Sometimes I look at a palette and wonder why would the creative team put those particular shades together. 60% of the palette will be lovely sophistication and then there will be 4 wacky shades that completely throw me off and I know I will never use. This is why I have skipped Urban Decay palettes up to the Naked and Naked2 releases even though I know outlandish colours are their trade mark. I just can’t wear magenta and acid green on my eyes and make it wearable for my personality ; in fact, very few can without being editorial.
The Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes is simply magnifique to a woman like me. The perfect mixture of matte and shimmer with soft neutrals and dramatic accents that can be worn in a myriad of different ways. Neutral doesn’t have to mean safe or boring! Enclosed in a faux snakeskin case with a magnetic closure are 12 large shadows of exceptional quality and pigmentation handpicked by Laura Mercier.
It looks very similar to the LORAC Pro Palette and (in spite of heated friendly debate over Twitter) I still think it is the superior option. They are too similar for me to have both so I chose Laura Mercier without hesitation.
The 6 shimmer shades in the top row are all multi-dimensional and illuminate the eye without being saturated with glitter. The textures are very finely milled (although African Violet a little less so due to the duo chromatic gold) and create a flawless canvas of flattering colour.
One of my major qualms about eyeshadow palettes is they rarely include matte shades, and when they do they are chalky and have weak pigmentation. Not the case with Laura Mercier! We are treated to a whole row of gloriously smooth and intense matte shades that add the perfect dimension and change of texture. Each swatch was made with one swipe in the product and I was amazed at the pay-off! The colour wasn’t not lost after blending and layered flawlessly without any fall-down, fading or creasing.
Although no longer available online, I did see it on the shelves at both Sephora and Holt Renfrew as they are liquidating the last of their holiday stock. If you can not find, the LORAC Pro Palette is still available and a good alternative. Just note that the shadows are smaller because there are more shades.