Laura Mercier • Caviar Stick Eye Colour • Eye Shadow
|Would buy this product again.||96%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
No one has a product like this - and it is awesome. I bought Sandglow and it has more than exceeded my expectations - color, payoff, ease of application, just FUN to use. Thank you Laura Mercier -I'll probably never use a powder shadow again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I only found out about these products fairly recently although I now realise they've been around for a while. Really only came across them since Bobbi Brown have brought out an almost identical product range. I'm a little sceptical about BB products on the whole - don't think they last that long on combination/oily skin no matter what it says on the tin (but their makeup brushes are brilliant!).
I decided to try out the Caviar Sticks first after reading the reviews here and because I think that Laura Mercier is fairly understated in their own advertising campaigns - I like that it's not pushed in my face every time I walk into House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges, etc. They have just launched 8 new shades this spring in lighter colours on top of their original selection - they are cooler, paler and have a higher content of frost/shimmer with names like mint snow, sugar frost, rose gold and sand glow. On south Asian and darker skin tones, I feel that most of these shades would serve as highlighters and colours to 'lift' the eye makeup in inner corners or as lower lash liners.
So I had a look at the original shades and bought Smoke, Jungle, Sapphire and managed to pick up the limited edition summer 2012 shade Turquoise which hadn't quite sold out online.
First and foremost the colour pay off is great. The darker shade range isn't as glittery or frosty as the newer colours and give good opaque colour fairly quickly. There are a few issues I am having though and I wonder if it's just a simple matter of practice - initially when I apply the colour (I start with a thick line along my upper lash line) I blend up and out and build up as necessary depending on how intense I want the colour - with Smoke for example, I find it smudges rather than blends giving it a patchy look and makes blending it neatly and subtly to the crease difficult. The end result was that with all the correcting I had to do to cover the patchniness, I ended up with Smoke all over my eyelid and got a very dramatic 'wow-in-your-face' smokey look. It took a bit of work to neaten it in the crease so it didn't look messy or a the result of a punch in the face (I used LM's Stellar powder eyeshadow with a fluffy blending brush and the BB Smudge brush to really blend in the crease). Finishing with a little more on my lower lash line and a coat of mascara, I have to say I was impressed. Not exactly a daytime look unless you have an attitude to carry it off but I gave it a go dressing it down with a little bronzer rather than my usual plum/dusky pink blushers and nude lips. Most importantly - it lasted ALL day without any cracking or creasing or crumbling. I was really really impressed.
I had similar experiences with Sapphire in terms of application and now team it with Tom Ford's Platinum Cream Colour using it mainly at the outer corners and working it a little way into the crease and lining the lower lash line. A lot of compliments with this look.
When trying out Jungle and Turquoise on the back of my hand, they both swatched exactly like Sapphire and Smoke in terms of how they glided on, being creamy and testing their 'blendibility' with my finger which is why I bought them. Maybe it's because I find cooler tones a little harder to work with on my skin tone and therefore they need a lot of work so as not to look messy, garish or downright scary on me, but the green shades were a lot easier to use and blend. I stay away from white/silver/pink/mint green/ice blue shades, so the greens worked really well with all the coppers, golds, bronzes and chocolate browns. Again really impressed with their durability. I didn't touch up once in a 14hr day (even though I took the sticks with me, they take up no room at all sitting in the same pocket as my ball pens).
I only felt they were heavy if I needed to build them up like I did with Smoke, otherwise they're really comfortable to wear, last ages and I'm really happy with them. Seeing as the colour range is better than BB's currently, I'm not in a hurry to try out the rival product unless they bring out a shade I'm desperate to have. Nearly every colour BB have, LM already have or have just brought out. I recently purchased Sandglow - it's more like a dusky gold and can also be used in the crease it iron out any mistakes with the darker colours as well as compliment them.
The packaging is good - durable containers, retractable colour sticks and the usual understated LM design. They are priced at £20.50 in the UK but there is a lot of product which is great. I've taken one mark off as sometimes using and blending them isn't easier than the other powder eyeshadows. (I recommend trying the MAC 217 blending brush or if you want much more control and neater lines and have a bit more time to get ready, the MAC 228 mini shader brush to 'dab' as it sets before blending. And try the Bobbi Brown Eye Smudge brush to really smudge out those obvious lines that you can't seem to blend out - the brush does it so well without rubbing the product off). I will definitely purchase more Caviar sticks in the future - fingers crossed for a teal blue!!!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Blue
About me: NW13 (neutral-cool toned, very fair), blue eyes, Color season is True Summer, Baumann Skin Type is OSPW.
