Laura Mercier wants you all smoked out for your black tie events, ladies, and to help us look the part she’s released the Black Tie Collection, a small offering of six eye, lip and nail products for the holidays.
You may not have known this about me … but I’m obsessed with makeup (LOL!). I go through phases, like my current obsession with blue eyeshadow.
Beyond my minor makeup infatuations, though, are my more serious addictions, i.e. the cravings that last longer than a few weeks. Smokey eyes fall into this category. I am totally obsessed with smokey eyes!
Tuxedo Eye Colour Quad ($38)
This quad comes with four soft, finely milled eyeshadows (think Shu Uemura in terms of texture) in shades of black and white. I love the texture, but I’m not sold on the colors. The two lighter shades didn’t really sing for me (the lighter shades looked almost chalky on my skin tone), but I bet they’d work better on girls with cool-toned, lighter skin.
- Shimmery grey-black
- Matte cool black
- Shimmery silver white
- Matte white
The darker shades, on the other hand, totally worked for me. I’m going to get so much use out of both the shimmery black and matte black shadows. I can’t wait to layer them on top of a creamy black kohl pencil with different shades of blue and green shadows, oy!
I had high hopes for the lighter shades but oh, well. Don’t get me wrong — they’re pretty, but probably not ideal for dark or very tan skin. Even so, I could still find cool uses for the silver shade because it is so pretty, like maybe on the inner corners of my eyes, just under the arch of my eyebrow or to highlight the center of the lid.
You’ll totally love this if you’ve got a lighter complexion and can rock the cool tones. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Gala and Soiree Lip Glace Lipglosses ($22 each)
I’ve been happily wearing Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace lipglosses for a few years now because of their thin, non-sticky texture, super shine and color. LM even threw in a light vanilla taste and smell for good measure. They don’t pack the longest wear time (about two hours) on the market, but, all things considered, I’ve liked them a lot.
The two shades released with Black Tie are going to work wonders with smokey eye looks. Gala looks dark in the tube but applies like a sheer, creamy cranberry. I’m seeing some effortless nude lips that’d look great on warm skin tones. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Soiree, Gala’s partner in crime, is a shimmery clear gloss with silver pearl. Worn by itself it looks a little too frosty on my lips, and I’ll probably wear it on top of a pink lipstick to make it more wearable in the future. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
There’s a lot to like about the Black Tie Collection, but I think it’ll really shine on my cooler toned ladies.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,