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Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes Holiday 2013 – Photos, Swatches, and Review

I always regretted not experiencing last year’s version so I was understandably giddy at the opportunity to try the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($60 CAD) for Holiday 2013.

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The packaging is sleek and there is no wasted space. That is so important to me. The exterior of the compact is a cushiony faux pebbled leather. There is a flap on the cover that folds down over the side of the compact with a magnetic closure. The magnetic closure is not that strong though so I would be careful when you pack or carry it.

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The shades included are:

  • Sparkling Dew
  • Guava
  • African Violet
  • Plum Smoke
  • Kir Royal
  • Violet Ink
  • Vanilla Nuts
  • Primrose
  • Fresco
  • Bamboo
  • Truffle
  • Espresso Bean

Last years palette also included Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, and Vanilla Nuts. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz compared to the 0.09oz single shadows that retail for $28 CAD.

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Six of the twelve eyeshadows in this palette are matte. Hallelujah! Laura Mercier makes excellent quality, smooth matte eyeshadows that aren’t chalky and blend beautifully. The palette also includes four sateen shades; Sparkling Dew, Guava, Primrose, and Kir Royal. Sparkling Dew, Guava and Primrose are quite shimmery but Kir Royal is a very much a sateen finish and works well in the crease. The remaining shades African Violet and Bamboo are luster finishes. African Violet is stunning. This lovely purple is full of stunning gold shimmer. It is very prone to fallout but the result is worth the extra care taken. The shimmer effect in Bamboo is much more subtle.

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The quality of this palette is exceptional. This is a very complete palette. Vanilla Bean is a great matte ivory shade for use as a base. Sparkling Dew has the perfect level of sheen for a brow bone highlight. There are several matte shades for use in the crease as well as dark shades for contouring the eye. You could easily live on this palette alone for a weekend or week away. The only caveat would be that the overall effect of the palette is quite dark on fairer skin tones like mine. The shades blend beautifully so it’s not an issue but I can see there being a learning curve involved for some. That and you must love purple!



This is a limited edition palette so get the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($60 CAD) at Sephora while you can!

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  • Lorraine
    October 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I loved last year’s so much that I am stalking Sephora to get the new one! I hit pan on Vanilla Nuts already so I am glad of that repeat. Laura’s shadows are easy to use- creamy and blendable, smooth mattes, sophisticated Shimmers and satins, so it’s tough to get it wrong. My only wish would be more variety. I mean, what do we wear with purple? Except more purple? Hoping for some tutorials and FOTDs to come. Thanks for the swatches and review.

    • Perilously Pale
      October 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      I will definitely try to get some looks posted Lorraine. You are so right about LM shimmers. They are very sophisticated. Not garish.

    • BooBooNinja
      October 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      I’m with you, Lorraine. Christa, how *do* you use so much purple? I look forward to tutorials and FOTDs.

  • marciaf
    October 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I have a few of the shades from when I was buying a ton of Laura Mercier. The quality has always been excellent.

    • Perilously Pale
      October 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      I really do need to explore more from the brand!

  • Makeup Remastered
    October 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    I am hoping that when I visit the states in dec this will not have sold out- o’ what a lovely mix of shades and textures…..

  • BooBooNinja
    October 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I regret not getting last year’s palette. This one has too much purple for me. Even so, I’m glad the quality is as good as ever.

    • Perilously Pale
      October 25, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Yes you must love purple to make this palette worthwhile. Maybe it will convert you? 😉

      • BooBooNinja
        October 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        I actually like purple quite a bit, but it seems to bring out any dark circles when I wear it as an eyeshadow. 🙁

  • Judith
    October 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    This is gorgeous, but I have so many purple eyeshadows already… I’m torn

    • Perilously Pale
      October 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Do you travel much? It is certainly handy in that respect as it truly is a complete eyeshadow palette.


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