Saturday, June 23, 2012

Laura Mercier Pink Tourmaline Mosaic Shimmer Bloc & Pink Quartz Lip Colour from the Summer Jewels Collection


One of two recent additions to Laura Mercier's lineup of Shimmer Blocs is Pink Tourmaline Mosaic ($38) from the Summer Jewels collection (the second, not featured here, is Starlet Mosaic from the Cinema Noir collection). The four shades included in Pink Tourmaline Mosaic are a warm iridescent pink, a pink-beige shimmer (along the lines of Stila's Kitten or Urban Decay's Sin), a pale opalescent pink, and a frosty white. When blended together the resulting shade is an icy pink. Each of these shades can of course also be worn individually. I recently tried a few of the shades as eye shadow and was pleased with the effect. 


For anyone who may not be familiar with this product, the Shimmer Bloc is a baked powder that appears to have a somewhat rough texture in the pan, but applies smoothly enough to the skin and blends in nicely with very little fallout. (For those who are trying to avoid paraben preservatives, Shimmer Bloc's do currently list Methylparaben and Propylparaben as ingredients. There is still much controversy and a lack of consensus in the research surrounding this topic. Personally, I will choose paraben-free if the product is of good quality, but I do still use my older products that contain parabens. In this case, I purchased this online and didn't check the ingredient list.) 

Pink Tourmaline Mosaic is quite shimmery but the pigment is also somewhat sheer which helps to prevent it from becoming overly frosty. I have worn this during the day and to the office and found that the level of shimmer was not inappropriate. One thing to note is that Pink Tourmaline's pale tones limit it to being strictly a highlighter, unlike previous Shimmer Blocs such as Orchid Mosaic or Peach Mosaic, which are dark enough to also serve as blush (albeit a very shimmery blush). Even when using the darkest pink shade alone on my cheeks it does not provide much color, but perhaps the very fairest may have better luck!
     
  

Rose Quartz is a pretty, light baby-pink with a creamy, hydrating texture. Once applied on the lips, it is a pale milky nude-pink on me rather than the peachy-melon color that it appears to be in the tube--for this reason I suggest trying it on in person if you can. It's lighter than what I normally wear, but I have been enjoying wearing it mixed with darker lipsticks as it has a flattering brightness to it that adds something special, and looks particularly nice underneath a plummy-rose or berry. On its own, it is the type of shade that works to keep the focus on your eyes when wearing a darker or smoky look. If you are a fan of a soft, pale pink lip you may want to give this one a look! (I first learned about Rose Quartz from the lovely Jess of Don't Call Me Jessie blog and you can see this shade featured in her video on YouTube. Thank you Jess!) 


    

Another view in sunlight 

Shown above in low indoor lighting



Below is the shade that results when all four colors are blended together. This is swatched fairly heavily to demonstrate the color, but keep in mind it can be applied lightly for a much less frosty look. 


Rose Quartz Lip Colour

Rose Quartz Lip Colour swatched


Below are some comparisons to prior Shimmer Blocs. As you can see Pink Tourmaline Mosaic is by far the lightest among these. If you prefer cool, pale-pink highlight shades such as Benefit's High Beam, you will probably like the tone of Pink Tourmaline Mosaic
  
Shown above in sunlight 

Shown above in flash lighting 


I hope this has been helpful to anyone who may be considering purchasing these items, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~ Thanks for visiting ~ 

31 comments:

  1. Oh my! These look amazing. I haven't really explored Laura Mercier as a brand but I've always found her Shimmer Blocks to feel amazing every time I swatch them. Pink Quartz looks beautiful against your skin, I may have to visit the mall again tomorrow :)

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thank you! :) Laura Mercier has some very nice products & also some great-smelling bath items! :) I think the first shimmer bloc I ever got was the Orchid, and it's still a favorite :)

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  2. Beautiful swatches. Certainly helpful for those considering the Shimmer Blocks. However, I can't really enjoy Shimmer Blocks or any shimmery illuminating powder as I have (very!) oily skin. There's no need to add more shine for me LOL

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    1. Thank you Paige! Aw, well, on the positive side I've heard that people with oily skin age much better and get less wrinkles! Mine is super dry now that I'm older I have to fake a little glow lol

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  3. Your photos, as always, are just breathtaking! I almost squealed with excitement when I first saw Pink Quartz at Sephora! Such a "me" color! haha Thank you for the lovely mention! xoxo Jess

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    1. Hi Jess, Thank you!! Pink Quartz is such a pretty color! You have awesome taste in lipstick & these types of shades always look so great on you xx

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  4. I like the shimmer blocks. I think it's very useful as we can use it as a blush and a highlighter as well. Great swatches as usual :)

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    1. Hi Memoiselle, Thank you! :) Doing this post has reminded me to reach for them more often - they are quite versatile! :)

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  5. I've always loved these shimmer blocks but the shimmer scared me off. :) The lipstick is beautiful and I bet looks fabulous on you. Thanks for sharing these beauties!

