Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick (& My Thanksgiving Look)

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Chanel Charming FOTD

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US! I was invited to an American girlfriend’s house this past weekend for an early celebration, and I thought I’d show you my look of the evening featuring a new piece in my collection, Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick! I keep reaching for both Sandglow and Grey Pearl, so I guess it’s no surprise that I added a third to the pile!

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick review

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick is just as smooth, creamy, and pigmented as the other two I have tried. The great thing about this formula is you get a little more time to blend it out before it dries down compared with some other eyeshadow sticks I have tried. Therefore, even if eyeshadow sticks are new to you, you can blend at your ease!

On the other hand however, even though Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks can last through a regular work day on top of a primer for me,  if I want them to go the distance, I will have to put some pressed eyeshadow on top. If your lids are really on the oilier end of the spectrum, this might not be the best option for you (I would steer you towards Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, Tarte smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners, and the shimmery Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows instead). We can’t always have it all. In this case, we’re trading a couple of hours of wear time for the yummy creaminess!

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick closeup

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick is a dark khaki brown with some shimmer, though I would say that once it is blended out, it really is just a mid-toned shade. What’s more, the more you blend it out, the more khaki and less brown it becomes. Since the color payoff is fantastic and there is real depth to the shade, you can most probably swipe it on and call it a day as well!

Here is how Khaki swatches. Left: a couple of passes. Right: blended out.

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick swatch

For the look, I started out with Khaki as my base. This is how it looks on its own:

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick alone EOTD

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick alone closed EOTD

It definitely would have been fine after some liner and mascara, but things got so much more interesting after I added Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird (swatch here) to the center of my lid, the dark khaki brown in Chanel Charming to the outer corners and lower lash line, as well as the light peachy beige to my inner corners and under the brow bone.

Here is the closeup of the finished eyes:

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Chanel Charming EOTD

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Chanel Charming EOTD closed

I opted for Guerlain Madame Rougit for my cheeks, Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a bronzer, and Dior Spring Ball Addict Extreme on my lips.

Here is the final look:

khaki eyes, coral cheeks & lips

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, FOTD

Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Chanel Charming, Guerlain Madame Rougit, Dior Spring Ball

Thanksgiving 2013 FOTD

Voila, that’s my Thanksgiving look! Also, can I let you in on a secret? The truth is, I never sport a bold eye and bold lip at the same time in real life. While I enjoy seeing them in pictures and on myself when I am in my own house, the idea of going to most places like that makes me a little ill at ease. If you see me with makeup in real life, this is probably what you’ll get!

Here is a question for my beauty blogger friends: do you do most of your looks for the blog, or would you also wear them out of your house in real life?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Love this on you! I wish I could wear these. :( I only get like 2 hours wear with a primer. Makes me SO SADDDDD. Most of the time I do wear the looks out IF I happen to be going out, as long as I’m not wearing something crazy weird. But if I’m not testing out something, my looks are pretty minimal as well Sunny!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! Aww that’s sad indeed! This is not the longest-lasting formula on its own, but 2 hours is kinda really bad! Oh you’ll see my real minimal look on Saturday. I finally did your 5-product tag!

  • Bella

    Very very pretty look, Sunny!!! I love the final eye look. I, too, really enjoy Khaki (I often combine it with Sand Glow) and I am not above reapplying after a couple of hours: they’re easy to take along, easy to apply and just too bloody gorgeous!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Bella! Oh now come to think of it, I have Sandglow too and I should try that combo! You need to reapply these every couple of hours?

      • Bella

        Well, without a primer probably at least once during a work day…I have oily lids and a propensity for forgetting eye primer though. And seeing that I often use these when I’m short on time, I’m even more forgetful then ;).

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          LOL OK I get it now. I almost never forget my primer because most shades don’t go on as nicely without one. There are some formulas that last all day on me on their own though!

  • Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

    Is it me or does it look more taupe the khaki on the skin? Anyway, I love those sticks, and this one is beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Mariella, hmm I wouldn’t really call this a taupe, but then again taupe is an elusive concept!

  • Judith

    That’s very pretty. I love cream shadow, it’s so easy when you’re in a rush in the morning. I love how portable the stick forms are!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Judith! Yes exactly! That and if you layer a primer, a cream shadow, and some pressed shadow, it’d really last all day!

  • Icaria

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this one for a while now but every time I think about it they’re out of it. This is a great fast makeup and it looks real nice on you. I too never do bold eyes and lips at the same time, i prefer to put the focus on only one, a bit more classy imo. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I like bolder looks in photo, but they are not always wearable in person. I don’t really want everyone to stare at me when I am on the street 😉

  • beauties

    I do most of my looks for the blog :) I don’t have enough time during weekdays to make special eyelooks and I don’t think my boss would appreciate it 😉

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha oh true. Some looks aren’t exactly work-friendly.

  • Siri Lovise Eliassen

    That’s so lovely. Occasionally I do things especially for the blog and then wash it off, but most things I do are worn into the real world.

    By the by, I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite some time, and given the name it’s only fitting that I should nominate you for the sunshine award Hope you don’t mind 😉

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha “into the real world”: I like the way you put it! Nope I don’t mind at all! I’ll take a look in a sec!

  • Lily

    Ah, LOVE this look, Sunny :-) The caviar stick does crease on me without a primer, but it’s not a biggie. I have Khaki too, and I’ve been neglecting it for Amethyst. Love Love Love Amethyst!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Lily! I need primer for the formula to last as well, but since I always wear a primer it doesn’t bother me. I swatched Amethyst and I’m just not 100% sure it’d work on me. Only one way to find out (sorry, wallet)!

