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**

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.


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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  1. Welcome to the caviar stick addiction! After my first stick, I immediately began collecting them. I’m actually using Amethyst today. I have a chocolate complexion (Mac NC50) so the cocoa caviar stick is a neutral shade for me – “my eyelids but better”. I use it for a very neutral lower lash liner or as a nude lid look. Don’t feel bad about missing prior caviar sticks. You’ll have fun with new editions and re-promotes in the Fall and the upcoming Holiday collections. You look fabulous in the photos!

    • Hello Erica,

      Cocoa must look fabulous on you–one of my favorites. Recently, I have been looking into other brands that produce these Shadow sticks and I have a sneaking suspicion they are all manufactured in the same facility in Italy. I have a Trish McEvoy shade and Mally’s version on the way and may get a chance to even try KIKO sticks (thanks to I will certainly do a full comparison when I have tested all of them.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and for the lovely compliment. 🙂


  2. Grey Pearl reminds me of Stila smoke Smudged crayon but when you mentioned the mauve, my eyes widened! I need to put this on my wishlist, which keeps getting longer and longer.

    Great looks! Love the KW cream blush color on you. I keep telling myself I have to resist! But reading your blog, it is getting harder!

    • Hello Olivia,

      Ohhh boy Olivia, once you get started on these Caviar Sticks there is no turning back–the phenomenal wear is so addicting.

      I have two Kjaer Weis blushes–Abundance and Lovely and I have to say they are very different. Abundance seems to glide on the skin with such ease and the color is so flattering. Lovely is so hard in the pan, I have to really press and swirl my finger in the blush to pick up color. Not surprisingly, I have hit serious pan on Abundance, and despite the cost, I would not hesitate for a second to get a refill. 🙂


  3. Oh yay you got more! These two look great on you! Grey Pearl looks so different on you than it does on me. On me it pulls even more purplish and less grey! Cocoa is super intense. I like to add depth to my outer corner with it, but all I need is a few light dabs. Otherwise it’s going to be too much!

    • Hello Sunny,

      I always think of you when I get one of these sticks. The regret I feel for letting the holiday set slip through my fingers still hunts me today 🙂 Your post on that set convinced me I needed these in my life–I was just a little slow getting there.

      I agree, Cocoa is intense and this look is reserved only for certain occasion. I felt that way about Khaki, I tried to apply that as an all over lid color and it just did not suit me.


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