Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Medium Deep

My shade range is close to Mac’s NC45. I’ve tried multiple powders claiming to be translucent and none of them are true. They all leave me looking ashy. I’ve tried “translucent” setting powders and oil control translucent primers from IT Cosmetics to Tarte, Fyrinnae and Meow Cosmetics to no avail. To set my undereye concealer, I had been mixing my loose powder foundation with one of my translucent powders, but I found it too heavy. When I saw this product on Sephora’s website I was very excited.  Unfortunately, the powder is too dark for my undereye area. The center of my face is a bit lighter than NC45. I’ve resorted to mixing this product with the powders in my translucent graveyard. This has been working well, but hopefully more color options will be available after I finish this jar. What’s great is you get a lot of product, but it isn’t cheap (29g for $39). If you think this will work for you, take full advantage of a Sephora sale.


Sydney Grace Eyeshadow


This is a new brand for me. I’ve heard some good things about the quality of the eye shadows, specifically, the consistent quality. Great quality at such a low cost is rare. The company offers a range of finishes and types from matte, shimmer, pressed and loose pigments, loose glitter and cream eye shadows. There are also some palettes available. I love that the price per pan shadow is $5 or $6 depending on the finish.

The mattes blend very well. I always wear a primer on my lids because they are naturally oily. I experienced minor creasing at the end of the day using the pressed pigments. I didn’t have this issue with the shimmer shades. (To be honest, I’ve noticed this lately with a number of brands, so it may be a personal problem.) The matte shades are more loosely packed as compared to a Mac shadow, but not as bad as an Anastasia shadow. The shimmers and pressed pigments are very pigmented and I experienced little to no fallout. Unless you’re buying a pre-made palette, you’ll need your own empty palette to store these as they are sold by the pan.

There are some shades listed here as discontinued. However, the site lists some as “discontinuing” and may be still available for purchase until the shade sells out. One thing that annoys me is that this brand isn’t great at keeping a full stock of their shades. On several occasions, several shades I wanted were unavailable. Swatches of the shadows I’ve picked up over the past several months is are below. Individual pictures of the pans is at the end of the post.

These shades can be purchased at

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  1. The Greatest Gift (pressed pigment) is described as a light pink with a green shift.
  2. Dive (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green with a strong gold shift.
  3. Lucky Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a peach with a gold undertone.
  4. Somber (shimmer) is described as a medium brown with a strong gray/silver undertone.
  5. Golden Strawberry (shimmer) is described as a medium pink with brown undertone and a slight sheen.
  6. Redeemer (shimmer) is described as a medium purple with a strong blue and lavender shift.
  7. Golden Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a deep peach with golden shift.
  8. Rover (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe with a mauve undertone.
  9. Indiana Love (matte) is described as a deep blue.
  10. Underworld (shimmer) is described as a red brown with sparkle.
  11. Caramel Apple (matte, discontinued) is described as a deep red brown.
  12. Chocolate Raspberry Fudge (matte) is described as a chocolate brown with red undertones.
  13. Hot Chocolate (matte) is described as a medium deep chocolate brown.
  14. General (matte) is described as a deep army green that leans brown.
  15. Tiara (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe.
  16. Defiance (pressed pigment) is described as a deep brown with a strong green undertone.
  17. Tattle Tale (pressed pigment) is described as a burgundy with blue sparkle. If the shade is applied wet, it will leave a strong blue overlay on top of the shadow.
  18. Promenade (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green shade.
  19. Laura’s Memory (pressed pigment) is described as a copper with an orange undertone.
  20. Slayed (pressed pigment) is described as a steel blue.
  21. Deep Waters (shimmer) is described as a deep navy blue with a satin finish; however, it seems matte to me.
  22. Redeemed (matte) is described as a medium deep plum matte.
  23. Eastern Rise (matte) is described as a medium deep matte with a slight purple undertone.


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MAC Deep Dark Brunette Fluidline Brow Gelcreme

This post is to celebrate an empty container. It’s different than what I’ve written about before, but I love finishing a product. I find it so satisfying to hit pan or finish a product. This photo was taken over the holidays when I had more free time to blog. There is about two to three weeks of usage left, but by the time I post this, it will be empty.

I purchased the Fluidline Brow gel back when it was a new, limited addition product by MAC. I bought two because I planned to use them when I blogged eye shadow looks. Soon after, I changed the focus of my blog and stopped doing eye looks. So, the product sat in my refrigerator for a long time. A while ago, I committed myself to use and finish my brow gel. It took over a year of consistent use, but I finished one pot and have one more to go.

It was a nice product, but I won’t repurchase. It was tricky to get used to in the beginning. You can easily end up applying to much product. I have sparse brows with bald areas and found using a dark, pigmented gel made me nervous before each use. You have a little time to correct mistakes with a Q-tip or brow brush before it dries down. It’s not as forgiving as a powder. I found the gel to last all day without smudging on its own, but I also avoid rubbing my brows. The gel has been part of MAC’s permanent range for a long while. I’ve read some reviews of this product drying out on people. I managed to avoid that problem by depotting a week’s worth of product into a smaller container. Towards the end of the week, the little bit I took out would start to stiffen up.

I look forward to using up this second pot and going back to a powder brow product. MAC’s Fluidline Brow gel retails for $19 and contains 3g (0.10 US oz).