Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Review & Swatches

My love obsession with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick started when I received Cocoa as part of the Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2014 (Nordstrom Exclusive) set. I was absolutely blown away by its pigmentation, formula, and performance. It’s unlike anything I have used before and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this product, considering all the rave reviews from so many blogs! Oh well, better late than never, right?

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick is essentially a cream eyeshadow packaged in a retractable twist-up pencil. Simple, convenient, and practical. Each pencil has the same signature Laura Mercier metallic brown packaging but with different color-coded end to indicate the color of the product inside. The cap snaps on pretty tight and won’t come loose when tossed in your travel makeup bag.

There are 18 shades available right now on Laura Mercier official website, 16 on Nordstrom, and 8 on Sephora. I have 8 in my collection so far and am planning to acquire all of them in the near future. Once you have tried on of these, trust me, you will only want more (and consider this a warning of sort!).

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours

The shades that I have are:

  1. Sugar Frost – golden pale beige
  2. Rose Gold – slightly peachy rose gold
  3. Sand Glow – golden taupe
  4. Orchid – lilac pink
  5. Amethyst – mauve taupe
  6. Plum – dark purple plum
  7. Khaki – brownish olive green
  8. Cocoa – bronzey chocolate brown

It’s hard to describe these shades because they are such unique, complex colors, especially the multidimensional Amethyst! All of them contain subtle amount of shimmer, and Sugar Frost is the most sparkly one. The three darker shades (Plum, Khaki, and Cocoa) may look matte upon first swatch but the shimmer will be more visible once they are blended out.

Caviar Stick is a true multipurpose product. I like to use Sugar Frost, Rose Gold, and Orchid for the inner corner, Sand Glow and Amethyst on the lower lash line, and Plum, Khaki, and Cocoa on the outer corner as well as on the upper lash line. You can also use them as a base for your powder eyeshadows to intensity the colors or simply mix, match and/or layer them to create your own customized shade/eye looks. They are just so much fun to use and I really love experimenting with them. :D

The method of application really depends on where you want to place it. For a quick smokey eye, I usually just apply directly from the stick to the lid, smudge it out with my ring finger, and finish with a blending brush for a perfectly soft, blended out effect. For all over color, you can rub the tip of your finger on the stick and apply it all over the lid, repeat for more intensity. To use as an eyeliner, you can apply directly along the lash line for a thick line, or pick up the product with a liner brush for a thin line. Easy peasy! :)

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours

So what’s so special about these Caviar Sticks? Well, think of it as a cream shadow but without the thick texture typical of most cream shadows (that usually tug and pull). They are, and I’m not kidding, super silky smooth, creamy, and virtually weightless. They are soft but not too soft that you can’t achieve a controlled application. They glide right on the skin without a hint of resistance, creating an incredibly opaque color in a single pass. The formula is blendable, but you must do so quickly before it sets. It doesn’t take any effort to blend but you will need a speedy hand (or finger, or brush).

The finish is waterproof, budge-free, and has a slight sheen to it. Over a primer, all of them last pretty much the entire work day without any sign of smudging or transferring. However, I did notice that they do crease and fade ever so slightly after a long day. The darker shades crease to a lesser extent than the lighter shades but all of them crease nonetheless.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours; L-R: Sugar Frost, Rose Gold, Sand Glow, Orchid, Amethyst, Plum, Khaki, and Cocoa (one pass)
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours; L-R: Sugar Frost, Rose Gold, Sand Glow, Orchid, Amethyst, Plum, Khaki, and Cocoa (one pass)

I really do love these. I can’t wait to get my hands on all of them but it may take me a while to complete my collection. They are quite pricey for a cream shadow product if you ask me, especially if you are buying each shade one by one, so here’s to hoping that the brand will release a set (or mini set) that would include a few shades together soon. I’d totally be all over it! :)

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  1. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, thanks for the link! LOOK AT THAT EPIC COLLECTION! You are making me want more of these now (not good)! I am so glad you’re also a fan! Maybe I should pick up a lighter shade or two for summer ;)

    1. says: Jaa

      My pleasure, Sunny! Yeah once you try one, you will only want more, haha! I’m hoping there will be some new colors for Summer collection!

      1. says: Sunny

        I don’t think there is any in the summer collection (New Attitude), but I did hear that towards the end of summer, some new shades will join the line-up! Let’s hope that piece of information is accurate!

  2. says: Rachelle

    Nice swatches!!!! You are making me want to get one of these to try too.. (Or more) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rose Gold, Plum and Cocoa!!!

  3. says: Sylirael

    Pretty!! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t mind having Amethyst and Plum (at least) in my life, and I know my sister would love Orchid especially! :-)

    Thanks for all the little tips and all the info in your review – i love how you pack so much information into a compact post, and it all makes sense. I ramble comething terrible… :-P

  4. says: Aimee

    I’ve never owned anything Laura Mercier until….yesterday (picked up the combo set from hautelook) and wow I have been seriously missing out! The lip glace alone kind of made me a convert, I’m picky about glosses! I think you’ve just put something else on my beauty list, you bad influence you. :D Side note, I adore my ipsy bag and can’t wait to see yours!

    1. says: Jaa

      Ohhhh what did you pick up, Aimee?! Anything good and exciting? :D I don’t shop on Hautelook too much because I hate paying for shipping unless there is something I really really want! ^_^’

      I love LM Lip Glacé. They are sooo smooth!

      I haven’t got my Ipsy bag yet!!!! Please don’t tell me what’s inside!! Haha!

      1. says: Aimee

        I agree with you on the shipping thing with Hautelook. Who wants to drop $100 each time you shop? Not this girl. I couldn’t really resist this time though since I thought it might be a good way to try a brand that I keep hearing amazing things about. I just got the um…..5 piece assortment thing. There’s a bronzer, a palette with 4 shadows and a cake liner, a mini macsara, a foundation primer and the lip glace I mentioned. All in all, I get the hype and would love try more. Both MAC and LM are on my list!

        1. says: Jaa

          That’s a pretty good deal you got there, Aimee! I’d totally pay for the shipping, too. I’m not a big fan of the cake liner. At least the old formula because it smudges and transfers so easily! Hopefully the new formula will stay on better! I love her shadows, mascara, and foundation primer. I haven’t tried the bronzer, so I’m curious to know what you think about it once you try it!

  5. says: Eesha

    I recently got Amethyst and I am loving it so much that Rose Gold, Sand Glow and Coco are already in my wish list. Glad that you are also a fan of these pencils. xx

  6. I love using Sand Glow on my waterline to brighten up a look and add a bit of unexpected shimmer! I have been lemming Orchid for months now but after seeing your swatches, I think my doe eyes have transferred over to Amethyst! O.O Ooooh!

  7. says: christina

    You sound like me! I have almost all the same ones you do. One that you may like to try, that I LOVE, is pearl grey, which is a very soft grey that gives the perfect shadow to my eyes. :)

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