Caught in the Rain With Laura Mercier: The Laura Mercier Spring 2016 Collection, “Paris After the Rain”

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beauty illustration of the laura mercier lip parfait by anna oh spring 2016

Illustration of the new SP16 shades of Laura Mercier Lip Parfait


Here’s a look at the new Laura Mercier Spring 2016 Collection, starting with the “Paris After The Rain Eye Colour Collection (a $55 palette). While most spring collections would rather distract us from the winter blues, “Paris After the Rain” imagines a world “inspired by the reflection of lights on cobblestone streets and the dance of colours on zinc rooftops in Paris after the rain.”


Sounds like something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, right?

laura mercier paris in the rain palette spring 2016

The palette is housed in thick matte plastic (4″ x 3.75″ — smaller than my hand!)

Now, I should mention that I think Laura Mercier can do just about no wrong, and while every product isn’t always for me, I can usually imagine who would like and use them and how.

The Eye Colour palette was a surprise favorite of mine. With four super creamy matte shades (0.05 oz. each) and four soft glittery toppers (0.035 oz. each), it’s a versatile palette with lots of options for day and night.

laura mercier paris in the rain palette swatches spring 2016

Matte eyeshadows in Champs Elysee, Saint Germain, Tour Eiffel, Le Marais + Multi Chrome Pearl Topper Formula (L-R) La Madeleine, Arc de Triomphe, Rue de Vivoli, Montmarte


A better look at the Multi Chrome Pearl Topper formula

Laura Mercier calls the baked lid colors “Multi Chrome Pearl Toppers” and suggests patting them on the lid after smudging the matte shades along the lash line. In the swatches above, it took two or three passes to build up the intensity. I think this would give a beautiful soft focus effect, but when swatched over a cream base, they really come to life!

laura mercier paris in the rain palette swatches

Swatches on top of a cream base

The collection also includes two new shades of Laura’s Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25 each) in Rive Gauche and Rive Droite. They’re creamy and comfortable on my lips and have a little shimmer, too. In texture, they remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters, only they’re more pigmented.

laura mercier rive gauche rive droit lip parfait cream colourbalm paris in the rain

Rive Gauche (front) and Rive Droite (back)

laura mercier rive gauche rive droit lip parfait cream colourbalm paris in the rain

Swatches of Rive Gauche and Rive Droite

I decided to try two different looks with this palette: a simple look in under five minutes, and then a full smokey eye with a baby cat eye.

laura mercier paris in the rain palette look

Le Marais blended over the eye, Champs Elysee concentrated on the edges, La Madeleine dusted on the center of the lid. Lip Parfait in Rive Droite on the lips

laura mercier paris in the rain palette look

Rue de Vivoli patted on the lids over Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, Tour Eiffel blended along the outer edges, and Le Marais diffused all over. Lip Parfait in Rive Gauche on lips. I had to use a separate palette to add a pop of shimmer on the inner corner

With the palette being smaller than an iPhone 6, I am a huge fan of it for bringing on the road. The only product I struggled with was matte cream Saint Germain, which had a tendency to harden under my fingers and brushes.

laura mercier paris in the rain palette look

Still-shimmery lips after removing lipstick

As of right now, the limited edition eye colour palette/collection can be purchased at Macys ($49!), Laura Mercier, and Von Maur.

Sadly, it may already be sold out at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

See you in the next,


Anna Oh

Anna is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on fashion, beauty, and awesome women. A former tomboy, Anna now happily embraces all things pink, glittery, and floral scented. You can see her illustration work at and on Instagram.


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  1. Erin says:

    I like the color story but I’m underwhelmed.
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  2. Susan says:

    Thanks for the review; I am also a Laura Mercier fan! I was especially glad to see the sparkly shadows are not too over-the-top for more “mature” lids 🙂

  3. MonicaP says:

    So pretty ~ I love the ‘toppers’ !!

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  4. Lulle says:

    You’re such a talented artist Anna! I love your illustration.
    I think this is a nice palette but not really my type. The colors are very muted and cool for me.
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  5. Gosh you are pretty <3 I love the look of both lip colors, very wearable.
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  6. Situ says:

    Thanks, the colors and your review are fabulous. I actually have a classic sateen LM color named St.Germain that’s a golden green color so I’m surprised she’s using the name again for a new collection.

  7. Sharon M says:

    Finally, a palette where I could wear every single colour. So many of the palettes reviewed on various beauty blogs have been warm-toned (which makes me look tired and ill) so this one is perfect. 🙂

    $55 is a little steep, though.

    Thank you for the review!

  8. CynthiaCC says:

    I love the artwork! I want to try these balms.

  9. Fran says:

    It’s really nice to see a cooler-toned palette! A nice balance of mattes and shimmers, plenty of basics.

  10. Agata says:

    Your illustration is beautiful. I love these shimmery toppers! And your smokey eye look looks fantastic!
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  11. christine says:

    Great review – I love Laura Mercier! Her lipsticks have a great formulation as well!

  12. Kwmechelle says:

    ^^ I agree with others above. You’re such an artist! Love the illustration & both eye looks. I think the palette is beautiful & the “toppers” especially picque my interest. Great job! 🙂

  13. Stella says:

    ANNA! This look is seriously STUNNING on you! I love the lighter lipstick! Such a beautiful color!!!!!!!

  14. Maren says:

    I’ve been waiting for someone to review this! Thank you! All three of the products look gorgeous and I’ll take your suggestion to use the cream base.

  15. Bella says:

    Anna, you look stunning!! I love the palette, and even though I am on the mature side, a little bit of glimmer on the inner corner of my eyes, gives my older skin a glow. It is definitely my go-to eye make up routine It amazes that a lot of women are afraid of the glitter. You can do it without looking like a disco ball. My favorite is the UD “Space Cowboy.” It just give my eyes a nice highlight.

  16. Gina says:

    The rive droite looks gorgeous on your lips! Love the illustrations too 🙂

  17. I love the way the streets look after the rain, and the looks you created are both very flattering.
    As I don’t like palettes, I don’t think that one will be for me though.
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  18. Danielle says:

    gorgeous looks! I love the contrast between the two – shows the possibilities!

  19. Rachel R. says:

    Those lipsticks are such gorgeous MLBB shades. The eye palette is really pretty. I love the toppers over the black base.

  20. anusha says:

    U r sooo gud at blending ur eyeshadows! Eye makeup looks great on sultry..

  21. Maria says:

    Congrats on the baby girl! Hope your labor and delivery experience was a positive one.

  22. Chris25 says:

    I absolutely love this collection’s theme. I think that Mercier executed it wonderfully.
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  23. I’m not sure I’d get much use out of these shades, but the smokey eye you created is gorgeous!
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  24. Natalia says:

    I need Rive Droit in my life!

  25. Kim says:

    Both looks are great on you. There is far too much glitter in the palette for me, but I can see how people who like sparkle would get a lot of use from it. Both lip colors are very nice!

  26. Dolce says:

    Loved your post. Just curious, what font did you use for the eyeshadow? It’s really cute!

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