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 Platinum Bling (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #5 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Swell (DC, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wave (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (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). Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% 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). Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Beige (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Nude #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bamboo (DC, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Butter (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Melon (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% 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). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Smiths (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Deluxe (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Isolde #2 (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Kim (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sable Riche (LE, $17.00) is lighter (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). Dose of Colors Noli (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #9 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Influence (Lightbeam) (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Copper Stone (188M) (PiP, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Girls Bite (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dazzle Style (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rizzo (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Goat (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tiger's Eye (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Sunglow (LE, ) is more shimmery, 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). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (DC, ) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Montaillou (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Chocolate Espresso (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dystopian (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Unapologetic (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE, ) is lighter (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). 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). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (PiP, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucy (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Lifelike (DC, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (DC, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut CrΓ¨me (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (DC, $21.00) is cooler (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). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Natural Beauty (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Tick Tock (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Instinct (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom Lingerie Lover (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Laced (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Charade I (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Cleavage (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Moulin Rouge (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Paw Print (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Hit Reply (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (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). 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). MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (PiP, ) is more 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). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Ruh Roh (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (DC, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Inglot J303 Deep Amethyst (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #6 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Photosynthesex #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Heart Burn (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #10 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P, ) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Love Bug (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). KKW Beauty Vegas (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (PiP, ) is brighter (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 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Pop (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Black Currant (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% 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). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). 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). Kat Von D Jet (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (PiP, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Laura Mercier African Violet (PiP, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (DC, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Noli (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Gameplayer (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Champagne (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Lucy (LE, $19.00) is warmer (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 has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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.

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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