I was so excited to see a holiday palette with several purple shades, as I have been on the lookout for a purple-themed palette. Before I became makeup obsessed and switched to wearing neutrals exclusively I had this little drugstore palette made for green eyes that had three or four purple shades in it and I wore it all the time because it looked so nice with my green/blue eyes. So I decided to add a little purple back in my life and chose this palette. Bizarrely, mine was missing Fresco and in its place was a shimmery pink- what I think was a second Primrose (though it was labeled Fresco). I was disappointed because I think Fresco is an absolute staple in this palette and it really put me off using it. It was sold out on Sephora online where I had purchased it so I didn't bother emailing them. I happened to find it by chance at my local Sephora and thankfully was able to exchange. I definitely think there are some quality control issues with this palette which I think speaks poorly about the brand. The eyeshadows themselves are beautiful, pigmented, soft, and buttery- all the qualities of good eyeshadows. I do experience fallout with some of the shimmery shades, and some of them are a little powdery but nothing serious. I would recommend using a white base underneath such as Nyx Milk to really show off the beauty of them, especially African Violet. My favourite shadows in the palette are Plum Smoke, African Violet, Truffle, and Fresco (the real Fresco, not the random duplicate in my first palette). If you're looking for purples this is a beauty.
This is as nice as I was hoping it would be. I have bought and returned Naked and the Naked Basic.
The only eye palette I've ever truly liked and bought over and over is Benefit's Big Beautiful eyes.
I have blonde hair, green eyes and look best in pinks, purples etc...browns, taupes, blues, greens don't look good on me.
I can tell I'm going to run out of African Violet first...it seems to be a softer texture than all the others and I use it a lot.
Meh. I have the first LM Artist's Palette and I LOVE that palette to death. Seriously, it's so beautiful. I have to say that I was really excited about trying this one, but now that I have, I am fairly unimpressed. The colors are mostly pretty solid, very buttery and pigmented and rich. Some standout colors are African Violet, Violet Ink, Bamboo, and Truffle.
Now, there are some repeat colors from the old artist's palette that are in this palette(African Violet, Guava, and Vanilla Nuts. Not a big fan of any of those colors and I feel a little cheated personally that there are some repeat colors but it's not a big deal.
The biggest issue I have with this palette is that some of the colors have a weird consistency and staying power. For example, sparkling dew is an interesting one. It's not pigmented and no matter how many times you layer over the color, it doesn't look like you put any on. Also, for some strange reason, the eyeshadow creases throughout the day and starts to develop these sharp edges for some reason and I know it's not because of my eyeshadow primer, as no other eyeshadow(Or any of the other LM eyeshadows) have ever done this to me. Vanilla nuts is not pigmented nor does it have the staying power it should. Also, Primrose and Guava look almost identical on the lids.
The packaging's nicer than the first one, it's a little less bulky and has a "raindrop" textured cover compared to the snakeskin pattern from before. Other than those few minor hiccups, the palette is solid overall. I would recommend the older Artist's Palette to this one but this is a good alternative for the people who don't have the old one. It's alright, but not great.
This is a nice palette, but I don't think it's a necessity. I don't have many plummy shades in my eyeshadow collection so I figured this would be a nice addition because, while it is purple-y, it is also quite neutral.
Most of the shades are extremely pigmented. All of the dark colors have very, very nice color pay-off, but the four lighter shades- I'm not nuts about them. Sparkling Dew, Vanilla Nuts, Guava, and Primrose. They're pretty! But they're not as pigmented as I'd like them to be, unfortunately. I was very happy that they had a matte highlight shade (Vanilla Nuts), but I was disappointed when using it because it's nowhere near as pigmented as many of my other comparable (in color) shadows, even from the drugstore!
I'm really impressed with the rest of the shades though! Today I wore Bamboo all over the lid, Kir Royal in the crease, Violet Ink in the outer corner, and Fresco as a transition color and it looked divine. (I put a bit of Sparkling Dew on the inner corner and Vanilla Nuts on the brow bone, as well, but once again, these aren't impressive and I'd dig through my eyeshadow collection for a better version next time)
I love the palette! The shades are very buttery and have a range of textures and finishes. Please be patient with me as I go thru them all
Sparkling Dew: a sheer, lightly sparkling pale beige with both sheen and warm shimmer. Nice as a highlight. I like the way the skin's texture can show thru this.
