I had a romantic comedy style romance with the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes 2013. At first I wasn’t interested, but when the rest of the Internet started to rave about how awesome it was I realized this palette was all I ever wanted. Sadly, I was too late. It sold out and I had to pine away until the end of my makeup loving days.
Laura Mercier re-promoted it at Sephora.
That’s right. I finally got my long lost eye shadow love. Have I made you sick yet with the ridiculously over the top analogy? No? Good. Come look at pretty eye shadow with me.
The colors in this palette never screamed “MUST HAVE IT NOW” to me when I first saw it. But the more the reddit makeup community raved, the more I wanted it. So when I saw Temptalia announcing it was being re-promoted you better believe I booked my butt to Sephora. I had to pester a sales associate to dig it up from lord knows where in the Times Square Sephora (yes, I braved that madhouse to find it) and pay a few dollars more for the new version (don’t ask me why they raised the price) but it was sooooo worth it.
In addition to a price difference and a slight name change, the external packaging is also different. The original wasn’t really my cup of tea ( you can view it here) but I like the new one so much more. It’s a bit difficult to clean but the dark purple/black floral pattern is right up my alley. It’s small and sleek with a magnetic closure that should work well for travel.
In terms of color selection, the soft purple and brown tones of this palette are surprisingly versatile. I can get many different looks out of it and they’re different than the normal ones I go usually slap on my face. I love how it forces me out of my comfort zone and lets me play with purples more while still being 100% wearable.
There are six mattes and six shimmer shades (although I’d say one of the shimmers is more of a satin finish), and they’re all soft and pretty pigmented. The only shade I struggle with getting decent color payoff is “Primrose” but since it’s so light I’m not super upset. I do have some issues with “Guava” as well but not as much and it still is a nice shadow. All the others apply smoothly, no chalkiness or fall out, and they blend really nicely even with the mattes.
My favorite shades are “African Violet” and “Bamboo.” “African Violet” is a beautiful violet color with a gold shimmer reflecting throughout it, which has a beautiful effect on the eye. It’s subtle enough to be worn everyday but I have a feeling a black or white base would really make it pop. “Bamboo” is a shimmery taupe which I have worn by itself on several occasions or paired with other shadows for soft daytime looks.
“Fresco” (a dusty mauve) and “Plum Smoke” (a soft, washed out plum) are excellent transition colors which work for every other shade in the palette.
The only thing I feel this palette was missing was a brown somewhere between “Truffle” and “Espresso Bean,” the later of which I find too dark for me most days. I would have gladly given up “Primrose” for that option, but it’s not enough to stop me from loving this palette and if you’re looking for a new palette I suggest checking out this one.