February 14, 2012

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas Review & Swatches

Laura Mercier Eye Basics have been a part of my beauty arsenal for a while, I have all the shades. Their such a quick, easy way to brighten up eyes and prep them for other makeup or even just a little eyeliner and go. I normally use a shade on weekends when I really can’t be bothered with a full eyeshadow look. They have a way of brightening my eyes and giving them a flawless finish with very minimal effort on my part.

I was every so delighted and excited that for Spring, Laura has introduced new Eye Canvas pots. Granted, we all concentrate so hard on concealing the area under our eyes but never neglect your lids, they need a little TLC too and Eye Canvas promise to be the perfect little prep for the area.

Take a look!

Laura dubs this a foundation for your eye area and in a way that’s exactly what it is. It provides lightweight coverage around the lid to prep for eyeshadow. You can of course use it on its own if you want a perfectly nude eye look as well but using it in conjunction with a powder eyeshadow it acts as a concealer as well as a primer to prevent creasing.

These are housed in small glass jars much like MAC Paint Pots. The price is a little disappointing as you’re getting 0.16 oz for $26 and Eye Basics are 0.25 oz for $24. But I do think the pot might last you a good deal longer as I find I put considerably more product on my eyes when using the Basics versus the Canvas.

(Shades E3 and E2)

The formula does an impressive job keeping shadow in place, nearly as good as Urban Decay Primer Potion. Using it in several of my looks over the past two weeks I experienced no creasing or fading and my shadow remained fairly vibrant throughout a seven hour period.

But I wasn’t really interested in its ability to prime to be honest, I wanted to see how it held up against my precious Benefit Lemon Aid which makes my tired eyes look awake and perky. Well, they aren’t as pigmented as Eye Basics that’s for sure. I found the pigmentation on these a bit weak compared to Basics but they do have the ability to perk my eyes up. The finish on my lid is fresher and more awake when using these but not as bright as what I’d get from Eye Basics or Lemon Aid. Coverage is lightweight with a formula that’s creamy and fairly easy to blend without tugging the delicate skin around my lid. They have a nice soft glide across lids.

(Swatched Left to Right: E2 and E3)

Overall, Eye Canvas is a simple little solution to prep lids for eye makeup while concealing redness, smaller veins, or tired eyes. The product has the ability to create a fairly flawless lid with some limitations due to pigmentation. I think they’ll work great for older, drier eyes particularly if you’re dealing with a crepey lid since they glide on very easily and have a crease-free wear time. I admit I do like Eye Basics better but these are a nice, lightweight pick for days I just want to apply and dash out the door.

Available now at Laura Mercier counters as well as online at www.lauramercier.com and Sephora.com

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Linda

    I recently returned this. It seemed good at first but as the day went on I did get creasing which I never get with my Nars and TFSI primers. Also about 4 hours of wear my lids were itchy. When I took it off, my lids were pink. Think I must be allergic. I agree about it being more for a person with drier lids.

  • Maren

    I’m really glad you reviewed this. I’ve had my eye on it for a while!! I’m definitely going to try one out! What are your favorite colors of the Eye Basics?

    • the Muse

      i love linen and wheat maren! linen brightens up my eyes so nicely!!!!!!!!!!

  • Majick

    I have one of the eye basics, I think I got it in a 500 point perk from Sephora last year. I like it but I like my Smashbox eye primer better. I thought the coverage of the eye basics was just a tad sheer for my tastes.

    I think these will prove to be the same. they really looked great at first but after reading about the comparisons I think I’ll just stick to my tried and true.