I’ve Held You in *Suspense* For Far Too Long – Laura Mercier’s Eye Color Duet

Hardy har har.  I know, lame pun for the title.  But honestly, I had to just go with it.  It’s been a long week, OK?  Forgive me 🙂

Really though, I have been keeping this gem all to myself for way too long.  But not even intentionally, I promise!  The problem was, I just wasn’t that interested once I received Laura Mercier’s Eye Colour Duet in Suspense – even though I’d seen how smokin’ it looked on Karen from MBB (which is why I bought it), and the texture is gorgeous, all soft like a baby’s bottom (seriously – it’s mega-soft) – it just looked blah to me, and the first time I tried it out, it did not do me any favours.  Also,ever since I had the major reaction to LM’s Secret Concealer, I’ve been sort of leery of the brand.

But then I actually wore Suspense as part of my look one day, and BAM!  I got over myself.  And I was totally hooked!!

The duo consists of a ‘neutral beige’ – which I find leans a bit cool and pinky – and a ‘plum brown’.  I really liked the idea of the duo, and conjured up some serious fall-ish looks when I went to buy.  And after I figured out how to wear it – which was mainly, just to wear it already (the reddish tones in the brown can make you look a bit ill if you don’t have other makeup on), it looked just as good if not better than I’d hoped.

The smokiness and the warmth of the brown is really something else.  It made my eyes just smoulder without needing to do much of anything at all!  And the lasting power was out of this world – I got about 10 hours of wear from this product, sans primer, and I went for a run somewhere in between (I know it’s weird I run in makeup – but I only have so much time at lunch!), with absolutely no fading whatsoever.  I think the reason this impresses me so much in particular is just how soft the shadows are – I feel like they should just fade away to nothing with how light and buttery they are!

I thought that perhaps I had a similar shade to the brown in MUFE’s #17 Espresso shadow, but it’s quite a bit more grey when you see the two compared.  I also compared MAC’s ‘Next to Nothing’ from the Cult of Cherry shadow quad to the beige shade – they’re close but the LM color is far superior in wear and it just looks better on me – softer and more romantic.

First shade – MUFE #17 Espresso; middle two shades – LM’s Suspense Duo; last shade – MAC Next to Nothing

Another comparison I wanted to make was size-wise – the compact is a bit teeny when you put it up against other typical duos:

The NARS duo is 0.14oz, while the Laura Mercier one is 0.09oz.  The prices reflect the difference somewhat though, with NARS charging $39CAD per duo and LM ringing in at $27CAD.  I personally don’t mind the smaller size at all; goodness knows I’ll never finish a shadow, so the smaller the better!


I am kicking myself now for waiting for so long to give this duo a shot!  They’re a perfect match and with just these two you can make a few looks without needing much else for the eyes but mascara.  I also like that this is seasonless – I’ll be able to wear it year-round (though it really does work perfectly for fall!).  Even though I’m slow on the uptake showing you this product, it’s still available on Laura Mercier’s website and Neiman Marcus (remember – free shipping!), so – go get ’em! 😀

What’s your favorite eyeshadow pairing?  Do you opt for browns, plums, or greys for your fall shadows (or something else entirely!)?

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  1. #1 by Larie on October 3, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    I’m envious! Shades like this look appealing to me in the pan, but I cannot wear them at all – too warm. You look beautiful! They’re definitely very easy, natural shades and they come together nicely for a very put-together look. Love.

  2. #2 by Eugenia on October 3, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Even though I have way more vibrant/bold/exotic eye shadow shades than I will ever need or even want to wear, lately I have been veering more towards earthier hues. This looks lovely and so incredibly versatile; the colours look easy to wear & warm-leaning — I’m surprised you held off for so long, but then again, you have good reasons! Gorgeous duo, my friend!

  3. #3 by fashionmarmasellee on October 4, 2012 - 2:56 am

    Have you done a review on NARS duo you are showing here? I’m loving the colors. LC looks really good on you,perfect for fall. Great post.

  4. #4 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on October 5, 2012 - 12:33 am

    I took a look at this one myself and am still thinking about it. I have to check the stash and see if I have something similar though, because I like the brown, but the ivory shade is something I don’t need ya’ know? So then I’m paying for one shadow only. Sigh beauty blogging has ruined me. I keep doing MATH now and it’s ticking me off. MATH RUINS EVERYTHING FUN. :)))

  5. #5 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on October 5, 2012 - 5:12 am

    Omg–WOW! That is even prettier swatched than it is in the pan–and it’s GORGEOUS in the pan! I love how it looks on you! Oh, and are you wearing false lashes in that pic? Please tell me you’re wearing false lashes…they look SO damn perfect! And so do your brows, girl!

  6. #6 by makeupmorsels on October 5, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    It looks so unassuming in the pan, but wow, both you and Karen rock those shades hard! The texture looks/sounds divine too. I’m trying to think of what I usually wear in the fall and coming up blank. Time for a nap, methinks!

  7. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on October 6, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Love these beautiful basic colours! It’s so perfect for fall and I’m really impressed to hear about the lasting power. While I love almost all LM products, I was never convinced that their eye products were worth the price — and now you’re telling me about free shipping and being an evil makeup temptress — WANT! *_*

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