Please welcome Amethyst, the latest addition to my Laura Mercier Caviar Stick collection! My love for these shadow sticks is well-documented here. While I hesitate to pick a favorite lipstick formula (it’s tough enough to name my top 3), Laura Mercier Caviar Stick has definitely gained the “holy grail” status in my eyeshadow stash.
Why? Not only is the formula solid, the shades are impressive. They all have such depth, and the shimmer is done in a very tasteful way!
I had doubts about Amethyst not working too well for me. I was worried this warm, slightly reddish and slightly purplish brown would just make me look tired. I eventually succumbed to my curiosity, and I am glad I can pull it off!
Amethyst one pass, blended out:
I find it extremely difficult to describe this color, which is probably what makes it so interesting. Here I used it all over my lid with a bit of the eggplant in Chanel Charming blended into the outer third and smudged over my lower lash line:
It is just as smooth, highly blendable, and long-wearing as the other ones I have tried!
One note about Caviar Sticks‘ lasting power: I used to think they are not as tenacious as some other formulas I have tried (Tarte, MUFE), but recently I have figured out this has more to do with the primer I use. For the past year or so, I was on NARS Smudgeproof. When I ran out, I cracked open a tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion in my backup stash. That’s when I noticed the difference: now Caviar Sticks last all day on me even when I don’t add pressed shadow on top!
I think UDPP is better for oilier lids, since it really prevents the sebum from breaking the eyeshadow down. The new problem I have nowadays is it could be trickier to blend an eyeshadow on top of the combination of UDPP and Caviar Stick! While I plan to use this tube up, the search for a holy grail eye primer is far from over!
Here you see the look in context:
A quick heads-up: I have Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Colour on my lips. It is part of their upcoming summer collection, and the shade I believe the model is wearing in the promo image. Review coming soon!
Now, let’s move on to my existing Laura Mercier Caviar Stick collection! While I am not eyeing another shade for the moment, a little bird told me some new ones are coming out in summer (July/August). I can’t promise my collection won’t continue to grow!
From left to right, you see Sandglow, Grey Pearl, Khaki, and Amethyst. I can’t pick a favorite. In all honesty, I’d like to believe I use all of them (except for Amethyst, which is a new addition) equally often. It more or less just depends on the rest of the makeup I want to wear, and sometimes the season. It is minimum tinkering for maximum result. EVERYBODY loves that!
In short, if I haven’t managed to persuade you to at least swatch these, I don’t know what will!
Also, does anyone have an eye primer recommendation? I have tried NARS Smudgeproof and UDPP so far. Like I said, while both work, I wouldn’t mind exploring a different option. NARS Smudgeproof doesn’t fend the sebum off for quite as long (long enough for a normal working day, but if the day gets longer, it doesn’t always hold up), and eyeshadows could be harder to blend on top of UDPP. I’d like to believe there is a happy medium somewhere!
PS: I bought this from Cosmeticary (non-affiliate link). Just in case you live in Belgium and don’t quite know where to find the brand, there’s your answer.