Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold Fuels My Love for Messy Rocker Chick Looks

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Most gilded liner groupies would be content to have MAC Powersurge tucked away in their makeup bags… Not this gal. I dream of a day I fling my drawers open and nearly drown under a deluge of shimmery bronze and gold liners!!


Greeting me like a friendly face on this path to gold and bronze liner glory is Laura Mercier’s Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold, $20 and available now in Laura’s permanent collection.

Darker than Powersurge and more gold than bronze, from its name, I thought this shimmery kohl would be darker, like a black liner lightly brushed with golden pearl, but it looks like more of a 50/50 split between black and gold to me. When I hold the swatch up to the light and wiggle my wrist, I see flashes of both beautiful shades.


Makeup mavens may growl at its tendency to migrate. Although Black Gold clings to water lines fairly well (as long as I apply two layers, I don’t even need touch-ups), the smudgy, soft texture gets happy feet on oily lids, which is a little ironic considering its name. I’d say it behaves better than buttery MAC Feline (which I still love), but if your lids are oily at all, starting with a primer, and then setting Black Gold with a shadow on top, should discourage it from transferring into your crease when you blink.

laura mercier black gold

laura mercier black gold

laura mercier black gold swatch

laura mercier black gold

laura mercier black gold

If you like messy rocker chick looks like I do sometimes, Black Gold serves as a fab base for a gold or bronze smokey eye.


It might not be something you’d wear to Sunday dinner with your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents…unless, of course, those parents are Steven Tyler or Alice Cooper, and in those cases, you’d fit right in! 🙂

PRICE: $20
AVAILABILITY: This member of Laura Mercier’s permanent line is available now at counters, Sephora and

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Hump day! We’re halfway to the finish line. If you promise to hang on, I’ll do the same. 🙂


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  1. I have such mixed feelings about this eyeliner! It’s so pretty, but migrates on me (like you said). And, although setting with powder eyeshadow would fix it (as you said), that would cover up the gorgeous color . . . so, mixed feelings!
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  2. Gah. I love this — the wear would probably be terrible on my finicky lids, but the shade looks absolutely gorgeous!
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  3. Icequeen81 says:

    love it have a gold pencil home gonna try it again forgot about it

  4. OH MY GOD, you look SO good with Black Gold, Karen! I’m SO torn about this one. I LOVE the color more than I can say, but it would indeed be sad if I can’t keep it in place… uh well. I might go ahead and buy it just to see though. MAYBE it’ll work for me 🙂

  5. Kim says:

    Since neither black nor gold are good colors for me, I’m enjoying it in your swatch/FOTD instead. 🙂

  6. Sonya says:

    Such a BEAUTIFUL color!! Too bad it migrates (I hate touching up my makeup once it’s on – mostly due to my own laziness! :P)
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  7. Michelle says:

    Love this look on you! I am in love with that pink lippie you are wearing! Would you mind sharing what shade it is?

  8. Agata says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful.

  9. Aelyn says:

    Love that pencil, it’s so pretty! And your lip color is to die for!

  10. Ester says:

    Ohhhh, that is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Rads says:

    Love using this sort of an eyeliner as a base for darker eye looks…and I just have to get those Sally Hansen strips now!!!
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  12. Katherine G says:

    It looks great on you! I may have to check out some of Laura Mercier’s stuff – that Black Gold looks amazing on you 🙂

  13. Nina says:

    Ooohh thats one gawgus pencil!

  14. Lisa says:

    looks good on you. i have brown eyes too and i love it. one of the better sephora perk choices. thx for all you do!

  15. Patty says:

    Beautiful! This will definitely be my next Laura Mercier purchase.

  16. Chelsea says:

    This reminds me of a mascara I own! It’s Cover Girl Lash Blast 24 Hour in Black Gold… I don’t wear it unless there’s a chance I’ll be crying (because it’s really hard to get off!) but the color is gorgeous.

  17. Yup! Getting this one now! You look great!
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  18. You can never go wrong with a black and gold combo, this looks great.
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