Laura Mercier has some amazing launches this summer including the Mediterranean Escape Collection and Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick which I have been using since last two weeks and finally able to share my thoughts after having a nice time off for my family vacation before the kid’s school starts.
Mediterranean Escape Collection – Summer Color Edit 2019 has some beautiful limited edition launches for summer. As the description of the collection suggests, ‘Go glamorously off the grid with tones and textures inspired by a bohemian meets jetsetter vibe.
Carefree sun-kissed days of dewy skin bathed in vibrant washes of colour flow into endless nights of balmy glosses and deep blue eyes.’
The Mediterranean Escape Collection includes Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer, Glace Touch – a gloss for eyes, cheeks, and lips, Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick, and Caviar Stick Eye Color. I have been really enjoying the Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer and Caviar Stick Eye Color in shade poolside.
Sun-Kissed Veil Riviera Sun Bronzer is a limited edition – a universally flattering lightweight balm that can be applied to the face, decolletage, legs, and arms to give skin a summer glow. The creamy texture of the bronzer glides onto the skin leaving behind a sheer, bronze illumination with a dewy finish. It applied nicely with fingertips on the face and body, to add warmth and glow to the lighter skin tones while adding a subtle hint of colour and glow to medium tan to dark skin tones. For its very natural finish, it can be part of everyday makeup or for holiday pick-me-up.
Sun Kissed Veil compact artwork created by Kathryn Beals.
Caviar Stick Eye Color is a versatile eyeshadow stick that delivers effortless application, high-impact colour and up to 12-hour wear. The formula is pigmented and the shade range starts from nudes to deeps, shimmer and matte finishes – glide seamlessly onto lids. The cream eyeshadow stick is very easy to apply, blend, and the great thing is that it is long-wearing and crease-resistant. I have used Caviar Stick Eye Color for a few years in different shades and it never disappoints. The creamy formula gives plenty of time to smudge, blend, line, fill or define, so it’s easy to create any look. I have swatched the limited edition subtle shimmery ocean blue shade called poolside.
Mediterranean Escape Collection is available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com
Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick is the new lipstick launch from Laura Mercier. Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick has a weightless, high-impact colour with a satin finish. The lipstick is available in 30 shades. The lipstick is encased in a sleek, high-gloss metallic case and the custom-curved bullet is sculpted to envelop the lips and deliver the intense colour in one silky swipe. The lipstick glides on effortlessly on the lips, is very smooth and moisturizing. The formula is very pigmented, even with one swipe. The formula does not settle into the lines, does not dries the lips, feathers, and stays good for over 4-5 hours on my lips. I have swatched Nude Nouveau, Rouge Ultime, and Chocolat Divin which shows you how the spectrum ranges from nude to dark shades.
The new lipstick collection is available in 30 shades passionately curated by Laura Mercier and the palette offers a full spectrum of fresh, vibrant shades that play with cool and warm undertones to suit all skin tones from fair to deep.
Laura Mercier Longwear Lipliner is a sleek pencil that outlines defines and enhances the natural shape of lips – whether used alone or with a lipstick. The formula is richly textured and long-lasting lip liner in a sleek pencil form, outlines, defines and enhances the natural shape of lips. Its unique texture is firm enough to draw a precise thin line, yet soft enough to blend and wear alone for a matte finish. The creamy formula glides on smoothly and comfortably while keeping the lip colour in place to prevent bleeding, feathering and collecting in corners of lips throughout the day. Longwear Lip Liner is available in 20 shades and I have swatched shade ‘Rosewood’ which is a pretty much everyday shade with or without lipstick for me.
Rouge Essential Silky Crème Lipstick Collection is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com*Press samples
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a substance found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The molecule holds a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air. Apart from promoting supple and smooth skin, it has many other medical benefits. It also provides antiaging benefits, faster wound healing and could also be taken orally in specific form and composition. But coming back to the main concept of this post, Hyaluronic Acid in makeup and skincare. I purchased my first By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-powder over 5 years back and it has always been a staple. In this post, I am sharing more about the Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder and Hyaluronic Hydra- Primer along with the Dual-ended face brush. The new
Hyaluronic Hydra- Powder has a little different packaging from the older version I has before.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra- Powder is a loose translucent setting powder for the face which is non-drying, mattifies and blurs the imperfections. The powder is infused with skincare benefits of hyaluronic acid, the multi-purpose Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder creates the perfect makeup finish as part of a 24/7 Hyaluronic Routine. Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain optimum moisture level. It is one of the best setting powder I have tried which instantly blurs my problem areas while minimizing pores, even out skin tone, fill in fine lines and control shine. The powder work perfectly great for my combination skin. It feels very lightweight and silky on the skin. This powder keeps my skin matte and problem areas blurred for a great amount of time during the day, my face looks fresh at the end of the day. The powder might leave a slight white cast depending on the way you apply it, I prefer applying it with my fingers and it magically blurs my imperfections.
To use, ‘Shake the jar before use. Dust the loose powder onto the Tool-Expert Dual-Ended Brush or Tool-Expert Kabuki Brush. Tap off any excess powder and apply all over the face on foundation or directly after the primer.
