Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Swatches & Face of the Day

After seeing By Terry's Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock, a gorgeous plummy-taupe, worn in a recent video by the lovely Tanya Burr, I made a mental note to check my collection to see if I own that color. I had purchased a few shades online during a Friends & Family sale many months ago, set them aside in a drawer, and promptly forgot all about them. I was so happy to find Misty Rock among those I had chosen! I decided it was high time I do a post about these very beautiful shadow sticks and start putting them to use.

I am a major fan of shadow sticks in general--their convenience really appeals to me. Over the years I have collected quite a few of Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks ($26), as well as some of Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks ($28). These products are both quite similar--indeed, some might say identical--to By Terry's, but there's just something about the Ombre Blackstars that gives them a more luxurious edge (or perhaps it is only my imagination trying to justify the over-$40-price tag).

These have a great, buttery texture, are long lasting, and come in the most flattering neutral shades with a beautiful, refined shimmer. The lighter shades work well as an inner corner highlight or all over the lid. The mid-tone shades can stand alone, and with the addition of some liner and mascara, are really all one needs to create a quick, polished eye look. 

From left to right: #2 Silver Granit, #3 Blond Opal, #4 Bronze Moon, #5 Misty Rock

Left to right: #2 Silver Granit, #3 Blond Opal, #4 Bronze Moon, #5 Misty Rock

Below is a simple look I put together to do my usual Sunday grocery shopping and errands--nothing too exciting or complicated, but you'll see Misty Rock and a bit of Blond Opal in action. Lately, I've been sticking to warm nudes and peachy-pink lip colors. This was the first time I had ever used Illamasqua's Zygomatic, a lovely, although very subtle, dusty brown-pink shade with a dewy finish. I thought it coordinated well with Chanel's Rouge Allure in Indecise


Left to right: Illamasqua Zygomatic, Chanel Precision Lip Definer Natural, By Terry Ombre Blackstars in Misty Rock and Blond Opal, Tarte Multipleye Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner

By Terry Misty Rock (all over lids & blended up into crease) 
By Terry Blond Opal (inner corners) 
Tarte Multipleye Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner (black)
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara (black) 

Illamasqua Cream Blusher Zygomatic 

Chanel Precision Lip Definer Natural 
Chanel Rouge Allure #125 Indecise 

By Terry's Blond Opal & Misty Rock 

Earrings: Laundry by Shelli Segal

Are you a fan of By Terry's Ombre Blackstars? If so, what are your favorite shades? 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection 2014 Lip Colours: Play, Brigitte and Palm Beach

I'm finally getting around to showing you the three lipsticks I chose from Laura Mercier's spring collection, Spring Renaissance. You may already be familiar with the two of these that are repromotes, Brigitte and Palm Beach. Play is a shade from the new Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour range.
Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in the shade Play

Play is a shimmery light peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. Although this formula is described as weightless I can't really say that it stood out to me as being particularly light in feel as compared to other lipsticks I've tried, but it does have a comfortable feel on the lips and is not sticky or heavy in any way.
Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Palm Beach (top) and Brigitte (bottom)

The Creme Smooth formula is my favorite in the Laura Mercier line. Although these two are not new shades, I could not resist adding them to my collection when I saw them featured with the 2014 spring collection. Palm Beach is a beautiful, bright coral creme and Brigitte is a very pale milky apricot-pink, without any shimmer. They both have the great Creme Smooth finish and pigmentation.

Left to right: PlayBrigitte and Palm Beach

I had high hopes for Play, as I normally find peachy-pinks to be flattering, but it is slightly more frosty on me than the shades I'm used to wearing these days. It is a pretty shade though--a light warm pink with a few barely noticeable fine sparkles scattered throughout. It has a rather dull finish, so might benefit from a bit of sheer lip gloss. It would be a great shade to wear with a stronger eye look. This formula and color reminds me a bit of a more subdued, modernized version of two frost shades that long-time MAC users may remember, Ramblin' Rose (warm frosty peach) and Melting Kiss (warm frosty pink). I used to love a shimmery lip back in the day!

Creme Smooth Lip Colour: Brigitte

Brigitte is a delicate, milky peachy-pink. Despite its paleness, it is the type of nude that I can wear (with the help of a light lip liner) without fear of being completely washed out. This is no small achievement given my pasty complexion! This will be a great shade to reach for when wearing a smoky or colorful eye look. (Visit my prior post on Laura Mercier's Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette for more photos of this shade worn).

Creme Smooth Lip Colour: Palm Beach

Palm Beach is what I consider the quintessential spring coral. It's definitely bright, but is still perfectly wearable. However, if you are like me and feel a bit self-conscious when wearing dark or bold lip colors, it is easily toned down by mixing in a bit of your favorite pale nude lip color or by blotting and adding a pastel peach or shimmery gold gloss. I plan to mix it with Brigitte!

Another view of Palm Beach 

Are you a fan of the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth formula? What are your favorite shades in the range? 

Thanks for visiting and happy spring!