Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fall 2012: New from Laura Mercier! NEW Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact (and more!)

Fall is hands-down one of the best seasons when it comes to new beauty releases and fashion! For beauty, the change of season brings completely new items as well as expansions to product lines.

Laura Mercier has some great new offerings for Fall of 2012: New Lip Pencil shades, the introduction of a luxurious new lipstick: Creme Smooth Lip Colour, a new fragrance: Ambre Vanille, and (IMHO, the most exciting one)...the release of a new Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact!

Laura Mercier has been a go-to brand for me when looking for face products. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a cult-classic and the Silk Creme Foundation (full review coming soon!) is one of my new favorite products. So, I am very excited to test out these new Fall offerings! I think that the Tinted Moisturizer Compact in particular is destined to be a bit hit!

For my reviews of these new releases (including swatches and photos), keep reading!

Fall 2012: Laura Mercier New Releases!

Lets start out with lips! From browsing your various September issues, have you noticed the trend for lips this Fall? Fall brings bold/dark lipcolor and statement lips! I find it to be somewhat reminiscent of the early 90s. The good news for those of us who remember the early 90s is that the lipstick formulations today are much more luxurious (especially if you are shopping at the Laura Mercier counter!).
New Lip Pencil Shades: 7 new shades for Fall 2012!
New Shades: Coffee Bean, Praline, True Red, Warm Poppy, Carnation, Deep Wine, Crushed Berry

Larua Mercier's lip pencils are highly pigmented! These pencils are firm enough for you to draw an exact line yet also smooth enough to feel good on your lips. The formula is creamy enough to glide on and feel good on your lips; yet, the pencil is dry enough to provide long wear. It seems a bit drier than most of my lip pencils.

The shade that I tested out is called Coffee Bean. This color is so spot-on trend-wise for Fall of 2012! This is a very deep and bold brown shade. Honestly, I had to do a double take when I first looked at this product. I thought it was an eyeliner at first! This lip pencil provides such sharp definition for my lips and allows my lipcolor to wear longer. It is so pigmented! It is a bolder color than I am used to wearing; but, it is so on-trend! When I am ready to rock-out darker lips this Fall, this lip pencil will be perfect. It will darken up any lipstick that I pair with it.
The Skinny:
  • 18 total shades in the Lip Pencil collection with 7 new shades for Fall of 2012. 
  • Retail Price: $20.00
  • Available in September nationwide

New Creme Smooth Lip Colour: Luxurious, Comforting, Rich
Wow! This has to be one of the smoothest and most luxurious lipsticks that I have ever worn. I fell in love with this lipstick upon first application. Ultra smooth and hydrating lipsticks such as this are seriously the "easiest" lip products that you can wear. Completely unfussy yet totally put-together! The packaging is gorgeous: sleek and elegant. The formula is extremely moisturizing and feels so comfortable on your lips. The coverage is full and your lips are left with a lustrous and semi-glossy finish. The lipstick glides on smoothly and does not catch on nor accentuate any dry areas. My lips actually look smoother and plumper after application. Also, these lipsticks are unscented.
I tested out the shade: Antique Pink. What a beautiful and wearable everyday cool toned mauve/berry pink shade. On me, this is a "My Lips but Better" shade that can be worn daily and will go with just about any look. Fall is always such a hectic time of year. As a new Mommy, I am always in a hurry to get out the door. This lipstick is so easy for me to just keep in my bag. I feel so much more pulled together and polished when I wear this lipstick! I think this shade and formula are perfect for those going to either school or work. It is an understated and lovely shade that is ideal for every day wear!
The Skinny:
  • The formula contains the following key ingredients: jojoba wax, pure olive oil, vitamin E, rose seed extract, and hyaluronic filling spheres
  • Retail Price: $26.00
  • Available in September 2012 nationwide
New Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact with Broad Spectrum SFP 20 Sunscreen:
I am so excited about this new product from Laura Mercier!!! Laura Mercier's best selling and highly acclaimed tinted moisturizer is now available in pan/compact form! This is a lightweight creme formula that gives your skin light and natural coverage and a dewy finish. This little portable compact of tinted moisturizer is ideal for on-the-go touch ups or travel. I have a feeling that this product is destined to live in my handbag.

