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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
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on 5/7/2016 10:38:00 AM
More reviews by julalg
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I am so glad I picked this up. I have never tried Laura Mercier products, and saw the reviews and wanted to get a new palette this spring. The quality of these shadows is good, softer than UD but less powdery and less fallout than LORAC. The mattes here are not chalky. Very blendable. There are neutrals here, but most of the colors lean purple. Purples can be a hard color to make into a quality eye shadow, but I find these purples pigmented and smooth. I have lots of issues with traditional smokey eyes. Silver/gray/black ones look like I have been punched in the eyes and make my skin look sallow. Warm/brown methods make me look sick, like jaundiced. Basically, my neutral pale skin looks horrible with colors that lean too warm or too cool. Purples seem to strike a good balance, kind of like rose golds. This palette easily creates a striking, flattering smokey eye that doesn't clash with my pale skin. Oh and yes, African Violet is just as beautiful as everyone says. Bamboo is the other standout for me, it is absolutely perfect for adding soft smokiness to my crease. The only dud for me is Gauva, I would prefer a bit more pigmented. But really, only one dud shade in a palette is pretty good!
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 10/9/2015 10:29:00 PM
More reviews by MsPsylocke
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I adore this palette and I received it for my birthday and I cannot stop using it. I wasn't able to get this when it first came out so now that it's permanent I was so happy. So when I received this I could not wait to play with it. I'm cool toned, very fair, and have green eyes so this palette is really suited for my needs. I have been using it on the daily and this palette does not disappoint.The shadows themselves are so soft and buttery. They blend like a dream and the pigmentation is beyond on point. Being cool toned what made me most happy is that I can use every shade in this and make it work! They are not super warm or cool but more in the middle so more people can use all the shades. I can say I haven't gotten this excited over a palette in a while. This is all I want and then some. For reference I use NARS Monte Blanc am around a NW20 and use BR20 in YSL for reference and I'm always the lightest shade it seems.This is how I use the shades: Vanilla Nuts awesome all over lid and brow bone shade or to blend out darker colours. Guava inner eye highlight so pretty!Sparkling Dew amazing brow bone highlight btw. It has shimmer but not overdone at all.Plum Smoke so pretty in the crease and as a transition shade. Primrose perfect lid and inner eye h/l shade. Fresco love in the crease as a pale girl it is like a contour shade on me. African Violet is soo pretty I use it on the lid and as a light liner with Violet Ink. It will not go on super vibrant without NYX Milk or some sort of base for me. Kir Royal is so pretty and makes a great liner and lid shade. Bamboo I just love in my crease and it goes so well with any shade in this palette. Truffle is great in the crease or as a liner on me. It's very dark on my pale self. Finally Espresso Bean is an awesome liner for me.So I use every shade and I love each one. Considering how much Laura Mercier single shadows cost this is still a great deal. The packaging is so perfect and easy for travel. It's small but holds shadows that I can use without needing other palettes. It has enough variety for me and it really is all I need. I like the new packaging the inside is what counts but it's pretty. I like the flowers and the magnet is no joke it holds it together well! This is an amazing array of shadows that I'm very happy to have in my life. I'm a palette collector and if you are too and these colours apply to you and your skintone it's definitely one to own. Recommended!
4 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 5/31/2015 9:05:00 PM
More reviews by 00sarahcc
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This is my HG palette. All the shadows are beautiful, and the texture is perfect. My eyes are a hard to define grey/blue/green color and this palette really makes them pop in a way I've never been able to achieve before! Only "drawback" is that it doesn't include a brush, but a lot of palettes don't. Everyone has different preferences in brushes, anyway. Plus, it'd probably just make the price go up. I love the packaging and that it's just the right size for a makeup bag/travel. :)Don't have to much to say that everyone else hasn't! Just love this palette, I need to get a backup!
on 5/30/2015 6:17:00 PM
More reviews by mmmaggie
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
I saw Temptalia's frantic post that this pallet was back at Sephora and had watched many YT personalities tout this as a HG for the last couple years; so obviously, I had to have it... PROS:- The packaging, I like that there is a large mirror and it is relatively compact. I really like that they updated the faux croc skin to a classy flower pattern. (I dislike the puffy top but its whatever)- Eyeshadows:AFRICAN VIOLET is my favourite of all of the shadows and when I use this pallet I always end up using this shadow. This shadow has a great formulation, as it is soft and applies true to pan. CONS: - I don't think this pallet is necessary unless you are a purple lover. Personally, I don't think the shades are that special because I feel you could find similar shades sold individually; but on the other hand, I don't think there are purple based pallets out there to rival this pallet. - Eyeshadows: I have swatched some of the eyeshadows with clean fingers and used brushes to apply the eyeshadows. The matte shadows have started to get a hard layer on the top (crusty shadows...). The matte shadows aren't as soft as I like shadows to be (UD, Lorac, WnW, etc. are all doing it better). I find the texture lends to these shadows not being as vibrant. I have had this pallet a month and I have already had to scrape VANILLA NUTS which sounds hilarious but is actually a little sad. I didn't pay a lot of money to have to scrape my VANILLA NUTS ;PI wouldn't ever repurchase this but I wouldn't throw it away either. I wanted to love this pallet like I love UD Naked 1 or Kat Von D Esperanza but sadly I don't... I feel like this pallet maybe a little too mature for me.
