Laura Mercier Khaki & Sand Glow Caviar Sticks Review & Swatches

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Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

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.

laura mercier khaki caviar stick


Laura Mercier Sand Glow Caviar Stick

Sand Glow

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.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks - packaging differences

Khaki above, Sand Glow below

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick - packaging

Sand Glow, Khaki

 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!

Laura Mercier Khaki Sand Glow Caviar Stick Swatches

Khaki // Sand Glow
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Laura Mercier Khaki Sand Glow Caviar Stick Swatches-2

Khaki // Sand Glow – blurred to show the finish
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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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  • Hey Emi, I just picked up Sandglow yesterday (haven’t photographed/tried it yet tho), and I really struggled between Sandglow and Khaki! Thought I’d pick ONE up to see if the formula works, and then I’ll definitely return for more! Glad to hear the formula stays put once it dries down. Can’t wait to play with mine!

  • Yay thanks so much for the mention, Emi! I don’t know if I’m relieved or not that you had the same experience with the amount of product as me. 😛 I was kinda hoping that it was just a fluke but I guess they really have included less product in the newer ones without changing the label on the packaging :/ Its not TOO much, I suppose, but it’s definitely enough to annoy me! Still, I love these cream shadows so much and I’m glad you love them too! Khaki and Sand Glow were already on my lust-list but now after seeing your beautiful swatches, I am DEFINITELY getting them! 😀

    • I was glad to have read your review before noticing the differences myself; saved me from wondering if I was imagining the differences! And I think I’m going to get Grey Pearl!

  • waymire

    From your photos/swatches it appears Khaki has a slightly smaller diameter than Sand Glow… that may attribute to the difference in length of the stick. The same amount of product with a larger width would be a shorter length. Perhaps they found a slightly wider width was stronger and less prone to breakage.

    I have heard many fabulous reviews of these, but I have so many creme products in both pot and pencil form I’m happy with that the price is not worth it for me. Pretty great since not too long ago there were no low end creme products that performed well!