Sneak Peek: Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette Photos & Swatches

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my haul of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives, which I photographed for the most part, but I still have a whole palette to swatch and then almost all of it still to test, so it’s going to be a bit. That leads me to: sneak peeks! The first I have ready to share with you is Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00), which includes eight eyeshadows and one blush, plus a mascara. I wish they had skipped the mascara and gone with a lower price.

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Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Night Palette (2015) NARSissist Day & Night Series
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold combination (which I love seeing!), and I think the colors work really well together. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. With Claretluxe, I think it is most viable damp or if used dry, over a slightly tacky or white-hued base. The wear was good, and for the most part, the shades were true to description: sheer when used dry, richer when used damp.

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MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Claretluxe
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a set of five, warm-toned neutral eyeshadows with matte and satin finishes. It’s a nice palette overall, and it’s not quite as dupable as your typical neutral palette, but there are a fair amount of dupes for each shade. All five shades coordinate well with each other, and I liked that the finishes ranged from matte to satin, so you could get a little more depth out of the combination while also having an easier time blending out the shades.

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Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
Becca Eye Palette (5-Pan) Ombre Rouge
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Permanent
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NARS Pasiphae & Telesto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peacock burgundy.” It’s a muted, medium-brown with lighter olive green shimmer-sheen; it seemed like a duochrome, but it doesn’t really shift noticeably. On the eye, it mostly looks like an olive green over a warmer, murky brown. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply to bare lids, and the color wore for seven hours dry, eight hours damp before fading. Damp application yields much more opaque coverage, whereas dry application is sheer to semi-sheer. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Pasiphae
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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Too Faced Love Palette

Too Faced Love Palette ($49.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows split into three combinations. It utilizes a new formula with “slurry powder technology,” which ultimately gives them a slightly drier, dustier consistency that is harder to apply on bare skin. The formula is one that definitely needs to be used damp (and I think most shades could probably be used with a damp brush with no ill effect, but I haven’t tried it with all of the shades) or with an eyeshadow primer, preferably one with a little tack or thickness to it. The more sparkly shades create a lot of sparkle fall out while applying as well as during wear, as the sparkle tended to separate from the base color. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight hours on average with semi-opaque color payoff. I think a brown eyeliner might have been a better fit with these, as they run more faded/softer applied, and the black can be harsh–it’s certainly a dramatic choice.

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Too Faced Love Palette
Too Faced Passionately Pretty Eye Shadow Collection Love
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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