Laura Mercier Lipstick and Lip Liner (Swatches)

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel/Essential lipstick brun naturel and Longwear Lip Liner hazelnut tea

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in Brun Naturel, $32

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel/Essential lipstick brun naturel
Laura Mercier Brun Naturel

The Rouge Essentiel Line is a traditional cream formula that seems to have replaced the Creme Smooth formula. I prefer the old formula, but this one isn’t bad. It doesn’t have as much moisture as the creme smooth line, but it does still provide a comfortable wear that doesn’t dry out my lips. The biggest issue I have with this line is the color selection. I feel like I had such a hard time selecting a shade that would work for me. Shades were either too light or were essentially red, with not much falling in the middle. The shade I have here is brun naturel, a neutral brown. For me, once applied it leans cool and appears darker than it swatches. So I just never fell in love with the color despite really enjoying the formula. If I have another chance to see the shades in person, I may see if there is something warmer toned. In this price range, I’d recommend checking out the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks for a better shade range. I do also prefer the formula of the Estee Lauder, but if you have gluten sensitivities, you should steer clear since it contains wheat germ, wheat bran, and barley.

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel/Essential lipstick brun naturel and Longwear Lip Liner hazelnut tea swatches dark skin
L to R: Laura Mercier Hazelnut Tea lip liner and Brun Natural lipstick

Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner, $26

Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner hazelnut tea
Laura Mercier Hazelnut Tea

The formula of this lip liner is nice. It is dry enough to stay in place, but creamy enough to apply easily. For reference, based on two of the liners I use regularly, this formula is creamier than NYX slim lip pencils, but not as dry as MAC lip pencils. I still prefer MAC lip pencils. Despite the drier texture that MAC has, I find that they blend with lipsticks better. I have the shade hazelnut tea, which is described as a neutral brown. In terms of color payoff, this is opaque and covers well, but the shade is too light for my skin tone. If I needed a base to blank out my lips and help with longevity, I could use it that way. But I use lip liner for lip definition rather than staying power and this shade can’t give me that. If you are near my skin tone (Estee Lauder 5W1/5W1.5, MAC C7/C8), I’d look at the shade red chocolate instead. I have that shade in the old formula and it works well for me. I’d imagine that the brand tried to keep the colors fairly consistent when they revamped the line.

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The Wanderlust List #3 (Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder)

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the previous versions of the Wanderlust List below.

Instead of buying the Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder, I’m revisiting some powders that I already own from Laura Mercier, MAC, and NARS.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

As a dry skin person, satin or luminous powder is always intriguing. When I saw Becca release this powder, I was going to purchase it as soon as it made its way to Sephora. I’ve talked with Lili (a fellow blogger that you should check out if you haven’t) about it and I talked about it again in a Monday Edit. I still think it looks promising, but the more time that passed, the more I realized that I already have powders that have a similar finish.

Swatches of Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

So the powders pictured above are the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shade 5), the MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (shade dark), and the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (shade sunstone). All of these powders leave a satin to luminous finish on the skin and don’t cling if I have dry patches. It is important to keep in mind that if you do not have dry skin and need oil control in your setting powder, these may not be for you.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5)

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5) swatch

The Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder is the most luminous of the three products. It leaves a luminous finish and I try to be careful using this with non-matte foundations and I don’t use it if the finish of my foundation is luminous. If you want to learn more about this powder and see shade 4, I’ve featured it previously in Setting Powders That Work for My Dry Skin.

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark)

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch
MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch

The MAC Waterweight Powder is a natural finish with just a hint of luminosity to it. If you are familiar with MAC’s mineralize skinfinish natural, that is more matte than this waterweight powder. I typically just mix the two colors together, but I swatched them separately to show the different undertones of the two sides. There are only two shades left in stock on the MAC website, so this product may be getting discontinued. If you are interested in it, you could always try to see if a MAC counter has more shades in stock.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone) Swatch

The NARS Light Reflecting Powder leans more satin in finish but it still has a nice luminosity to it. This powder is the newest to me, but so far I prefer the Laura Mercier since this one is a little too orange on me. It is sheer, since it is a setting powder, so I do think that makes it more workable.

Even though the powders I own are all slightly different, they all get me to pretty much the same place. I’m just trying to be more careful about buying new products that duplicate something that is already a favorite. I’m not always good at it, but we’re all works in progress, so I just do my best.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do. 
  • Shop My Stash:  Join me as I share swatches of my products and occasionally search for alternatives to new releases. 
  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Setting Powders That Work for My Dry Skin

Setting powders can be tricky for those of us with dry skin. Here are three powders that set my foundation for longevity without accentuating dryness or creating dryness where there was none.

Best for Luminosity: Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shades 4 and 5)

I like to pair the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder with one of my favorite foundations, the Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2-in-1 Foundation. Because the Clinique foundation has a satin finish that feels tacky on the skin, I like to set it without taking away the satin finish. So by using this as a setting powder, I get the longevity and dried down feeling, but the glow of the powder keeps my skin from looking dry or looking matte.

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder Swatches

Today I’m sharing some swatches of my Laura Mercier Illuminator Palette with you.  Although this particular palette is a holiday 2018 limited edition release, all three shades it contains are available in the brand’s permanent lineup.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder indiscretion devotion addiction

From Left to Right:

Indiscretion is described as a warm rose gold highlight

Devotion is described as a cool pink highlight

Addiction is described as a gilded gold highlight

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder indiscrection devotion addiction swatches on dark skin
L to R: indiscretion, devotion, addiction

The permanent single shades retail for $45.00 on Laura Mercier’s website, but she traditionally releases a palette every holiday season with multiple shades if you want better value.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content.

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do.
  • Shop My Stash:  Join me as I share swatches of my products and occasionally search for alternatives to new releases.
  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

**Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.