This foundation is so incredibly easy to apply! I just dab my fingers on the pan to pick up a small amount of product. Then I dot it on my face where I need coverage: around my nose, on my chin, etc. It is easy to build up a bit more coverage where you need it and then just lightly dab elsewhere. Then I take my trusty Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki (my go-to foundation brush) to blend out the dots of foundation around my face. This whole process just takes a couple minutes. Very easy, very quick! The product blends very smoothly and easily.

Note: The product that I tested was not in final packaging as the product packaging was not ready yet. The product I tested was a loose pan in a plastic sleeve. Laura Mercier sent me a stock photo of the final product packaging. Check it out below! Also, the product will come with a sponge-type applicator that is specifically designed to work with the formula of the foundation.

I tested out the shade "porcelain" which is a pretty decent match to my skintone. It is a bit too dark and a tad too warm; but, I if I apply lightly and blend well...I can make it work. Even though this product is a cream, it is very lightweight! The coverage is sheer; yet, it is buildable depending on how much you layer on and how you blend it out. The product applies very evenly and blending is a breeze. I love the dewy and natural finish of this product. It really almost looks like you are not wearing foundation. Now if you need heavier coverage, this product might not be heavy enough for you or you might need to use concealer on spots. I found that this product has enough coverage to cover/diffuse the slight redness around my nose and chin areas. It did a nice job of lightly evening out my skintone and diminishing my imperfections (I still have a few dark spots on my cheeks remaining from pregnancy). The color stayed true and wore all day with no problem. I like to set this product with a light dusting of translucent powder through the t-zone.
The Skinny:
  • The Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact comes in 12 shades: porcelain, blush, nude, bisque, sand, fawn, almond, tawny, caramel, tan, walnut, and mocha. The shade range follows the lineup of the best selling Tinted Moisturizer (in a tube). 
  • Contains a broad spectrum SPF 20 with UVA and UVB protection
  • Contains the antioxidants Vitamin C and E that protection the skin from the environment (and Vit C has some skin brightening properties too!).
  • Retail price: $45.00
  • Available nationwide in September 2012!
New Scent: Ambre Vanille: Modern, Intimate, Sophisticated
Laura Mercier rounds out her scent collection with a new scent: Ambre Vanille. Mmm...this scent smells sooooo good! Ambre Vanilla has a buttery softness to it. Warm vanilla blends with sensual Amber to create a very comforting, yet sophisticated, fragrance. The Vanilla and Amber base notes are combined with the fresh florals Tangerine, Tiger Orchid, and Heliotrope and blended with Almond, Brown Sugar, and Coconut. There is certainly a sweetness to this scent that feels comforting and indulgent.

I tested out the Honey Bath in this Ambre Vanille scent. What a decadent treat! The sample I am testing is not in it's final packaging. So, it appears that it is missing a product label and the "honey dripper" applicator. It creates thick and rich bubbles in your bathtub! While it is a bit too hot for frequent baths here in Georgia, as soon as the weather cools off a bit, this product will get some heavy use for my nightly baths! I am a bit of a bath fanatic actually. It is my way to unwind in the evenings. The Ambre Vanilla scent is very soothing and relaxing for bath time.
The honey bath, just like the name implies, has a very honey-like and creamy consistancy. It is a bit sticky too! The honey bath is so nicely moisturizing and it leave such a lovely soft scent behind. The Honey Bath formula contains skin softening ingredients like shea butter, sweet almond proteins, hydrolyzed rice, and oat alnong with pro-vitamin B5.

To use: Dip the honey dripper into the product and then twirl under running water while filling up the tub. Since I did not have a honey dripper, I just used a spoon and that worked just great too!

The Skinny:
  • Retail price $40.00 (for a very generous jar!)
  • Also available in this scent: Body Scrub and Souffle Body Creme
  • Available nationwide in September of 2012!

These new items are a great addition to Laura Mercier! Everything mentioned here is available now (in September)! My particular favorites are the Creme Smooth Lip Color and the Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact. I can already tell that those products are destined to be favorites of mine and will be heavily used!

Thanks for reading!

4 comments:

Suselew said...

Is the porcelain yellow or pink toned?

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@Suselew-I find it to lean a bit warm (it is just a touch too dark and warm for my neutral-cool skintone...but, I still like it and can make it work). But, no, not an exact match.

Anonymous said...

I got a sample of this and did not like it at all. It provided no coverage and the color was ashey.

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@Anonymous-Sorry that it didn't work for you! Oh well, at least it was a sample. :)

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