I'd had my eye on the Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color ($22) in Ballet Pink and Black Karat ever since I received the e-mail promo from lauramercier.com. Advertised as smudge-proof and lightweight, the color is supposed to last all day, and it does. The packaging is less sturdy than her other eyeshadow compacts; the lid reminds me of the covers on MAC eyeshadow quads, which can crack.
This baked formulation is easy to blend, and you can apply it dry for a sheer wash of shimmering color or wet for heavy metal eyes. These shadows are not as glittery as I'd feared, but they do not impart a natural look. They're shiny Period.
Ballet Pink is a warm peachy pink with a bit too much shine for me to wear comfortably up to the browbone. I tried it on the movable lid as an eye brightener. There it looks completely unexceptional, rather flesh toned and bland without any eye-brightening benefits.
Black Karat is black softened with gold pearl. It almost has a greyed khaki finish. Definitely not a stark black. Pigmented and very pretty, but rather too dark for me to wear in the crease, and too glimmery to wear as eyeliner, even if used wet (which only augments the glimmer).
I wondered how closely Ballet Pink might match Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Sandstone, a color I like. Sandstone is brighter and has a satin finish, whereas Ballet Pink is more sheer and shimmery when applied dry.
Bottom line: Meh. Ballet Pink is the more versatile of the two but less pretty than Black Karat. I prefer the original Laura Mercier eyeshadow formulations.
Does anyone own these? What do you think?
All photos mine.