This Holiday season, Laura Mercier has released the limited edition 4-piece Mod To Modern Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection ($38 / 4 x 0.03 oz – 1 g). The last couple of years I have passed on purchasing the annual Holiday Caviar Stick mini sets due to not liking every single shade offered. This year’s set features beautiful neutrals I know I will use and comes in two finishes, shimmer and matte, including Rosegold (shimmer), Amethyst (shimmer), Vanilla Kiss (matte), Au Naturel (matte). I’ve only had this set for a week or two but so far I love the versatility of the colors, including the matte finish sticks. Usually I avoid anything that has a matte finish but these are so creamy that it negates that one-dimensional look I otherwise dread using a matte formula. These are just the perfect no-fuss, one and done, cream eyeshadow sticks that you can swipe on, blend with a finger, and go.
Each shade features a long-wearing, crease/transfer-proof formula that glides effortlessly across the lids without tugging and blends like an absolute dream. They are richly pigmented and easy to layer or build for more color payoff. The Caviar Sticks have a creamy, almost slightly wet-like texture to them which is perfect because it allows more time to blend and diffuse before the color sets – and once they set, they don’t budge. Lasting power is incredible, each shade wears for a good nine hours before faint creasing starts to occur.
Designed to multi-task, the Caviar Sticks can be used multiple different ways: as a standalone eyeshadow, layered and blended with other cream eyeshadows, layered and blended with powder eyeshadows, as an actual base for powder eyeshadows and as an eyeliner. While these are ideal for blending with a finger, brushes will work as well.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Vanilla Kiss – is a warm, light to medium beige with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
- Rosegold – is a warm, light to medium gold with peachy undertones and has a shimmer finish with a slight frosty sheen
- Au Naturel – is a neutral, light to medium brown with subtle pink undertones and has a matte finish
- Amethyst – is a warm, medium to dark plum with brown undertones and has a shimmer finish
Swatched on the arm
All-in-all, I’m completely in love with this set. It’s an excellent introduction to the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick collection, or just cream eyeshadows in stick format in general. The smaller size of these are great not just for travel or experimenting purposes alone, but also because you can use them up fully before they end up drying out. I highly recommend this set!