Thursday, 21 June 2012

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in 'Alloy'

I bought the eye colour a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it for a while but I just kept forgetting. If you know me well you'll know that I'm possibly the most forgetful person in the world, I also get pre-occupied by the smallest of things (not a good combination). Anyway, yesterday, whilst sat there physically using the eye colour, I thought to myself.. YOU NEED TO BLOG ABOUT THIS! So I took a few snaps and started to write one of my usual mahoosive reviews. 
So without further ado, here's what I think of the Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in 'Alloy'. 

What Laura Mercier has to say about the Metallic Creme Eye Colour...

"A lightweight, non-greasy, lush metallic formula that floats across the eye leaving a gorgeous, shimmering sheen."

What are the product claims?
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Non-greasy
  • Long wearing
  • Can be used as a base for eyeshadows or can be worn alone. 
Directions of use?
  1. Dispense the product onto the back of your hand. You will literally need to use the smallest amount. 
  2. Using a flat eyeshadow brush or your finger, apply the eye colour to both of your eyelids. If you notice any harsh edges, blend using a blending brush. 
  3. Apply one layer for a light wash of colour, apply more layers for an intense colour.
How many different shades are there?

The Metallic Creme Eye Colour is available in 5 different shades.
  • Alloy - Shimmery Taupe
  • Burnished Copper - Taupey Bronze Red
  • Gold - Taupey Gold
  • Platinum - Champagne
  • Rose Gold - Shimmery Rose Gold

How much does the Metallic Creme Eye Colour retail at and where is it available?

The Metallic Creme Eye Colour retails at £18.50 and can be purchased in-store or online at John Lewis, House Of Fraser and Space NK. It can also be purchased in-store at Harvey Nichols.

What does the Metallic Creme Eye Colour look like?

This is how much product you will need for both eyelids. 
Approximately a 1cm piece.  

Built up swatch on the left, sheered out swatch on the right. 

This is 2 layers of product, exactly how I like to wear the eye colour.

Is the Metallic Creme Eye colour suitable for everyone?

I'm going to say yes and no. Yes because it's basically a cream eyeshadow, despite the name 'eye colour', and anyone can use a cream eyeshadow, and no because it solely depends on what type of eyelids you have.
If you have normal or dry eyelids, you will love the eye colours.You will find the eye colour to be very long lasting. 
If you have oily eyelids, you won't be a fan of the eye colours. You will find that the eye colour creases a little after a couple of hours of wear. To prevent creasing you could use an eyeshadow primer before applying the eye colour or you could set the eye colour by applying a powder eyeshadow over the top of it. 

The Good
  • Product - It can either be worn alone or can act as a base for other eyeshadows. You can easily apply powder eyeshadows on top of the eye colour (to increase colour intensity) and you can also blend powder eyeshadows into the eye colour too. Sometimes it's hard to blend powder eyeshadows into cream eyeshadows but I don't find this to be the case with the eye colour. It's a multifunctional product and I love it, I'm definitely going to be purchasing the other shades. The eye colour is a practical product with a great concept. You can also blend out the eye colour very well due to it not drying uber fast. 
  • Pigmentation - The eye colour is very highly pigmented, as you will be able to see from looking at the above swatches. Even when the eye colour is sheered out it has great pigmentation. Due to great pigmentation, you only need to use a small amount of product. 
  • Longevity - The eye colour claims to be long lasting and I fully agree with this claim. Once you apply it, it will not move (unless you cry or have mega oily eyelids). The eye colour doesn't fade or crease, it lasts all day. The only way this baby will budge is if you remove it with cleanser. 
  • Texture - The eye colour has a creamy, smooth and velvety texture, it almost reminds me of mousse except it's shimmery, metallic and certainly not edible. It feels weightless on the eyelids and doesn't feel greasy at all, it feels like your not wearing anything on your eyelids even though you are. The eye colour certainly lives up to its 'lightweight' and 'non-greasy' claims. 
  • Ease Of Use - The eye colour is easy to use, you simply pop a bit on the back of your hand and apply all over your eyelids using either your finger or a flat eyeshadow brush. It's as simple and as easy as that, you certainly don't need to be a makeup mastermind in order to use it. It's so easy my dog could probably apply it. 
  • Packaging - The box the eye colour comes in is boring as it's just a plain silver box with a bit of waffle (text), I like a box to have a bit of jazz and I feel that box lacks jazz. The eye colour itself, however, is rather funky. I like how the eye colour is in a tube form and I especially like how it has a screw top lid, not only is this hygienic but it enables you to dispense the right amount of product. Another thing I like is that the shade corresponds with the shade displayed on the tube.
  • Size - The eye colour contains 8.5g of product. MAC Paint Pots contain 5g of product and Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams contain 6g of product so you're getting a lot more product in the Laura Mercier eye colours. The eye colour contains a lot more product and you also need to use a minimal amount. One eye colour would last A LOT longer than a standard cream eyeshadow. 
  • Availability - The eye colour can be purchased online and in-store at many places so availability isn't an issue. If you were thinking about buying one of the eye colours then I'd suggest buying it online at House Of Fraser as they retail at £16.50 on there, that's a HUGE saving of £2.00.... OOOF.
  • Scent - The eye colour isn't scented at all. A big bonus for anyone that is sensitive to scented products. 

