Tuesday 11 December 2012

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour Review and Swatches

As part of their Art Deco Muse collection Laura Mercier came out with 4 new, limited edition eyeshadows for the holiday. The collection was inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco perios in Paris in the mid-1920’s.

These eyeshadows have "a multi-dimensional, luminous pearl finish with a soft, bouncy texture for excellent colour pay-off and a smooth, even application" according to the official description. I'm not sure about the soft and bouncy bit, but these eyeshadows are certainly very smooth, buttery, and indeed give a gorgeous luminous finish. They remind me of the Mac Extra Dimension eyeshadows, only better. Extremely smooth, pigmented, they apply and blend really well and look gorgeous on, they also last for hours on end without creasing and fading. They have a high sheen, but they're not glittery and there was no fallout from them either. While they're not cream shadows, they certainly feel creamy. They really are lovely, and will most probably be my choice for a Christmas party make up.

They come in 4 shades: Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Platinum, Gilded Bronze and Gilded Moonlight. Gilded Rosegold is a warm, coppery pink shade, Gilded Platinum is a shiny white gold, Gilded Bronze is a taupey bronze colour and Gilded Moonlight is a yellow gold shade. I've worn them all and they all have the same wonderful texture and colour pay off. I have to say I am now very happy I passed on the Dior holiday quints because these are possibly the nicest gold/bronze eyeshadows I bought this year - probably similar to the Guerlain Calligraphy palette if not nicer.

The eyeshadows cost £20 each and you get 2.5 g which isn't too bad. For the quality, I think these are well worth their price, honestly, they are really really fantastic.

See more pictures including swatches and looks I've created with them after the jump!

Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Platinum

Gilded Bronze, Gilded Moonlight

Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Platinum, Gilded Bronze, Gilded Moonlight
Taken with flash

Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Platinum, Gilded Bronze, Gilded Moonlight
Taken without flash in natural daylight

Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Platinum, Gilded Bronze, Gilded Moonlight
Taken without flash in the last of the afternoon sunlight

Finally, some looks. First one using Gilded Rosegold, Gilded Bronze and Gilded Platinum:

Second look using Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Bronze and Gilded Platinum. Sorry, I have no close ups for this one (plus it was a gloomy day).


  1. As you say - just perfect for Christmas! Those ear-rings are lovely too!

    1. Lol, thanks. I love earrings and all other jewellery. :)

  2. I have and love Gilded Moonlight. You're right about how they're similar to MAC's Extra Dimension shadows--just more shimmery in my opinion. I'm tempted to buy Gilded Platinum also!


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