Eyeshadow Palette to Start the YearMy first eyeshadow palette review for 2014, folks. I’m quite late to the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette party, I know, but I didn’t plan on getting this one at all. I’m just lucky my momma knows me too well to pass up on a beauty like this. So last Christmas, while we were on vacation with her and my dad in Cebu, she came home one night with this in tow! She initially got it as a surprise for me but after she tried it on herself (she’s also quite an eyeshadow buff), I think we’ll be sharing it instead (unless she can’t help getting a separate one). To be honest, the only shade that really called out to me was African Violet. Although I am a lover of neutrals and purples, the rest looked pretty meh that I wasn’t particularly excited to try it on. Take note of that, guys, because at the end of this review, I’d had gained a few pounds from eating every word I said about not liking it, not excited, being meh meh meh about it.
PackagingThe palette comes in a slim, padded, pebbled-material compact – very travel-friendly. It’s sturdy enough to avoid any ill effects from clumsy drops here and there, as well. However, the palette doesn’t totally shut close with a magnet so for those who are kinda OC on keeping everything tightly shut, I’m left feeling iffy. Also, the pebbled material is not at all growing on me. My first impression of it was .. um, warts? boils? However, what counts is the beauty inside, right? So let’s get on with that instead.
The palette is arranged in a light to dark gradation. The left side contains some beautiful highlighting shades — Sparkling Dew – pale, creamy pink with a satin finish Guava – light peach with shimmer African Violet – light mauve with golden shimmer Vanilla Nuts – warm ivory shade with a matte finish (LOLed at the shade name of this one!) Primrose – warm pale pink with gold shimmer Fresco – tan brown with matte finish
My favorites on this side are of course, African Violet, Sparkling Dew and Primrose.
This side is my favorite side. I think I like all the shades here, especially the upper part which are yummy plums and purples. Plum Smoke – light lavender mauve slash purple with a matte finish Kir Royal – deep aubergine (slightly red tone) with a satin finish Violet Ink – blackened eggplant with a matte finish Bamboo – taupe-ish brown with golden shimmer Truffle – deep chocolate brown with a matte finish Espresso Bean – blackened brown with a matte finish
In terms of shade range, I could definitely say that this palette is nicely curated. You have a nice set of neutrals, as well as pinks and purples to choose from when you want to experiment. This is one of those palettes you can use everyday, as well as travel with and be able to create a bevy of looks without them looking all the same.