This morning I was at the mall and one of my usual stops is the Nordstrom cosmetic department (no surprise, right?). Over the last few years it has become a little embarrassing, as when I walk in most the sales associates know me by name! Today I was there on a mission to pick up one item: a Laura Mercier metallic creme shadow in Burnished Copper, but this little "Smoky Effects" set behind the counter caught my eye. I love Caviar Sticks and the shade included in this set, Golden, is one I don't already have, and I figured I could use the little creme eye brush to go along with my new metallic creme shadow. Yes, folks, these are the little ways I like to convince myself I "need" something that I really don't need. But I digress...
The "Smoky Effects" set includes a full-size Caviar Stick in the shade Golden, a travel-size eye brush, and a mini Lip Glace (2.8g/0.1oz) in the shade Bare Pink. It retails for $39.50 (Caviar Sticks alone are priced at $24). I checked Sephora and Laura Mercier's website and did not see a Golden Caviar Stick listed, so I believe this shade may currently be exclusive to Nordstrom.
Bare Pink is a lovely milky petal pink shade. It is fairly sheer and would be nice to accompany a stronger eye look. Because I'm so pale, using this shade alone washes me out, so I'll probably try this over a darker or brighter lip pencil like NARS Velvet Matte. (See more photos and swatches of this shade at The Beauty Look Book.)
Golden is a dark sandy gold that calls to mind the color of a field of wheat. As you can see in the swatch below, when blended out it is not overly shimmery. Golden is the type of shade that can stand all on its own, but would also make a nice base underneath powder shadows. Caviar Sticks are similar to MAC's Shadesticks but they seem to have a softer texture that allows for easier blending, yet still sets to a smudge-proof finish once dry.
Below is Golden applied on lid and and smudged into the crease with some dark brown eyeliner and black mascara. It's fairly subtle and is a nice neutral that will complement a brighter lip, like a rosy pink or fuchsia.
I'm a fan of Laura Mercier's pull-apart lip brush and this little eye brush has similar tapered bristles, but is wider and comes to more of a sharp point. Its small size makes it perfect to throw in your makeup bag and take on trips. It comes with a clear plastic cover, but I wish it had a metal cap like L.M.'s pull-apart brushes.
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