Normally, waking up on Christmas morning to find coal in my stocking would be a big holiday bummer. Did Santa have me on the naughty list? I’d wonder, turning to Tabs for support.
But if that coal was spelled with a “K” and had a label that said, “From: Laura,” I’d be dancing like Snoopy from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Kohl, as in Laura Mercier’s Smoky Effects Mini Kohl Pencil Collection ($48). One of these in my stocking, and there’d be no doubt on which of Santa’s lists my name appears, because this set of eight creamy, soft and smudgy holiday cookie-sized (read: big) pencils is nice, nice, nice.
All but one of the colors, Jet Black, have been around the block a few times. A couple of them qualify as basics in my book, like Brown Copper (like a slightly more golden MAC Teddy) and the brand new, limited edition Jet Black, but that’s not to take anything away from them at all. They’re wearable workhouse shades, the kind that are always good to have, but it’s the other colors — Black Violet, Stormy Grey, Black Gold, Black Turquoise, Black Navy and Antique Jade — that I think most makeup nerds will covet (lots of duo-chrome action going on).
Shimmery, complex and unexpected, these pigmented liners could easily have been from MAC, NARS or Illamasqua.
Almost like real storm clouds, Stormy Grey, a longtime LM favorite of mine, shifts in the light from a deep gunmetal to a peacock blue, while my other favorite, the blackened, burnished Black Gold (LOVE!) makes this Forty Niner fan’s heart flutter.
The set is helping me discover some new Laura faves, like Black Violet, a shimmery black tinged with royal purple, and Black Turquoise, which reminds me of MAC’s teal grayish green Club Eye Shadow, if it were an eyeliner instead.
Because these are so smudgy and soft, I love wearing them as bases to enrich other powder eyeshadows in smokey looks.
I also, when I’m in a more casual, rocker chick mood, like to plop â€˜em along my lash and water lines and smudge, smudge, smudge.
Iâ€™ve heard that some gals with very oily lids have issues with these liners fading quickly. If you think that could happen to you, try priming your lids first. With a primer, on my combination dry/oily lids and along my lash lines, I get about 6-7 hours of wear; on my water lines, 5-6 (if you feel like you need more help getting these and other liners to last on your water lines, one of these tricks may help).
If you’re thinking about giving this set as a gift, be warned — you might be tempted to keep it for yourself!
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and lauramercier.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (despite not being a big bargain, I think this set is brimming with great colors and quality)
Scary movies have been helping me get into the Halloween spirit lately, like the one I watched yesterday on Netflix called La Cara Oculta, or The Hidden Face.
It’s in Spanish with English subtitles, but my not speaking Spanish very well didn’t make it any less frightening. Once it got going, I was on the edge of my seat!
In it, a young, gifted orchestra conductor’s girlfriend suddenly disappears. The couple lives in a creepy, isolated country villa, and we wonder if the house, which seems haunted, or the conductor had something to do with it.
It was one of those movies where I spent a great deal of time yelling things like, “Oh, no he didn’t!” “Gurl, don’t do it!!” and “What the what?!” at the TV, LOL! If you’re in the mood for a good thriller, give this one a whirl.
Now, I think I’m gonna go see if I can find something else scary to watch. If you have any recommendations, let me know.
Hope you had a great day. Talk to you soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,