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Saturday, 16 January 2016

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Colour

I have two By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Sticks and love the convenience of them for quick & easy make-up looks for days when I can't be fussed with a complicated make-up look or just don't have the time. Because of this, I was eager to try some similar products and when I saw the Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Holiday Caviar Eye Stick Colour Collection, I thought it was the perfect set for me. Unfortunately, by the time I was finished my Christmas shopping and wanted to treat myself, it was sold out and I was disappointed, so you can imagine my delight when I spotted it in the Space NK sale with a 50% price reduction! For only £19.50, I got 6 (mini) eyeshadow sticks in a variety of colours. I say mini, but they are actually a good size, because a full size shadow stick is 1.64g and these are 1 gram each. A full size shadow stick will set you back £22, so I got a great deal. Read on for my thoughts!

Four of the six shadows are from the existing range and the two mattes are new. The colours are (from top to bottom):

Sugarfrost, Rosegold, Amethyst, Khaki, Ganache and Aubergine.

I'm not crazy about Sugarfrost or Rosegold at the moment but if I play around with them a bit more, I might be able to make them work but the other four colours are right up my street. I cannot tell you how creamy these shadow sticks are, they are so buttery and a dream to work with. They are super pigmented - I barely swatched them in the photo above and best of all, they are crease-resistant, even on my oily eyelids! I find that they set quite quickly, so you have to work fast because once they set, they literally will not budge until you go at them with make-up remover. Their staying power is absolutely second to none, in my opinion!

When I first purchased the By Terry Ombre Blackstars, I had a problem with creasing and longevity and my usual eye primer (Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base) didn't cut it, but with these Laura Mercier sticks, I don't even need to use a primer - that is completely unheard of for me!

At £22 each, I know they are expensive but if you are considering investing in high end eyeshadow sticks and can't decide between these & By Terry Ombre Blackstars, I would strongly recommend choosing Laura Mercier. They are less expensive (by £7) and last longer on the lids. If you can pick the set up, even better! It is sold out online at the moment, but check your local store or check back on Space NK's website because I have noticed some of their sale products coming back into stock, so it is worth keeping your eye on there.

Have you tried any of these shadow sticks? Are there any particular colours you would recommend? Do you like cream shadow sticks in general? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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