LAURA MERCIER PAINT WASH LIP CREAMS & WATERCOLOUR CLOUDS PALETTE: SPRING 2015 LAUNCH

IMG_4465Laura Mercier knows natural beauty; so how appropriate does their newest spring makeup offering for 2015 sound? Watercolour Clouds Collection with the Mist Eye & Cheek palette and Paint Wash Liquid lipsticks are new to the brand, inspiring a quiet, soft glamour promising to paint a pretty face this spring. I was sent samples to review, read on to know more..


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IMG_4470First Impressions

The palette has a beautiful gunmetal mirror finish with a water droplet design all over, similar to MAC Aquatic launched last year. I do love tactile packaging and this one reminds me of the first April showers, gorgeous! The Paint Wash Lip crèmes come with rectangular shaped applicators as opposed to traditional doe shaped ones. I can’t figure out if this makes the application more or less precise though. They all have the same gunmetal chrome lids that tie together the collection nicely.

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Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

The Watercolour Mist palette has 6 eye shadows and 2 blushers. First impressions are of a series of muted shades reminiscent of colours you see in nature on the cusp of spring.

Mist: A mid-toned baby blue with grey undertones.

Fog: the only neutral/brown shade in the palette is a light warm taupe. Perfect for a neutral all over colour.

Storm: A mid-toned greyish green colour that has a cool earthy feel to it.

Wind: light grey lavender that is a lot less purple than it looks in the palette. This is lovely colour for spring and would be really pretty worn alone, for a fresh spring look and a slick of nude gloss on the lips.

Purple Rain: use this colour to create the smoked effect, mixed with Cloud and Wind.

Cloud: is a deep slate-grey.

The shadows have a sateen finish and living up to its “Watercolour” name the swatched colours come out more watered down than what you see in the palette. This is pleasing as the colours looks slightly un-wearable in the palette.

The two cheek colours work well together or separately. I do a bit of contouring by dabbing the light one on the apples and the darker one underneath this.

IMG_4463Paint Wash Lipstick

These are Laura Mercier’s first go at liquid lipstick which are trending big time right now. The consistency is very highly pigmented which is great and quite slippery which is not so great. These types of lipsticks tend to not stay put that long without a lot of lip prep and setting powder to seal.

IMG_4467My favourite is Nude Rose; a browny-nude colour with a rosy tint, already on sale here. My least favourite is Golden Peach, which is a pale pink frost; not viscous and glossy enough to pass as a gloss, this super frosted pink looks way too 90’s (in a bad way) to be worn on the lips. Instead I found it worked great as a highlighter for cheek, brow bones and inner eye.

The other colours are divine. Orchid Pink is an immediate fav, which looks gorgeous dabbed on as a lip stain, followed by Red Brick which comes out a lot pinker when applied.

IMG_4469PAINT WASH LIP CREMES top right: Red Brick, Top left: Orchid Pink, Bottom left: Nude Rose, Bottom right: Golden Peach

Verdict

Don’t attempt a perfectly executed eye look with the Watercolour Clouds palette; these sateen shadows look best smudged onto the eyelid for a subtle wash of colour.

I really love the Watercolour palette to have and to hold, it’s a beautiful piece of kit and the colours are gorgeous. I’m unsure how much use I will get out of it, but it’s a totally original concept and it’s beautiful.

The Paint Wash lip creams are multifunctional product that gives major colour pay off whilst being comforting on the lip. I thought they worked best as lip stains; when smudged out by your finger creating a pretty stained/colour wash effect that fits in with the collections theme. This technique will also last longer than trying to build a fully opaque lip, as the product doesn’t fully dry when layered on thickly.

laura_mercier_watercolour_cloudsThe over arching theme is a delicate, nature inspired beauty look. Think of the softly smudged beauties at Erdem SS15 runway show, mixed with Monet Watergarden scenes and spring rainfall.

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Already available at Sephora in the USA, the Watercolor Mist Eye & Cheek Palette £45 (Limited Edition) and Paint Wash Lipsticks, £22, will be available in the UK late Jan and Nationwide in February 2015.

Do you think you’ll try out any products from Laura’s new spring 2015 collection? Which lip cream colour is your favourite? Is the smudged, natural wash of colour a look you would like to try?

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