Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks review and photos.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

As predicted, my urge to purchase more Caviar Sticks has come to fruition.  Based on the recommendation of so many Caviar Stick fans, my latest indulgence lead me straight to Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks ($28 USD/1.64 g).  These dreamy, creamy duos have proven, I need to invest in the whole Caviar Stick Color Line–well not all at once.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa swatches.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks swatches.

  • As stated in my last review of Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold (here) these Caviar Sticks do not budge (over my NYX Primer) once they set.  These make obvious choices for all day events, special occasions (hello weddings), hot weather and oily eye lids.
  • Both colors glide on bare skin beautifully, but Cocoa seemed to feel slightly more velvety than Grey Pearl. 
  • As usual, I apply these Caviar Sticks over my NYX Proof-It Primer (reviewed here).  Although this amazing base keeps eyeshadows in place all day, the drier primer formula immediately locked Cocoa into place, making blending a bit more challenging, primarily in the crease area.  A little patience and a soft brush (Chikuhodo Z-5) eventually resolved the issue. 
Laura Mercier Grey Pearl.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

  • Grey Pearl is described as a “mauve-grey with hidden pearl.”  I would say this description is quite accurate; however on me, the color morphed into a soft lavender hue.
  • The delicate “silver pearl” in the formula is definitely brightening, but not overdone.  Against my olive skin and warm brown eyes the shade was a surprising contrast.  This is not to say I did not like the color, in fact, I found the contrasting cool tone of Grey Pearl paired surprisingly well with the rich warmth of Cocoa.
  • Grey Pearl would look spectacular against blue, green and hazel eyes.  Not since my adolescent obsession with Linda Carter as Wonder Woman, have I desired blue eyes so badly. 🙂
  • For the above look, Grey Pearl was applied all over the mobile lid, with Cocoa lightly blended in the crease, on the lower lash line, and waterline.  A light dusting of this warm hue was also introduced across the upper lash line (blended out with my Billy B #12 brush).  This look stayed in perfect condition for 12 hours.
Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

  • Cocoa definitely suits my coloring and needs to a “T.”  The “rich walnut brown” color contains the finest, most delicate red and bronze pearl–a crucial feature that keeps this rich brown from looking flat and ordinary.
  • Regardless of the subtlety of the pearl, Cocoa’s rich warmth is the stand-out feature.  This color is sure to be a staple in anyone’s collection.
  • Cocoa can be used with the greatest of ease to create the fastest smokey eye–EVER.  For the above look, simply take Cocoa across the lid.  Apply the color on the waterline and lower lash line (I added a bronze shade on top).  Add a contrasting shade in the crease (MAC Uninterrupted) and apply a matte flesh color (MUFE M-512) to accentuate the brow bone and blend out any harsh edges. To finish-off the look, add a black liner (Guerlain Liquid Liner) to the upper lash line, an inner corner highlight of your choice (LM Rosegold) and some mascara.
  • All colors remained in perfect condition for a solid 13 hours without any creasing, transfer or fading.
  • Clearly, this is another shade that would make lighter eye colors really POP!!  I think I need to invest in some color contacts just to prove my point.  🙂

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks:

Grey Pearl: Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica (Ci 77019), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-)Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Cocoa: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Mica (Ci 77019), Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-)Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

**Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks come in 23 shades, are made in Italy and can be found at Sephora, SaksFifthAvenueSpaceNK, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Lauramercier.com**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would state the obvious, Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks are wonderful additions to my growing Caviar Stick family.  Depending on your tastes and needs, the 23 color options makes it ease to wear each color separately or mixed to create a unique color onto itself.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup and Jewelry Details and direct links:

  1. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood (here).
  2. NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow base (here).
  3. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold used as a facial and inner corner highlighter (here).
  4. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  5. Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer used over Cocoa on the lower lash line (here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (here).
  7. Kjaer Wies Cream Blush in Abundance (here).
  8. CoverFX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with NYX Shine Killer Primer (here and here).
  9. Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in 04 Brown is Back with Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Audace (here and here).  
  10. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (here).
  11. Jennifer Meyer Leaf Earrings (here).

