Saturday, December 28, 2013

Laura Mercier Color to Go: Natural Nudes

I'm a strong supporter that one can never have enough neutral palettes! Not just any neutral palette, but one that is extremely compact and travel-friendly.

Take a look.

The top tier boasts three office-friendly shades and one of Laura Mercier's infamous cakeliner. The quality and blendability of the eyeshadows are similar to that in her permanent range. My favorite look to create is pretty self-explanatory: buttercream as in inner corner highlight and under the browbone, rosewood on the lid, and cocoa brown in the crease. As for the cakeliner, I have to admit I don't find myself reaching for it as much as I should. Having to wet my brush with water or with the tightline activator in order to get the most out of the product can be a hassle on days when I'm pressed for time.

Now the cheek colors have been compared -- understandably so -- to NARS Laguna and Orgasm. Truth be told, the similarities are there when swatched on bare skin. However, they translate differently when applied on the face and certainly in the wear times. The Matte Bronze inside this palette stays true to its color without any signs of oxidation, unlike NARS Laguna that tends to oxidize an odd shade of orange as the day goes on. The blush, Sweet Mandarin, is a more mature, subtle version of NARS Orgasm, as it does not boast quite the shimmer factor. The formula of both the bronzer and blush is unbelievably smooth and pigmented.

Laura Mercier really knocked it out of the park with this palette. If there was one thing missing, it would be a highlighter. However, seeing how Colors to Go are released usually around the holiday season, maybe she'll incorporate one in her next palette for Holiday 2014!

Last time I checked, this was sold out on Fret not, as Neiman Marcus and Macy's online are both still showing availability, as should your local Laura Mercier counters.


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