Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks


Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks ($24) have been a popular beauty favorite since they launched back in 2011. What attracts me most to this product is its portability and ease of application (no brushes necessary!), which makes for a quick eye look when I'm in a hurry. I was excited to see that Laura Mercier has introduced seven new, lighter-toned, additions to the Caviar Stick family--just in time for spring.  

The new shades (as described by Laura Mercier) are: 
  • Pink Opal – bright pink with shimmer
  • Grey Pearl – mauvy grey
  • Rosegold – dirty pink with golden shimmer
  • Mint Snow – aqua
  • Sand Glow – taupe with golden shimmer
  • Sugar Frost – golden beige
  • Seashell – golden shimmer

One thing to note is that the new Caviar Sticks seem to contain less product than the older ones. Although the amount listed on the packaging remains the same, at 1.64g/0.05 oz., when old and new versions are fully twisted up and compared, there is an unmistakable difference between the two. Read more on this topic at The Beauty Sample.)  

For those of you who are new to Caviar Sticks, these are twist-up, jumbo-sized eye shadow pencils with a creamy texture, similar to By Terry's pricey Ombre Blackstar "Melting Eyeshadow" sticks and MAC's former Shadesticks. Their buttery texture makes them easy to apply and they are blendable during the first minute or so, after which the color dries and sets to a fairly long lasting and crease-resistant finish. They can be used on their own and combined, or used underneath powder shadows, and some of the darker colors can even serve as a liner if applied strategically. 



Seeing all of the new spring shades made me fall in love with my Caviar Sticks all over again! I thought I would take the opportunity to become reacquainted with my collection by swatching all of the shades I've acquired over the last couple of years. I've grouped them roughly by color below. Warning: this is the type of product that may cause nagging urges to own one of each color available (yes, even the colors you know you'll never end up wearing). Steel yourself against the temptation!


From left to right: Golden (limited edition 2012), Sandglow (new shade), Khaki (permanent), Turquoise (limited edition 2012), Sapphire (permanent), Steel (permanent), and Smoke (permanent).



Left to right: Smoke, Steel, Sapphire, Turquoise, Khaki, Sandglow, and Golden 






It might seem that the last two shades on the right, Sandglow and Golden are virtually identical; however, there are slight but noticeable differences. Sandglow is a more complex color and it also has a a sparkly quality and dimension that is lacking Golden. Unfortunately, these subtleties were not captured by my camera. I prefer Sandglow over last year's Golden, which is a good thing since Golden was a limited edition and is no longer available.

Now, on to my favorite everyday, easy-to-wear shades: neutrals, pinks, and purples: 



Left to right: Seashell (new), Sugar Frost (new), Pink Opal (new), Rosegold (new), Orchid (new), Amethyst (permanent), and Cocoa (permanent)



Left to right: Seashell, Sugar Frost, Pink Opal, Rosegold and Orchid 


Seashell is a softly shimmery white-gold; Sugar Frost is a sheer, sparkly pale beige; Pink Opal is a sheer, sparkly cool pink; Rosegold is a beautiful, opaque, brightening gold with subtle peachy-pink tones; and Orchid is a mid-tone shimmery lilac.



From left to right: SeashellSugar FrostPink OpalRosegoldOrchidAmethyst, and Cocoa 









Too many? Perhaps... but... can one really ever have enough Caviar Sticks? 





48 comments:

  1. Wow you have a lot!!! I recently discovered these and am blown away. The quality and wear are fantastic--even on my super oily lids! These have got to be some of my new favorite cream shadows! :D

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    1. Hi Becca, Yes, I think I may have gone a little overboard! :D I'm happy they came out with some more light shades that I can just swipe on, blend and be out the door! I find I don't use the darker shades quite as much, although I like them too :)

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  2. Oh lovely! You have so many shades... how would you compare these to the Clinique chubby stick for eyes?

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    1. Hi Lily, The texture of these is slightly softer and more buttery than the Clinique Chubby sticks. I think Chubby Sticks might work a bit better as a base because the product seems a bit lighter on the skin. Wear time is about the same. The Chubby Sticks are also a little bit wider. I like them both about equally :)

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  3. wow, the turquoise shade looks devine, geat for summer! What a great collection. I am discovering those cream sticks lately, so far I really like them :) / Claire

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    1. Hi Claire, the turquoise is such a pretty color - I don't wear greens or blues often but it is such a pretty color I couldn't resist. :) Sadly, I think it may no longer be easy to find as it was a limited edition.

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  4. Such a great review! Thanks so much, even having the counter near here, it helps a lot to see everything together. But are you missing my favorite of the new bunch? Gray Pearl... Such a nice taupe, hope you get it too ;-)

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    1. Hi Sara, Thank you! I am glad it is helpful :) I definitely want to go back and get Grey Pearl - I feel my collection is not complete without it! :)

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  5. Thanks a lot for the amazing swatches! I recently purchased Sandglow, my first caviar stick but girl, it was soooo hard to pick just one shade! I loved them all, the pigmentation and the texture is just fantastic and I love the ease of use of these ^^.

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    1. Hi Teri, Sandglow was a good choice! It is always so hard to pick only one shade -- that's how I ended up with all of these! :) My poor budget was blown for weeks!

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  6. This was perfect to see rit before the Sephora sale! I have Sandglow in my cart for my next addition.

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    1. Hi Martha, Thanks for the reminder that the Sephora sale starts soon! I may get Grey Pearl with the discount! :)

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  7. These are so beautiful, thanks for the swatches! My favourite colours so far are Amethyst, Cocoa, Khaki, Turquoise and Sapphire. Basically all of them haha!

