Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Make-up Counter Review - Laura Mercier at House of Fraser Westfield London

When my go-to MUA isn't available or I'm attending an event straight after work, I have been known to get my make-up done at a beauty counter in a department store. Here's my experience with the team at Laura Mercier in House of Fraser Westfield London!

My usual choices for having my make-up done are the MAC counter, where for a fee of £30 they will do you make-up and you get to spend that £30 on products, or Bobbi Brown where the condition for having your make-up done is that you have to buy two products afterwards.

On this occassion, the afternoon of the Asiana Couture Catwalk Show I left it really late and couldn't get an appointment at either Bobbi Brown or MAC. I don't own any Laura Mercier products, but out of all the other make-up counters, they were my next choice because I'd had a good make-over experience with them a few years before.

They charged £25 for an "evening" make-up look and of course the £25 was redeemable against product purchases. I didn't have a specific look in mind, but I was drawn to their "Dark Spell" collection - shown in the picture above and I wanted my make-up to work with the fact I'd be wearing my glasses.

My make-up artist, Vicky, was so friendly from the start and was so easy to talk with about what would work best for me. My skin wasn't in great condition so I wanted some decent coverage but nothing too heavy and we decided to focus on a smokey eye on my upper eyelids only (as my eyes have been a bit prone to infection lately and my lower lash line is the worst area for this).

An hour later, this was the final look:

I'm not sure this selfie does it justice but I was really happy with the look. I know plenty of girls who could do this kind of make-up themselves, but personally, I don't always have the patience, time, or the range of products to do this myself. I knew everybody at the Asiana show would be looking fabulous and I didn't want to take my chances doing my own make-up.
I think it was good value for money too, especially if you're planning on buying the products anyway.

Here's a close up of eye the make-up:

The make-up lasted all evening and by the time it came to taking it all off, I couldn't believe it was all still in place! Here's a photo from the end of my evening taken in the Asiana Magazine photopod:

With my £25 to spend, I ended up going over the minumum and buying the "Laura's Secrets Volume 5 - Shimmering Radiance" gift set - for £42.

Here's the full list of the other products used to create my look:

* Purifying cleansing oil
* Pefecting Water moisture mist

Flawless Face
* Foundation primer oil-free
* Silk Creme Foundation in Hazelnut Beige
* Secret Camouflage in 5
* Secret Concealer in 4
* Loose setting powder
* Secret brightening powder

* Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl and Smoke
* Dark Spell Baked eye color in Mystical
* Dark Spell Baked eye color in Magical
* Full Blown Volume Mascara
* Brow Pencil in Brunette
* Creme Eyeliner in Noir

* Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic
* Bronzing Pressed Powder in Dune Bronze
* Second Skin Cheek Colour in Sweet Mandarin

* Anti Feathering Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea
* Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose

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