Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Review, Swatches and Photos
This is not a new palette to the market and I have had my eye on this for quite some time, but whenever I’m just about to buy it I get swayed by another and it gets left on the shelf. However, a few weeks ago, I finally took the plunge and purchased it and I’m so glad I did.
So, onto this palette which is a Sephora exclusive, so you won’t find this exact palette anywhere else. First of all the box is bright, shiny silver with a picture of the palette on the front, so very eyecatching.
The palette case is a rich brown with black embossing on it and is very tactile as it is cushioned. The magnetic clasp is pretty strong, so won’t fall open unexpectedly. Inside there is a mirror that fills the lid and 12 shadows that look beautiful in their neutral and purple shades. There is no applicator or brush, but that’s fine by me as I always use my own anyway.
There are two rows of 6 shadows of both cool and warm tones, but overall this palette leans towards cool. Each shade has the name right there under the pan which I prefer to having to turn the palette over to see the name, or worse still having to keep the box if this is the only place where they are named. There are 6 matte shades, 2 lustre and 4 sateen.
Top row left to right. All swatches on top of NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
Sparkling Dew: This is described as a lustre finish but I think it is more matte with a hint of shimmer. It is a soft pink/peach and is very soft and fine and blends beautifully. It has great colour payoff, but depending on your skin tone, you may need to apply this more liberally. On my fair skin it was barely there until I packed it on more.
Guava: Another barely there shade, this one leaning more towards golden peach with a hint of shimmer. This one again needs to be built up to get decent colour payoff, but it is very soft and blends great.
African Violet: This is a soft violet with a beautiful copper/gold shimmer. I really love this shade and it has good colour payoff and blends well. I did find it has a little fallout, but nothing too much.
Plum Smoke: This is a matte shade of plum that is incredibly fine and soft. It has great colour payoff and blends beautifully.
Kir Royal: This is a deeper version of the Plum Smoke but with a shimmer. It has warm undertones and is soft and blendable. This shade has very good colour payoff.
Violet Ink: A very deep purple shade that has tremendous colour payoff. Honestly, you don’t need much of this on your brush to get intense colour. It is easily blended, but be careful as it can overtake paler shades if you are not careful. Great to use as an eyeliner.
Bottom row left to right
Vanilla Nuts: This is a neutral, matte champagne shade that goes on smoothly and is very creamy in texture. Great to use as a base colour or brow highlight.
Primrose: This is a peachy pink with shimmer. It is a deeper version of Guava from the top row. It has great pigmentation and blends well.
Fresco: A warm toned, neutral peach matte that has great pigmentation and goes on smoothly and blends well.
Bamboo: A taupe shade with golden shimmer. A very pretty colour that is ideal for everyday wear. Very soft and buttery and blends great.
Truffle: I would call this a deep taupe matte with warm undertones. It blends well and is very soft and well pigmented.
Espresso Bean: I always like to see a black in a palette and whilst this is not true black, it is a deep chocolate brown matte shade that is almost black. Great to use as a eyeliner or to deepen other shades for a smokey eye.
I cannot tell you how pleased I am that I finally took the plunge and bought this palette. The colours are beautiful, all the shades have great pigmentation, blend well and work great with each other. With the use of primer their staying power is brilliant - 10 hours or more without fading or creasing.
This will definitely be one of my main go to palettes along with my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour palette. Between these two I can do all my everyday makeup as well as some more intense smokey eye looks. I would say there is no need for any other eyeshadows, but that would be a ridiculous statement. There is always room for more eyeshadow palettes!