If I Could Only Keep One Tag/Shop My Stash

MAC Eyeshadows (What Clout, Couture Copper Dazzle Shadow Extreme, Cranberry, Swiss Chocolate), NARS Savage Blush, NARS Punta Cana Bronzer, Dior Skin Correct Concealer 4WO, Estee Lauder 4W4 Hazel, Chanel Antoinette, Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer, Sonia G Soft Cheek, Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush, Sigma F79

I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I always took it way too seriously and got overwhelmed 😂. I’ve been spending the last few weeks shopping my stash and getting reacquainted with a lot of my things and suddenly I felt like I could probably do it. It’s only hypothetical after all. This tag pops up ever so often, but I believe it was initially started in 2018 by Kelly Gooch on YouTube. As Kelly points out in her video, the interesting thing about doing this is that it narrows things down and not necessarily to your favorite products. If I had to just use one product every day (and of course, I want a cohesive look), it really did change the products that I initially would have picked. So let’s see what made the cut.

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Fantasy Makeup Declutter

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Blush Swatch, Lancome Stick Foundation (410 Bisque W) Swatch, Laura Mercier Rose Glow Highlighter Swatch, and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Blush, Lancome Stick Foundation (410 Bisque W), Laura Mercier Rose Glow Highlighter, and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

Today I wanted to talk about some products that I just can’t seem to part with, but I could stand to declutter. This is a fantasy declutter because I have no intention of donating or selling any of these products. There are times when I don’t hesitate with letting go of items that don’t work. When you try a lot of makeup (or anything really) there will definitely be items that don’t work out, it’s inevitable. Whether it is because of the formula or the shade, I’ve come to realize that there is something about all four of these products that just aren’t right for me.

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What’s Old at Sephora, Vol 2 (VIB Sale April 2022)

As always credit for this overall concept goes to Emily Noel on Youtube. I originally saw her older videos about What’s OLD at the Drugstore. I did this for last year’s sale and figured why not turn it into a series. So as the name implies, none of my recommendations are the newest things to the market. The sale dates are 1 April 2022- 11 April 2022 depending on your membership tier.

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Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder, $39.00**

This powder has been lurking around since at least as far back as 2016. For years so many people wanted Hourglass to create their ambient lighting powders in skin tone shades. Well, Laura Mercier did just that. The line started out with 6 shades and has been cut down to 3 recently. Shades 1, 3, and 5 are the new permanent lineup, although Sephora currently has shade 2 in stock. While this new range is unfortunate, I hope that more people can discover this great product and the brand can afford to expand the range.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5 medium to deep) swatch on medium dark skin
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shade 5, medium to deep)

I have dry skin and this is my preferred setting powder but it can also be used as a finishing powder. When using this as a setting powder, I get the longevity and dried down feeling I prefer, but the glow of the powder keeps my skin from looking dry or looking matte. As a finishing powder, I apply this if a foundation is accentuating my texture. I find that layering this on top improves the look of things and makes the texture appear smoother. Laura Mercier claims that this powder has a “diffused, soft-focus finish” and I guess that is the benefit that helps with the look of texture.

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Forgotten Best Sellers: Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer 4W and 5W Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer in 4W (top) and 5W (bottom)
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder indiscretion devotion addiction
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powders
Laura Mercier RoseGlow Forbidden Rose Caviar Stick Eye Color/Eyeshadow Medium Dark Skin Swatch
Laura Mercier RoseGlow Forbidden Rose Caviar Stick

Since the brand started a 20% off sitewide sale today it seemed fitting to continue on with my best sellers series. To keep it simple, I use the brand website’s best seller list rather than retailers like Sephora and Ulta. I have already done a best sellers post on MAC, NARS, Bobbi Brown, and Clinique if you’d like to check those out.

I think all of these products are forgotten simply because Laura Mercier as a brand isn’t as hyped up unless people are talking about the setting powder. I am still in love with the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (actually wearing it today 🙂) and it’s no surprise to me that it isn’t on the best sellers list. I really hope that more people try this powder out so it can get the appreciation it deserves. Laura Mercier is going to be experiencing some restructuring since Shiseido sold the company. I’m excited to see what happens from here. In the meantime, let’s talk about what products I’ve tried that are currently on their best sellers list.

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New Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush

I’m a fan of the Laura Mercier brand, so this release immediately got my attention. This release definitely makes sense for the brand considering the popularity of other liquid blushes in this format like the Glossier Cloud Paints, Flower Beauty Blush Bombs, and Milani Cheek Kiss Blushes to name a few. I’m hesitant to give this a try since it would seem that I’m not much of a liquid product person. I have only tried one other liquid blush (Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush) and that did not go well for me. I also didn’t have luck with the liquid highlighter from LYS.

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The Tinted Moisturizer Blush is available in 14 shades and retails for $28.00 direct from lauramercier.com.** So far the only other place I have seen these is at Sephora.com** but they only have 9 shades. At least currently it would seem that Soleil, Mediterranee, La Piscine, Mistral, and Cherry Orchard are exclusive to the Laura Mercier website. Provence, Southbound, Promenade, Parasol, Croisette, Sun Drenched, Corsica, Coastline, and French Riviera are available at both retailers.

Will you be giving this formula a try?

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Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (5W)

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer in 5W Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer in 5W

I had pretty high expectations for this concealer. I typically have good experiences with Laura Mercier complexion products, so I was hoping this would work out well. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fully test it out because I had an allergic reaction to something in the formula. I do have a few thoughts that I can share based on the two times I was able to wear it.

When I was doing my own research into making this purchase, I couldn’t find anyone with the shade 5W. So, I figured I could at least share a swatch of the shade and compare it to MAC NC45 (pro longwear concealer) for anyone in my shade range that may be curious.

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