My makeup in the 1990s and even in the early 2000s is cringe-worthy. From matte brown lips to non-blended eyeshadows, my makeup choices clearly do not stand the test of time. But that was then and this is now. I like to think that these days, I have a bit more knowledge. It also helps that brands like Laura Mercier make it easy to find products that are classic, sophisticated and simply beautiful. Case in point is Laura Mercier’s new Portfolio Animation collection. My heart literally skipped a beat when I first had a peek at this.
Sheer Creme Colour in Pearl Glow Veil ($22US) is a beauty. It gives the most beautiful glow to the face when applied to the cheekbones and centre of the nose. It is sheer, easy to blend and does not feel drying or greasy. There is also a Bronze Veil and Pink Cheek Veil available. All are limited edition.
The new Lip Glaze in Soft Pink ($20US, Limited Edition) looks dark in the swatch. On my lips it turns into a beautiful nude shade, very luscious! I did have to use a brush to apply this and it was very smooth to apply. On the lips, it feels ultra comfortable and is not sticky or greasy (Hooray!). It contains emollient oils and Monoi de Tahiti Butter, which has been great for my dry lips.
I was also able to try a Second Skin Cheek Colour in Soft Iris ($24US), a new permanent colour introduced as part of the collection. What struck me instantly was how butter soft the powder is. I don’t think I have any blush that is this smooth. This blush gives such a beautiful glow-from-within colour to the cheek.
Finally, I tried one of three Limited Edition Eye Shadows ($24). The colour Seashell Pink is perfect for a sheer wash of colour on the lids. Like the blush, this is buttery smooth and easy to blend. I am dying to try more colours from Laura Mercier now after this experience.
Now for the swatches (left to right: Pearl Glow Veil, Soft Pink Lip Glaze, Soft Iris Cheek Colour, Seashell Pink Eye Colour)
Another cool thing about the packaging is that each can be snapped out to fit into Laura Mercier’s signature 3 and 6 Custom Compacts.This makes it easy to create your own customized palette, which is also great for travel.
The Portfolio Animation collection is available at Laura Mercier counters starting March 2012.
Have you tried Laura Mercier? If so, what products do you suggest? If not, what would you like to try? I’m still dying to get my hands on her Tinted Moisturizer.
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