Laura Mercier Black Gold Kohl Eye Pencil Review & Swatches

Laura Mercier Black Gold Kohl Eye Pencil – mini

I recently cashed in most of my Sephora points for the Laura Mercier 500-point perk.  It’s no longer available online, but you might still be able to find it in Sephora stores. The perk was a set of deluxe sample sized Laura Mercier products – a mascara, lip glace lip gloss, baked eyeshadow, foundation primer, and – the sample I was most excited about – the Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold, which I am going to review and swatch for you today.

Sephora / Laura Mercier 500 point perk

The pencil’s texture is unremarkable. It’s not super soft, but it’s not hard at all.  The texture is nicely balanced – not so soft that it loses the point immediately, but soft enough that it applies easily with little pressure.  It is smooth and is not gritty.

Laura Mercier Black Gold – swatched

The pigmentation is medium – as you can see above, one swipte is not fully opaque.  The color is an olive-bronze with a black base – very lovely.  It reminds me of Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, so I swatched them together.   They are very similar, though Black Gold has a darker base, and Abyssinian Catbird has more sheen.

Laura Mercier Black Gold, RBR Abyssinian Catbird

Yesterday, I wore those two products together for a daytime bronze smokey eye.  First, I applied Abyssinian Catbird to my lid; then I used MAC Patina to blend into the crease.  I highlighted my browbone with Burberry Trench.  I then used Black Gold eyeliner on my lower lashline, and finished by curling my lashes and applying mascara.

I love how this look turned out, but unfortunately Black Gold eyeliner didn’t last very well on me. It migrated/ smudged down, giving me very unfortunate looking dark circles under my eyes.   I will try wearing Black Gold again on the upper lashline, and try it again on the lower lashline but with eyeshadow primer beneath it – however, if you have oily lids or tend to have trouble with eyeliner migrating, I’d suggest you skip this one.  As an alternative, I’d line with a black eyeliner and then smudge Abyssinian Catbird over it.


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