Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette ($55.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (some permanent, some limited edition) that run warmer with a mix of frosts and mattes. The palette has some misses, and there’s a general dryness in several of the shades that held the palette back from being really good.

Stellar is a medium-dark taupe with warm mauve undertones and a gray leaning paired with a soft, frost finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty, texture that blended well and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Platinum Bling (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #5 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Wave (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Swell (DC, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ginger is a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very silky consistency but was on the powdery side. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours. Kat Von D Fringe (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Cannelle (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Natural Peaches (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Orange Soda (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tete-a-Tint (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Peach on Earth (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nude #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Beige (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Bamboo (DC, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Melon (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Butter (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ludwin (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bamboo is a softened, medium brown with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had sheer coverage with a very firm texture–it was quite odd, given the rest of the palette is just right or too soft/dusty, but I really had to jab at the surface to get color payoff. The color wore for six hours. Kevyn Aucoin Champagne (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Topaz (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Era (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Touch (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Look Closer II (DC, $25.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cedar is a rich, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It had great pigmentation and a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight hours on me. Anastasia Truffle (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Copper Kettle (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Smiths (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sable Riche (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Deluxe (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Kim (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Isolde #2 (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Glow is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a lightly dry texture where some of the sparkles didn’t bind with the base, so there was some initial fall out during application. Otherwise, the color wore well for eight hours (and I didn’t notice any fall out during wear). MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #9 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Influence (Lightbeam) (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Noli (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Monaco-co (Enchanted Forest) (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Sunglow (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tiger's Eye (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop The Goat (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Summer Fling (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Girls Bite (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Beyond Bronze 003 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amber (DC, )(90% similar). Milani Foxy Lady (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Bean is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that ran a little powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (DC, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Montaillou (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dystopian (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Unapologetic (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Morning Dew is a pale, pinky-peach with a matte finish. It’s very, very powdery, even though the powder feels silky and finely-milled. It started to fade after seven hours. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (DC, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucy (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Lifelike (DC, ) is brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (PiP, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nude #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rockabilly (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was soft and blendable. It wore well for seven hours. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (PiP, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Lingerie Lover (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tick Tock (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Instinct (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (DC, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Laced (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Chic Happens (P, $4.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Charade I (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fray (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Hit Reply (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Moulin Rouge (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

African Violet is a medium-dark, rosy plum with larger gold sparkle. The texture isn’t as smooth as other shades, as you can feel the sparkle loosen from the base color. It had a tendency to sheer out on the skin, so I’d recommend using this with a lightly tacky base for best results. The color wore for seven hours with some fall out during wear. Laura Mercier African Violet (PiP, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Eve's Kiss (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bordello (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Shiver (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Piece of Me (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Empress (LE, $4.50) is warmer (80% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cherrywood is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier texture that applied better than I expected, as it was more buildable in practice. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Montparnasse (Right) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot J303 Deep Amethyst (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Ruh Roh (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (DC, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Minx #6 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). KKW Beauty Vegas (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (DC, ) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Photosynthesex #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #10 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Heart Burn (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Love Bug (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plumifique is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This is cooler and less brown-based compared to Cherrywood (but I think they’re too similar to have both personally). It had decent color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was thin but blendable and built-up well. The eyeshadow held on well for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (DC, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Cerise (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Iris Bronze #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Black Currant (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Amethyst (PiP, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Jammin' (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that could have been more blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours, though. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (DC, $21.00)(100% similar). LORAC Navy #7 (LE, $19.00)(100% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier African Violet (PiP, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Jet (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (PiP, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Gameplayer (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora I'm All Ears (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Modern Glamour #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P, ) is less pigmented (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (DC, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Influence (Lightbeam) (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Stellar Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Stellar Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Stellar Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Stellar Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Ginger Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Ginger Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Ginger Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Ginger Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Bamboo Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Bamboo Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Bamboo Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Bamboo Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cedar Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cedar Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cedar Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cedar Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Bronze Glow Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Bronze Glow Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Bronze Glow Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Bronze Glow Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Espresso Bean Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Espresso Bean Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Espresso Bean Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Espresso Bean Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Morning Dew Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Morning Dew Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Morning Dew Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Morning Dew Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cashmere Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cashmere Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cashmere Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cashmere Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier African Violet Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cherrywood Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cherrywood Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Cherrywood Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Cherrywood Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Plumifique Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Plumifique Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Plumifique Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Plumifique Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Noir Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Noir Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Noir Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Noir Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Another palette I snapped up worried it would sell out. I expected it to be awesome because I love the eye artist palette. I have not used it yet because I can only use so much shadows and I prefer to return unused. I’m not liking the review. Probably going to have to return this one. It’s pretty and a primer would make it useable. But, for $55, it should be better.

That’s too bad, it’s one of the more affordable Laura Mercier palette I’ve seen and I had my eyes on it 🙁

Definitely not as good as the LM Artist Palette! Cannot understand how they could screw up Bamboo or African Violet, or put two nearly identical shades in the same palette. Easy pass for me then. But I have ( for my billionth time! ) considered getting either the LMAP, or just an African Violet single shadow because I’m swimming in palettes! LoL!

I really like the colors in this, so I was hoping for a better grade. Bamboo makes me sad. Now I don’t know if the quality on the rest of the colors is good enough to justify the price for me. I have African Violet and I probably have dupes for the other shades.

Looks like the quality is not there compare to the artist palette came out this time in 2013. I might just pick up a backup from sephora. Love that one!

This is a really warm palette of varying quality. I think, by looking at the long list of dupes, that there are many similar colours out there in the market already. An easy pass.
Love the eye look you have done Christine – it is gorgeous.

The bottom layer would get all the use from me with the excpetion of Stellar. How do you think this stacks up to the Artist palette?

I think I have at least two other LM palettes that have Morning Glory and African Violet in them. I think I can probably safely pass on this one.

I feel like the ABH Self Made palette is better choice -it’s $ 20 cheaper, scored a B+, and has more interesting mix of colors. I do like African Violet though, might buy as single during Sephora sale, but since it’s in almost every palette, I’m hoping it will eventually show up in a palette I like

I was planning on getting the re-released 2013 artist palette but seeing this review has me worried that the quality on the re-release may have gone down. All the shades from 2013 were either A or A- but the Espresso Bean and African Violet shades in this one seems to have gone down in quality.

Christine, would you say that there is a perceivable shift in quality of those two shades in this new palette from the 2013 artist palette?

I don’t know if it’s really a quality difference in a general sense or just different finishes. African Violet seems to be better and worse on an individual basis – like there are people who hate it in the original Artist palette for being quite sheer!

Think I have dupes but love Laura Mercier. You always make shadows look so good. I will probably pass on this one.

I’ve been wanting African Violet for ages, so I hoped for this palette, but I doubt I’ll buy the palette. Will check if it comes to the LM counter and how much it’ll cost, though, as I quite like a lot of the other ES’s in it.
Is the permanent African Violet much better than the one in the palette?

I don’t have this palette, but I find the permanent African Violet to be very good. I’d say it’s just as good or slightly better than the version in the Artist Palette re-release from this year.

I can’t find this on Sephora ‘s website. I’ve looked several times. I was hoping to get it in the VIB sale, but I guess not. I prefer some of the lighter shades in this one over the Artist’s palette. I’m not too concerned that Bamboo isn’t a good performer – I have plenty of shades like that.

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