Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Laura Mercier Sample Sale

Hi chickadees!

I made myself leave the apartment today. It's not every day that there's a makeup sample sale so I told myself I had to cover it. After spending last night doing some research I went in with a game plan (translation: a list of the products I wanted) as I'm not familiar with Laura Mercier products. But who is going to pass up 50% off?

The Laura Mercier sample sale is being held at Clothingline from today, Tuesday October 22 through Thursday October 24. Hours are 11am to 7pm. Since the sale is at 261 W 36th St between 7th and 8th Ave the easiest way to get there is to take the A, C, or E to 34th St Penn Station and then walk to 36th St.

The sale was pretty calm when I went by around 4pm. The guy at the coat check said it had been busy earlier in the day but the saleswomen said that they had the same stock all day. I'm not sure what their stock is like but I get the feeling that this is the kind of sale where you don't have to be as worried about them running out of products.

I don't think I've ever been to a sale at Clothingline. There are plenty of signs directing you up to the sale on the second floor. The space is quite large and the Laura Mercier sale is sharing space with a clothing sale. After the coat check, walk all the way back past the checkout line and the clothing sale to the tables at the back. There are a few stations where the products are laid out so you can swatch them. The tables have the exact same set of products so you don't need to bother going to each station. Once you know what you want, just tell one of the saleswomen and she will go get you the products from the boxes behind the table. The saleswomen were all friendly but I don't know how much they know about the products. This isn't Sephora. I would try and get some idea of what the products are like before going to the sale if you aren't already familiar with Laura Mercier.

I expect that a lot of you will have already read the Racked NY post covering the sale so I decided to focus more on the actual products being offered.

For me, the color selection was a little disappointing. In this picture you can see the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour Lipsticks. The available colors included Iced Melon, Tulip, Cameo, Mod Pink, and Cocoa. I tend to stay away from light pinks because they just aren't flattering on me and while I like dark lipsticks, browns really only look good on women with darker complexions so this was a bit of a letdown. I was hoping to pick up Sienna or Plum Orchid. The lipsticks were $12 though which is a great discount if you do like pinks and browns. 

They were also selling most of the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colors for $10 which is a fantastic discount. That's almost the equivalent of a drugstore product. I had more luck here as they have most of the colors in the line. They were selling Pink Opal, Seashell, Plum, Sapphire, Jungle, Mint Snow, Orchid, Smoke, Grey Pearl, and Sugar Frost. I picked up Plum, Sapphire, and Jungle because I'm apparently convinced that I need blue, green, and purple eyeliners from every brand. I know these aren't eyeliners but cream eyeshadows/eyeshadow bases but I'm probably going to use them as eyeliners. I was really hoping to find Amethyst but unfortunately they are not selling it at this sale. Oh, well. 

You can also see the kohl eye pencils and the brow pencils in this picture which were also being sold for $10. I decided to not be a complete creeper so I didn't take the time to write down the shade selection. There are 7 kohl eye pencils in the line and 5 in the photo so obviously two are missing. My guess is that the missing colors are Black Turquoise and Brown Copper but I can't be sure.
The sale also featured a small selection of regular eyeshadows and the very popular Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liners. The baked shadows and tightline eyeliners were $10 and the illuminating eye color shadows were $12. The illuminating eye color shadows were pretty but I just have too many shades like this already. The three colors on sale were Earth Glow, Fire Glow, and Sun Glow.

As for the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liners, I was again a bit disappointed by the shade selection. Yes, I do love unconventional colors. But I was hoping to find Black Ebony or Bleu Marine. Black Ebony would have been a practical shade and Bleu Marine would have been a fun one to brighten the eyes a little. Purple and green are a little harder to wear. The colors they had were Plum Riche, Forest Green, and Charcoal Gray. I decided to just get Plum Riche so I could test the formula. 

I did not pay much attention to the Baked shadows as I had read too many bad reviews about the amount of glitter and fallout the night before.

I seem to have forgotten to get a good picture of the three Laura Mercier Lip Glace's that were being sold but they were selling Plum Noir, Pout, and Desert Rose for $12. 

Sun Glow was photographing weirdly so here is a close up.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Compact $20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Compact $20
Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation $20
Nail Lacquer $8 
Now anyone who is a frequent reader of this blog knows that I'm a nail polish girl. But the shade selection was just too boring for me. 

If you aren't a fan of Laura Mercier, I don't think this is a sale you need to rush to attend. For me, the nail lacquer selection and the lip products were a bit of a disappointment and I'm not all that interested in foundation or tinted moisturizer. However, I do think they have a respectable selection of eyeliners and the caviar stick eye colors. If you are a fan of Laura Mercier or you want to try the eyeliners or caviar stick eye colors in unconventional colors, then I would pop by the sale if you have the time.


  1. Great report and beautiful pictures! I love sales myself, and would have loved to be there!