Laura Mercier Holiday 2013: Artist’s Palette for Eyes

December 10, 2013

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes is a special limited edition release for Holiday 2013, exclusive to Sephora (although there has been some reports of it being sighted in some of the departmental store boutiques in the US).  The palette was one of the first things to be snapped up during the last Sephora VIB sale, but thankfully on our sunny shores, it is still available!

I am actually not a fan of big palettes, by which I mean anything containing more than 5-6 shades.  The reason is because I like being able to see a distinct color story (and I don’t mean NUDE), and take the guesswork out of pairing shades.  Also, my tiny thieves’ hands cannot hold onto anything bigger than a regular compact… the last time I worked my Shu Uemura x Takashi Murakami 6HP Enchanted Black palette (reviewed here), I smash it into smithereens!  So, I resisted quite a bit with this palette, but finally succumbed after swatching it (and I had a severe case of peer persuasions).

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette

First of all, this is a sleek palette, one that is just the right width to fit comfortable in my hand!  And I loved the faux stingray leather casing with the magnetic foldover closure… no clunky catch to trip over *yay*!

Laura Mercier artist palette

The Artist’s Palette contains 12 eyeshadows in varying shades of peach, brown and plum.  The textures are all incredibly soft to the touch, and very finely-milled.  Perhaps due to my initial reluctance with this palette, I am somewhat unimpressed after weeks of experimenting.  Despite the lovely texture, there were a couple of shades that were rather sheer – i.e. Vanilla Nuts and Kir Royal.  Also, I had alot of difficulty getting the lighter shades to show up on my skin – i.e. Sparkling Dew, Vanilla Nuts, Guava and Primrose.  Many of the shimmer shades lost their shimmers upon application, and I had difficulty getting them to show up even by patting them on with a stiff brush.

Laura Mercier artist palette top row swatches

These swatches are the top row of Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette.  From left to right:

Laura Mercier artist palette bottom row swatches

Swatches of the lower row of Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette, from left to right:

I think my biggest gripe with this palette is there isn’t a single shade here that was a knockout shade for me.  A lot of people raved about African Violet, but I personally felt the gold and purple within the shade didn’t integrate well, there was no duochrome complexity to African Violet which was disappointing to me.  It performed the same way as if I had layered a golden shade over a purple.

Here is another swatch of African Violet which is closer to how it actually looks:

Laura Mercier african violet swatch

Overall, Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette leaned more towards warm, muted neutrals, which just doesn’t work very well on my NC20-25 cool-toned skin.  I wished there were 1-2 more outstanding colors to make me go “WOW”, perhaps 1 of those gorgeous coppers or golds that Laura Mercier produced for Summer 2013 (briefly reviewed here).  Many of the shades don’t show up very well on me, and the ones that do are so soft there is a tendency to over blend and turn them into a muddy mess.  Regardless, I tried my best to experiment with a few EOTDs, and here they are:

Laura Mercier EOTD with Guava:Bamboo:Espresso Bean

Guava all over lid up until crease, Bamboo layered on top of Guava from lash line up to middle of the lid, and Espresso Bean along outer half of lash line

Laura Mercier EOTD using Primrose : African Violet : Violet Ink

Primrose on inner half of lid, African Violet on outer half, and Violet Ink in crease. Espresso Bean to line lower lash line.

Laura Mercier EOTD Guava : Bamboo : Violet Ink

Vanilla Nuts as base all over lid, Guava on inner half of lid, Bamboo on outer half, Espresso Bean along upper lash line in the outer half

Would love to hear your thoughts on this palette!  xoxo