Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour

Earlier this season I spent weeks trying to find the perfect eye shadow. It had to be matte, gray but without blue undertone, silky, very pigmented and to be... just right.

I tried many, bought a few, and learned the many nuances of taupe. But none was quite it, until I came across the matte eye shadows from Laura Mercier. Coffee Ground is as perfect as it gets for me: a charcoal dark taupe/brown, on the cool side but without any blue in the base, so it's perfectly balanced and very flattering. I use it liberally in the crease, as my eyes are somewhat heavy lidded. It would make a perfect smoky eye if you're so inclined, and for the pale would double duty as a liner/brow filler.

The quality is top notch. I use an eye primer, and the shadow stays on from morning till night with no hint of giving up, creasing or fading. It's easy to apply, looks silky smooth and spreads and holds beautifully (I use Sephora Professional crease brush).

It's my top pick lately and the one I reach for 3 out of four times.

I bought mine at Sephora ($22), where Laura Mercier products are available in store and online. You can also find them at Saks, Neiman and Bergdorf.

Photo credits: mine. Models: Gracie ( the pretty calico) and Giselle.


  1. Funny. I just forwarded an article to a female friend of mine about the resurgence of the blue-red lip color, and lookee what was included at the end:

    ""Silvery taupe shadows are big for spring. In fact, I think a red lip needs a strong eye for balance. Then go with a clear bronze, a healthy cheek."

    Link to article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/27/SB3A154I6J.DTL

    Then, lo and behold, I come visit your blog and (of course) you're already doing the grey taupes! And I think you were even discussing the blue-red lip color, like, months ago.

    How can you even see anything when you're so far up ahead of the curve? :)

  2. I've been looking for a good taupe myself and haven't come across anything AT ALL. This is an impossible color to find..

    Did you happen to see anything comparable -to be used as a not too dark shadow, not a liner, for a paler skin? If so, could you share it? Thank you!

  3. Anon, it depends on how pale your skin is, but Bobbi Brown has several colors that might work for you: Smoke and Cement are both quite taupish. I highly recommend giving Bobbi a try. Also of note: Laura Mercier Truffle (the same range as Coffee Ground).

  4. Hi Gaia,

    Did you ever try Highlight Grey? It is also matte color,

    Thank you,


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