Eyeliner -Laura Mercier - Eye Pencils- Midnight Bleu
lolly5377 10/4/2004 5:59:00 PM
The name of this eye pencil is misleading. True midnight blue is somewhere between navy and black. This pencil's color is actually between royal blue and navy. The color is definitely meant to be a basic daily staple--it is matte and simple. However, there is a richness to this shade that sets this pencil apart from so many other (less expensive) blue eyeliners. The "lead" in this pencil is somewhat harder than LM's kohls, which are almost too soft. The added hardness helps this pencil to wear more durably without smudging. Nevertheless, this pencil still goes on with a very light touch. The quality of the color and the texture are what make this pencil worth $18. You could easily find a less expensive alternative, but you would undoubtedly be making some sacrifices in quality. It all depends on your priorities. I think this pencil is worth the money, though, and I'd repurchase because navy eyeliner is a staple for me.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Metallic Cream Eye Shadow
lolly5377 10/4/2004 5:47:00 PM
At first, I refused to even look at these new offerings from Laura Mercier. I had a terrible experience with Lancome's Colour Dose tubes--the color went on very thick and heavy, and the tubes would squeeze out product of their own accord, wasting a large percentage of the product in the process. However, an SA finally talked me into testing them, and I will say that these are by far the nicest shimmer/frost cream eyeshadows that I've ever tried. Unlike Lancome's Colour Dose creams, these can be worn very sheer, very thick, or anywhere in between. In fact, when applied lightly, they were subtle enough for a "glam-natural" day look. I think the best colors are platinum (a silver-pearl-white shade), gold (golden-bronze-brown), and rose gold (pink-gold-bronze). The copper is just a bit too dark for an FFF like me, and I dislike purple, so I skipped the titanium shade. If you want a nice, versatile cream eyeshadow in some natural colors, these are a great buy. For $21, you get a tube that looks to be almost twice the size of Lancome's Colour Dose, and a little product goes a long way. Laura Mercier really puts a lot of thought into making her products absolutely perfect, and this is, I think, the most successful new addition to her line since the Dolce Vita collection.
My big problem with this line is that it's almost all warm-toned neutrals. I definitely have cool undertones and I love dramatic eyeshadow colors. Therefore, I haven't been inspired to buy any of Bobbi's shadows, even though I hear they are very high-quality.
Wildly overrated. I'm an eyeshadow junkie, and I love bold colors, but I don't own any MAC shadows. The texture is poor (see previous reviews) and they're not very blendable. I find that the quality of MAC products varies wildly. I think MAC is so busy trying to push out new, slick products that it isn't worrying enough about quality. If you're really interested in quality eyeshadows, try the Laura Mercier and NARS counters. You can find great colors there, as well as high quality.
Ugh. The other two reviewers are dead on. I loved Bamako, which has a nice creamy texture, but when I tried London--a pretty gray shade--it was awful. Way too hard. Nearly stabbed myself in the eye putting this on.
A holy grail gold-bronze shimmer shadow. Bought it because it was so gorgeous and perfect, even though I don't look good in this color.
The pigmentation, texture, and blendability are great. The colors are fun, though few are truly unique. You get a lot of product. My big complaint: for the price, the packaging should be a lot nicer. NARS costs only $2 more and comes in a gorgeous compact with a mirror. CARGO shouldn't charge more than $14 for these, at most. CARGO also needs a new naming scheme for its products. A lot of the names overlap with NARS products. I don't care who started it first; CARGO would stand out more if the names weren't the same.
As always, this Lancome mascara is great, but it comes in second behind Dior's mascaras. I will say that I prefer this to Definicils. I have almost no crumbs when I use this, and only a little clumping. That's great for an amplifying mascara. I prefer Dior's big brush, though--this one's puny. If you can't or won't buy Diorshow, buy this.
I reviewed this under the general Maximeyes heading, but about the color specifically: it's perfect. Doesn't scream purple, but it's the perfect finishing touch when your shadow look is in the purple/pink family.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Maximeyes [DISCONTINUED]
lolly5377 9/9/2004 4:58:00 PM
I bought this in Maxi-Purple only because Diorshow does not come in purple. Turns out that I like it just as much as Diorshow anyway. No crumbs, no gunk. Amplifies and lengthens. Just wish it came in waterproof!
When I first saw this duo, I thought, "Eew!" The colors look ugly in the pan, and even uglier together. But, for some unknown reason, I felt compelled to try it on at Sephora. And WOW. The pale pistachio green brought out the green in my eyes and worked perfectly with the copper-penny brown. Yes, the green is subtle, but that is necessary, IMHO, with such a shade. It keeps you from looking like you've got lichen growing on your eyelids. That I forked over $28 for two colors that make me cringe when I see them in the pan is a real tribute to the quality of NARS's colors, I think, because I almost always buy based on "prettiness in the pan." :)
NARS eyeshadows come in fabulous colors, but the pigmentation and texture are really hit-or-miss. Many of the shadows, especially the older colors and the single shadows, can be lightly pigmented, harder to blend, and often fade fast. Yet some of the shadows--notably the duos--are very heavily pigmented and have a texture as rich and blendable as Trish McEvoy's shadows. The moral of the story: try them on at the counter! On the positive side, NARS' colors are amazing and frequently look good on a wide range of skin tones and eye colors. Often, the "unwearable" colors, like Emmanuelle (red) and Mediterrannee (orange) are the most flattering and versatile of the bunch. I'm an eyeshadow junkie, and after Laura Mercier, NARS is my favorite line. I think these shadows come in the best packaging of all the lines that don't do chargers.
I think the descriptions of the colors given below are largely wrong. I don't see teal or green in this. The light blue shade is a bright, light, powdery sky blue with shimmer/glitter in it. The dark blue is a denim blue with smoky gray and lots of denim blue shimmer. The dark blue is one of the most wearable I've ever used--I think a lot of different skin and eye tones would look good with this. Yes, the light blue is a bit powdery, but it works well as an all-over background color and brow highlighter for the truly fab dark blue.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Eye Colour in Deep Night
lolly5377 9/2/2004 12:57:00 AM
One of Laura's most versatile shadows. I believe this is an absolute must if you use Laura's shadows on a regular basis. I thought it would be too dark to wear, but I was proven wrong. Looks wonderful along the lashline and in the corner of the eye.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Eye Colour in Star Fruit
lolly5377 9/2/2004 12:54:00 AM
A very pretty pale yellow frost shadow that is very wearable for a variety of skin tones. Nice highlighter. Looks great paired with Mermaid, St. Germain, Lemongrass, and others.