Who wouldn’t want to wear eye makeup that matches their smoky pants??
The first thing I saw when I opened this $58 Laura Mercier Double Impact Eye Colour Collection palette was that bottom row of cool-toned greys. Some of ’em looked a little blue, and I thought, “These totally look like the crazy pants my mom got me from Costco.”
Girl, these pants are everywhere! I am not kidding. Shortly after my mom got them for me, El Hub and I were driving through China Town in the city, and I saw this cute older Chinese lady walking through the crowd with a big bag of vegetables. “Look!” I said to El Hub. “She’s wearing my smoky pants!”
And then last month at our hotel in Tahoe while we were waiting in the lobby to check in, I saw a lady walking away from me with her roller bag and her cute little butt clad in these smoky pants.
I whispered, “She’s wearing my smoky pants…”
They’re freaking everywhere.
They’re grey with a sort of a blue tinge, but I don’t know. I can’t always tell with my eyes. Note to self: Make an appointment with the optometrist.
So I think I see a little blue in the pants, and I was hoping that the bottom row of colors in this palette would have a bluish tint, too, because I love bluish greys.
But when I got the shadows on my lids, they looked straight-up cool-toned grey, which is also fine…’cause I also love cool-toned greys, especially in smoky looks.
So…I think I might be spoiled for life by the super pigmented Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder palette because a layer or two with it and I’m done, but these shadows are sheerer than that.
I have to pat some on, buff it out, then pat some more, then buff that out, then pat even more, and then buff that out again.
I admit that I’m out of practice with slightly complicated, moderately intense looks, but it still seem like I’m piling a lot of this makeup on. Just an FYI.
And the fallout is fairly intense. I had a lot under my eyes when I did this look, especially when I used that dark navy blue shade. If you do your eyes first, then clean up, you’ll be fine.
Laura Mercier Double Impact Eye Colour Collection
$58, limited edition from the holiday 2016 collection, available now
“The mirrored palette features 9 matte and 3 sateen-shimmer eye shadow shades in a range from light to dark. The versatile palette can take eyes from neutral day to sultry night. Universally flattering, light reflecting sateen-shimmer shades add dimension and enhance brightness. A value of $96.”
9 Matte (1g / 0.03 oz each) — Dune, Wind, Earth, Bone, Love Potion, Venemous, Poison, Hypnotic, Voodoo
True Matte shades (Classic Matte) that are best applied with Eye Colour Brush: Dune, Wind, Earth, Bone
NEW Sateen Matte shades (Matte with hidden pearl) that are best applied with Eye Colour Brush: Love Potion, Venomous, Poison, Hypnotic,Voodoo
1 Crushed Pearl (all pearl, creamy to the touch that is best applied with both fingers and Eye Colour Brush) (1g / 0.03 oz): Spirit
2 Discrete Pearl (refined shimmer, creamy to the touch that is best applied with both fingers and Eye Colour Brush) (0.8g / 0.028 oz each): Rock (to use for boost of smoke), Dust (to blend finishing lines or highlight)
ADDITIONAL MAKEUP WORN IN THIS LOOK
CHEEKS: Cheeks MAC Studio Quicktriks Stick in Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint ($32)
LIPS: theBalm Pickup Liners in Acute One ($17.50), MAC Big Baby Plushglass ($21), Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat Lip Gloss ($36)
Laura Mercier Brush It On Luxe Brush Collection
$98, limited edition from the holiday 2016 collection, available now
6 travel-size brushes and a brush roll
“Professional Makeup Artists know that the right tools make all the difference. The perfect look begins with the perfect brushes. This new Luxe Brush Collection has all you need to sculpt, highlight, contour and define. True artistry at its best and most luxurious.
Set Includes 6 Travel Brushes enclosed in travel-friendly brush roll: Cheek Colour Brush, Secret Camouflage Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush, Eye Crease Brush, Flat Eyeliner Brush, Ponytail Brush.”
I also used a few of the top row colors, like the cool-toned matte brown on the far left. I used it in the crease, then deepened it with the darker, sort of greyish brown two from the right.
I love me some mattes, and I like these too, but I feel like they look a ta heavy on my skin.
I think it was very thoughtful of Laura Mercier to include a good number of mattes in the palette because I don’t have to reach for any additional shadows when I want to do a smoky look.
Oh! — by the way, if you have Laura Mercier’s Stormy Grey Kohl Eye Pencil (it’s a GREAT pencil to have), this should look fantastic with it. I didn’t wear it here because I can’t find mine…
When I did this look, I used Laura Mercier’s new Brush It On Luxe Brush Collection, which is great, but it’s $98.
I think that Laura’s holiday travel brushes are very good, though. They’re soft and generally hold up well.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,