10 March 2011

Laura Mercier Eye & Cheek palette

Last week I tweeted about lusting after the Laura Mercier Eye & Cheek palette released with the Silk Road collection.  Well apparently I must have been very well behaved recently because a very handsome gentleman actually bought it for me on Friday as a present - so thank you very much to him.  I had seen this on the Space NK website and liked it but having seen and swatched it in real life, I knew this little gem had to be mine.

The palette comprises four eyeshadows and two blushers, all around a palette of purple, pink, silver and gold.  The outside of the palette is covered in a silk (not sure it's really actual silk) material, and it closes with a nice magnetic clasp.

The palette itself is quite heavy (although not too heavy to carry around with you) and sturdy, so no worries about this falling apart any time soon.  There's also a mirror in the lid (decent size) which makes it even better for travelling.

The eye colours are: Regal Violet, a sparkly, deep purple.  Golden Sands, a sheer, sparkly peach.  Rare Taupe: a classic metallic taupe, leaning towards the grey end of the spectrum.  Lavender Silk: a pretty metallic lilac. 

The blush colours: Palace Pink: shimmery baby pink.  Persian Rose: deep coral with golden shimmer.

The eyeshadows are all really pigmented, apart from Golden Sands, which I will use as a highlight shade.  Here they are swatched onto bare skin:

L-R: Golden Sands, Lavender Silk, Rare Taupe, Regal Violet.  I have to say, I am slightly disappointed with Regal Violet.  In the pan, it's SO purple and sparkly and beautiful, and the depth of colour just doesn't translate as well on application.  It's still a gorgeous shadow, but the purple pulls much darker than in the pan.

Here they are swatched with Mac Groundwork Paint Pot as a base:

Rare Taupe is the one I'll undoubtedly get the most wear out of, but I'm also excited to try Lavender Silk for a light, springtime look.  The texture of all the shadows is lovely; smooth and soft, but they are a little powdery, so you get a bit of dust forming when you dip into them.

Onto the blushers.  Palace Pink is very sheer, and again will be used as a highlight.  This is another slightly disappointing aspect of the palette - it's very similar to Golden Sands, so I feel they could have included just one, and put in a different colour eyeshadow or blusher instead.  Persian Rose is the most pigemented item in the palette, and very bright.  It's like an amplified Mac Stereo Rose or Nars Orgasm.  This is one light swatch on bare skin:

Once blended out though, it's a beautiful blusher, although I will probably wait until I have a bit more of a tan before I whip it out regularly.  This is slightly sheered out:

Overall, I would give this palette 8/10.  I love it, but the inclusion of a blusher and eyeshadow that are really similar seems like a missed opportunity to me.  The palette costs £37/$48 and can be bought here in the UK and here in the US.


  1. Ok... send this man my way!!!! Gareth won't mind haha.

  2. The palette is gorgeous, lavender shades are popping up everywhere!

  3. Eyeshadow palettes don't usually get my attention buy wowza - such lovely colours are you going to do a FOTD soon with them?