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    1. Hi Procrastinator, Amethyst was the first shade I ever purchased and is still a favorite. Cocoa is a great basic. Now I am loving Rosegold! :)

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  8. I love the Caviar Sticks! I currently have 3 now and 2 more are coming my way. These are hoard worthy stuff. On seeing your swatches I'm lemming, Khakii, Sapphire and Cocoa.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, You're right - definitely hoard worthy (which is bad news for my budget!) :) Khaki, Sapphire and Cocoa would look great on you!

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  9. I've had my eye on Sandglow since its release and now it's just confirmed that I must have it! Gorgeous collection and swatches, mm. I think they are well deserving of some nest space for the beauty-loving magpie. :DDD

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    1. Hi Liz, After reading your comment I feel much better about my Caviar Stick hoarding tendencies lol :)
      Sandglow is one of the colors that first drew my eye along with Sugar Frost :) I think it's a great, versatile color :)

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  10. Hi Shannon,

    I loved this glimpse at your AMAZING Laura Mercier Caviar stick collection! I must admit I've never tried a caviar stick :-) From your swatches it seems that Steel and Orchid would be up my alley!

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    1. Hi Dovey, I have a bit of weakness for these! And when I saw the new shades I couldn't resist -- I think I may get more use out of the lighter colors. They are worth a look, especially now that Sephora is offering a Beauty Insider "Chic Week" 15% discount April 12-21 :)

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  11. I got a lot of these. They are so easy to grab and pull off. I see I am going to add Orchid and Steel to my collection due to your swatches. Thanks! <3

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    1. Hi Flyavsted, :) They are so convenient, aren't they? Great for when you don't have time to do an elaborate look, but still want to look polished. :)

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  12. I have never tried eyeshadow sticks such as these. The way you describe their "buttery" texture makes me want to try it based on that and the colors alone. I never really knew how they worked. Good to know they are blendable when you first apply and then set. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Hi Audrey, Thanks for commenting. They are definitely one of my favorite eye products from the Laura Mercier brand :)

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  13. I have to admit they have some pretty colors there esp. all the colors in the second batch. Maybe I'm just being traditional, I only like to use eye shadows in powder formula. I bought a couple Chanel Illusion d'Ombre a while ago but I've only used them a couple times.

    Chanel is coming out with eye shadow sticks for Summer I believe. Will you be checking that out? I'm going to pass on them but the nail polishes looks interesting!

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    1. Hi Paige, I can't wait to see Chanel's shadow sticks! :) I may or may not get one, depending on how unique the colors are. Chanel's nail polishes are always tempting so I probably won't be able to pass on those!

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  14. Oh, how gorgeous! So many jewel-toned shades - I love those.

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    1. Hi Larie, :) Me too! I don't wear blues and greens very often but I think they look so beautiful :)

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  15. you need sterling , grey pearl and jungle too lol
    I love love these

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    1. Hi LipstickBoulevards, Yes! I would love to have them too -- I may take advantage of the Sephora discount to pick those shades up :)

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  16. They are all pretty but, wow, I really loved Sapphire xx

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    1. Hi Coco, I love Sapphire for a smoky navy eye paired with a nude lip! :)

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  17. Gah, one of the best posts ever. And, I would say "NO", never too many Cav sticks. I love those things so much. :D <33

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    1. Hi Rachel, Thanks very much my friend! :) My caviar stick collection kind of exploded recently but I would still like to get a couple more shades - I've got my eye on Grey Pearl! I guess you could say they bring out my hoarding instinct :D

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  18. Hi... stumbled upon your blog while searching for these ... a new follower from India.
    I was too inrtigued by these and wanted to try Cocoa and sand glow or golden. Which out sandglow & Golden you would recommend? In the swatches above they look very similar.

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    1. Hi Eesha, Welcome and thanks for commenting! I would recommend Sandglow. I believe that Golden is no longer available. It was a limited edition from last year :)

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  19. OMG! So many swatches and they look so beautiful side by side. Thanks for sharing this...I really like Sandglow, I need to have that!

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    1. Hi Mich, Sandglow is a good choice. I think it's a great, versatile neutral :)

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  20. I love these too! I've been doing make-up events for Laura Mercier recently and was shocked at how amazing these are! I even like the light colors inside the eye on the water line. They don't run and are so pretty! Have you tried their cream liner? Its the best waterproof liner Ive ever seen!

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    1. Hi Maygan, Ooh I will have to try the lighter colors on the water line! I haven't tried their cream liner yet, but will definitely put that on my shopping list :)

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  21. these are so pretty! I can't believe you have such a big caviar stick collection! :D i bought khaki, and then got the laura mercier radiance kit from sephora that has the shade pink spark, which seems to be exclusive to the kit right now. I remember buying amethyst when it first came out and not liking the sparkle fall out, but now I kind of want to revisit ALL the shades. hehe! :)

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    1. I think I may have gone overboard with Caviar Sticks ;) but they are one of my favorite products. Pink Spark sounds pretty -- I haven't seen it yet. Amethyst was the first shade I ever purchased :)

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    2. ok now i kinda want steel and plum and grey pearl too... AHHH!

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    3. I want grey pearl too! They are addicting aren't they?! :)

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  22. I have been using Steel and Saphire and love these caviar sticks. They stay on all day and go on smoothly without a brush. Unfortunately, they stopped making Steel. Does anyone know where I could locate one ( Steel ) ?

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    1. Hi Carol, Are you in the U.S.? It looks like Belk's has one Steel available (www.belk.com) - otherwise maybe check ebay to see if one turns up?

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  23. Thanks so much for your help. I was able to get the last one on Belk. I heard that Laura Mercier discontinues products quite frequently. Thanks again-Carol

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    1. That's great! It's always a bummer when a favorite product is discontinued!

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