  • Catherine

    AHH the prettiest shade and I love it on you! Personally, I wear most of the looks out of the house, but sometimes I would do them a bit subtler if I weren’t photographing. You really do have to go a little heavier to show in photographs, so sometimes I’ll apply, photograph, then tone it down before leaving, so it’s the same look but just not as much pigment

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Catherine! Yeah I agree. I wear more blush for my photos as well, and sometimes I wipe some off to go out :)

  • Sara_BeauTime

    Khaki looks so stunning on you!
    I have many caviar sticks, love each one of them and I don’t have Khaki as you can imagine lol. At the moment I am having a crush on Twilight from their holiday collection. I do wear the looks I post to work, never do makeup just for the blog because I am lazy :-p

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Sara! I don’t know if I’ll get any of the holiday ones because they both seem pretty cool-toned. Since I work from home, the majority of the time I put on makeup for the blog LOL

  • Shari

    Lovely lovely look, Sunny! The eyes remind me of RBR Abcat which I’ve just recently acquired. I love the sneak peek of what you’re wearing, as well! :) Happy thanksgiving dear!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Shari! I did use Abyssinian Catbird in the center of my lid! I think it pairs REALLY well with Khaki!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I love the look, Sunny! I can’t decide what I like best: the eye look or the lips! :-) Great combination.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Spring Ball is a no-fail shade to be honest!

  • petra

    Happy thanksgiving Sunny!! Such pretty colors, and such a pretty look, I love you with these warm colors and a wing!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Petra! My love for khaki is in full bloom now that it’s the season!

  • Sofia

    Your look here is what I usually do :) Except lately I’ve been doing a touch of lipgloss instead of lipstick. And also you do that amazing eyeliner flick way better than me. Ok, I don’t flick it because don’t know how to do it… Anyhow, its looks great. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yay! Thanks, Sofia! It takes some practice, and I still make boo-boo sometimes!

  • Bellyhead

    Such a beautiful look for eating turkey, Sunny! 😉 I really like the LM Caviar sticks, too, but I tend to just keep it simple because I’m lazy like that. Khaki looks like a really pretty neutral.

    I pretty much wear the whole gamut of looks in real life! However, when a bold lip color fades away, I usually just apply lip balm afterwards. You know… because lazy again. 😀
    Only look I’m most definitely wearing outside of my bedroom would be that green eye thing I recently did. That might be a bit much, even for me.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks so much, Belly! Oh yeah that green eye is definitely more editorial! I like bold shades in a low-maintenance formula, which means they have to fade evenly. A lot of the times I do leave them like that without reapplying, too.

  • LifeOfBun

    You do so well with mossy shades Sunny, they seem to drain me out – then again maybe it’s in my head. But sultry shades work so well on you. >_<

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Anouchka! I think it’s because there is an olive tint in my skin tone. It COULD be your hair color too, though. You should switch it up and see how that works out :)

  • Liz

    You look very polished and approachable. :)
    I want to get some of these sticks eventually but have no wild urges at the moment, thank goodness!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Liz! I hope you’ll try one some day and I hope you’ll like it!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    I don’t experiment enough haha so pretty much the looks i do are ones i DO wear in real life lol. I would like to practice more varieties of looks though, but that all takes time! Anyway i like this look on you a lot!! And i love the LM sticks and just recently got a bobbi brown one to compare!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Joyce! I try to do different things as well, but sometimes I feel like the old dog who can’t learn new tricks LOL The Bobbi Brown ones last really well even on their own, but they aren’t as easily blendable. I only own one though, and apparently it’s a trickier shade. I hope your experience will be different!

  • Larie

    I’m gonna have this one soon…well, someday, haha. I want some of the lighter ones first!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I remember you saying that! This actually isn’t THAT dark once you blend it out!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    I just simply love these although I have yet to add Grey Pearl into my hoard. Khaki looks absolutely fantastic on you Sunny. I love the look you did with it.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, I really enjoy Grey Pearl! It’s light but not TOO light, because they also have some really light and frosty shades that I don’t like as much.

  • Natasja

    You look lovely! I especially love how you did the eyeliner. Dramatic yet it looks so soft on you. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Natasja! That’s one of the good things about having monolids. Even a liberal amount of eyeliner looks almost minimal 😉

  • Lena L

    this is a nice sophisticated look for you. no doubt about it!
    but i always find your outfit complements the makeup look so well. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Lena! I actually just threw something on without really thinking about it. I think it’s because my color preferences are very fixed!

  • Jenny

    Okay, wow. Khaki looks amazing on you. I am really going to have to pick up a few Caviar Sticks soon!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Jenny! I hope you’ll like it as much as I do!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i helped my friend pick up this exact shade at the sephora 20% sale. this color looks great! i didn’t swatch it myself but i’m surprised by how multi dimensional it looks on!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, this is exactly why I love these so much! In general, the shades have a lot of dimension. They’d look different on different people, and there is a lot of depth even when they are worn alone!

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    Good combination! I love pairing colors with stark contrast :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Jenni!

  • Inga F

    Awsome pictures – so jealous! I will add the Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick to my holiday wish list!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Inga! It depends on where you are, but I saw a set that has 6 full-size Caviar Sticks which looks REALLY good (and it’s good value as well)!

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