Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura Mercier Belle Nouveau Collection - Selected Items



Today I have for you a few items I chose from Laura Mercier's spring collection, Belle Nouveau. I purchased the Nude Pink Créme Lip Print, Lavender Cloud Nail Lacquer, and Orange Tulip Lip Glacé. Below is a full list of all of the items in this collection:   

  • Lip Glacés ($20): Camellia, Lotus Blossom, and Orange Tulip 
  • Créme Lip Print ($20): Nude BeigeNude Coral, and Nude Pink 
  • Sheer Créme Eye Shadows ($22): Mauve Pastel, Grey Pastel, and Aqua Pastel
  • Nail Lacquer ($18): Lavender Cloud 
  • Sheer Créme Colour ($22): Copper Glow Veil 
  • Body Bronzing Makeup ($38)
  • Caviar Eye Stick Colour ($24): Turquoise 
  • Long Lash Mascara ($24 ): Bleu 

For more comprehensive reviews and photos of this collection visit:
    

Nude Pink is a bright, light peachy-pink that is perfect for the spring and summer months. I took the photo above in sunlight and the color came out a little off, but if you scroll down to the lip swatches below you will see that it is more pink rather than coral when applied.



Orange Tulip is a pale, semi-sheer orange cream shade. Actually, I would say it is more of a light peach than orange. It works nicely on top the Nude Pink Lip Print.  




The matte finish of the Lip Print tends to emphasize the lines and dryness of my waaay-past-30-years-old lips (older girls, represent!), but I did really like the feel of the product. It's lightweight and reminds me somewhat of the NARS Velvet Matte pencils, but this seems more creamy and blendable. It starts out sheer but can be layered for an opaque look. I detected a very faint, pleasant scent (so faint you may not even notice it). I'm not loving the way it's packaged in a pan. I admit I am lazy and prefer lip color that can be applied directly from a stick or tube. But this packaging will definitely be a plus for anyone who already owns a Laura Mercier Custom Compact, as the product can be popped out and placed in your existing palette. 

Below you can see how this shade looks with Orange Tulip layered on top: 
   

   

Lavender Cloud is a beautiful, pale pastel violet. It leans a little blue on my skin tone. The formula is thick and covers well in two coats. I didn't have any issues with streaking but it seemed to set pretty quickly so I had to work fast. I've only worn it for one day so far, so can't speak about its longevity, but so far, so good! Below it is compared to a few similar colors:

in bright sunlight 

Essie's To Buy Or Not To Buy looks very similar in the photo taken in sunlight above, but it is not identical, as it has noticeably more pink in it. The photo below, taken indoors, may give you a better idea of the subtle difference between these two shades. 

Butter London's Muggins and Zoya's Megan are also close, but they have more gray tones. These two are both lovely soft, muted shades well-suited to fall and winter, whereas I consider Lavender Cloud to be just a bit more cheerful and springy. It is hands down my favorite among all of these shades. I remember painting my bedroom a similar shade when I was a teenager!

in low indoor lighting 

one more view in sunlight


Will you be picking up anything from Laura Mercier's Belle Nouveau collection? 

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30 comments:

  1. Oh crap. I need that lip combination. I'm also after the turquoise caviar stick! I haven't seen or heard anything about it yet, so I'm hesitating. I love the caviar sticks I have, though, so I'm sure it will be great too! >_< Thanks for the post and the fabulous swatches! <3

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    1. Hi DCMJ, Thank you! These lip shades would look fabulous on you :) -- you know your great posts fuel my peachy-pink lip color lemmings! ;) I haven't tried the Turquoise Caviar Stick yet, but it looks like a pretty shade for summer! I really like the other shades I've tried :)

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  2. I love the Lip Glaces! I will be checking this out in person!

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    1. Hi Lexi, I have about three Lip Glaces in total and really like the texture! :)

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  3. I love Laura Mercier's Lip Cremes! They're so rich and pretty. Love your pretty swatches and photos. Both lip products look wonderful on you.

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    1. Hi Kristie, Aw, thank you! :) The pan packaging is now making me want to start a whole palette!

