Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s how I feel about Laura Mercier’s new Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes & Cheeks…
The thing is, it’s $125.
Uh… Yeah. Ouch.
And it’s not like there aren’t any other holiday sets out there now that cost a lot less. There are, but if you want something comprehensive for your eyes and cheeks that you could use every single day, don’t overlook this two-tiered kit outright, despite its price.
It’s brimming with rich purples and chocolaty browns, and sprinkled with pink, taupe and navy. Plus, the included travel brushes are actually worth keeping! They’re surprisingly soft. I almost always ditch the brushes that come with holiday kits because they’re usually scratchy and…just not up to par, but I think the eye brushes that come with this apply and blend just as well as Laura’s full-sized brushes.
WOOT! Bomb-@ss brushes to go with some bomb-@ss makeup. Who’d a thunk it?
Starting with the eye colors in the first tier…it’s African Violet, huzzah!
LOL! OK, you’re probably about as sick of seeing African Violet as I am (I swear, it must be in half of Laura’s kits). I love ya, L-Boogie, but please, can we take a break from African Violet already? At least for a few months?
Aside from that little quibble, I think the eyeshadows are tops. Every one has the brand’s signature smooth, easy-to-blend formula, where you literally swipe your blending brush once or twice, and the colors melt together. As with Laura’s Artist’s Palette, I actually have to resist the urge to over-blend these.
And I barely notice any fallout at all — a smidgen, but it’s not enough to annoy me.
The eyeshadow finishes range from mattes, to shimmers and lustres, and the colors, predominantly purples and browns, lean neutral and cool, in terms of color temps.
But if you have warm skin tone, don’t let that dissuade you. With a little help from one of the products in the second tier, the big pan of Golden Shimmer, you should totally be able to pull off these colors.
Technically, warm bronzy Golden Shimmer is a highlighter, but I’ve been using it as a transition eyeshadow, by sweeping it into my crease. I think its warm tones go well with the purples and browns in the palette, even the navy blue and the taupes.
As for the rest of the palette, I think the blushes are great (and blend really well), the cake liners are a breeze to use, and the little brown eyeliner stays put along my lash lines (but along my water lines, not so much).
If you have the extra cheddar, you could do a ton of different looks with the colors in this kit. It’s way wearable, and I like that the shades aren’t your run-of-the-mill brown and beige ensemble. That, and they aren’t excessively cool-toned, or so light that ladies (and gents) with medium or dark skin tones wouldn’t be able to wear them.
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Laura Mercier counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,