Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier Dark Spell A/W 2013 Collection - Nail Lacquers in Bewitched & Forbidden and Baked Eye Colour in Magical

Sunday, 13 October 2013


I'm rarely attracted to nail polishes in new make-up collections simply because so many brands seem to just throw in a boring token shade and that's it.  For the nail polish collectors amongst us, that's about as exciting as watching paint dry!  So when I spotted that there were two new Limited Edition Nail Lacquers in Laura Mercier's A/W Dark Spell Collection which looked interesting, I knew I had to find out more.



If you saw my recent post of Laura Mercier's Summer Nudes Nail Lacquers collection, you'll already know that I'm a firm fan of these 3-free polishes, and these two new shades did not disappoint.  Part of the A/W Dark Spell Collection, they are perfect for the upcoming Halloween and Xmas party season.


Forbidden* is a frosty metallic silver meets champagne shade with lots of fine shimmer.  It's not the easiest formula to use because if you apply the coats too thinly, you'll end up with plenty of brushtrokes, but if you get it right it looks quite stunning.  To me it reminds me of the metallic numbers that Chanel put out around the holiday season.  I didn't immediately warm to it at first but I love how it catches the light and how it looks slightly different from various angles.


Bewitched* on the other hand was love at first sight.  It's one of those tricky nail polishes to photograph so you'll have to take my word for it when I say it looks AMAZING in real life.  This is one beautiful dark green which has green and gold shimmer in it to produce a final look that's absolutely enchanting.  Best of all, it applies like a dream with just one coat.


I was also kindly sent one of the Limited Edition Baked Eye Colours in Magical.  Magical* is a shimmery metallic white with black graphic line detailing in the pan.  When mixed together, they produce a pretty silver which can be used either dry or wet.  I always prefer to use baked eyeshadows wet for a much more intensified smokey eye look, and would say it's best to use this one wet to help maintain any fallout from the glitter.  When I applied it dry, there wasn't much pigmentation unless you really layered it on like in the swatch above, so applying it wet definitely gives it a lot more wow factor and oomph!


The full Laura Mercier Dark Spell Collection for A/W 2013 is available for a limited time only from Urban Retreat, Selfridges, House Of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Harrods to name a few.  Check out Lauramercier.com for a full list of stockists.

Have you picked up anything from the Dark Spell Collection?

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19 comments

  1. this is what an autumn collection should look like. love the eyeshadow color very much. :)

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  2. I need to get my hands on Bewitched asap! It looks beautiful. I honestly like the look of Forbidden more but I'm so bad at painting my nails, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get it to look right!
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    1. Forbidden is really pretty but I wish the formula applied better! Forbidden is so foolproof to apply :)

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    2. *Bewitched I mean! (silly phone lol)

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  3. Bewitched is such a pretty color!
    Jennifer
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  4. Forbidden looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Ila x

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  5. Bewitched looks very pretty, it's not a colour I would naturally pick for myself but I do like the look of it in your picture :)

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  6. The two nail varnishes are very pretty on you! I love the way you photograph your nails :) I can imagine how gorgeous Bewitched looks in real life. It reminds me a little bit of Maybelline Twilight Rays, though perhaps not as shimmery as that one.

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    1. Thank you :) I think it's more green than the Maybelline one but they are indeed quite similar x

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  7. Love that teal glitter nail polish sooo much! That's a very interesting eyeshadow and the payoff is much better than I expected! I still don't own anything from them but I really want something now!

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    1. They're one of my favourite make-up brands, well worth looking into!

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  8. Bewitched is stunning! very particular and perfect green for autumn. the eyeshadow looks very buttery too. xx

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    1. It's perfect for autumn definitely :) xx

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