Thursday, January 10, 2008

Three from Laura Mercier

I've always had a soft touch for Laura Mercier. When other cosmetics brands were going for gimmicky products, she's remained true to making women look beautiful. More to the point, I had a very positive experience at a Laura Mercier counter, when the makeup artist commented that I must be very diligent about sunscreen, as my face didn't have any lines. Then I told her about my upcoming birthday, and she was amazed!

Anyway, here are product reviews for three of her recent introductions:

Laura Mercier Brow Definer Soft - I get my brows tinted when I go to the salon to get my hair done. However, the brows are resistant to taking color. I'm always on the lookout for products that tint the brows. I've become dissatisfied with LORAC's Brow Wax, as it's too hard, so I was interested in this product. The Brow Definer is described as an "innovative wax/gel formula," but I couldn't find anything innovative about it. It looks and feels like a gel eyeliner, which is no longer a new innovative product.

I purchased this product at bluemercury. I thought that I should use the Warm (brunette) shade, but the saleswoman was adamant that Soft (deep blonde/soft brunette) was right for me. Regardless, the best solution I've found to date is taking a cue from the guys: I use moustache wax to define the brows (use a brow brush to brush them into place first); then I apply a brown-black eyeshadow with a stiff angled brush to color the brows.

Laura Mercier Lip Stain Mulberry - This lip stain is a red-plum. When I tried it at bluemercury, I swiped it over my lips. It was bright! The saleswoman told me that the best application is by patting the color onto the lips: in that way, you can build color to your desired intensity.

As with other lip stains I've reviewed (Underground by Rimmel, Revlon), well-conditioned lips are necessary to making lip stain feel comfortable on the lips.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Black Gold (not pictured) - I was intrigued by the color. I love metallics, but not pure silver or gold shades. Instead, I prefer pewter shades to silver or bronzy shades to gold. This pencil seemed right up my line.

However, I find eyeliner pencils (except for retractable ones) a nuisance. Is the pencil too hard to use? Then run hot air from a blow dryer over it. Too soft to sharpen? Put in it the fridge or freezer. Then there's the mess of keeping your sharpeners clean (I used cotton swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol). This pencil is no different, and at $19.00, it's no bargain, either.


Retainer Girl said...

Have you tried Laura Mercier's primer?

The Style Page said...

No, I haven't.

Read my comments about makeup primer in the review of the tarte kit. I'll keep using this one until I get dissastified (which I'm not) with the tarte primer.