Artist’s Palette for Eyes
LAURA MERCIER Artist’s Palette for Eyes, is a palette I knew I just had to experience! This is my first time wearing Laura Mercier eye shadows, and I have to say I am wildly impressed. Today I’m sharing a full review of this gorgeous year-round must-have palette!
The palette contains a mixture of both warm and cool toned eye shadows in three finishes: Luster, Matte, and Sateen.
The palette is encased in a beautiful textured, and slightly padded chocolate brown case with a magnetic closure.
LAURA MERCIER ARTIST’S PALETTE FOR EYES is a beautiful palette to take you through not only the fall and winter, but also through the year with it’s versatile finishes and shades. I love the mixture of pigmented and smooth mattes with sparkle and sheen to add a little more excitement, I thought this palette would be the perfect introduction to Laura Mercier eye shadows, and I’m glad so glad I gave it a try!
Many of the shades in this palette are from Laura’s permanent collection, while some appear to be exclusive to this set. I do not have press release information, however so I cannot confirm, but in comparing all of these shades to the eye shadows sold separately in her collection, it appears Espresso Bean, Violet Ink and Sparkling Dew are unique to this palette. The palette is said to be arranged with cool colors in the top row, and warm shades in the bottom row, which I think is fairly accurate, although some shades could be fairly neutral, which is nice.
Sparkling Dew (sateen – light creamy white), Guava (sateen – peach stucco), African Violet (luster – violet copper shimmer)
Plum Smoke (matte – smokey amethyst), Kir Royal (sateen – deep aubergine), Violet Ink (matte – deep violet)
Vanilla Nuts (matte – light neutral champagne), Primrose (sateen – yellow pink with golden pearl), Fresco (matte – natural beige brown)
Bamboo (luster – golden brown shimmer), Truffle (matte – deep chocolate taupe), Espresso Bean (matte – rich chocolate black/brown)
The finishes and the shades work together in beautiful synergy!
When first looking at the palette, there doesn’t seem to be much color variety. One row has light neutral, purples and plums, while the bottom row includes warm tones, caramel and browns; however when looking at it a little closer, each shade has a variety of finishes to further differentiate between similar shades, so on the eyes they appear quite different, yet they work in beautiful synergy. I used the entire first row in one eye look – I know it sounds excessive, but they work together so well it is just perfection to use them all in one look and gives the eye such a unique dimension. I also like that you can easily split the palette further into a 3-shadow eye look or mix and match here and there throughout the palette.
LAURA MERCIER includes three of her eye shadow finishes in this palette:
- Sateen Eye Colour: “A lightweight eye shadow with a creamy powder texture that provides an immediate release of intense luminous colour with superior blending for a long-wearing, crease-resistant application.”
The Sateen finish reminds me of a satin finish eye shadow, slight sheen but incredibly blendable and not frosty. I would have to say this is my favorite finish of all three. I find it so easy to wear.
- Luster Eye Colour: “A luxuriously smooth eye shadow that imparts pure dynamic iridescence with a sophisticated frost finish providing amazing adherence for a freshly applied look throughout the day.”
The Luster finish reminds me of a very tamed shimmery eye shadow. What I love about this finish is that I can build it up for extra sheen, but I don’t get the fallout as with other shimmery shadows I usually work with.
- Matte Eye Colour: “An innovative eye colour that delivers extreme pureness and density of colour in one stroke for superior payoff, extreme comfort and a smooth finish.”
The Matte finish is unlike any other matte eye shadow I have experienced, and I must confess I am quite new to mattes. I am not drawn toward them in general (except for a brow highlight) because I feel it can accentuate my eye creases, and have a tendency to look flat and in some cases chalky on me. However, these matte shades are so creamy (without excessive fallout) and blend beautifully, so they don’t look flat or chalky at all.
I EXPERIMENTED wearing this palette both with a primer and without. In both cases I did not experience creasing, which is actually unheard of for my oily lids. I even felt the shadows actually blended better on my bare (slightly powered) lids versus when I primed my lids. Also, in both cases I did not experience fading throughout 8 hours of wear.
Overall this is a beautiful and very high quality palette that is perfect for those new to Laura Mercier, as well as those who would like to have a few of their favorites all-in-one for easy travel! The quality and performance of the eye shadows has me fully impressed – I definitely recommend!
$55 US, 0.03 oz x 12. Available Sephora.
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