After hearing many postive things about Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks ($24 at Sephora with 12 shades available or Nordstrom with 16 shades available), I decided to try one for myself, and purchased the shade Khaki. I loved it so much that I now have two, with several more shades on my wishlist! If you’re not familiar with them, Caviar Sticks are pigmented, long-wearing cream eyeshadow in stick form – they can be used as a base for eyeshadow, as eyeshadow, or an eyeliner.
The packaging is simple – a twist up pen (that also twists down) in a plastic casing. However, Becca over at The Beauty Sample noticed something interesting; the two Caviar Sticks she bought had slightly different packaging and one appeared to have more product than the other. It turns out that mine are the same. Khaki, which is one of the original shades, has a purple inner casing, product that goes to the edges of the tube, and appears to have more product when twisted all the way up. This is identical to Becca’s experience with Amethyst, also an original shade. Sand Glow, a newer shade, has a black inner plastic, product that does not touch the inside of the tube, and the product is shorter when twisted all the way up. This is the same as Becca’s Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl, also a newer shade.
Note that in the above photo, Sand Glow has been used 2-3 times and Khaki has been used 5-6 times.
So, it seems that the packaging has been silently changed to include less product with no change of the label (both say 1.64g / .05oz); my guess is that the older packaging actually had some extra product, and the new packaging does not.
Now, let’s move on & discuss the product!
In the photos above, I have a single swipe of the caviar stick on the left (the pigmentation is impressive!) and a blended out swatch on the right.
In terms of texture, the caviar sticks very soft and smudgeable at first, but after about 30 seconds they dry down to a completely immovable finish. They’re actually a bit too drying for me to use as eyeshadow base at this time of year when my skin, including eyelids, is dry. I hear they work well as bases for those with oiler eyelids, and I’ll have to revisit them in the summer when my skin is more normal. I’ve mostly been using Khaki as an eyeliner – it lasts all day long on my upper and lower lashline, and several hours on my waterline. I’ve also worn each of the caviar sticks as an eyeshadow, and they last all day on me (they’re not too drying alone; it’s the addition of powder eyeshadow on top that doesn’t work for me in terms of texture.)
Overall, I really love these. The packaging thing is weird, but it’s not like I finish color makeup very often, so it doesn’t bother me much, and the product itself is fantastic – pigmented, gorgeous finish, creamy and blendable but quickly sets to a long-lasting finish. Highly recommended!
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