Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunlit Apricot: Le Metier de Beaute London Kaleidoscope + Swatches of Every Shade of the New Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Above: A veritable Le Metier de Beaute and Laura Mercier wonderland with a bit of By Terry and Surratt Beauty thrown in for good measure.
Last week, I shared swatches of the gorgeous, limited-edition Le Metier de Beaute Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes (full post HERE) and since then, I have procured the brilliantly neutral "London."  Of course, I couldn't refrain from immediately creating an easy eye look that utilizes all for shades while still being totally daytime appropriate.  I also found some time to swatch nearly every shade of the new Laura Mercier Photo Edition Silk Creme Foundations (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora) and am thrilled to share the fruits of my labor later on in this post!  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of both the LMdB Ken Downing Kaleidoscope and Laura Mercier Photo Edition Foundations...

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Above: The LMdB Ken Downing London Kaleidoscope features iconic images associated with the city.
The LMdB Ken Downing London Kaleidoscope is every bit as absolutely dreamy on the eyes as I anticipated it to be and I am beyond glad I purchased a backup.  Each of the four finely-milled and ultra-pigmented shades works in harmony to add depth, luminosity and richness and every color is one that can and will be used; I know that I will be wearing this quartet--which, by the way, doesn't crease or have fallout--nonstop in the coming months.  As of publish date, this LE gem is still available on the Neiman Marcus site, but I'm told that stock is extremely limited...I suggest acting sooner rather than later should it captivate you as it does me! 

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus (shade descriptions, courtesy of me):

Exclusively ours. The enduring Le Métier de Beauté and Ken Downing relationship has yet again created an exquisite kaleidoscope collection. Distilled from the trends, tones and textures presented at the Fall 15 fashion week shows in London and Paris, each collection includes four limited-edition and specially curated eye shadows, with whimsical illustrations depicting iconic images of each city on each kaleidoscope. Shades can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result.

London Shades:

Faded Foxglove...a matte beige cream
Naughty Nottingham...a luminous neutral medium taupe
Penny Lane...a burnished bronzy brown with a satin finish
Burnt Orchid...a rich eggplant with a satin finish

le metier de beaute ken downing london kaleidoscope swatches
Above: LMdB London.
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Above: Closeup of each of the four shades.
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Above: Swatches of London in direct sunlight.
Above: I applied Penny Lane all over my eye lid and blended Naughty Nottingham towards my brow bone for a seamless gradient.  I then used a bit of Faded Foxglove right below my brows to highlight and added a touch of Burnt Orchid in my crease.
Above: The full result in direct sunlight (with a flash).
Above: I adore the London Kaleidoscope.
Above: Closeup.
Above: The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation.
Additionally, I've been meaning to share swatches of the newest formulations of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Sephora) for quite a while and finally was granted a beautifully sunny window of time in which to prepare them!  I have already reviewed the original Silk Creme HERE and now own the new formula in the Moisturizing version (it also comes in an Oil Free formulation).  I was told by a Laura Mericer specialist that the shades in the new formulas are a bit different than the original (for reference, as one with @NC 25 skin, I was generally Cashew Beige in the original but my best match in the Moisturizing is Beige Ivory).  Consequently, I swatched them according to their order as listed online but am not prepared to give exact shade descriptions as of yet; in the meanwhile, I hope my images will suffice! 

In my experience, the Moisturizing formula:
  • Offers medium to full coverage
  • A demi-radiant finish that doesn't need to be set with powder 
  • Requires a powder touchup 3 or 4 hours into wear (if your skin is normal to combination, like mine)
  • Smooths skin and blurs pores for a beautiful, healthy effect
  • Is kind to sensitive skin but can feel a bit heavy later on in the day (such was the case with the original for me as well)
  • Isn't completely transfer-resistant, but I find it to be more budge proof than the original formula
  • Does not flashback in photos (as demonstrated later in this post)...this is utterly fantastic!

Here are the official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus and Sephora:

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation


This photo-ready foundation creates a flawless, long-wearing canvas with a natural luminous finish.

A long-wearing formula with a high pigment load that provides up to 12 hours of full coverage wear while feeling comfortable on skin and hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections. The photo-ready, natural luminous finish is ideal for video, photography and special events.

Application:
Shake well and apply a small amount with a sponge. Blend gently into skin for a flawless, luminous finish.

1.0 fl. oz./ 30 mL

INGREDIENTS:
-Silk Protein Blend: silk protein fiber and glycerin blend that helps to retain and deliver moisture into the skin. 
-Tea Extract: helps formula to smooth skin. 
-Shea Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate: Moisturizing complex that provides moisturizing benefits. 
-Pearlescent Pigment: Scatters light and luminizes the skin. 

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Mica, Dimethicone, Tapioca Starch, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polysilicone-11, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylohydroxamic Acid, Betaine, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serica/Silk/Soie, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclopia Intermedia Leaf Extract. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

laura mercier silk creme photo edition oil free foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme MOISTURIZING Photo Edition Foundation in direct sunlight.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation

This photo-ready foundation creates a flawless, oil free canvas with a natural matte finish.

