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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Clarins Instant Light Concealer: In Search Of The Flawless Face

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review-2


I have been hearing great things about this cult undereye product for years now, but it was only after reading about it on Karima’s post on Shameless Fripperies (she uses this together with Clarins Instant Light concealor- reviewed below) did I seriously think about making it part of my makeup routine.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review

Applied heavily on the left swatch, blended out on the right.

This is a silica based powder designed to set undereye concealer as well as brighten the area and diffuse light around fine lines. I like to use a fluffy brush to apply a fine layer of this on top of concealer.

The Secret Brightening powder has a very subtle brightening effect, and a subtle light diffusing/mattifying effect when worn on top of my undereye concealor. I’ve photographed myself wearing it under my left eye only in the picture below. As you can see, it’s a very subtle effect, but it does seem to give a more ‘awake and refreshed’ look.


Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Left Eye

 Secret Brightening Powder worn over concealer in the left eye only (right side of photo). Clarins Instant Concealer worn in both eyes.



Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review-3

The Secret Brightening Powder (right) compared with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (left).


Clarins Instant Light Concealor 02 Review Swatches

Clarins Instant Concealer is another product I’ve heard great things about, and the other recommendation that I’ve taken from Karima’s post.

This concealer is a liquid formulation with a lightweight feel and a velvety, light diffusing finish which looks natural and not at all cakey on my skin. It wears well with no creasing or collecting in fine lines. This has medium pigmentation, which is easily sheered out or increased with layering.

I have the shade in 02 which has a strong peach undertone to counteract blueish undereye circles- I find this works well on me, although to be honest my undereye circles aren’t that bad and although this is better with colour correcting, a regular (non colour correcting) concealer does an ok job.

It’s available in 4 shades. I feel that 02 is the closest match to me.


Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)


Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)

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Posted by on Jul 20th, 2015 in laura mercier, Reviews | 0 comments.

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Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Mulberry (30AUD) is a matte wine- berry with a brown undertone- a gorgeous ‘english rose’  flush of colour which can be sheered out or layered for a more dramatic look. Although this is supposed to be a lip product, I actually love using this as a cream blush on the cheeks- in fact, I prefer it as a cheek product. I tap a small amount of the product on the apples of the cheeks, then blend- it is quite pigmented when used as a blush so a little bit goes a long way.  This looks fantastic as a coordinated lip and cheek colour. I’m The Laura Mercier Lip Stains have the consistency of a potted lipstick, with a slight waxiness. I find Mulberry neither drying nor moisturising on my lips, although (not surprisingly, it looks a lot nicer when applied on moisturised lips) The lasting power is not great on my lips – lasting just over 1hr, although blotting and layering extends that to 1.5-2hrs (some days I don’t mind reapplying, some days I have no time for it). Interestingly enough, the lasting power is really decent on the cheeks- almost all day wear, which is better than most blushes on me. For that reason, I probably use it more as a cheek product than a lippy.  

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Posted by on Jun 9th, 2014 in Blush, FOTD, laura mercier, Lip balm | 0 comments.

Selfridges Haul: Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, Laura Mercier


Selfridges Haul: Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad, NARS Surabaya, NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil Hopi,  Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain

A couple of weeks back, Indigo Kir Royale and I did a combined Selfridges order. It was really very naughty of me to buy more makeup given my recent reckless spending (makeup and food, mostly), but I couldn’t pass up a chance to get my hands on some Charlotte Tilbury. ships directly to Australia, and although the shipping is expensive (a flat rate 25 pounds) – it is not too bad when shared between two or more. Plus, it’s fast. When purchasing from them, the VAT is taken off the full price (second column in the invoice after the jump)- depending on what you buy, you still end up paying significantly less than Australian prices.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Surabaya

NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Hopi

Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry

Reviews to come!

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Posted by on Mar 19th, 2014 in Haul, laura mercier, NARS | 1 comment

Bronze and Indigo Smoky eye FOTD with Laura Mercier Deep Night

Bronze and Indigo Smoky eye FOTD Makeup tutorial

Hello there

This is a makeup look that I photographed almost a month ago when I was working in Canberra. I’m very behind with my posts!

MAC Patina eyeshadow is a gorgeous light brown with a neutral golden sheen. I haven’t worn it often in the past because it’s quite sheer and doesn’t last very long on my eyes- but recently I discovered that my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze is a wonderful base for these type of shades. With the Color Tattoo, the shade becomes opaque and Patina lasts all day.

Bronze and Indigo Smoky eye FOTD Makeup tutorial

Bronze and Indigo Smoky eye FOTD Makeup tutorial

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Posted by on Jan 11th, 2014 in Drugstore, Eye shadow, FOTD, laura mercier | 0 comments.


Midnight blues: FOTD featuring Laura Mercier Deep Night Eyeshadow


Hello there!

I’m sitting in the Crowne Plaza lobby at this moment using their free wifi and giving myself a pat on the back for having these posts drafted before I left for the Northern Territory.

It’s our last night here in Darwin, and I fly back to Melbourne tomorrow afternoon. I’ve had an amazing time exploring Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu, and Litchfield in Australia’s ‘Top End’ – and of course had a fantastic time working in the Aboriginal Eye Clinic in Katherine. It feels about time to go home to Melbourne though- I’m missing Phil, Dizzy, and decent pho.

Anyhow, here is a FOTD I did a few weeks ago, using my new Laura Mercier Deep Night eyeshadow (reviewed in the previous post here)

As you can see- at that point, I hadn’t gone in with my DIY balayage correction yet so my hair here has that strange brown roots- blonde mid length – orange ends colouring to it. Bad hairdresser experience.

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