I bought this is Sapphire, which is a lovely cool dark navy blue with some shimmer and some purple. It is very creamy and easy to blend. Highly pigmented. Gorgeous product.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
And I thought it was nothing but matte powder shadow from now on at my age! I love these. I started with the new Grey Smoke, a light shade that looks great -- very elegant on my lids and as an under eye liner. Then I got Plum to use as a more intense liner, close to my lashes. Yes, I want them all! So easy to work with, very subtle shimmer, and great colors.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
These are completely brilliant! Super pigmented, super simple to apply, smudge-proof, and very, very convenient for travel or days when you need to get ready quickly. I recently purchased two of these in Orchid and Sugar Frost, and both colors are gorgeous. One thing to point out is that both colors, particularly Sugar Frost, are very shimmery/glittery. There's no fallout, but just be aware that if you're looking for something more matte, these might not be the products for you!
I always use these with Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, and the colors really do last all day. I find them easy to blend and layer with powder shadows, but once they set, they're they really don't move. I love Caviar Eye Sticks and plan on purchasing Khaki and Amethyst from the permanent range next!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
The caviar sticks are the first product I have purchased from Laura Mercier for myself. I purchased khaki, steel, jungle and turquoise. WOW! I am impressed is my first comment. These are true to color and long lasting! (Make sure to use an eye base/primer as they are essentially cream shadows in twist-up stick form.) An easy two minute eye-dot a small amount on with the pencil or a brush, blend out to desired intensity with a brush-simple eye done! These can also be used as eyeliners. The twist-up pencil case is a nice metallic brown color. Super easy for on the go or travel! I will definitely be back for more! Pricing around $24USD each.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Absolutely gorgeous. I have this in Amethyst and Turquoise (summer 2012 LE), and there's a decent color selection. They are highly pigmented, glide right on, smudge well, and when set, do not budge, even with water and rubbing. It takes eye makeup remover to get this babies off. The sticks can be used as eyeliner or shadow and are pretty much the perfect product.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
When the MA suggested use of an eye stick I kind of rolled my eyes because I have never ever been a fan but the Cavier Stick absolutely changed my mind. I bought one then two more then two more and would buy more if additional colors were available. I love love love the ease of application (I use a small smudge brush) and that the product is long-lasting. It can make a mess if you apply too much so use an easy touch. Thank you Laura for another terrific product. This line is selling me over and over again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have these in a few colors and love them! I line the lower & the upper inner rim with a brush or right from the tube and they last all day. No touching up necessary! Use them as shadows also and the color lasts and does not crease or fade. Just got the new shade Turquois and I love it....especially with the Cocoa. Great product!
12/9/12...Just wanted to add that I have found nothing that keeps the inner rims the same as when I put it on in the morning and lasts ALL day. Hope they add more colors soon!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I love LM products and this is no exception. I have both khaki and smoke and while I love both I find myself wearing smoke pretty much every day. It goes on smooth and even and lasts all day, even on my oily skin. Be sure to smudge it right away because once it dries it's not going anywhere. I never thought I could wear a cream shadow like this but I'm so glad I found this product.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
These color sticks are the best thing to come along in quite a while. These are super easy to work with, are versatile, the colors stay true, & they STAY PUT! I have Smoke, Sapphire, Jungle, & Khaki. I love every color I own. All are smokey, rich, sexy colors & are very wearable colors. Don't be afraid of the Sapphire or Jungle. They don't scream blue or green....they are just a smokey version of the color, & are GORGEOUS for day or evening. Good job Laura...NOBODY has a product like this, & it's perfection!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I purchased two of these from Sephora during the F & F sale. I chose Khaki and Cocoa because I tend to stick to neutrals for eyeliners and eyeshadow shades. These have a very creamy consistency and apply easily. However, there is a slight learning curve to these. I prefer to use them as eyeliners as opposed to eyeshadows, and the shape of these is too thick to easily line the eyes.
So, I have an eyeliner brush I use and just simply pick up a bit of the product on the brush and then line my eyes with it. I would classify these as cream eyeliner in stick form. These wear like iron once they are set, but they have longer "play" time than most eyeliners. I would say it takes a good five minutes before you are "safe" with them not to smudge.
The color Khaki is classified as a "taupe" , but when you open it the shade is a brownish green with a slight gold shimmer, Cocoa is a deep brown, again with a slight bronze shimmer to it, the shimmer does not show up when applied.
If you want that smokey, smudgey eye you see in the magazines, this is how you get it. Just use the stick as it comes and line the eye and smudge it, You get a lovely smokey eye, with very little effort.
Would like to pick up a few more colors.
$24 USD @ Sephora.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I bought this in Cocoa against the advice of the SA at Sephora who said it did not "pop" enough. I love it. It evens out my lid and the slight sheen wakes up my eyes. I have a lot of lid and using this neutral all over adds dimension and interest. If I want to bump it up, I use UD's Smog in the center or some other shade.
I bought the Smoke as well and really like its dramatic, deep effect. It really makes a statement. I layered MAC Henna over it and it looks fabulous!
