First things first, let’s get some pedantry out of the way:
Discrete means: Separate. Apart. Individual. Distinct.
Discreet means: Subtle. Unobtrusive. Private.
Both the packaging and press release for this Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring palette promises you, (over and over): “DISCRETE” contouring. This word they keep using, it does not mean what they think it means. It has caused a couple of head-desk interfaces at Lippie Mansions recently. Luxury brands really need to check these things.
Right, now I’ve got that off my chest, on with the review! Contouring is the one beauty trend that WILL NOT DIE. I’ve lost count, literally, of the beautiful young girls I’ve seen recently with what can only be described as tidemarks all around their overpowdered dusty faces. Coupled with the current (mystifying) craze for multiple sets of false eyelashes for day time use, they look like Miss Havershams who have been attacked by tarantulas.
Yes, my name is Get Lippie, and today I’m mainly channelling your mum. Because, your mum.
All that said, there are times and places for DISCREET contouring, I’m just not sure the number 319 bus at 7am is it. Photo-shoots for example. Wedding makeup. Big nights out. Events, in other words. I have no desire to look like Kim Kardashian, not really (although it appears that she stole my “having a really, really, really, gigantic arse” idea wholesale, apparently), but sometimes, you just do want to look a little more chiselled than you normally do.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring palette is a set of three creams in neutral browns, coupled with both a dark and pale highlighter, intended to make contourng both simple and discreet. It’s simple to use – you can mix and match the three main shades to complement your skin tone best – and just apply directly to either your bare skin, or over your foundation before you powder.
Best places for contouring are the hollows of your cheeks, the sides of your nose – if you have a wide one – around the temples, and you can even contour out a double chin. You can apply with either brushes or fingers, which is good, I think it’s easy to overapply powders when you’re using brushes. Fingers will give a more subtle effect.
The highlighters are rather lovely – but I suggest you don’t mix these with the browns to create shadows, it’ll just look odd.
The palette comes complete with some handy cards to best illustrate how they intend for you to use the palette, and I can confirm that they are very handy. I like how they slide out from behind the mirror to be seen alongside, which will make it easier to follow the instructions as you use the palette.
For me, I had a hilarious makeup lesson from Sasha at Harrods recently, where we confirmed that – possibly – contouring isn’t going to be a daily essential for me. I can see the difference when it has been done professionally, and discreetly, but as no one else could, I’ll save it for special events only.
This is a very nicely done palette, and hopefully the fact that it is creams means my bus ride will be a bit less dusty from now on …
The palette is currently available exclusively at Harrods and Selfridges until mid-February when it will go on sale nation-wide. It costs £35.
The Fine Print: PR Sample
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