Face of the Day with Laura Mercier Mediterranean Sea Eye Mosaic

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)


After seeing Laura Mercier’s Mediterranean Sea Eye Mosaic eyeshadow palette ($35) in the Daily Beauty picture today, some of you gals suggested I try her in my face of the day.


That was all the prodding I needed… Here she is in all her shimmery turquoise, royal blue and golden bronze glory!

laura mercier mediterranean sea eye mosaic fotd eye

For the eyes in this look, I added MAC Rollickin’ Paint Pot ($16.50; limited edition, but a good dupe would be Estee Lauder’s Sea Mist for $17.50), Chanel Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Delta ($32), Cargo Plant Love Eyeliner in Midnight Blue ($16) and MAC Mascara X in Black X ($12.50).

The Mediterranean Sea Eye Mosaic quad is probably my favorite eyeshadow palette so far this summer. The shadows virtually melt into the skin, pack intense color and blend with ease.

Don’t these shades look bangin’?

Laura Mercier Mediterranean Sea Eye Mosaic


If the makeup gods forced me to choose between this quad or coffee for a week, I’d give up the java — OUCH! I’d be totally cranky, but at least my eyes would look smokin’ hot. πŸ™‚

The possibilities for this quad seem endless. My mind’s buzzing with ideas for eyeshadows and liners I could pair with Mediterranean Sea, like maybe Estee Lauder’s Double Wear ShadowCremes in Blue Velvet and Antique Gold, MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood, Estee LauderÒ€ℒs Duo Tone Eye Pencil in Aqua or Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground.

If you can take a beauty break this week, try to swing by a Laura Mercier counter, and check out Mediterranean Sea.

But gird those loins, girl, because it’s *that* tempting.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Meredith says:

    wow! i really love what you did with this palette. the shades are sooo pretty πŸ™‚

  2. Citrine says:

    Yup, the turquoise looks bangin’ on you!

    I am giving blue another go this summer, I always make it look so wrong on my face…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Citrine,

      That’s the spirit! You just never know… perhaps you just need to find the right blue to fall in love with.

      Hmm — how about starting easy with a super thin line of smudged navy pencil liner? You can ease your way into it.

  3. Paris B says:

    Ooh! I usually pass by Laura Mercier but not this time! I will have to see this one. I’m not really liking the bronze but the other 3 colors more than make up for it – gorgeous look as usual Karen!

    Paris B´s last blog post..Review: Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paris B.,

      The bronze shows up as super cool… more goldish brown than bronze, I guess. But yah, the mix of shades is fantastic! You’ll have to tell me what you think after you see it in person. πŸ™‚

  4. Kate & Zena says:

    The eyes are gorgeous! I love that deep blue. It’s beautiful!

  5. Indian Girl says:

    Pretty Pretty ! Love that flower on your hair, super cute !

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..ZOYA Ooh – La – La Collection : Review

    • Karen says:

      Hi Indian Girl,

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ That flower is faux — bought it in Hawaii a few years back! It’s a fun accessory.

      Hope you had a very nice Monday!

  6. Amy says:

    Wow what an endorsement!!! That works so beautifully for your coloring!!! I am more into neutrals and pale– I doubt I could get those blues to work. Is the other LM summer palette (mostly browns & golds) just as nicely textured? That’s more my speed… thanks!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      Yes, the texture of that other quad is the same. You should totally get it so I can vicariously live through you. πŸ™‚ I am so in love with the finish that I might have to break down and get that one eventually. GAH!

  7. Arianne says:

    I KNEW this was gonna look SO CUTE! Loves it.

  8. Catherine says:

    This is really so pretty… I am just pretty sure I already have all those colors (or close enough)… *sigh* I’ll definitely have to give this a look though.

    Catherine´s last blog post..Yesterday’s Mermaid Eyes FOTD

  9. Apple Diva says:

    Of course it’s banging!! lol

    Hope all is well.

    Apple Diva´s last blog post..Beauty Bubble : Top 20 Earth-Friendly Beauty Products

  10. DanielleO says:

    Beautiful look!

  11. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! I swatched this palette over the weekend and DIED. It’s gorgeous. Decided to buy it and guess what?! SOLD OUT. I couldn’t believe it! I’m seriously waiting for it come back in stock and told the Laura Mercier MA to call me. I want it that bad…and your FOTD makes me want it more! Gorgeous!

    The item I did end up purchasing is my new HG lipstick – Boho Bronze. It’s seriously GORGEOUS.

  12. Elena says:

    Ooh, Karen, I love you! You totally pulled out a face of the day for us so quickly!! Oh man, now I want to buy this, and I was trying to save up for Urban Decay’s Ammo Palette instead. But you look uber hot in blues, so I’m glad you went for it. Thanks for the FOTD!

