Pass the Caviar
One of the items I lusted over last year was a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick… or two, fine. They are beautiful cream shadows in stick form that didn’t appeal to me at first but after seeing ah-ma-zing swatches online, I rushed over to the counters to try them. I never came home with one because I find the price kinda riddick for one stick (maybe it’s the caviar in them, yes? Wait… what do you mean there’s none?!).
A week or two after that first counter investigation, I came back for more swatching (and hopefully first purchase) but instead was confronted with a price hike! Yikes. From Php995 a stick to a whopping Php1,250! Cue regret song here.
But the best cousin-in-law ever, Mikki of the Break My Spell beauty blog, probably saw me in despair that fateful day at the Laura Mercier counter because she gave me this Holiday set for Christmas! Four mini caviar sticks consisting of the shades Rose Gold, Amethyst, Sugar Frost and Pink Opal. Amethyst and Rose Gold were two of the full-sized sticks I had my eye on, so I’m pleased to know they’re part of the set. Thank you Mikki!
They’re soft, smooth and creamy with great pigmentation – Amethyst being the most pigmented and Pink Opal the least. Sugar Frost and Pink Opal frostier than the other two. They’re buttery and creamy enough to be blended before setting and not budging! I swear, I left the swatches on my arm and Amethyst lasted the whoooole day. On the lids, they function just as great, last just as long and don’t crease at all.
The thing is, I thought being a crayon slash pencil type product, they would be easier to apply and work with compared to pot-type cream shadows or even powder eyeshadows. I mean, those NARS lip pencils are darn easier to apply than most lipsticks in tubes. But being an eyeshadow n00b with little-to-almost-no lid space, it proved to be a challenge.
Whenever I blended with my finger, they seem to disappear and look slightly patchy. I found it best to use a brush for blending after applying color directly on the lid. But that’s just me (and my amateur skillz). Others find this easy to work with and have had no problems whatsoever.
I have Rosegold and Amethyst on my eyes for the look above. I really like how these can be sheered out or built up for a more dramatic wear, depending on how you like it. I’m eyeing on Khaki, Sand Glow and Plum for my next not-so-soon purchases.