A long-wearing formula with a high pigment load that provides up to 12 hours of full coverage wear while feeling comfortable on skin and hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections. The photo-ready, natural matte finish is ideal for video, photography and special events.

Application:
Shake well and apply a small amount with a sponge. Blend gently into skin for a flawless, natural matte finish.


INGREDIENTS:
-Silk Powder Blend: A blend of Silk Powder and Silica Dimethicone Silylate that absorbs oil and balances moisture. 
-Tea Extract: Smooths the skin. 
-Vitamins A and E 

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Mica, Dimethicone, Tapioca Starch, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polysilicone-11, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylohydroxamic Acid, Betaine, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serica/Silk/Soie, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclopia Intermedia Leaf Extract. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

laura mercier silk creme photo edition moisture foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme OIL FREE Photo Edition Foundation in direct sunlight.
Above: My best match in the original formula was Cashew Beige...in the Moisturizing Photo Edition formula, it's Beige Ivory, which is just a touch lighter and less warm.
To showcase both the Le Metier de Beaute Ken Downing London Kaleidoscope and Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Foundation Photo Edition Foundation, I created a sunlit apricot-infused look that perfectly resonates with the warmer months...relaxed and glowing with a splash of subdued color. 


Products Used:
Above: Swatches of key products used in this post. 
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: Direct sunlight with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: With a flash.
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting. 
Above: With a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed my Le Metier de Beaute Ken Downing London Kaleidoscope closeup (run, don't walk, if you want this in your life!) and that you found the plethora of swatches for the new Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation helpful!  

Will YOU be trying either one?

Good things ahead, including a skincare update, a video tutorial and some new lip color in my life.

Have a beautiful remainder of the weekend...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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12 comments:

  1. Tequila MockingbirdMay 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    I've used the original formula of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation in Cashew Beige as well, and it's by far the most natural-looking full-coverage foundation I've used.

    It withstood humidity while my BF and I were apartment hunting, and during a photography self-portrait project, it withstood various difficult-to-control lighting situations; in neither scenario did the foundation seem cakey or mask-like.

    Supposedly Laura Mercier herself has rosacea and developed th Silk Creme foundation with the need of covering it up in mind. Upon looking at the list of ingredients, I noticed a couple different kinds of silicones, and I think that's why I noticed the Silk Creme foundation wears well on me even when I've forgotten a silicone pore-filling primer beforehand, which may be why it photographs so well, given the limitations of most foundations in coping with uneven skin texture.

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    1. I agree, TM! Thanks for sharing your experience and background knowledge regarding the LM Silk Creme...it does indeed work so well photographs. For me the only caveat is that it can feel a *tad* heavy at the end of a long day!

      I hope you have a brilliant week!

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. I am really excited about the nourishing version. However I have been told that it might take a few months for it to get here :X

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    1. Marvelous, Transientbeaute...hope you get it soon!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Thank you for your en detail research, Rachel.
    I am not the biggest fan of the former formulation,because I do not find a perfect match for me.In the new one I am pretty shure, the ivory could be perfect.
    The lipstick...The color...I have a massive crush! I am on a search for an apricot blush and lipstick for ages! You know, a bit of an burned ( ? ), ( bronzey ) apricot color.
    Greetings from Germany

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    1. My pleasure!

      I highly recommend the lipstick...Butterfield 8 is the perfect Apricot tone and the formula is so hydrating!

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. I haven't bought LMdB since Butterfield 8 came out but I am going RIGHT NOW to buy London. It's GORGEOUS.

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    1. That is fantastic to hear, Brooke!! I hope you love London as I do.

      Have a beautiful week...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. I was generally not a fan of Laura Mercier because of the funky smell of one of her primers, but this foundation is right up my alley. I think Ivory might be a good match for me, and I love how yellow it is! I hope that it can sufficiently cover the redness in my skin. Thank you for the swatches!

    Anyway, I heard that Shiseido released a new foundation under their Future Solution LX line. Have you tried it yet? I heard it is marvelous, but I don't really trust the reviews on Nordstrom and on their website. I'm thinking of dropping by one of their counters this weekend to check out their new releases.

    I hope you're having a lovely week, Rachel!

    Dianne

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    1. Hi Dianne,

      So glad the swatches are helpful for you! I haven't yet tried the Shieseido but want to pick up a sample soon...will keep you posted ; )

      Have a beautiful rest of the week!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Thank you for all of your swatches! I will be prepared now because laura mercier just brought these new foundations to my country! Though it s getting really warm in here(mediterranean) i really want to try the moisturizing one because of my dry skin! It will be the first time to try a full coverage foundation!

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    1. Hi Su,

      My pleasure! I am so glad that the swatches will be helpful for you and can't wait to hear what you think of the formula when you give it a try!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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