  13. tanya says:

    so tropical and exotic–I LOVE IT!!!

    tanya´s last blog post..charlize

  14. Fie says:

    Wow very pretty. I saw this quad at the LM counter yesterday, was so tempted to pick it up. But after my epic haul at MAC, my dad might get a heartattack to see the CC bill if I did. πŸ˜€

    Fie´s last blog post..Tutorial: Brown Green Eyes with Peachy Lips

  15. Stacie says:

    Wow, it looks fantastic! Another thing to add to my wish list, I guess.

  16. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I passed by the counter last week without checking out this quad. Looks like I need to go back and play with the tester this weekend. πŸ˜€

  17. Milan says:

    This look is INSANE! Gorgeous! I need to get that palette

    Milan´s last blog post..Prescriptives Mineral Bronzer!

  18. Nicole15 says:

    i love how the colors in the quad look like brushed suede. sooo soft. your look came out gorg! between this palette & cargo tahiti, it’s gonna be a rockin’ blue summer πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicole15,

      Oh yeah, it’s gonna be a blue summer indeed! Do you have some nice cheek and lip combos lined up? I’m all about the coral and pink. πŸ™‚

  19. Dao says:

    Wow, this look is so pretty! You look like an island girl πŸ™‚

  20. Stephie says:

    Omgsh. I love this look! Your eyes look so bright and your face so lifted. Can’t wait to try out something similar on myself. What lip color are you wearing here?

  21. cloudburst says:

    Very, very pretty – definitely worth a looky at the counter.

  22. Nicole15 says:

    Hey Karen!

    Yeah, I’ve been totally swatching & trying everything pink & coral that comes out to find my summer staples. Right now I am still on the MAC Blow Dry bandwagon from BBR & have been using that as my coral w/ some MAC Pink Grapefruit lipglass on top. However, i am itching for a secondary coral fave. Still need to try Tangerine Dream as when I saw it on you I fell in love…with the lipgloss of course. HA! πŸ™‚ For a cool pink, i am anxious to try out the lippies in MAC’s Rose Romance collection with hopes something will work for me. For now though I have just been using Stila’s Lip Glaze in Ulti-“mate” Pink. I like it but not my fave. The scent is too die for though. I struggle with cool pinks at times because of my warm complexion. I look forward to seeing what you swatch and/or use in your looks for ideas. I get a lot of inspiration from your site. Thanks for all you do! πŸ™‚

  23. Shefali says:

    Hi Karen! No, it’s not sheer on me. I has just enough color. Not too dark and not too sheer. It’s just perfect on me…hence it being my new HG color πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shefali,

      Okay, I’m SO ON THAT! The coral shade initially caught my eye but honestly I need another coral lipstick like I need another pair of high heel shoes. πŸ™‚ I hope that it Boho Bronze works for me, too. *crosses fingers*

  24. Chamayne says:

    In a perfect world you’d say, Chamayne I hate these earrings. Please, please take them off my hands.

  25. Annalise says:


  26. Didi says:

    Wow! The blue looks soooo gorgeous on you! I’m so gona play with my blues and browns too!

    Didi´s last blog post..Kose Sekkisei and Seikisho

  27. Cindyrella says:

    Thank you Karen! I’m one of the girls that requested an FOTD. I am now totally lemming this! BUT, nowtell straight up girl, are these too frosty for an old lady like me? I have TONS of beiges and bronzes but virtually no blues–usually only wear blue for liner since I have blue eyes. Thumbs up or down on my lemming? Anyone can chime in here! LOL

  28. Camellia says:

    beautiful look (:

  29. Adriana says:

    Hi Karen,
    Beautiful look! Please post a tutorial! =)

  30. lexi says:

    lovely – it maybe a bit much for a day in the office but it’s definitely date night worthy! i’ll swing by LM counter and see how it looks in person…

  31. Blovet says:

    I really love how the colors on your eyes complement your bronze skin!Do more looks like these…. πŸ™‚

    Blovet´s last blog post..Concealing Imperfections Γ’β‚¬β€œ Office Look

  32. redhead says:

    Unfortunately, my wallet will be pissed if I buy this. I did find a GREAT quad from L’Oreal, however, that’s a pretty good dupe for this! It’s the Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad in Out of The Blue (5 to 7 dollars at drugstores and supermarkets). The shades include: Metallic golden copper, rich metallic deep bronze, sky blue with a slight green tone and golden green shimmer (think of the shimmer as the same shade as MAC’S Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow), and rich dark blue with subtle aqua shimmer. It’s SO pretty, and the only differences between the Laura Mercier quad and this L’Oreal one is 1. The price 2. Laura Mercier’s quad has a gold shade and this one has a copper shade instead, and also the lighter blue in Laura’s quad is more teal than sky. They’re both gorg, though!

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