We're not far away from Christmas and of course that means CHRISTMAS SETS!
The first Christmas set I have picked up for the year is the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection. I bought this from David Jones and it cost $55... which sounds like a lot, but this contains 6 mini Caviar Sticks which contain 1g of product each, but the full size Caviar Stick contains 1.64g of product and retails for $39 each. For the amount of product you get in this set, you get over $140 worth of value! In Australia this is retailing for the same amount as it does in the US... so clearly this is a very good value deal!
What I love most about this kit is that every shade is a neutral shade! I was expecting the token bright shade (that I wouldn't use) so I was very happy to see that every shade would be wearable for most people. Smart move Laura Mercier!
The six shades are Rosegold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki and Cocoa.
Essentially Caviar Sticks are twist up cream eye shadows. These are very pigmented, very smooth to apply, very easy to blend and are all round lovely to use!
|l-r Rosegold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki and Cocoa|
You can see from the photo above that the colour are beautiful! Even though each shade is quite neutral, they are all quite different. There are four highly shimmery shades and I am in love with the finish of them! They give a smooth wet metallic look without being over the top or sparkly.
Rosegold is a soft shimmery champagne peach shade.
Amethyst is a shimmery warm brown toned mauve.
Moonlight is probably my favourite shade, it is a highly shimmery taupe nude and work amazingly as an inner corner highlight.
Copper is metallic orange toned gold.
Khaki is a dark green toned brown with a slight gold shimmer.
Cocoa is a warm dark brown with very little shimmer.
Even though each shade is beautiful on its own, you can easily mix the shades together because they are creamy and don't set too quickly. I tend to use one of the first four shades all over the lid and either Khaki or Cocoa at the last liner/outer corner and then I blend it with a fluffy brush.
So the price is right, the shades are all wearable and beautiful, and the formula is pigmented and creamy... so are there any negatives? Well, yes. These sadly don't last all day on me without creasing. Sure, I do have slightly oily eyelids, but nothing crazy... I never have any issues with eye shadows lasting all day when I use a primer, and I can easily wear MAC Paint Pots or Benefit Cream Shadow Liners on their own without any creasing... so my eyelids aren't unusually oily. These Caviar Sticks do crease after 4-6 hours and wearing a primer underneath did not help them. The only thing that did help was setting it with a powder shadow, but that took away from the beautiful metallic sheen that these give.
I found that the best way that I can "eat my cake and have it too" was by applying the Caviar Stick all over the lid and then using a powder shadow in the crease. By doing that I keep the beautiful finish, but the creasing is minimised significantly. In saying all of that, I do know people who have dry skin and these last all day on them without any issues.
So overall do I recommend this set? Hell yeah! The value is great, the shades are beautiful, the finish is gorgeous, and you get to sample a range of shades without needing to fork out $39 for one shade. If you're like me and you do have slightly oily eyelids, then you will have trouble wearing these all day without setting them... but if you have drier skin you might not have any issues at all. The only people I would definitely not recommend this for is people who have very oily eye lids and struggle to keep shadows in place even with a decent primer... these will not last on you!
I am sure that this will be the first of many Christmas Sets appearing on my blog in the up coming months x