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Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose review.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

Finding the right neutral lipstick is a very difficult task for those of us with an olive complexion.  The color has to have a perfect balance of cool and warm tones and possess a smooth texture.  So based on my past success with the Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Line (reviewed here), my eye immediately gravitated towards 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose ($13 USD/1.8g).  The rich matte formula, remarkable wear, flattering colors and affordable price are nothing short of amazing 🙂   I hope you enjoy.

Sephora Collection 04 Brown is BAck and 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

Sephora 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose swatches.

  • 04 Brown is Back is a pinky brown color that translate to a mauve hue on my lips.  This type of 90’s shade seems to have garnished some serious attention lately–and with good reason–Brown is Back seems to pair beautifully with every makeup look and appropriate for any occasion.
  • 06 Blooming Rose is exactly as the name would imply–the warm pink hue provided just the right amount of freshness without looking too pasty or overdone.
  • The formula of the matte shades perform exactly the same as a matte liquid lipstick–once they set (roughly 2 minutes) the color does not budge.
  • In all honesty, dryness does set in after the three-hour mark on dry cooler days, yet, on warmer days, the matte formula sat comfortably on my lips until I decided to remove it.  Clearly, these results will vary; however, the formula adheres so well to the lips, an oil-free gloss can easily be applied over the lipstick for added moisture and without bleeding into fine lip lines.
Sephora 04 Brown is Back.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back.

Sephora 04 Brown is Back.

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back.

Wearing Sephora 04 Brown is BAck

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige on the lips and as a blush.

  • 04 Brown is Back applied smoothly without any tugging.  The color was opaque from the get-go and the thin bullet design is perfect for outlining the lips without the hassle of using a lipliner.  In fact, for those who suffer from feathering issues, like myself, the matte formula of the Color Lip Last Line is a Godsend.
  • For the second photo, Brown is Back was applied solely to clean bare lips and lasted perfectly for five hours and started to gradually fade by the sixth hour.
  • The third photo shows how creamy and rich the color appeared when paired with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.  I prefer to add the smallest amount of gloss on my ring finger and lightly spread out the gloss on to my lips.  This method gives my lips moisture and shine without looking overly gloppy or glossy.  The gloss and lipstick combo lasted comfortably for six hours–longer if hadn’t removed it.   🙂
  • This shade also worked beautifully as a blush, as demonstrated in both photos.  I simply applied the color on my ring finger and proceeded to blend the pigment on to the cheeks.
Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Roses.

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Rose.

Wearing Sephora Collection 06 Blooming Roses

Wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 06 Blooming Rose with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 219 Whisper Beige.

  • For those individuals that are not too fond of brown based lip products, 06 Blooming Rose is a great everyday, go-with-anything, do-anything type of shade.
  • 06 Blooming Rose applied smoothly and lasted just as well as 04 Brown is Back.  Both colors performed exactly the same with or without a gloss.  The slight sweet grape fragrance is not offensive and dissipates in a matter of minutes.
  • For the above photo, 06 Blooming Rose was applied to clean bare lips and paired with a minimal amount of Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige (reviewed here).

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose:

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose

Ingredient List for Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose.

**Sephora Collection Color Lip Last are made in Switzerland and can be found exclusively at Sephora.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Sephora Collection Color Lip Last 04 Brown is Back and 06 Blooming Rose are must-have shades.  The long-lasting results, amazing color payoff, affordable price and accessibility have shamelessly made me ignore my higher-end lipsticks.  I have been wearing 04 Brown is Back so often, I’m almost ready to breakout my back-up–and that rarely happens.  Try a shade and see for yourself.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup and Jewelry details:

  1. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wengewood (here).
  2. NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow base (here).
  3. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow and Khaki with Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow in the crease (here and here). 
  4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold used as a facial highlighter (here). 
  5. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  6. CoverFX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with NYX Shine Killer Primer (here and here).
  7. Pomellato Nudo Pink Quartz Earrings (here).
  8. Gold Hoops and circle necklace (custom-made).
  9. Jennifer Meyer Leaf earrings and pendant (here and here).

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.