Birthday Face Of The Evening With Laura Mercier + A Giveaway!

My birthday is this week but The Boyfriend was in town last weekend so we went out to dinner then. There is a fantastic steakhouse pretty much out in the middle of nowhere that has the best steaks on the planet cooked over an open fire. It’s not a fancy place–the “decor” if you can even call it that is ages old and done in a cowboy theme. It doesn’t have sawdust on the floor but it might as well have. People put up with the lack of ambiance and high prices because the food is THAT good.

Regardless of the setting, I took the opportunity to wear my new limited edition Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour. You might recall a lot of love given to these eye shadows by several bloggers in the last Makeup Wars-Best of the Holiday Metallics. Immediately after the glowing (literally) reviews I purchased Gilded Rosegold and Gilded Bronze. Now I want Gilded Moonlight too but that’s another story.

Laura’s  Illuminating Eye Colours are truly perfection. They are smooth as buttah, glide on lids and have a lovely pearly sheen that is totally appropriate for the over 40 woman. They are packed with pigment, creamy in texture (almost bouncy) and sparkle softly. There are four shades: Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Bronze, Gilded Platinum and Gilded Rosegold (only available on the LM website) and they are all limited edition. Gilded Bronze was a bit of a disappointment to me because, it’s not bronze. It’s a grey-brown taupe but I got over it because it is gorgeous on the eyes. I’m amazed that unlike the Laura Mercier Mini Baked Trio palettes, there is no fallout with these shadows. Let me tell you, a subtly sparkly eye shadow with a creamy texture and no fallout is most desirable and RARE!

Laura Mercier Gilded Bronze

Gilded Rosegold is not rose gold–it’s a metallic copper definitely leaning orange rather than brown or red. Even The Boyfriend noticed my eyes. This is the same man that took three weeks to notice a new hairstyle! In the dim light of the restaurant he thought it was gold but I patiently explained “no honey, my nails are gold, my eyes are copper.” He then asked me to hold my finger up to my eye and he agreed I was right. He knows I’m ALWAYS  right and that’s why he’s still my boyfriend. I digress.

Laura Mercier Gilded Rosegold

For my glitzy look I used:


  • Sally Hansen Revers Lip Liner–SO important to keep lipstick from bleeding, especially with reds
  • Estee Lauder New Pure Color Lipstick in Cherry Passion – this is really a fuchsia on my lips
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Garnet Desire Shimmer – a palish red gloss with slight shimmer
  • The Estee Lauder lipstick and gloss are from the Michael Kors set I reviewed here. 
 In the spirit of  glitzy glam for my dinner date, I applied the shadows wet to get the high shine metallic look I was going for. I also used the angelic highlighter liberally on my cheeks, temples, forehead and my cupids bow. I know the standard “rule” of makeup application is to go light on lips if eyes are bold but I wanted a festive holiday look so I choose to wear a very bright pink/red lip. The lipstick was actually a bright fuchsia on me but when I put the garnet gloss on top it took on a more red hue. The subtle gold shimmer in the gloss added some dimension.
I’m pleased with the final look, but I really think I need the Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonlight too–are you listening Santa?  Have you planned any holiday makeup looks for parties or special events? Please share in the comments!

And because I like to GIVE presents on my birthday, the first person to guess my age will win a Laura Mercier Limited Edition Petite Baked Eye Colour Trio in Golden Metallics, reviewed here.  All my close friends and relatives are excluded–you know who you are.  Leave me a comment and the FIRST person to correctly guess will win! I hope all your birthdays are as filled with wonderful family and friends as mine!

P.S.-this picture has NOT been photoshopped or edited in any way. I should have but I didn’t.

From our partners


  1. My sister got married around Thanksgiving and I did my makeup in Fall colors.

  2. Fantastic look as always! You have got to share your lash tips with us sometime. and more on Laura M products that you love- just discovering her line. Glad you had a fab evening out.

    • Lashes I word RevitaLash–totally incredible!! CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara is a pretty cheap and awesome mascara too but the length is definitely due to RevitaLash!!

  3. I am so going to do red lips for Christmas! I love your make-up look!
    This is very scary territory but I’m going to guess 43?? 🙂

  4. Wow these colors are TOO pretty, they look lovely just in the pan. The second one especially. Oh gosh ages are really hard… 45?

  5. Colleen Boudreau says


  6. 54?

  7. You look great! Are you 47?

  8. My guess is 47, but you look FAB at any age!

  9. I’m going to guess 48 but only because you keep saying higher! You look GOOD!

  10. Those are great color choices for you blue eyes. Very nice!

  11. I can’t believe I’m about to guess this, but 51? I don’t even know if we’re allowed to guess more than once. lol (If we’re not that’s totally okay.)

  12. Don’t be sorry! I’m going with 55 even though you barely look like you’re 45!

  13. Heather USA (@aitch77) says


  14. Wishing you a very happy b’day…..You look lovely!! I’d say 53…

  15. 54. but i might be cheating cuz I might have known that already? anyway, I LOVE how the rosegold looks on you.

  16. Age is really a hard number to guess. I would say 58.

  17. 55? You don’t look it! Just going based on your old blog posts! (:

  18. I’m going with 61 but you so do not look it!

  19. 56?

  20. Very pretty look. And, of course, happy birthday!

  21. Happy Birthday! I love the colors on you, they really make your eyes POP! I guess 57, but really have to say I can’t believe you are over 40s!!

    • Amber you got it first!! Submitted on 2012/12/13 at 8:49 am

      I am now 57, but I feel ten years younger. I will email you now!

  22. Well I was going to guess in the 40’s until I saw the last comments. So I will guess 57. Happy, Happy Birthday to you! You really look beautiful!

  23. Well, you can’t be 59, can you?

  24. You look like you are in your early forties but I am going to guess 50!

  25. You look simply gorgeous! Happy birthday again!! <3

  26. Mamavalveeta03 says

    55? And I adore those eye colors on you! I’m going to do a shimmery eye with Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer wash. And an Edward Bess “Midnight Bloom” lip.

  27. Mamavalveeta03 says

    You can’t be 56? Can you????

  28. 57 look marvelous!! Happy B day

  29. Happy Birthday beautiful! You look in your mid 40’s but since we gotta guess, my best bet is 57. xo

  30. Amber is the winner! She guessed 57 at 8:49 AM on 12/13. Congrats Amber and thank you to everyone for all your sweet comments. I think you all need to make a visit to the eye doctor!!


  31. Happy Birthday! You’re not getting older, you’re getting better!

  32. I hope your birthday was as pretty as your face of the evening that night.

  33. Happy Birthday! You look gorgeous! And you don’t look a day over 28!

  34. You look amazing! Your lashes especially are breathtaking! I can’t believe they aren’t falsies!

  35. First of all, Happy Birthday! Secondly, you look fabulous! I would not ever have guessed you were even one day past 50. (and even that seems implausible!) Rock on!
    Thirdly— those are not false eyelashes? Get out of town! Seriously? Beautiful!
    I must find this RevitaLash you speak of…
    Have a great year!!!

  36. 46? You look like you are late 30’s / early 40’s


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