Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Going Zen with Laura Mercier for Spring

Laura Mercier Zen Face Palette ($60.00) is a new-for-spring (into summer!) palette that includes one blush, four eyeshadows, and four lip glazes housed in a metal-rimmed palette with a cushy, dusty blue cover.

I was surprised at how much I liked the palette packaging, but I thought it was cute without being cheesy. It’s definitely apropos for spring! The palette also feels sturdy, weighty, but it doesn’t feel bulky, so I like the slimness and overall shape of it. I also LOVED! that they included a little plastic sheet with the names printed on top so you knew what product was what. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out in a palette!

Eyeshadows

  • Willow is a soft, pastel green with yellow undertones and a silvery shimmer. It has a bit of a frostier finish. It almost seemed un-Laura Mercier-like to me, just because it was such a nice pop of color, though it is a light pop of color!
  • Haze is a powder blue with silver shimmer. It’s more of a satin finish, less frost, in comparison to Willow.
  • Wisteria is a browned plum with a frosty sheen. It’s quite pigmented and smooth.
  • Midnight Jade is a darkened, grayed teal with a pearly sheen and just a light dusting of shimmer. I found this shade to be the least pigmented out of the four, but it still had decent pigmentation.

Blush

  • Plum is a very rosy plum shade. It’s less purple plum as it is red-plum. It has a low-level pearly sheen that’s very, very subtle. There’s no obvious shimmer here!

Lip Glazes

  • Black Currant is a brownish red that goes on very sheerly and has a glossy sheen.
  • Lotus Bloom is a sheer tinge of pinky-red with flecks of red shimmer.
  • Stone Beige is a creamier, semi-sheer nude beige with subtle gold shimmer.
  • Peach Blossom is an orange-y peach cream with a high gloss finish.

The good: It’s a fun palette with a good range of eye colors to give you a few new looks for spring. The pigmentation is pretty good (Midnight Jade needs to be layered for better pigmentation, though), and the texture is smooth, soft, and applies evenly. I like that there’s a good variety of colors in the lip glazes as well, because it gives you a lot of ways you can mix and match. I also think the packaging is fun, travel-friendly, and classy.

The bad: Palettes that mix powders and creams (or glazes, in this particular case) are not my favorite, because sometimes the powder finds its way into the creams, which is kind of gross. For most, it’s probably not a deal-breaker, but it’s something I thought I should mention. I don’t think the Plum blush is the most suitable for the palette–it almost seems too dark for this palette. I think it could work, but I’m not totally sold on it being the best match here.

There’s one thing I noticed right at end: there are no brushes!  It’s almost curious and yet I’m not displeased that they didn’t include them.  I know some think for the price that they should have, but I never find myself using those brushes that are included in palettes.  I always find them so inferior to my normal brushes and much prefer to take my brushes with me when I travel (even if it’s just a few), so it’s more of a neutral to me.  It just depends on your preference!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like Laura Mercier’s eyeshadows and have always wanted a little more color, you might enjoy the way she’s played with color in this spring palette. I think cooler skin tones will find this especially flattering, as most of the shades tend to be on the cooler end of the spectrum.

Availability: Nordstrom

See more photos & swatches!

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette

Laura Mercier Zen Palette
Willow, Haze, Plum, Wisteria, Midnight Jade

Laura Mercier Zen Palette
Black Currant, Lotus Bloom

Laura Mercier Zen Palette
Stone Beige, Peach Blossom

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15 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Zen Face Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kathy

    Oops. I think you duplicated the lip swatches twice. The names are there but the pics don’t see right. It’s an ok palette but I will save for something else.

  2. the last two photos (lip color swatches) look like they’re of the same two products. are they really that similar or was that a mistake?

  3. I saw this at Nordstom, wasn’t it a Nordy exclusive? and I passed. not colors I would wear that often but it is very pretty.

  4. alice

    My kind of colors. Agree with you about the mess that cream+powder palettes can make, but in this case, I might have to make an exception.

  5. Mirna

    What I like about this palette is that it has appropriate color combinations to wear for work. If I decide to purchase this, this would definitely be my makeup-for-work palette.

  6. Ellie

    Wisteria looks a bit like Style Snob from MAC.

  7. I was lusting after this at Neiman Marcus last night. Very, very pretty.

  8. Shannon

    Lovely shades!!!!! :)

  9. Avatar of Angie Angie

    THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU for posting this! I have been debating on whether to buy this, and I heard the shadows were disappointing. Oddly enough, it’s now the lippies that are giving me pause. They’re a little too sheer for me to justify that price.

  10. Luisafer

    really wouldn’t buy this pack… don’t like the eye shadows, lipstick kinda pretty, the blush not my color… the only thing I liked was the packing and the size

  11. Caroline

    Checked this out today, love the eyeshadows (nicely pigmented but not overly so) but not so much the lip colours. Lovely packaging for sure but passed on it because I dislike the eyeshadows in the same palette as lip colours without any covering for either. Would have bought if the eyeshadows came on their own.

  12. anonymous

    pass on the palette but the wisteria shade is especially beautiful