on 4/22/2015 11:18:00 PM
More reviews by MUAsAlbino
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I drooled over this palette in 2013 but I couldn't justify the price at that point in time. As soon as it went off the market & disappeared I instantly regretted not jumping on one when I had the chance. This eye shadow palette is "my one that got away". ;)Flash forward to last month, Sephora re-released this gem. Knowing that it's limited edition, I quickly bought one with no hesitation. After all, no one wants to make the same mistake twice. I am SO GLAD I did. There's a chance those writing negative reviews claiming this palette is low quality just got a bad batch. Every shade is buttery & packed with pigment. I have green eyes and this palette does them justice. Additionally, I am very pale. I have had to veto a lot of the popular eyeshadow palettes out there due to most of the shades passing as an eyeliner on my coloring. To be completely honest I am tempted to order a back up. This palette is limited edition & the shades are unique enough that duping this would never be easy.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 4/9/2014 7:48:00 AM
More reviews by tabloid
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
This is my first Laura Mercier purchase and I am very, very happy with it. Not only are the colors great, but so is the texture of the eyeshadows, too - very easy to blend. The variety of the colors means I can use them in so many different combinations to create many different looks.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 1/27/2014 2:01:00 AM
More reviews by Goliath1357
Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium
My favorite palette of 2013 and one of my favorites of all time. The palette is very beautiful and versatile. It is a mix of creams, purples, pinks and browns. You can create a multitude of looks from soft, neutral, smoky or colorful. The shadows are creamy, highly pigmented and long lasting. This was my first purchase from Laura Mercier and I will definitely get more products from the brand in the future.
on 1/9/2014 5:14:00 AM
More reviews by jealouspony
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse
This palette is pure perfection. I adore purple - both shimmer and matte, so it was a given that I was going to get the Artist palette. The quality is phenomenal. The shadows are buttery smooth and pigmented. Easy to work with and the palette itself is sleek and compact. African Violet has really won my heart over - I've already made a huge dent in that particular colour. I love pairing it with any kind of gold shade for a festive look. I'm also really impressed with the matte shades (Kir Royale being my fave) as they're not powdery at all. They're just as easy to work with as the shimmery shades and I find them to be even more pigmented. Guava is the only shade I feel is a little meh. Vanilla Nuts is great, and I like Sparkling Dew for something more shimmery. Guava feels a little too glittery and out of place in the palette.Other than that, the shades are easily paired together for beautiful looks and I feel like you can accomplish all kinds of looks with the palette. Definitely worth the price.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 1/5/2014 2:02:00 PM
More reviews by Empyrean_Luminary
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Other, Straight, Medium
I don't know if I can say anything more than what's already been said about this incredible palette. It's practically perfect in every way...from the buttery, smooth textures to the amazing variety of finishes to the sleek and stylish packaging. It's just worth it. The only thing I would change is adding a dual-ended brush or at least a tray for a brush so it would be completely self-contained in its portability. However, as it stands, it's pretty much one of my favorite makeup purchases of all time.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 12/14/2013 3:26:00 PM
More reviews by dustgirl
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
Like the review below I was also missing an eye shadow color, Vanilla Nuts in my case. I had instead two of Primrose. This Fall I have been palette obsessed and my first look at this year's Artist palette I was going to pass as the tester was dry and the pigmentation seemed to be lacking. I looked again at another store later on when they were sold out online and this time the tester swatched beautifully. That leads me to believe combined with my issue of missing an eye shadow and the poor pigmentation of that one tester that quality control is greatly lacking at Laura Mercier. I emailed Sephora and didn't get a great response to be honest, but they offered to add 100 points to my VIB Rouge account. I also tweeted Laura Mercier a photo to show the palette with two Primrose eye shadows, but no response. I was lucky to track down the last palette in store at a Sephora location 1+ hours from my house. That I was willing to drive over two hours to get the palette with all the right colors in it I think speaks to how much I like the colors and texture of the palette when it is made as it should be. If you are lucky enough to still find one, make sure you check all the colors are there before you buy!This palette leans cool, but has a few warmer colors, and all the shadows included (when they are included that is!) are equally good, no underperformers here. Very soft and pigmented. I have to be careful not to over blend, otherwise the shadows can look muddy/like one shade, when you are intending to do a look with a few shades. Really cannot recommend this palette enough for my fellow green eyed ladies who like soft smokey eyes. The purples in this palette cannot be beat for showing off green eyes. Lasting power is excellent, even without a primer I experienced no fading until I removed at the end of the day. continued >>
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