Monday, 13 July 2015

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette *

Whenever we apply foundations, sometimes it can make our faces seem flat and stark. Contouring helps create dimensions, contrast and defines your features. This technique is often utilised to give the illusion of a more sculpted, slimmer face (and nose) creating shadows to recede areas, and highlighting to make features more prominent.

The Laura Mercier Contouring Palette contains 3 matte brown shades and 2 highlight shades for sculpting and highlighting the face and also includes a step-by-step guide/pictorial. This cream highlight and contour palette is easily one of the most compatible with all skin types and shade from light to medium/tan and deep skin tones. These are all neutral shades and the formula is so creamy and smooth. The consistency and texture of these creams are much like butter and they have a fair amount of slip so they blend into the skin seamlessly. 

I love that this palette allows you to customise your own shade and they are highly pigmented with a strong colour payoff - they provide light-medium to full coverage. To apply and blend these creams, you could use either fingers or a damp sponge for flawless, natural shading.

The Laura Mercier Contouring Palette is perfect for make up kits as they can be used on a range of different skin tones. I find creams to be incredibly easy to work with, a lot more simple than contouring powders - they're easier to control and require less effort to blend. Although they look quite dark, intense and intimidating in the pan, these products are quite emollient and can be sheered down to an undetectable, soft-focus finish or gently blended for a more dramatic and sculpted look. The contour shades are all neutral matte colours and the highlighters have a decent amount of shimmer in them. Highlight #1 is a gorgeous ivory-white highlight that gives the skin a lovely iridescent sheen. It's fairly subtle and translucent, however this can be built up to a fairly intense almost-metallic highlight. Highlight 2 is a warm, bronze-amber highlight with a sun-kissed glow - this can double as both a highlighter and blush for light to medium skin tones.

This is a lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy formula and it sets to a demi-matte finish. A little goes a long way, so try not too use too much product otherwise you'll be sitting there trying to blend it out for a while. If you've accidentally applied too much, I find it easier to bring down the colour by buffing a light amount of powder foundation over the top or you could also use left over foundation on your brush or sponge to stipple or gentle dab over it to soften harsh edges. The creamy consistency does give you ample play time to shade and blend, however once it sets, it is transfer resistant, water resistant fairly smudge proof. Although this product does not claim to be long-wearing, I find that this lasted well over 6 hours on me without fading, streaking or smudging.

Contour #1 

Contour #2

Contour #3

Highlight #2, Highlight #1

You'll have to excuse the poor quality swatches, I took these under artificial lighting. These look much better in person, I promise!

This was meant to launch at David Jones on Laura Mercier counters some time during June, but it has been delayed (so has the new Lip Parfaits) so if you thought you had missed out - you'll be relieved to know that it's not yet out but is coming soon, so you've got a little more time to save up! This is a Limited Edition palette, so remember to put your name down at your nearest counter and they will notify you once it is in stock! 

Who's keen for the arrival of this palette? x

This product is a sample and was sent to me by PR for consideration. This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated by any company mentioned. Please refer to the sidebar for full disclosure.

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