Top 10 of 2013: Best Makeup Palettes

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

5 Must-Have Burgundy Lipsticks

Reader Rashmi requested a top five of burgundy lipsticks, and I have to say, finding a really lovely burgundy lip color that’s permanent is difficult. It seems to be a favorite hue to go-to for limited edition collections, though.

  1. OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts
  2. MAC Endless Drama — a deepened, semi-opaque burgundy red with a soft, frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani #408 — is a muted, reddish burgundy with a pearly shimmer
  4. Buxom Menace — a brightened, berry-ish burgundy with a shimmery finish
  5. Laura Mercier Merlot — a lightened, muted berry-burgundy with a natural finish

What’s your favorite burgundy lipstick?

Laura Mercier White Magic Collection for Holiday 2013

Laura Mercier White Magic Collection for Holiday 2013
Laura Mercier White Magic Collection for Holiday 2013

Model is wearing: Foundation Primer, Oil Free Suprême Foundation in Vanilla Beige, Secret Camouflage in SC-4, Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, Eye Canvas in EC-3, Illuminating Eye Colour in Crystal Fantasy and Opal Fantasy, Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Gunmetal Smoke, Faux Lash Mascara in Black, Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight, Brilliant Glacé in Pink Prism, Nail Lacquer in Angel Wing.

Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearl Fantasy
  • Crystal Fantasy
  • Opal Fantasy

Tightline Cake Eye Liner ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gunmetal Smoke

Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Twilight
  • Sterling

Brilliant Glace ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Prism
  • Rose Prism
  • Nude Prism

Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Flamingo
  • Mocha Myth

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Butterfly Wings
  • Angel Wings

Second Skin Cheek Colour ($24.00)

  • Orange Blossom (Permanent)

Mineral Illuminating Powder ($32.00)

  • Candlelight (Permanent)

Availability: November 2013 at Nordstrom, Sephora, Laura Mercier

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Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes ($48.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows. The palette leans just slightly cool-toned, though there are some warmer shades included. It’s a mix of peach, brown, and plum; with more matte finishes than the average palette. Some shades seem to be part of the permanent range, while others are not. The ones that aren’t include (based on looking at Laura Mercier’s website): Sparkling Dew, Violet Ink, and Espresso.  The palette is really consistent across the board; all shades had nice color payoff with some hitting it totally out of the park and others just being slightly under, but all the shades are easy to work with, blendable, wear well (eight and a half hours without creasing/fading), and apply easily.

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Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes
Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2013 Artist Palette for Eyes
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Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Gifting Collection

Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection
Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection

Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Amethyst Trio
  • Bronze Trio
  • Emerald Trio

Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eye & Cheeks ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s ultimate holiday accessory features a range of products that will leave your eyes and cheeks flawlessly glowing. Palette includes:

  • Eight eyeshadows in Morning Dew matte, Coffee Ground matte, African Violet luster, Ballerina Pink sateen, Deep Night matte, Dusk luster, Sable sateen and Crystal Beige luster.
  • Three Tightline Cake eyeliners in Black Ebony, Ground Espresso and Bleu Marine.
  • Two Second Skin cheek colors in Barely Pink and Heather Pink.
  • Face highlighter in Golden Shimmer.
  • Longwear Crème eye pencil in Espresso.
  • Double-Ended Crease/Smudge brush.
  • Travel Pony Tail brush.
  • Travel Flat eyeliner brush.
  • Instructional insert.

Color to Go Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette ($50.00)

  • Natural Nudes
  • Smoky Violet

Artist Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

Enclosed in a luxurious textured, chocolate brown case, this complete compact includes a large mirror and 12 eye colors hand selected by Laura Mercier. Mix and match for endless eye looks. 0.03 oz x 12 in Eye Colour in Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink, Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, Espresso Bean.

Luxe Travel Brush Collection ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

The Laura Mercier travel brush collection features a chic clutch filled with nine go-to brushes for perfect makeup application while you’re on the go. Full-size cheek color brush. Secret Camouflage/Camouflage powder brush. Allover Eye Color/Pony Tail brush. Eye Crease/Smudge brush. Flat Eyeline/Angled eyeliner brush.

Line & Define Mini Longwear Creme Eye Pencil Collection ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Cover your eyes in luminous color with a sampler pack of Longer Crème eye pencils by Laura Mercier. Includes: Violet, Espresso, Noir, Sage, Cobalt.

Shimmer Effects Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes Pink Opal, Amethyst, Rosegold, Sugar Frost.

Mini Lip Glace Collection ($48.00) (Limited Edition

  • Bare Nudes
  • Bold Brights

Souffle Body Creme Sampler ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, Creme de Pistache, and Fresh Fig.

Bath & Body Travel Quartet ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

Crème body wash (3 oz.): pour onto washcloth and gently lather onto skin before rinsing. Body butter (3 oz.): a richly moisturizing butter that naturally soothes and protects your skin. Hand crème (1 oz.): warm crème in hands and massage into skin. Eau Gourmande (0.5 oz.): spray on your skin as desired. Available in Tarte Au Citron or Fresh Fig.

Body & Bath Duet ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath. These softly scented bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day, while the Soufflé Body Crème exfoliates, softens and soothes skin. Available in Almond Coconut Milk or Creme Brulee.

Hand Creme Sampler Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Give hands a luxurious taste of ultra-rich and velvety hydration. Set includes: Fresi Fig, Creme Brulee, Almond Coconut Milk, and Creme de Pistache.

Body & Bath Luxe Quartet ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Indulge and escape with Laura’s luxe quartet in three delectable gourmande scents, which contains Honey Bath, Body Scrub, Souffle Body Crème and a candle. Available in Almond Coconut Milk, Creme Brulee, or Ambre Vanille.

Votive Candle Sampler Collection ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Get warm and cozy for the holidays with four of Laura’s delicious votives. Set includes Creme Brulee, Fresh Fig, Ambre Vanille, Tarte au Citron.

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus

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