For touch-ups, apply with fingertips on areas that need to be perfected to absorb oil and neutralize shine. For an overnight treatment, use over your night cream to lock in moisture and keep hydration level at an optimum while you sleep.’
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer is a moisturizing primer with built-in skincare. The primer is infused with skincare benefits of hyaluronic acid, Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer creates the perfect makeup base as part of a 24/7 Hyaluronic Routine. Hyaluronic acid helps to boost and maintain optimum moisture level, so skin looks firmer and plumper. I have noticed that this primer blurs blemishes and imperfections, minimize pores, even out skin tone, fill in fine lines and control shine. The primer has a weightless mousse texture which blends into the skin nicely. While many primers for combination or oily skin make my skin uncomfortable or dry but this primer does the job very well, keep my skin hydrated and comfortable and complexion looking matte, fewer imperfections, and radiant.
To apply ‘Apply a thin layer of Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer to the face, around the eyes and lips with Tool-Expert Dual-Ended Brush or with fingertips. Use alone or before makeup to even out the skin tone and hold makeup for longer.
Apply on pores, blemishes and imperfections for an instant blur-effect.
Mix a small amount of primer with your foundation to lighten coverage. Set makeup with the Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder.’
By Terry Dual-ended face brush is a 2 in 1 foundation and powder brush with ultra-soft synthetic bristles suitable for all complexion products. The flat shaped brush on one end is designed to apply liquid, cream and gel textures easily and evenly while the fluffy domed-shape brush on the other end, is ideal to perfect your makeup when using loose or compact powders.
I reviewed the colour makeup products from the brand a few months back here which are very much in rotation for me. By Terry products are available at byterry.com, Nordstrom, Barney NY, Beautylish, Spacenk, Cult Beauty, NetaPorter.*Press samples
IT Cosmetics is one of those brands which has been into my routine since I started using and getting serious about skincare and makeup almost a decade ago. At that time, I used to get the products from States until I got to know that the products are available at The Shopping Channel here in Canada. Now that IT Cosmetics is available at retailers as well as their own official website, that is so amazing for beauty lovers like me. The products are even suitable for sensitive skin types, multi-purpose products providing multiple benefits. Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a staple in my makeup stash and I have my mom use it too, her skin looks so youthful and beautiful with this. I have some new products which I have been using and testing since last few weeks – Your Skin But Better Oil Free Makeup Primer, Brow PowerFULL Eyebrow Pencil, Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40, Bye Bye Pores Bronzer.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer is an oil-free, makeup-gripping base that hydrates the skin while extending the wear of makeup. This skin-transforming primer also works to refine the look of pores and is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. This is a pretty nice primer for every day to keep the makeup intact while keeping the base refined and naturally matte. It works well with any CC+ cream from the brand or even with few foundations from other brands which I used over this primer to test it. The primer did not cause any breakouts or congestion on my combination skin, did not feel sticky or heavy.
It Cosmetics Brow PowerFULL Eyebrow Pencil is a pencil for brows and has a triangular tip for bold definition and volume. The Universal Taupe shade adjusts to all hair colours—even gray—based on the pressure applied and the formula stays intact on the brows for whole day fading to the minimal as the natural oils of the skin start to be more dominant around the end of the day. For my black hair on the brows, this mixes in pretty well and looks natural, I do not put a lot of pressure but a gentle grip and pressure to fill in the sparse areas.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 is the matte version of the cult favorite CC+ cream from the brand. It delivers colour-correction, full coverage, anti-ageing skincare and SPF 40 broad-spectrum physical sunscreen—all with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that stays on all day. This multitasking, complexion-perfecting formula camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots without creasing or cracking and helps to reduce shine and control oil for over 9 hours that I have tested it. It did not break me out, blends in nicely into the skin, works well with the oil-free makeup primer from the brand or even without it. This thick, smooth, creamy formula is pigmented and a little is all you need for the whole face. I usually do not use a concealer on my dark spots while using this, it covers everything pretty well. I use a buffing brush to apply this and it works pretty well to give me a natural matte finish which is not flat but beautiful. For my oily areas on the face, it keeps the area shine-free for a good time.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Bronzer is a bronzing finishing veil that airbrushes away the look of pores while adding instant sun-kissed warmth to your skin. It is infused with pores blurring technology of the brand and real silk. This talc-free, oil-free bronzer glides over skin without settling into lines or pores and diffuses the look of imperfections for your most flawless glow. The universally flattering shade also features coconut extract for essential moisture and refreshing sensorial experience, plus anti-ageing collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins A, C, and E. It does not look orangey or reddish on my medium skin tone with golden undertones but looks very natural. The powder is finely milled, pigmented, and blends in nicely into the skin. Like other products from the range, the staying power is pretty good.
Overall, the brand has some amazing products, suitable to most of the skin tones and needs, and these new launches are great to check out. It Cosmetics products are available at ItCosmetics.ca and Sephora Canada.*Press samples