The Okay
  • Waterproof - I cannot say that I've dunked my head in a bowl of water to test the 'waterproofness' of the eye colour but judging from the amount of product that faded when my eye randomly run, I would imagine that the eye colour isn't very waterproof at all. The eye colour is rain safe but not cry safe or swimming safe. 
  • Shade Selection - There are only five different shades available which is a very small selection. All the shades appear to have a gold undertone too so if you like shimmery gold shades then I can guarantee that you'll like all 5 shades but if you prefer bright, dark or silver shades then these probably won't be to your taste at all. There needs to be a wider shade selection including neutral, bright and dark shades. A selection that caters for absolutely everybody. 
  • Price - £18.50 is pricey for a cream eyeshadow, especially for a cream eyeshadow that is supposedly meant to be waterproof but in fact isn't. Make Up For Ever cream eyeshadows retail at £16.95 (which is still a little pricey) but I don't mind paying that because they literally do not budge. You could probably go on a nice scuba diving trip and these babies wouldn't move, streak, run or fade. Make Up For Ever cream eyeshadows are simply amazing so £16.95 is a fair price but I think the eye colour is a little expensive for what it is, yes it has amazing quality and it looks beautiful on the eyelids but it just doesn't live up to it's 'waterproof' claim. £15.00 would be a more realistic price tag. 

The Bad
  • Other than the minor issues I pointed out in the 'Okay' section, I have nothing bad to say about the eye colour. 

Ideal for?
  • Busy Bees - They're quick and easy to apply, look beautiful alone on the eyelids and last all day. 
  • Makeup Artists - A luxury product that looks classy and elegant. The shade 'Platinum' is a must have product when creating a bridal look, it's a beautiful neutral gold shade.
  • Cream Eyeshadow Lovers -  If you like cream eyeshadows then you're going to love the eye colours, they're wonderful. So easy to apply and a minimal amount is needed. They well and truly beat MAC Paint Pots.

No exaggeration here, this is possibly the best cream eyeshadow I have ever tried in my life. I love it that much that I'll be buying all 5 shades for my makeup kit, and the other 4 shades for my personal use too. It's such a high quality product in terms of pigmentation and texture and I think it looks utterly stunning on the eyelids. Some cream eyeshadows tend to look a little 'muddy' and cheap but this looks very luxurious. The eye colour is very easy to use and it's good to use on its own or with powder products too. I feel a little let down with the shade selection and also the fact that it isn't waterproof but I don't think I'll lose any sleep over these 2 minor issues. Overall, a MASSIVE thumbs up.

Would I recommend? Yes, it's a wonderful product that's worth every penny.
Would I re-purchase? Yes, I intend to buy the other 4 shades. 
Rating? 9/10.. One point knocked off as it's not suitable for absolutely everyone.

Have you tried 'Alloy' or any of the other shades? 


  1. Oh this review has made me lust over these so much, I love a gold shimmery undertone so all the shades are perfect for me. Going straight on my wish list xxx

  2. This colour looks amazing! I like how it looks true to the colour in the tube when you applied two layers. This is on my want list now :)

  3. ahh i love laura mercier products. haven't tried these though, I would defiantly go with the taupe colour too! great review.x

  4. i looove the look of these, might be my first foray into Laura Mercier!x

  5. Awesome review hun, big fan of Laura Mercier products:)

  6. What a great and detailed review! I've never really been a dab hand with more liquid eyeshadows, but this has made me lust after this one so much! xo

  7. I love these, Alloy and Rose Gold being my absolute faves.

  8. This is such a great review! The colour looks amaaazing, you've made me want to go out and buy one now haha xxx

  9. I love that they look like water colour tubes! Really cute :) x


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