Vanilla Nuts: a sheer matte cream, good for lightening under the brow bone (where I prefer mattes) or using as a base.
Guava: one of my favorites! A shimmery buildable soft peach-- looks great on its own as a wash. Very eye brightening.
Primrose: very close to Guava but less peach. I think they should have used a different shade here because Guava and Primrose are so similar.
African Violet: a unique shade of soft light plum with pink gold sparkle. Very dynamic and beautiful.
Fresco: a marvelous soft warm reddish matte brown that makes a refined crease or lid color.
Plum Smoke: a smoky matte grey-purple that has an elegant impression.
Bamboo: a greyed brown with lots of golden sparkle. Very pretty.
Kir Royale: a richly pigmented soft purple with a satin finish and some light sparkle.
Truffle: a well pigmented chocolate brown with a matte finish.
Violet Ink: a matte black purple, good pigmentation
Espresso Bean: a matte bitter brown/black shade
What I love about these shadows is that they are so easy to blend. Even the darkest shades like Espresso Bean and Violet Ink can be blended out into the most delicate haze. I'm really enjoying all the looks I can create with this palette and loving the way the neutrals and the violets enhance each other. For reference I'm a NC 20/25.
I realize that I may be in the minority here so people may gloss over this review but if you are makeup obsessed like myself, please do some investigating before purchasing this item!! I have a lot of experience with many makeup brands. Not bragging but I have a VIB Rouge status at Sephora if that tells you anything LOL! I have a ton of palettes, 6 Urban Decay palettes, the Lorac Pro palette, the Smashbox Master Palette, 2 -Too Faced palettes, along with several eyeshadow singles purchase throughout the years and my opinion of this palette (for what its worth) was "eh." I do agree that "some" of these shadows are buttery but that just goes for the darkest of the colors. I think the lights are too light and the darks are too dark. I have to mix two to get a decent shade. The two lightest "highlight" colors do not highlight, they are very very sheer and a bit chalky. The light shades are ok for blending but lack any kind of shimmer which I do like for just under the brow. The two pinks do not really even show up on my skin much. The colors are gorgeous...in the palette. I like fresco the most, I use it for crease color/blending. I wanted to love plum smoke but the color just looks blah on me. I'm an NC35 (medium complexion) Purples make my green/blue eyes pop but these shadows didn't do anything for me. The smashbox Master palette is WELL WORTH the money, Lorac shadows are amazing as well, Urban Decay is good - if you like a little shimmer in your life but this palette left something to be desired in my opinion. I love LM products, I use her foundations and love them but I feel like this palette was a complete miss. Too bad, so sad...for me!
this is the best palette i've purchased this year. my taste has changed, i don't like metallic shimmery bright color eyeshadows anymore. after having tons of makeup, i realized i gravitate more towards neutrals and plums. i couldn't find this palette in my local sephora stores so i could only depend of pictures and i was worried this might have too many light colors compared to the first artist palette but i have no regrets whatsoever. on my nc30 skin, there are only 2 highlighter shades, 6 beautiful all over shades and 4 crease shades. all of them are soft buttery and pigmented. some purples and plum shades can make my eyes look bruised but these do not. i've purchased previous palettes before but returned them because i didn't think they were pigmented enough but this is definitely one of her better palettes. this is also very work appropriate shades.
i love the packaging. i heard some didn't close properly but the magnet closure on mine is pretty snug, it lies flat and closes on its own. i love the textured packaging and it has a substantial weight to it so it doesn't look cheap at all. it has a full sized mirror with the laura mercier name at the corner which makes it extra classy. its nice and slim, perfect for my travels. i love it so much, i almost want to get a back up.
Given that this palette is limited edition and I understand that last years version sold out quickly, I'm writing an initial impressions review, and I may update this review as I play with this palette more.
Regarding the finishes of the eyeshadows, according to the outer box packaging of the palette: African violet and Bamboo are Lusters. Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Violet Ink, Espresso Bean, Truffle, and Fresco are Mattes. Primrose, Guava, Kir Royal, and Sparkling Dew are Sateens.
I was thrilled with the amount of mattes in this palette, and the variety of shades and variety of deepness of the mattes as well. I was also thrilled that only 2 shades in this palette were shimmers (Lusters). Even more thrilled after playing with the palette that the 2 luster shades are not obnoxious at all but rather are quite refined and elegant. The same of course can be said of the Sateens which are significantly less shimmery than the Lusters.
This is my first experience with Laura Mercier. I've never tried any of her products before.
