I don’t know about you but i will be spending my Sunday lazing around and enjoying a free day. There’s going to be reading, tv and food, along with some dog walks to get me outdoors but that is it! The last few weeks have been so busy I’m really looking forward to having a quiet weekend or two.
In the post Christmas sale there was one store that I was really looking forward to having a browse of….sadly in Wales we don’t have an individual store but we do have access to the wonderful Space NK website, and so I made my very first sale purchase: the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes and Cheeks.
Originally this was priced at £45 but I managed to get it for the bargain price of £22.50 – who on earth could refuse that?!
With eight eyeshadows and a super flattering blush in the centre it was sure to be a winner in anyone’s make up collection, especially mine. I’ve long lusted after LM palettes and products in general and having only tried the Silk Creme foundation and the hydrating primer I am yet to find one that I don’t like.
And with an animal print exterior I was surely not going to let it pass me by.
Sometimes I think they could be a bit more creative with their names….but nevertheless at least their names make some sense – there’s no use in calling something a completely ridiculous name that has nothing to do with the colour, you know what you’re getting here.
Opening the palette reveals a sturdy mirror along with the product inside, I love the arrangement and the equality of the palette pleases my OCD tendencies.
I also really like that they’re named on the front, a lot of brands do this now and I think it’s a lot better than scrabbling around trying to find the box it came in to work it out! I like products with names, feels a lot more personal than ‘001’.
How do you like my Christmas leggings by the way? I seem to have snapped them in the mirror in the image below – a Primarni special they are my absolute favourite things to wear right now.
The blush in the centre is a Rosegold Shimmer; it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a beautiful rose gold product that I’ve been wearing all day every day recently; its extremely flattering and gives me a warm glow kind of look. It also has a really subtle shimmer that does not look glittery in any way and it’s great for day and night.
So the colours. Vanilla Nuts is a super matte, creamy textured shadow that I’ve been using as the perfect base. It glides on and covers my whole eyelid easily. It’s almost a bit dark for my (pretty much) ivory skin but it’s a great colour.
Stone Taupe is exactly that colour and I love using it in the crease of my eyelid to define it, it blends so smoothly it’s like it belongs there.
Pewter is a gorgeous shimmery dark silver and will be great for an evening look, again it blends seamlessly and flatters my skin tone.
Deep Night is a gorgeous dark blue that I’ve been using as a liner; it’s perfect and a pretty change from black which I am otherwise hooked on.
Topaz is essentially a shimmery version of Stone Taupe and again will look great for evening, though I would wear it in day too as they have such a subtle shimmer to them and blend so well.
Morning Dew and Cashmere are again matte shadows and between them they feel so buttery. They create the perfect nude eye look for work and don’t seem to fall or slide during the day.
Crystal Beige is the last colour in the palette and is a warm toned shimmer shadow with a touch of gold in it.
I can’t describe them any better than this as I’m far too busy playing with them and marvelling at their beauty!
Here are some colour swatches taken in daylight, so these are true to colour. Taking photos in winter is so restrictive don’t you think??
The above shows without flash and below shows with:
Here are the first four eyeshadows closer up without/with flash and also the blush, found at the far left of my arm. It blends so well you can barely see it!
And here are the last four, with and then without flash. They are so finely milled that when swatched they almost blend seamlessly into my skin:
Still not convinced? Here are some photos I’ve taken from the last few weeks:
I absolutely love it, and i love that I got it for £22.50 even more!
What do you think of the palette and the eyeshadow colours?
Have you tried a palette from Laura Mercier before? Have you bought anything in the Space NK sale?
I can see this coming with me a lot when I start travelling with my job; it has almost every look I could need!