When I bought the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette ($55, Sephora) a few years ago, it was called “Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes”. The packaging has changed, but the shades inside are the same! I was so excited about this palette, because (at the time) all the neutral eyeshadow palettes on the market were too warm and golden for my taste. The purples and plums are what really drew me to this palette–they work great on my brown eyes. See swatches and a review of the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette below!
My palette has the older, faux pebbled leather packaging (the newer versions are shiny brown with a floral pattern.) Aesthetically speaking, I hate it. I am someone who appreciates beautiful, thoughtful packaging…and this is not it. It reminds me of reptile skin. Functionally, the packaging does its job. The lid is held down with a nice, strong magnet. I have traveled frequently with the palette, and it’s never accidentally opened up. Also, the mirror inside is generous.
A shimmery, neutral, sheer ivory. This is a good highlighting shade, but it’s subtle–you will want to build it up if you like a bolder highlight.
A shimmery, warm-toned light peach. I like to use this as an all-over lid shade when I’m short on time.
My favorite! This is a beautiful, medium plum shade with gold shimmer. However, it isn’t the easiest eyeshadow to work with. “Sweeping” this eyeshadow on with a brush doesn’t work well–it’s too powdery, and will end up too sheer. Also, over blending will make it disappear. For best results, I “press” this shadow on with a stiffer brush. If you want even more pigmentation, use a wet brush. The pigmentation and longevity is really lacking here, which is a shame because African Violet is such a unique color. I love it, so I am willing to deal with its downsides.
A matte, neutral, medium lilac-grey. Good for the crease on cooler toned looks.
A medium-dark, neutral purple with tonal shimmer. I wish African Violet had the quality of Kir Royal! This shade is strong and pigmented, but easy to blend.
A matte, cool-toned dark purple. This color is very intense–a little goes a long way.
A matte, neutral ivory. Vanilla Nuts is essentially the same color as my skin, so it’s hard for me to judge its performance. I use it as an all-over base on top of my eyeshadow primer, to make blending easier.
A shimmery, neutral pink beige. On the lid, this looks similar to Guava–but you can never have enough basic shimmery neutrals, right?
A matte, neutral light-medium brown shade. Fresco is a bit of an enigma–sometimes it reads warm, sometimes it’s more neutral. I like to use it as a crease or transition shade.
A shimmery, neutral medium khaki. Bamboo looks kind of green-ish in the pan, which is interesting. On the skin, it reads more brown/gold.
A matte, warm-toned brown. It’s a good medium-dark crease shade.
A matte, cool-toned dark brown. Smooth and pigmented, easy to work with.
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s palette is not without its issues–namely, pigmentation. You’re going to want to use a primer with this one. The shadows are very powdery and almost too blendable. But I love its shades; purple is often under-represented in eyeshadow palettes, in my opinion. This palette is also extremely versatile. I’ve used it for everything from quick everyday eyeshadow to evening looks. Also, because I frequently use Violet Ink and Espresso Bean as eyeliners, and Truffle and Espresso Bean as brow powders, this is a perfect palette for traveling. I would recommend this palette for cool-toned users, especially those with brown eyes. People with darker skin tones may have a hard time getting the sheerer shades to perform well. Overall, despite its shortcomings, this is my favorite eyeshadow palette–mainly because of its color scheme.