The Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse Collection Artfully Channels 1920s Paris in Its Intense Reds and Gilded Eye Colours

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laura mercier art deco muse collection

I dunno what was going on at the dentist’s office today — maybe the staff felt like starting the Thanksgiving holiday early — but they were playing some crazy-@ss samba music over the speakers! If someone hadn’t been rutting around inside my mouth at the time with a very sharp hook, I totally would’ve been down to shake my maracas.


But since the tunes didn’t have any lyrics that I could mentally sing along to (they usually play oldies), I kept hearing things in the other rooms… Scary things, like the whine of a very loud drill, and snippets of a convo with the words, “probe” and “bleeding,” being thrown around repeatedly.

Oh, gawd!

Somehow, I managed not to lose my sh*z. No tears or passing out, so yay for small victories!

After my visit, though, I felt like I needed a treat, so I sought solace at the closest peaceful refuge — the makeup counter at Nordie’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I nearly pushed through a gang of older ladies clad in Burberry from head to toe to get to the new Art Deco Muse display at the Laura Mercier counter.

It caught my eye from across the store… So much shimmer, so much red and gold and OM NOM NOM!

laura mercier art deco muse display

I’d seen the collection online a few weeks ago and, truth be told, didn’t think much of it at the time. Hrmph! Looks like pretty standard holiday fare with red lips and gold eyes.

But, GURL! I must say it’s much more compelling in person.

Inspired by mid-1920s Parisian Art Deco, the limited edition holiday launch features metallic shades like gold and bronze, and rich reds, burgundy and black.

The quilted Illuminating Eye Colours ($24 each) spoke to me. I love shiny metallics, and I almost swooned right there in the store after swatching the four shades on the back of my hand.

Laura did not hold back on the pigment with these powder shadows, and they’re so downy soft that they practically melt into my skin…

I hope I dream tonight, and in my dream I’m wearing Gilded Bronze. ๐Ÿ™‚ On my NC 42 skin, it’s a beautifully warm (at least I think so) grayish taupe.

Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonlight

Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonlight ($24)

Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Bronze

Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Bronze ($24)

laura mercier laque rouge

Lip Laquer in Lip Rouge ($24)

laura mercier art deco muse swatches eyeshadow cheek color

Illuminating Eye Colours from the left: Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Platinum and Gilded Bronze ($24 each); Second Skin Cheek Colour in Wild Bouquet ($24); Caviar Eye Liner in Black ($22; I had to swatch it dry, but usually it applies much more pigmented when applied wet)

laura mercier art deco muse swatches eyeshadow

Illuminating Eye Colours from the left in Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Platinum and Gilded Bronze

laura mercier art deco muse swatches lipsticks gloss nails

From the left: Crรƒยจme Smooth Lip Colour Lipsticks in Deco House, Tamara Rouge and Sienna ($26 each); Lip Glace in Gilded Veil ($24); Lip Laquer in Lip Rouge ($24); Nail Lacquer in Moderne Red, Noir Glace and Crimson ($18 each)

laura mercier art deco muse swatches lipsticks gloss

Crรƒยจme Smooth Lip Colour Lipsticks in Deco House, Tamara Rouge and Sienna; Lip Glace in Gilded Veil; and Lip Laquer in Lip Rouge

laura mercier art deco muse swatches

laura mercier art deco muse product shot

Oh, and the glosses? The Lip Glace in Gilded Veil may not look like anything special in its tube, just a standard gold gloss, but it turns into a complex peachy pink gold on my skin. I only swatched it on my hand at the store, but I bet it looks gorgeous on the lips, either by itself or layered on top of red lipsticks.

As for the $24 tomato red Lip Lacquer in Lip Rouge ($24), it’s like a double rainbow all across the sky. So intense that I don’t just think my heart skipped a beat when when I saw it; I’m positive it did. ๐Ÿ™‚


Three red lipsticks ($26 each), three nail polishes ($18 each), a powder blush ($24), two eyeliners (a $22 cake liner and a $24 liquid liner) and a mascara ($24) round out the release.

