Plum Smoky Eye Tutorial with Laura Mercier and Lise Watier

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Here is a look using the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes for Holiday 2013. This was limited edition and sold out online but may still be available in stores. Luckily all the shades are part of the permanent lineup so you can easily recreate this look even without the Artist Palette with Laura Mercier single eyeshadows!

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  1. Apply eyeshadow primer or base, I used Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyeshadow Base in Nude, then apply Vanilla Nuts from crease to brow.
  2. Apply African Violet heavily on the entire lid and on the centre of the lower lash line.
  3. Apply Plum Smoke into the crease.
  4. Apply the Kir Royale on the outer 3rd of the lid and into the crease. Also apply on outer third of lower lash liner. Blend lightly as this shade tends to blend away.
  5. Apply Violet Ink on the very outer corner of the eye and a bit onto the lower lash line. Blend into other shades.
  6. Apply Sparkling Dew to the brow bone and Primrose to the inner corner of the eye.
  7. Apply a deep smoky plum eyeliner to upper waterline and lash line and a bit on the outer part of your lower lash line. My favourite is the Lise Watier Intense Extra Smooth Eyeliner in Prune.
  8. Since African Violet has quite a bit of fallout I cleanup under the eyes and then apply my foundation, concealer and powder. Perfect brows and apply black mascara, I’ve used L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, and your done.

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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!

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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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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Palettes

This week for the Beauty Blogger Top Ten we are sharing our Top 10 Makeup Palettes. Who doesn’t love a good makeup palette? It is an amazing way to get a variety of shades in one convenient location, not to mention they are usually a great deal! I thought it would be fun to show a mix of old favourites, new favourites, and a few I’ve yet to try, but long to.

Top Ten Palettes

In no particular order:

  1. KAT VON D Spellbinding Eye Shadow Book ($66 CAD) – This is an incredible palette of pigmented, beautiful and layer-able shades. You NEED this palette. It is unbelievable!
  2. TARTE Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet ($50 CAD) -This blush palette filled with a well rounded assortment of pigmented shades.
  3. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Palette ($67 CAD) – I have been using this palette daily all over my face and to highlight. MAD LOVE.
  4. LAURA MERCIER Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($60 CAD) – Sorry, another review coming soon. A great selection of shadows that’s a bit different than your standard neutrals. The best part is the majority are matte shades!
  5. NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition One Night Stand Cheek Palette ($72 CAD) – A palette of six NARS blush shades included old favourites and new shades. Need I say more.
  6. URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2 ($68 CAD) –  I am finding it hard to resist this palette with a combination of gorgeous neutrals and fun colours.
  7. URBAN DECAY Naked Basics Palette ($32 CAD) – We all need more quality matte neutral shadows in our life!
  8. SMASHBOX Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette ($54 CAD) – I have heard great things about this palette and love the slightly different take on neutrals.
  9. URBAN DECAY Naked Palette ($62 CAD) –  I don’t know why I don’t just do a review already of this go to palette. It’s worth the bit of fall out to have such a great selection of neutral shades at your fingertips.
  10. theBalm ‘Nude’tude’ Eyeshadow Palette ($36 US) –  A nude/neutral lovers dream palette that includes a variety of matte shades as well as shimmer. I need to finally try this!

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