I was drawn to this palette because of the colors curated in this palette, and that's largely because I have green eyes and dark auburn hair. So mauves, plums, peaches, pinks, and neutrals making up one palette, complete with mattes, seemed like a dream come true for a girl like me. But since I had no prior experience with the LM brand, I took a gamble because the palette was just too perfect not to, and crossed my fingers that the formula wouldn't be crap. Didn't seem like too big of a gamble though, I heard good things about LM over the years. Me and the LM brand just never crossed paths for whatever reason though.
So, how did they perform? I've had the time to play with most of the shadows, not all yet, still have a few left to go, but I have swatched all of them. I'm very impressed so far. Beyond impressed on several shades that I thought I would be 'meh' about. Fresco is the stand-out shade for me. If Laura Mercier is going to be doing repeats in her palettes, that's the shade she needs to be including in every palette, that shade is a winner. Extremely pigmented, swatches beautifully, blends like a dream, beautiful color, just a real pleasure to use, and probably the shade that will get the most use in this palette as my midtone color for a variety of looks. Another star is Espresso Bean. I initially thought it was a charcoal, but it's exactly what the name says, anyway, it's like a blackened, smoked or burnt brown. Very pigmented and smooth, and again, a dream to use, it's the color I wish every brown eyeliner I've ever purchased was. It's just gorgeous tightlined against the lashline and to deepen up the outer v. Bamboo is another star, a shimmery taupe with just a slight (very slight) mauve undertone. In the palette it appeared like Bamboo was kind of the odd man out, but once swatched or applied on the eyes, the slight mauve undertone is detectable and it's in synergy with the color scheme of the palette. It also applies like a dream. Kir Royal is rich redder based purple and is stunning and applies beautifully, and makes green eyes POP, doubles as a shadow and a liner. And the final stand out is Plum Smoke, which is a light smokey lavender mauve that is elegant all on its own sweeped in the crease.
The shades I haven't played with yet are Violet Ink and Truffle. The rest I've played with, and I'm happy with the performance of them all. I will mention that Sparkling Dew and Vanilla Nuts are on the sheerer side, but are nice as tasteful highlights for the brow bone and tear ducts.
The last thing I'll say about how these shadows apply is that it doesn't take much shadow to accomplish what I want to accomplish, which is good for ease of application, of course! But it's taking some getting used to because I'm not having to pack on as much shadow as I'm used to, and I dunno, it just feels different on my eyes, like it kind of feels like how my make up feels when my shadow has faded a lot? If that makes sense. Even though it looks fresh and nice, it just kind of feels like I don't have hardly any eyeshadow on, so I guess it makes me feel a little paranoid that because it kind of feels like faded eyeshadow that it may look like faded eyeshadow. So, I like that it feels lightweight and whatnot, but it's taking some getting used to. I have Dior and D&G and Lancome palettes also, and MAC of course, but they definitely feel much heavier than these shadows. So I figured I'd just mention that it kind of feels weird cuz these shadows are remarkably more lightweight than what I'm used to.
Finally, I love the packaging, that it's sleek and not bulky, the palette is about the length of my hand. But I do wish the magnet closure was stronger, it's really weak. The chocolate-burgundy pebbled case lovely though, and the mirror inside is large. Would have been nice if a brush was included, though.
I highly recommend this palette if this family of colors and more subdued finishes appeal to you. I've certainly had a lot of fun playing with it since I've received it, this is definitely one of the best cosmetic purchases I've made in a long time!
Just got this in the mail and immediately tried it on and I love, love, loooove it! The colors are very flattering and wearable for every day. Colors are very pigmented and quality is very good. Can't wait to try out different looks with this!
In case you missed out on last year's palette, it's back again and revamped with different shades. Only four or so are repeats, but I feel they make it a more beautiful palette. The top row is cool toned and the bottom row is warm. You get a mix of sateen, matte, and luster textures. People say African Violet is softer this year and more buttery, but I don't have the first one to compare. All of the shades are pigmented, blend well, and are long lasting. It comes in a brown case with a good mirror and magnetic closure. You can find it at Sephora for $48, and I think this is a Sephora exclusive. Update: I've had this for almost a month now and have never regretted buying it. I rarely use all of the shades in a palette, but this is a good one. The mix of neutrals, color, shimmer, and matte have been used daily. For those who prefer more refined and elegant cosmetics, It would be a lovely gift for Christmas.