Recently, I was in a bit of a make-up slump. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t working over the summer (I work in the schools), so I got lazy or what, but I just wasn’t excited enough to put makeup on in the morning. I didn’t even see much that came out that I wanted to buy. When my friends and I took our yearly girl’s trip, we decided to bring all/the majority of our makeup collections to do makeovers and play around with new products. My friend Logan, at Sage & Serendipity, had recently purchased this palette and it made me fall in love with makeup all over again.
The Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette ($55) is a 12 shadow palette. It originally came out in 2013 as a limited edition palette. I had no idea about it at the time, but apparently it was a really big hit and sold out so they decided to bring it back as a Sephora Exclusive.
With all of the Nude palettes out there, this one is definitely unique. Not only does it have a variety of purple shades and brown shades but it has a mixture of matte, sateen, and luster shadows. It’s really nice that it has a variety as the Urban Decay Naked palettes are all shimmer shadows.
The packaging is a softer cover with a magnetic closing. The cover is sturdy, but has some squish to it which is nice. It is easy to clean and it doesn't seem as though it will attract a lot of other makeup which is nice. It also has a full size mirror which is always helpful when you have a palette. I tend to use them when I'm not staying at home, and the extra mirror always comes in handy.
The first 6 shadows that I swatched are Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Vanilla Nuts, Primrose and Fresco.
African Violet and Primrose were two of the shadows that immediately caught my eye when I opened the palette. African Violet is an amazingly unique violet and gold shadow and Primrose is a beautiful pink. Since using the palette, Sparkling Dew has become my go-to highlight. While I haven’t yet used Guava or Vanilla Nuts, I know I will get to them.
All of these shadows are amazingly buttery and pigmented. They are some of the smoothest eye shadows I have ever swatched and you don’t need a lot. They also stay really well.
The second 6 shadows are Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink, Bamboo, Truffle, and Espresso Bean.
Bamboo was the second color that I fell in love with. It is a beautiful khaki/olive brown with a hint of shimmer that makes for a beautiful every day lid color. I also really like Violet Ink and Espresso Bean for eye liners. Kir Royal is great for when you want a more dramatic look, and Plum Smoke is a beautiful matte purple.
I don’t think there is a single color in this palette that I don’t love or don’t find wearable. There is so much that you can do with this palette and it is so different from everything else that’s out there. Even though it’s unique, it is so wearable for every day. I will definitely be packing this on my honeymoon. I have worn it almost every day since I bought it. It’s a little expensive, but no more so than the majority of palettes out there. It is more compact than the Naked Palettes and I think when you travel you do have to be aware of where you put it to make sure it doesn’t pop open.