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  4. Beautiful photographs! Nude Pink is much brighter than I thought it would be; I like it. And that nail polish ... WANT! At least on sight. butter LONDON Muggins was not a good color on me, so I am afraid this is one I cannot by sight unseen.

    Thanks for sharing part of the collection. I love Laura Mercier, and if she had more cool-toned offerings, it would be my favorite brand. I love that excellent quality doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

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    1. Hi ZP, Thank you!! Yep, Nude Pink is not so nude after all! It is pale, but somewhat bright. Lavender Cloud is a tiny bit darker and more violet than Muggins. The formula is thicker than what I'm used to, but on the plus side it only needs two coats. Laura Mercier does have a lot of great products :)

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  5. "waaay-past-30-years-old lips"? Total nonsense! You look absolutely great in both of them. Just like you, I prefer applying lip products directly from tube but this one may make me carry a lip brush around :)

    Thanks a lot for the review and always beautiful photos!

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    1. Hi Aylin, thanks so much for the kind words, sometimes I feel a lot older than a lot of the other beauty bloggers out there, but nothing a little strategic Photoshop can't fix lol :D

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  6. The lip combo is pretty near perfect on you, looks very lovely.

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    1. Hi IHMB, Thank you! :) I like this color with the gloss much more than on its own :)

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  7. These products look gorgeous on you. The soft coral lips and pastel lavender nails compliment your coloring very well. Unfortunately, I won't be getting anything from this collection as I'm conserving my budget for NARS summer collection.

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    1. Thank you very much, Paige! :) The NARS collection looks very promising! Can't wait to see it in person :)

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  8. Orange Tulip looks fabulous! That and the turquoise caviar stick have caught my eye - I'll have to visit a counter soon.

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    1. Hi Larie, Orange Tulip is perfect for this season :) I have a turquoise pencil from NARS so skipped the Caviar Stick but I am still tempted!

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  9. Oh my goodness the combination of the paint and the gloss is absolutely magnificent! I'm waiting on these products at my local boutique at which point I'm going to scoop them up.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, Thanks, I think Laura Mercier has been releasing a lot of great items recently :)

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  10. i'm in love with that nail polish :)

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    1. Hi Lucy, I'm wearing it today and my coworkers liked the color :)

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  11. Nude Pink and Orange tulip look like great basics alone, but the combination of the two becomes eve more beautiful! I like your idea of layering a sheer orange gloss to add a very in-season tint to other lip colors :)

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    1. Hi Dovey :) Thank you - Orange Tulip really helps tone down the vibrancy of Nude Pink :) It should come in handy to use over just about any other lip color as well. :)

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  12. Both lip looks are really pretty, this collection is not out here yet but I'm sure to pick something up from it, I am intrigued by the Sheer Créme Eye Shadow as well :)

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    1. Hi Replica, I look forward to your thoughts on the collection if you decide to get anything! I haven't tried the Sheer Creme Eye Shadows but may see if they are on the counter this weekend :)

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  13. I LOVE the color of the lip creme! Love it!!! Hate potted lip products. This causes me quite a delimma that I'm debating since you first posted this. I'm not sure what I'll do but I just wish someone would make a lipstick that same color. Looks fab on you!

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    1. Hi Polarbelle! Thank you :) I know what you mean - potted lip products are my least favorite and I normally avoid them! Have you tried Bobbi Brown's Bikini Pink lipstick? I haven't compared it to this one, but it is a nice light warm pink shade :)

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    2. I will check out that suggestion today, thank you! I may just come home with the original tho. It's so pretty on you.

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    3. Thank you! I was at the LM counter today and was so tempted to get the other two lip print colors from this collection but didn't... yet! :)

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  14. That lip combo is totally gorgeous!! I like the way Laura Mercier makes products sound, 'Lip Print' is so unique! I need another lippie like a hole in the head, but I'm going to have to check this out for sure!! :)

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    1. Hi beauty-obsessed, thank you!! I like the name too :) It's an interesting product, worth a look :)

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