Thursday, March 28, 2013

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Violet

So my weekend test drive of the Petite Portfolio from Laura Mercier turned out well. I suppose I overpacked, like always. If I packed only what I truly needed to use, there was certainly enough room in there. I didn't even use the gel eyeliner that I took with me because I used the pencil, smudged then topped with liquid eyeliner. I really like my Lancome Artliner and I find that when I have that in front of me, I will inevitably use it, especially if I'm in a hurry.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner - $22

On a very recent makeover with a Laura Mercier artist, she used the brand's new Crème Eye Liner in Noir to tightline and with the new Angled Eye Liner Brush, she added a quick layer of Violet above the lashline but just on the outer half of the eyelid. I liked the look I ended up with that day and decided to purchase Violet but not Noir. I also got the brush but I'll talk about that more another day.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio - Petite (for home and away)

The first Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portolio that I purchased was such a joy that I couldn't help purchasing the petite version. My reasoning: the large portfolio is great for a weeklong trip or longer but possibly too much makeup for a weekend. Wanting a smaller version that occupies less space in an overnighter, the Petite Portfolio seemed a wise choice.

Although I like that this portfolio is brown with a thin wale kind of pinstripe texture, the surface seems to attract moisture and prints more than the faux snakeskin of the original portfolio. Size-wise, it's not quite half the size of the original, possibly a little bigger, the dimensions falling in at roughly about 9" x 6" x 2.75". Inside you will find two removable zippered mesh bags that are magnetized to the back of the case and a non-removable, double-sided brush page with pockets. They've also thrown in one customizable three-well compact. In overall concept, it's very similar to the original portfolio, down to the zippered hard shell case.