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Joie de Vivre
Laura Mercier Spring 2017 Collection
I’ve been browsing my blog archives and realized I never really tuned in to Laura Mercier’s new collections. While I turn to the brand for their powerhouse bases (foundations, concealers, translucent and mineral powders, even their superstar tinted moisturizer), I wasn’t quite attuned to their latest releases, like I was with MAC’s for instance.
I loved their Secret Camouflage concealer which served a dual purpose – undereyes and blemishes. I am a fan of their Silk Creme foundation for full coverage needs and their Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer for everyday use. I also loved my mom’s hand-me-down Mineral Powder which gave the smoothest, cake-free, full cover face that didn’t look like I had piled on any foundation at all. I just avoided using it then because I disliked loose powders (too messy for my life) but now that I think back on it, I’m tempted to try it out again!
So to say that their new Spring collection this 2017 has got me excited is an understatement. This is officially my first foray into Laura Mercier color – their lipsticks, lip pencils and blushes. The packaging is quite eye-catching, too. A nice, peachy pop contrast to the signature chocolate brown Laura packaging. Joie de Vivre is the French’s delight in being alive. Their keen, carefree approach to living.
I was suddenly nostalgic of my France study program 8 years (wow it’s been that long!) ago when we’d roam the streets of Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier among the other cities we visited while there. I remember envying the French girls in school and how effortless they’d look in the morning, just so put together with their messy buns, their je ne sais quoi look, long coats and Longchamps – despite staying late partying the night prior. It was there I learned to let my hair down and have fun (especially coming from Ateneo where we were expected to maintain high QPIs and study, study, study).
But, I digress. This collection just brought up a lot of fun, carefree memories from my college days that I instantly felt a connection to it. Let’s gloss over the beauties, shall we?
Upon opening this compact, I think my eyes may have actually turned into those hearts like the iPhone emoji. It’s a soft, monochromatic peach that I picture will look good in all skintones. It’s a lightweight, baked powder so it does kick off powder when you swirl your brush around to pick up product. I love the whisper of peach that it radiates on the skin when applied. Peach shades usually tend to yellow me out but this shade complements my skintone quite well. It reminds me of NARS Gina, but Windflush is more a peach without the punch. I find this as the perfect, soft shade to complement the bold-hued lipsticks you’ll see more of below.
Happy and Joy Velour Lipsticks
Full disclosure – I’ve never tried a Laura Mercier lipstick before! I KNOW RIGHT. Their lipsticks just never appealed to me as much as their base products. But these Velour Lipsticks definitely changed that predicament. Laura Mercier has matte lipsticks?! I swear, I’ve fallen off the beauty wagon for a long time because I did not know about this! The brand’s take on this is impressive – a high-impact matte with moisturizing properties. I know, I know. Then that’s not a true matte, you say. It’s leaning towards a lightweight satin matte that sits comfortably on the skin without drying it out.
And get this – the two Velours in the collection are metallic mattes. Is that even possible?! I’m with you, sister. But they were able to pull it off. Formulated with mattifying powders and hydrating mango butter, the lipstick has a velvety texture, long-lasting color with a slight shimmer due to the metallic pigments. It looks metallic but feels dry and matte on the lips. Happy is purple-toned pink while Joy is a nice, bold fuschia shade. One downside I’ve encountered is they don’t apply evenly and boldly on the inner part of the lips.
The lip pencils are creamy matte and apply with a bit of drag on the lips. They’re not too creamy that the tip melts upon dragging but one full use does erode the tip. It’s firm enough to draw precise thin lines, but soft enough to easily blend and shade the lips. See above, the Cassis lip pencil tip after two full uses. I love the shade Cassis so much – it’s a deep, dark plum with a vampy feel. Punch is a bold coral and Grenadine (not in swatch but worn below in FOTD) is a bold red. Despite looking drying on the lips, they’re actually quite comfortable on. But because they’re slightly creamy, they do move around and transfer. Huhu. Still, these lip pencils are my favorites in this collection apart from Windflush.
Swatches and FOTD
wearing the beautiful plum Cassis lip pencil
Laura Mercier Spring 2017 collection | On my face is the Windflush blush and Cassis lip pencil
What do you think of the new Laura Mercier Spring 2017 collection? Anything you’re eager to pick up? Let me know!
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