Sunday, July 14, 2013

Laura Mercier Fall 2013 Collection - Dark Spell

Laura Mercier has now brought their fall collection out and this is one of the few from this line that is flirting with the more dramatic shades and trends of the fall season.  This company normally brings out collections and shades that are very easy to wear and can be worn in any type of professional environment and this is a collection that goes against the norm and will be used more for going out and getting dressed up.  This is not a company that is known for carrying very pigmented products and I wonder how some of these shades will perform against companies that are known for carrying very dramatic and high pigmented shades.  I cannot see this company suddenly changing their formulas for this collection release and I am not seeing that NARS has a very competitor...

One photo of this collection proves that there are some very pretty shades included in the collection and I might do an extra bit of fall makeup shopping from this line.  This will be a huge fall for me, I already love products from Chanel and Urban Decay and now I have another collection to obsess over.  I see some new formulas included in this collection, especially a cream eye shadow formula that looks very exciting to me...

Here is the Dark Spell collection from Laura Mercier...

Baked Eye Colour - An innovative wet/dry Eye Colour formula featuring Baked technology in beautiful shades that last all day.  This smudge resistant, lightweight eye colour gently smoothes onto the lid for an even application.  Ultra blendable and versatile, apply dry with the All Over Eye Colour Brush for an even wash of colour or wet with the Crème Eye Colour Brush for a more vibrant effect.  Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.  Fragrance-Free. Paraben-Free. Dermatologically and allergy tested to minimize the risk of allergy and irritation.
- Magical - white with black
- Mystical - black with silver specs

Sateen Eye Colour - 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. Compatible with Laura’s signature 3 and 6 well Custom Compacts, create your personalized look for eyes, cheeks and lips.  Distinctive and full of colour with one stroke application  Unique blendability and silky application imparts a supple film of comfort on the skin.  Creates a harmonious blend of pigment and pearl.  Pop each shade from its compact case and place in a Custom Compact creating a customized eye colour palette.
- Dark Spirit - deep charcoal gray satin

Kohl Eye Pencil - Formulated specifically for lining the inside of the eyelid & the base of the lashes. The soft, creamy formula glides easily along the eyelid, creating a smooth and well-balanced line. The luxurious texture allows anyone to achieve the perfect "smoky eye" with maximum wearability. Each pencil contains a thicker diameter than the Eye Pencil to create a more pigmented, dramatic effect.   Luxurious texture for maximum wearability.  Allows anyone to easily achieve the perfect "smoky eye".  Soft, creamy formula glides easily along the eyelid.  Creates a smooth & well-balanced line.  Contains a thicker diameter than the Eye Pencil to create a more pigmented, dramatic effect.
- Black - deep black

Caviar Stick Eye Colour - A long-wearing, creamy shadow with an innovative, lightweight texture that glides on and adheres to the eyelid perfectly, leaving an even finish that lasts for hours.  Inspired by Laura Mercier's cult classic Caviar Eye Liner, Caviar Stick Eye Colour offers a new technique to enhance the smoky eye look. In a range of eight beautiful shades, this creamy formula provides endless options for a flawless smoky eye. Each convenient stick is long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant. The colour glides onto lids and blends easily with a rich colour payoff.
- Smoke - dark charcoal

Spellbound Facial Illuminator - Beautiful face illuminating hybrid product with a soft rose gold shimmer perfect for highlighting; the unique formula of pure light-reflecting pigments provides buildable long-wearing colour. 

Nail Lacquer - Limited Edition. The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
- Forbidden - deep forest green with black shimmer
- Bewitched - medium cool nude shimmer

Lip Plumper - Instantly plump, hydrate and moisturize for healthier, sexier looking lips.  A refreshing, cooling effect builds up over 20 minutes to plump lips, lasting up to two hours.  Infusion of unique ingredients penetrate skin, stimulate collagen production and beneficially smooth the lip surface.  Offer a slight tint to the lips for natural looking lips that are perfectly pouty and kissable.
- Charmed - peach
- Rose Flush - plum neutral rose

Crème Smooth Lip Colour - A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.  Cushiony, lightweight creamy texture feels comfortable on lips.  Provides medium to full coverage with a semi-lustrous finish.  Longwearing formula (6 hours to 8 hours).  Provides rich colour with one smoothing swipe.  Colour glides evenly onto lips; does not skip or drag.  Give the appearance of visibly fuller and younger looking lips.  Formula does not bleed or feather; does not dry or fade; does not setting into lip lines.  Features an elegant, modern case with a metalized finish.  Dermatologically and allergy tested to minimize the risk of allergy and irritation.  Fragrance-free.
- Angelic - delicate nude pink
- Merlot - deep burgundy

I am little bit disappointed by this collection, there really isn't anything in it that sets Laura Mercier apart from the rest of the beauty collections.  I like many of the products but I can't say that there is anything that I truly love and would be obsessed with buying this season.  My favorite product is the eye shadow that I have pictured with the collection, the Baked Eye Colour in Magical is the most unique product in this collection and the only one that I would really want to add to my fall shopping season.  I have very few white eye shadows and this one would work well with the charcoals and blacks that are already part of my growing eye shadow collection.

I like many of the other products but I can't say that I must have them.  The Lip Plumper interests me, I haven't used this type of product in years but this formula does not seem like it will give me the "Goldie Hawn in First Wives Club" lips.  I might have to try out the Rose Flush color, this will be a good rosy hue for me that I will be able to wear all the time.  I am looking at this product as more of a hydrating lip stain than a gloss or stick.  I also do like the Angelic shade of the Crème Smooth Lip Colour, I would like to broaden my lipstick collection and add more brands to it.  The last piece of the collection that I would like is the Caviar Stick Eye Colour, I want to try using it with a smoky eye look and see how it compares to the MAC formula that I typically use.

Not the best collection of the season but I doubt that it is the worst.  It has a few good pieces but none that inspire beauty lush from me.

photo courtesy of Nordstrom

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