Gifting got a lot easier when I realised nearly all the women in my life wouldn’t say no to a bit of makeup. The ensuing challenge then became figuring out what exactly would be a good choice amidst the thousand-and-one holiday collections and gifting coffret sets that come out this time of the year.
Thankfully, Laura Mercier’s always been a reliable standby of beautiful and sure-to-please gifts. This year’s no exception. The master of effortless beauty has bundled up some of her classics and fan favourites into beautiful leopard print cases. Here are my top picks from the lot!
The Essential Art Eye & Cheek Palette comes with 8 pressed shadow shades – all wonderfully wearable – along with a Baked Blush Illumine in Rose and a Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight. You can wear the (mostly) neutral and taupe-y eyeshadows for an understated eye look; or use the rusty and navy shades to add intensity and autumnal interest.
While we’re on the topic of eyes – have you any idea how amazing the brand’s Caviar Stick Eye Colours are?! They’re creamy, long-lasting, beautifully coloured, and unbelievably easy to use. Creating a statement eye look is as simple as using one of the jewel toned sticks (the ones in this set are Rosegold, Amethyst, Aubergine and Tuxedo) and smearing it messily all over the lid. Then, blend with fingers or a fluffy eye brush and optionally finish with liner and/or mascara.
We’re convinced most of all that the Going Glam palette has a design that should be more often seen. Inside, you’ll find beautiful champagne-brown shades of shimmer and matte eyeshadows that will make for a simple smoky eye. Then, two Second Skin Cheek Colours (Bellini and Poesie), and a matching Lip Glacé in Bellini. That’s colour makeup settled.
The last one’s a bit of a cop-out, but it’s a great standby gift for someone who already has a lot of makeup and that might appreciate something in a slightly different vein. Laura Mercier’s Hand & Body Crèmes come in numerous scents – all of which are delectable and almost delicious. Because there’re four 30ml tubes, you will have prepared four travel-sized pieces of moisturisation for your lucky receiver.
Available from Laura Mercier department store counters.