I prime before application and it lasts all day.
For reference, I am MAC NW45, with lots of red in my skin.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I recently bought this LM stick in Plum and it's now my go to product whenever I want a darker eye. It's rich, creamy and easy to use. I blend it with a small precision brush or my fingers and then it's set all day :D I like to smudge it a little messy for a relaxed look. I'm definitely buying the other colours !
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This is a very impressive shadow stick..If they somehow made this dual ended-with a thick and a thin point, maybe even when you can swap the colors around, it would be eye makeup gold. Someone else said they did not know it could get better then ud liners until this-I agree. Way richer pigmentation, subtle shimmer with not a lick of sparkle, (ud is just too liberal with the glitter particles) and long wearing-did I mention? 14 hour wear.
My favorite part about this product is how creamy it is. I hate the feeling of trying to apply a hard pencil -especially in the early morning-this is soothing and comfortable. Blends extremely well, but not too well-It does not disappear when you blend it out, and does not have that runny oily look or feel.
Best smudgy eyeliner ever.
This product needs a fabulous copper and golden shade. But they probably know that.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Hazel
These caviar sticks are amazing-- the best make-up purchase I've made in a really long time. Incredibly easy to use, very creamy, they blend well, and they last. Even without primer, the color stays on all day and into the night, and only comes off when I wash my face. I've also tried applying it with a brush for a finer line and more control, and that's worked well.
Amethyst is a gorgeous color: very elegant, very beautiful, not too bombastic for daytime but still powerful enough at night. It also pairs well with a darker colored liner (in black or something plummy). It's slightly shimmery but without being sparkly or seeming inappropriate for at work. The color strikes me a bit like a more grown-up, elegant version of Stila's Kitten smudge pot, although the stick is less messy to use than the smudge pots. The Amethyst caviar stick is like the Louis Vuitton to the Stila's Marc Jacobs.
I also bought one in Jungle-- a great fall green. I got this one off the LM web site: I haven't seen it in stores yet. It's a good green, although not nearly as swoon-worthy as amethyst. I'm mostly using this one with a brush, to get a finer line.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Medium Eyes: Green
This product is a bit of an enigma. I have it in "Amethyst" and while the color is pretty and unique, it is SO hard to work with. It applies creamily on the back of my hand but when I try to use it on my eyes it looks uneven. I have to blend it extremely fast, and sometimes it sets before I have time. It looks bad in the creases of my eye if I don't blend it.
Edit: Bumping this up to a 4 because I realize this is just the way the product is. I line it thickly across my upper lash line and it looks great.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I agree with the reviewer who compared these to the MAC Greasepaints. They are very similar, although I find these wear better. I can work with them and smudge them a bit at first, but they set quickly and after that they stay put. Whereas the Greasepaint tends to disappear after a few hours, these stay on exactly as I applied them without transferring or fading. Long wear length but I can remove them with my regular facial cleanser.
I don't like them as an eyeshadow because they feel sort of thick and I feel too aware of them on my eyelid all day. It's like a presence that's almost uncomfortable and I don't want to be able to feel my eye makeup at all. But I do like them as eyeliner. I have to be more careful applying it to my lower lid because the applicator is blunt and the formula is so creamy, so it's not a far leap into sloppiness. But sometimes I don't want a precise, stark line of color and for those moments the Caviar sticks are perfect. Especially the lighter, more glimmery metallic colors like Amethyst, Khaki, and Steel.
I bought Plum, Khaki, Steel, Amethyst, and Cocoa. All of the colors are beautiful but my favorite is Amethyst, which looks amazing with my eye color. I think it's the most unique of the range too.
The price seems right considering the color range, quality, wear length, and size. I doubt I'll be repurchasing any of the ones I own anytime soon because they'll last such a long time, especially since I won't be using any of them as eyeshadow. But I would repurchase if I go through them, and I do want to get the two other colors that I don't have yet.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I did not like this product. I bought this in the steel color shade. I forget the exact name of the shade right now. If the color had suited me better I would have liked this product better, as the shade was just too dark for my skin tone and not subtle enough. My other complaint is that I could feel something heavy on my eyelids, as if it dried onto my eyelids like paint would. I imagine this is what makes it waterproof, but it just made my lids feel weird. Just didn't like the feel of it. On a positive note though, I definitely prefer eyeshadows that are applied via a stick method.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have this in Amethyst, and I really love it. The consistency is so creamy but the color stays on without creasing or losing intensity on my lids. I have a small crease, so I use UDPP under Amethyst most of the time. I could do without primer probably, because the caviar eye stick really wears well.
The color is pretty fabulous, too. It shows up as a darkened silvery lavender on my skin. The sparkle is not glittery, and it's a really refined shimmer. If it wasn't for the price, I would love to collect more colors.