December 06, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette and Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

Purchased items.

I'll be doing a series of quick and dirty swatch-and-mini review posts for the holiday palettes, as there isn't a lot of time left to purchase or put things on wish lists for the holiday gift-giving season. (And I'll be back to both regularly scheduled programming and some new things come January.)

For today, I have two really, REALLY awesome palettes: The Make Up For Ever Artist Palette and the Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks. (And hey, I just realized the name similarity here. They both wanted to be sure you knew they were MUA-friendly brands, I guess?)

First up, the Make Up For Ever Artist palette. Price is 48$ CAD, available at Sephora.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

The new MUFE eyeshadow formula is both unique and a vast improvement over their original formula. It's one of those weird gel-powder hybrids, but without that surface dryness that kind of formula can have. These are creamy and a little dense, with a neat texture when you press your finger into the pan, almost like it has a bit of squishy-ness. The gel part of it, I assume? And unlike a lot powders that claim some kind of special privilege of being usable wet, these powders not only can be applied damp, they transform into an almost cream eyeshadow texture when applied wet. They can be painted on, blended, buffed out without losing potency or getting funky.

All the shades I've tried so far have wonderful pigmentation (especially the Metallic and Iridescent finishes), and more notably, are an absolute dream to build up, sheer out and generally blend. They're so incredibly malleable for a powder eyeshadow. I think the ones that might be the weakest in pigmentation are the Diamond shades, but it's a truly minor difference.

I've heard that these eyeshadows can develop a hard pan surface, which hasn't happened to mine, yet. (I think because of that gel-powder, squishy texture they compact down easily, maybe?)

Shades are, left to right:

M536 (Milk Tea - matte), 1524 (Pinky Beige - iridescent), I550 (Olive Grey - iridescent),
D652 (Celestial Earth - diamond), ME728 (Copper Red - metallic), ME230 (Peacock Blue - metallic, D926 (Blueberry - diamond), ME930 (Black Purple - metallic).

I think the Copper Red and Blueberry are perhaps the only ones where the name doesn't quite match the color, but otherwise they're pretty accurate descriptions.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette



Next up, the Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks. Price was originally 70$ CAD, now 59$ in the sale section at Sephora. Score!

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

I have to say that the exterior of the palette is decidedly lacklustre. It's a functional flip top with a magnetic (sort of) closure, and a zebra-like cloth wrap. It's just totally "meh".

Inside, WAY better.

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

I had a rough patch with the Laura Mercier palette. My first one had a misprint that turned Deep Night into something close enough to a racial slur that I debated with myself for a week before exchanging it. That bump aside, it's a lovely palette! The eyeshadows are up to par with what I expect from LM (compared to, say, the unreliable quality of Bobbi Brown palettes), with silky-smooth mattes, creamy-textured shimmers, and great payoff. I find the rosy tones on the left side especially useful for everyday wear, but the navy also makes a terrific eyeliner shade, and the stone taupe is a go-to contouring shade for both eyelid and cheeks.

The one thing that stands out a bit oddly is the blush/highlighter, as it is distinctly warmer-toned than the rest of the palette. It can be a bit odd pairing them in a cohesive look, but I actually like dusting it a bit over the centre of the lid to add a burnished tone and then applying it as a second, highlighter-y blush over a rosy or taupe blush to tie everything in. It's probably a little less value for the buck if you don't like the blush, since it contains half the amount of eyeshadows compared the palettes from previous years. If you do like it, though, then it's great quality for the price, especially now that it's discounted. (If you want to press your luck, you can also try waiting until the sale section discount thing Sephora usually does later in December/early January.)


Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes and Cheeks

Back soon with a few more!

(I purchased everything.)

8 comments:

  1. That Laura Mercier one I like! I think I will get it! There hasn't been a lot of hype about it this year like the previous years. I think this is the first post I've seen about it! Maybe I'll use my $25 for this. :D

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    1. It's strangely under-represented, but the reviews on Sephora seem to echo my enjoyment. I'm not sure I would pay the full price for essentially four eyeshadows and blush/highlighter (I got it with the VIB sale discount), but on sale now and with the added coupon, I think it's a wonderful choice! Or if you're not sure, you can always wait until the post-holiday sale?

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  2. I also completely ignored the LM palette but it's sitting in my online cart right now. Wish I had bothered to swatch the cheek colour because the eye shadows are totally gorgeous.

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    1. Do you wear shimmery blushes, Liz? It's really pretty as a layering blush, because it actually buffs out nicely if you want something sheerer and glowy. I've been using it even more as a sheer eyeshadow.

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    2. I do! And so I picked it up today. Surprisingly, it's marked down in-store as well. With the $20 coupon, it was a deal I couldn't resist. :D

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    3. SWEET! I think they've gotten better at matching pricing in-store. :)

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  3. I'm sorely tempted by both of these palettes, but NO - I must resist. Palettes and I are just not friends! lol. Always seems like a great idea at the time, and then I'm overwhelmed afterward. But the LM seems like a great deal, now that it's on sale particularly. If I had friends who loved makeup as much as I do and appreciated such things, it would have made a great gift! (alas, I am one of a kind in my group).

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    1. It's a bummer when you just want to share the makeup love, isn't it??

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