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27 November 2013

Laura Mercier Artist Palette Review, Swatches & Looks


If you saw my American Sephora Haul post you might be expecting this review! I was so excited to get my hands on The Laura Mercier 2013 holiday collection artist palette. I couldn't wait to take pictures of the palette so that i could have a good swatch because the colours are just gorgeous and as soon as the light was
good enough to capture the palette and do it justice (almost) i was straight in there with my fingers to see how the colour pay off is, and i was not disappointed! All of the shades have great pigmentation and are incredibly buttery and smooth in texture, the matte shades in particular are really impressive and put some other high end matte shadows to shame.




The packaging is gorgeous; the textured leather effect and the magnetic closing feel really luxe and there is a decent sized mirror inside along with 12 colours made up of six matte finishes, two luster finishes and four sateen sateen finishes: 
Vanilla Nuts: an off white matte perfect as a base colour to even out skin tone and work as a neutral canvas Sparkling Dew: similar in colour to vanilla nuts but has a sheen to it that makes it a beautiful highlight for the brow or inner corner of the eye. Guava: a pale peach shimmer which can be worn as a sheer wash of colour over the lid or in the centre of the eye to brighten up a smoky eye. Primrose: similar satin finish to guava but with a cool pink tone. African Violet: probably the stand out shade of the palette, a stunning lilac with gold shimmer running through it. Fresco: a warm light brown perfect for working into the crease as a transition colour. It works with both lighter shades to give some definition to the crease and with dark smoky colours to allow you to blend them seamlessly. Plum Smoke: a grey toned lilac/taupe which works just as well as a contour in the socket and an all-over-lid colour. Bamboo: A cool mid toned brown with a subtle gold shimmer. Kir Royal: An Aubergine colour with a very slight shimmer. Truffle: a true medium brown matte with great colour payoff, could be used along the lash line or to give depth and definition at the outer corner. Violet Ink: a deep matte purple which is a great liner colour for a purple smoky eye and Espresso Bean: a black brown, again a great liner colour or to intensify the crease in a dark smoky eye.





This palette reminds me why i love high end makeup! You can pay less and still get really well pigmented shades but the amount of fall out makes them a bit messy to blend well; it is the texture of these shadows that sets them apart as well as the subtly of the shades. Each one is wearable and universally flattering. I wouldn't call this a neutral palette yet it would look good on every eye colour and there is no end to the looks you can put together with the selection, from a simple wash of colour of 'Primrose' or 'Bamboo' with a black liner, to a natural contoured eye with 'Vanilla Nuts' on the lid and brow and 'Fresco' or 'Plum Smoke' through the socket, to a full makeup look smoky eye. I've shown a couple of different takes on the smoky eye look i've done but i am still enjoying finding different combinations that work well - hours of fun! Please bear with me on the photos, its that time of year when the light is really difficult to work with so none of them are perfect but hopefully they give you a good idea.



The two pictures above show the same look in different lighting, in the top picture the colours come off a little harsh and slightly warmer in the lower one which is a lot softer because the sun was coming down. I am wearing 'Vanilla Nuts' over lid and on the brow bone, I've got 'Sparkling Dew' in my inner corners and 'Fresco' blended through crease with 'Truffle' in the outer v and espresso bean along the upper and lower lash-line and into the outer edge of the socket.I have a touch of 'Guava' on centre of lid to add some brightness and dimension to the eye.

Below is another smoky eye but using the purple toned shadows in the palette. I used 'Vanilla Nuts' as a matte highlighter on my brow and put a touch of 'Sparkling Dew' in my inner corner to brighten the eyes. I then put 'African Violet' all over the lid and blended 'Fresco' into the crease then pushed 'Violet Ink' along the upper and lower lash-line and blended it into the outer part of the eye

What do you think of this palette, will it be on your Christmas list?! 


20 comments:

  1. I love it, it looks amazing on you. I'm just rather skeptical about the lighter colours and their pigmentation payoff...

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    1. Thank you :) I find them to be really well pigmented, the swatches are probably letting them down a bit though because i found it so hard to capture the colours well with the dull lighting the moment. I really need to invest in a studio light!

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  2. I really want this palette! I love the mix of matte and satin shades. Really good review

    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xx

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    1. Thanks Katy :) I would definitely recommend it! xx

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  3. Gorgeous colours and nice sleek packaging, xoxo.

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    1. I'm such a sucker for nice packaging! x

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  4. Hi Anna, first of all I think your eye make up is STUNNING! Wish I could do it like you. I have a love hate relationship with Laura Mercier but I have to say their eyeshadows are the one thing I do like a lot. I bought last seasons holiday colour wardrobe thing and it has a couple of the shades from this palette in it plus I have African Violet as a single so I am going to pass on the palette. However, I am going to buy both bamboo and kir royal as I love the look of both!



    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey, What a lovely thing to say! Would be really interested to know which LM products you don't rate xx

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  5. This palette is gorgeous, I really like the looks you've created with it. It is on my Xmas List for sure.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Vicki, hope santa is good to you ;-) xx

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  6. that does look stunning! I love the looks you've created
    I haven't seen this palette before, I look forward to seeing it!
    love, another Anna!xo
    www.theannadiaries.blogspot.com

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  7. What a gorgeous palette, and such beautiful eyes!!

    Vanessa xx
    www.theothervw.com

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  8. Wow this looks amazing and your eye make up us fabulous. Abitofmacandcheese.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great review, wish we had sephora in england! I need to book a holiday to the states! I love this the colours are so beautiful!
    Also love the blog followed!

    Kelsey x
    http://vanityisclarity.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Wow those colours look so lovely, would love to try them out xx

    www.niviisdiary.blogspot.com

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  11. The images look great, making me want the holiday collection artist palette! I think that would be the perfect gift for me - I will add that to my holiday wish list!

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  12. Shahrzad Saednejad13/1/14 11:05

    This palette is just gorgeous! I've read a few fab reviews on it. I love the size of the shadows and the colours are to die for! x Beautiful looks you have created too! :)

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