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