The Art Deco Muse collection seems like pretty traditional holiday fare, but I like that. Sure, it’s not exactly groundbreaking, but Laura handles it elegantly and well. There’s just enough shimmery spice, and intensity from the reds, to really pique my interest.

If you like classic holiday makeup as much as I do, definitely spend some time playing with Art Deco Muse.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Gilded Rose Gold-OH MY! I have a thing for rose golds! It’s so pretty! I need to check it out in person!
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  2. Aelyn says:

    I think that taupe shade is gorgeous. Love the collection!

  3. DaniB001 says:

    I really like this collection. I bought all eyeshadows, Tamara Red and Lip Rouge (which I’m wearing today and adore so far ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

    • Karen says:

      Hi DaniB001,

      Oh, nice! Which eyeshadow from the collection is your fave and why?

      Happy Tuesday, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • DaniB001 says:

        So far it’s Gilded Moonlight. Applied dry and wet it’s an amazing colour on the lid. Gilded Bronze is also a nice colour in the crease. A combination of these two I’m waering for the third day now ๐Ÿ™‚
        It goes with nearly everything and a bold lip with it is a nice touch ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sadie says:

    I’m with Tracy – the rose gold has it! Love these shades, and the gloss would definitely be at home in my collection ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sadie,

      I’m thinking of going back to the counter and “visiting” with Rosegold again today. Maybe if it asks a nice lady to take it home… LOL!

      Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

      • Sadie says:

        I think you definitely should! I live in the UK so don’t usually celebrate Thanksgiving, but my NYC pal Kate is in town this weekend so we may have a meal or something for her. I would certainly never turn down an opportunity to eat some turkey or pumpkin pie! How about you?

  5. Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Bronze, and the Wild Bouquet blush WILL be mine!! HOW did I not check out this collection earlier?!
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  6. Sunny says:

    Ahh that Gilded Bronze is calling my name!!!

    Yay for not tearing up! You go girl!

  7. Marla says:

    This palette is great for the holidays. Those red lipsticks are so vibrant!

  8. Carina says:

    Eep. I’m jonesin’ for those lipsticks. And I don’t even like red lipstick!

  9. Nina says:

    So festive – I totally dig this collection!

    • Karen says:

      Me too! It’s really gorgeous in person. You’ve gotta check out that gold gloss…it would look fab with your bright lipsticks.

      Speaking of brights, are they in the plan for your Thanksgiving look this year?

  10. Katherine G says:

    Wow! This collection looks amazing! I think I need some Laura Mercier in my makeup collection. Those eyeshadows are right up my alley, too! The gilded rose gold and the gold remind me of L’Oreal Infallible shades Amber Rush and Eternal Sunshine.

  11. Oh my! I wouldn’t mind if the Gilded Eye Colours and lip glosses show up under the tree with my name on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love Laura Mercier and wish I can afford more of the line. Damn so expensive!
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  12. Marina says:

    I LOVE the nail polishes, before I started getting more and more shades – red, crimson and black were my three must haves ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Even though the colors are quite classic Holiday shades, I think this is a super beautiful collection! Lip Laquer in Lip Rouge in absolutely stunning! Would you be reviewing any of these Karen?
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  14. Tracy says:

    Love those shadows! I might have to get that bronze! But Karen – what did you do at the department store with that nail polish on your arm???

  15. meghan says:

    Oh my glob, I want all of it! I have one LM product (a lipstick) and it’s so quality, I wish I could afford her products more often!

  16. Whooo boy! Everything in this collection is so pretty! I love those types of metallic shades. Those reds are lovely! You are one helluva beauty blogger for swatching nail polish on your arm :).
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  17. Ann Fairchild says:

    Hi Karen,
    What thoughts do you have about how these shadows compare to the metallic cremes? Are they different enough to warrant purchasing?

  18. Lisa S. says:

    I could almost wear Gilded Moonlight every day. It is fantastic! Afraid to buy the other colors, because I might never use my other hundreds of shadows again. LOVE LAURA! Thanks for the feature.

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