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Review: Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush

7 December 2014

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If you read my eyeliner post a few months ago, you’ll know I swear by this winning duo. However, my liner life of late has been turned upside down with this purchase – the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush. Take a look. You might be thinking ‘Er…I think it’s broken, you blind old bat’ but its bent shape makes it unlike anything else I’ve ever used.

Getting a thin line close to my lash line has always been impossible. You know that eyeliner meme with the eyes not matching? That is literally my life. Doing my left eye is always a traumatic experience and I usually have to set aside 10 minutes of my makeup routine if I dare decide to wear winged liner.

I’d heard that using a bent eyeliner brush makes the winged liner process a bit less time-greedy and allows you to get a better view of what’s going on. Needless to say I was keen to get my hands on one. A few brands do a similar brush (Smashbox, Elf and Coastal Scents to name a few) but for me, Laura Mercier is the easiest brand to get hold of in real life…but also the most expensive. It did take me several attempts to get hold of this brush as most places were sold out but I finally tracked it down in Space NK in Battersea – it was the last one in the store so there seems to be some kind of national shortage. Or you could just cut to the chase and get it online – you won’t be disappointed.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is made from synthetic fibres so it’s perfect for gel liners. I’m still using the Maybelline one (review here) every day and they are a match made in winged liner heaven. The handle is quite short too which you might feel will give you better control. I love that the tip is super fine and if you apply more pressure, you get a thicker line – ideal for creating the perfect outer flick. The bend in the brush somehow just works – I can’t explain it but it makes it impossible to mess up your eye look.

I’m LOVING life with this brush and get my eyeliner perfect in less than a minute. If you’ve ever struggled with eyeliner, I URGE you to pick this up. It will truly make the process a little less frustrating.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is available at Space NK, Selfridges and other Laura Mercier stockists and costs £16.

Review: Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector Orange/Yellow

27 October 2013

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve “suffered” from dark under eye circles, meaning I’m left looking like a distant cousin of the aubergine. They didn’t really bother me too much until I started wearing makeup a little more seriously and I’d notice that when I did my face, I’d be left with grey under eyes that didn’t look particularly appealing. I’d been through so many concealers, as well as those dubious green and purple coloured correctors (I could never find out where my poor dark circles stood in that complementary colours chart). I thought I was destined to be forever lumbered with my chimney-sweep look until I discovered what I was apparently getting all wrong…
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector
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Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector
I’m deducing that this won’t suit every skin tone but I read somewhere that a deep orange corrector is the magic ingredient required before blasting in with any sort of foundation or concealer. As soon as I accepted this piece of information, I was on the hunt for the elusive orange corrector. I was still a bit sceptical about the whole thing so I was looking for a high street brand (although I had discovered that Laura Mercier had one) but it was literally mission impossible. I got bored of traipsing up and down Boots looking for my elusive pot of magic (I could have asked one of the ladies working there but I wasn’t in a right state of mind for chat) so I gave up and went to Space NK where I picked up the Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in the colour Orange/Yellow. They also do a Mauve/Rose version which would probably be best for cooler skin tones.

The perfector itself comes in a tiny pot and as you can probably see, it’s got a very firm texture. I’m trying to think of something that’s similar in texture… Ah, I’d say it’s like a MAC Paint Pot? Quite hard when it’s in the pot then it softens slightly on contact with skin. You’ll probably also be able to see how deeply orange it is which may be a little frightening but I please be reassured by the fact you only need the tiniest bit.

I find the best way to use the Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector is on clean, moisturised skin, using your ring finger (your index finger will be too aggressive). I sort of press it on, gently but firmly, while looking up, making sure I cover up all of the dark circles. When you’ve finished, you’ll be left with a slight orange tone around the eyes depending on how dark your skin is but it is much less orange on your face than it looks in the pot. After I’ve done this, I tend to put on my foundation, or if I decide not to put any on, I’ll put some concealer on in the same colour as the rest of my face.

You can see the difference in the photos – my dark eye circles are virtually undetectable. Please note that the “after” photo was taken with just the Under Eye Perfector BEFORE any concealer or foundation was applied. You can see how much of a difference there is.
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector before after
As for the product itself, I have been using it every day and we have embarked on a passionate love affair. It’s genuinely an enjoyable part of my makeup routine and makes a big difference to how I look and feel. Although I’ll never be able to completely hide my circles, this product practically diminishes all traces of ashiness, giving me the optimum base for concealer application.

Just one more thing to add, if you have much paler skin than I do, this will still work! Mr TBL kindly volunteered to be my pale guinea pig (actually he insisted I “go mad” with my makeup collection for one night only) so I popped a little of the orange perfector then some concealer and it looked great! Really fresh and awake. (I think he liked it a little too much, his first reaction was “Oh, I look more Hollywood”)

Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter costs £18.50 and you can get it here.

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