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    1. Hi Liz, Thanks for commenting & yep, the shimmer factor can be a little intimidating so I like to use this only above the cheekbones and maybe a little bit on the bridge of the nose. :)

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  6. Beautiful as always! You have an amazing collection of Shimmer Blocs! I only have Peach Mosaic--I originally thought Pink Tourmaline would be my next acquisition, but I realize now that it's a touch frostier than I like and probably wouldn't be *as* flattering on my light-medium warm undertoned skin like it would be on someone fairer. So pretty though! And that lipstick--gah! I'll have to swatch that in-stores because it looks lovely there, but again, it might be too light for my skin tone :/

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    1. Hi Becca, Thanks! I ordered Pink Tourmaline online without trying it first & was expecting something a little darker but it does work well as a highlight. Definitely give the lipstick a try in person - it is quite light! :)

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  7. The shimmer blocks are very pretty, are they as shimmery as the Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks? The lipsticks are pretty too.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, yes the Laura Mercier shimmer blocs have just about the same amount of shimmer as the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks. I don't really prefer one over the other, but I know each has their own fans! :)

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  8. These remind me a lot of Bobbi Brown's Shimmerbricks, what would you say the comparison is? I find those so pretty but my unskilled hands seem to not be able to execute them without looking TOO shimmery. The lipstick looks lovely here though, if it's milky on you it'd be far too light for me, but I enjoy looking at the shade nonetheless :)

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    1. Hi beauty-obsessed, Yes, these are very similar products and in my opinion the level of shimmer is almost the same. They are both made in Italy. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blocks are $39, 10.3g total wt. and have 5 individual shades. Laura Mercier Shimmer Blocs are a dollar less ($38), 6g total wt., and have only 4 individual shades. I also find it's easy to overdo the shimmer with these, so I use them sparingly and not all over the face. At this rate they will last me a lifetime lol :)

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  9. These look stunning, can't wait to go check them out myself at Sephora.
    Please go check out www.lapizofluxury.com

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  10. I think the lipstick is so beautiful! *contented sigh*

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    1. Hi Polarbelle, The lipstick is a lot lighter than what I usually wear but is a good nude-pink :)

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  11. Sigh, I agree with Polarbelle above. I get such a contented feel from Rose quartz! All those shimmerblocks lined up side by side are also so mod and pretty. I've never tried a shimmerblock, though they do remind me of Bobbi Brown's Shimmerbricks, of which I used to be a fan (before realizing they disagreed with my skin--- otherwise I'd still be a big fan!)

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    1. Hi Dovey, Rose Quartz is very photogenic ;) When I first started getting more interested in beauty I was always tempted by highlighters and went out and bought too many! Later I have learned that I don't use them up that quickly so probably shouldn't buy another one for literally years to come! :) I think Bobbi Brown's original shimmer brick was the first product like this I ever purchased :)

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  12. very pretty - I need to experiment with more LB products. I say that all the time but I get easily distracted at the counters, sadly.

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    1. Hi Lexi, I know what you mean! There are just so many options out there, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, LMdB...those are the usual culprits that distract me and my poor wallet! :)

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  13. My wife loves these colors. It isn't everyday my wife is willing to wear makeup especially with the rosacea and slight psoriasis. She has been using znp soap to help and it really has been a really big help but I was wondering if there was anything you would suggest as a great option for the face as the znp soap seems to be best for the body and not necessarily the face.

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    1. I'm sorry, but I don't have much knowledge when it comes to skincare! I would do a search for reviews in makeupalley.com :)

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    1. Hi DarLyst, It is a pretty, soft shade - only wish it were a bit darker on me :)

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  15. I own one limited edition LM pink shimmer compact, it is fantastic with just the right amount of shimmer. I would not mind trying the mosaics, you are tempting with the pretty swatches:)

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    1. Hi Rola, Thanks for commenting! There are so many choices out there for highlighter & the LM's are a nice option :)

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  16. Very pretty, I tend to overlook the shimmer blocs not sure why.
    I can't wait till the LM fall collection comes out, I've got my eye on the taupe/blue eye duo, I really have got into LM a lot more these last few years :)

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    1. Hi Replica, I got most of these a couple of years ago - and I don't use them as often as I should, but they are quite nice when you're in the mood for some shimmer :) I am looking forward to all of the fall collections! :)

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