given you more information regarding my eye routine. I like to keep things simple, so my eye routine takes roughly 10 minutes. I think if you have products that are reliable, then it really isn’t a struggle to come up with a look in the mornings. :)

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes

I missed out on the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes last year and didn’t want to make the same mistake again this time around. I ordered the palette as soon as it was available on Sephora’s website, and I’ve been eagerly and happily using it for two weeks straight! Described as an “elegant and modern eye palette featuring a dozen eye shadows that range from cool to warm shades,” this is the ultimate grown-up palette for those of us who have graduated from the Urban Decay Naked palettes. It’s worth the investment — just under $50 for 12 shades — and, it’s totally worth it.

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The palette contains 12 shadows, all ranging in shades and textures. The shades included are: Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink, Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, and Espresso Bean. I tried to capture the colors as true as I could by adjusting the lighting. What else you need to know is that the top row is organized into cool colors, while the bottom row features warm colors. Both rows are arranged in light to deep shades from left to right.

All the shades are buttery smooth, pigmented, and apply very smoothly onto the lids without skipping across the skin. Even the darker, more matte colors are easy to work with. The best part about this palette is that the colors coordinate well with one another, shades can be paired to your liking, and all the colors featured in the palette are usable and wearable. One of the things I hate about palettes is that there are often shades/items that I don’t ever use; not with the Artist’s Palette, however. To me, it’s money well-spent.

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Top row: Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink

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Bottom row: Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, and Espresso Bean

I recommend this palette and I’m totally in love with it. It’s convenient, portable, and always dependable — with shades that can create so many different looks. The versatility of the palette is impressive — you can create natural, every day looks and also create date night and girls’ night out looks as well. It’s user-friendly with shades that are flattering, with different textures, and colors that compliment one another. The case is magnetized and closes firmly; and the long and wide mirror is useful for traveling or when you’re on-the-go. I recommend this palette, so definitely order it this year and don’t miss out!

Retails for $48.00 USD.

Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in “Rose”

I’m a big Laura Mercier fan and that’s been no surprise on this blog. I own two other eyeshadows but I was intrigued by the “Sateen Eye Colour” range, so of course, I had to give this a try. The Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colours are “a lightweight eye shadow with a creamy powder texture that provides an immediate release of intense luminous colour with superior blending for a long-wearing, crease-resistant application.” The range of these eyeshadows help to create “a harmonious blend of pigment and pearl,” and the “unique blendability and silky application imparts a supple film of comfort on the skin.”

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The shade “Rose” is a barely-there color, even though in the pan, it looks like it could be something. I like the formula because it’s shimmery without being gritty in texture; and not glittery regarding the finish. However, the shade is so light that you have to really pack it on to kind of see the rosey-pink shade. I’m very fair and wear pretty much the lightest shade in foundation all across the board, and getting the shade “Rose” to look like something was difficult. I keep this shade around because it looks pretty when I wear it OVER other neutral shades in my collection, and looks pretty when applied onto the inner corners of my eyes. The formula is beautiful and I really like the texture of the eyeshadows, so the other shades are worth checking out.

Made in USA.
Retails for $23.00 USD.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour – “60’s Pink”

I’m getting back into my makeup groove and have been into wearing lipstick this past week. The Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour range caught my eye and I purchased the shade “60’s Pink.” I’m totally obsessed. For sure. This is my first Laura Mercier lipstick and it’s changed my perceptions regarding lipsticks in general.

This lipstick is a “luxurious medium-to-full-coverage lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in color, texture, and finish.” It’s also fragrance-free so there’s no nasty lipstick smell!

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“This cream formula envelops lips in rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure olive oil and vitamin E nourish lips. Color glides evenly onto lips without skipping, dragging, feathering, or setting into fine lines. You’ll have the appearance of visibly fuller- and younger-looking lips in just one swipe.”

This lipstick is highly pigmented and is intensely hydrating as well. Really, the best of both worlds. In fact, the pigment is so rich I have to dab the color onto my lips, rather than swiping it back and forth across my lips. The color is pretty — a soft, baby pink color — it’s pretty, goes with nearly any makeup look, and you can even wear it to work without looking like a porn star. The glossy shine is the best part, so you can skip gloss. And, it’s so hydrating there’s no need to layer on lip balm before applying the product. Talk about time saver. And, with less products on, you won’t feel like your lips are getting goopy as the day wears on.

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All the shades in this range are all highly pigmented, so it’s worth taking a look to find a color that suits you best. I feel that “60’s Pink” is an adaptable color, so the pinker your natural lips are, the more pink this lipstick will look on your lips. The milky color is just shy of being a pinky-nude, so it gives the perfect amount a pink color to the face without having to go over board. Love. I recommend this shade.

Retails for $26.00 USD.

Face of the Day – “professional edition”

I’m not quite out of my makeup funk yet, but I’ve been trying to gain some inspiration here and there from various YouTube videos and fashion magazines in my spare time. Last week, I had to be “professionally appropriate” for presentations and meetings, so I definitely had to put forth a little more effort for that reason. I also needed my face makeup to last through the long days, the commute, and the hotness that we’re experiencing in Texas. Also, since I work in an academic setting, my makeup needed to reflect that as well.

As usual, I kept things simple but appropriate.

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Normally, I don’t powder over base products (unless it’s my T-zone); and, very rarely do I layer a mineral foundation over my original base product. For the sake of looking polished and extra put-together, I used my Chanel CC Cream and dusted my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Porcelain” over everything. The finish was light and perfect. However, the layer did leave me looking a bit matte and flat. So, I added some glow by using the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in 01. For blush, I resorted to my trusty MAC “Well Dressed” to finish off the face.

The star of the show and my newest primer love is the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer. After my skin care, I swiped this primer on before adding my CC cream on top. And, let me just say, this is what saved the day for me. If you’re looking for a primer that is strictly designed to make you makeup last — this is the primer you should be using. The glue-stick design is appropriate because it really does make you makeup stick.

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Not pictured is MAC’s Fix + face mist, but I needed something a little extra to help my skin look more natural and to diffuse the effects of the powder. My brow routine is the same and is still in its growing-out process nearly 8 months later, lol. For lips, I kept it simple with just some La Mer lip balm. As for the eyes, I dusted on a skintone-like eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s “Naked”) from a palette, added some eyeliner and mascara.

For me, looking professional and put-together is important; but functionality is important as well. I had these products on my face for nearly 14 hours and nothing melted or smeared. As mentioned before, the primer was truly the star and I would totally recommend that.

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Ambre Vanillé Honey Bath

I’m not really into body products, but bath products are important to me. Since my less than successful attempts to use Lush bath products, I moved onto Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanillé Honey Bath because of all the craze. At first, I was hesitant because this is $40! But my verdict is that if you enjoy baths, you frequently take them, and the products you use matter — I’d recommend this. This product doesn’t give you thick bubbles like Lush’s bubble bars. The LM bubbles are light and airy and will likely dissipate while you sit in the tub.

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I chose the scent Ambre Vanillé Honey and it’s absolutely divine. It’s luxuriously packaged, a little goes a long way, and the scent lingers on your skin for days. Unlike cheaper bubble bath products, I don’t have to use much to get the results I want. Also, your skin is left so smooth and silky; and, you feel instantly pampered and refreshed. :)

Retails for $40.00 USD.