When Sephora does a sale, it does it well. During their end-of-summer sale, I managed to pick up a few bits at a super awesome sale price. The Laura Mercier Flawless Colour Favorites Set happened to be a value set that I had been coveting after I looked up swatches of the eyeshadows included in the palette. The palette includes 4 eyeshadows, and an eyeliner cake, all of which are easy to depot (no heat required, simply pop them out of the palette!) and move around should you wish to.
I’ve never really tried many other products from Laura Mercier, so the price gave me a lot of expectations. I can easily say that the eyeshadows exceeded my expectations from the first swatch, and totally took the eyeshadow game to a whole new level. The four eyeshadows included are Chocolate/Cashmere, Sable/Morning Dew and each duo includes a matte and a shimmer finish. The colours work well together, and are so, so pigmented. They are so smooth to the point of being almost too powdery. Despite that, this is a palette that’s awesome to travel with if you more focused on the evening/glam look.
I must say that my mixed experience with this palette (particularly with the eyeliner cake) almost made me return the whole set. I really thought the eyeliner cake was a defect because it was as dry as chalk, and would not swatch no matter how much I went over the powder over and over, or how much I scraped the product. Though the eyeshadows were beyond perfection, the cake eyeliner felt so off that I left so disappointed and almost swore off any more of Laura’s products.
Not easily deterred, the word “cake” made me think that this product needed a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it work. Just like how you have a dry and wet batter when making your cake, I can only thought of one thing that would make this work: water. In hindsight, I really should have thought better, and not use micellar water (I used the L’Oreal Micellar Solution one) but it did the trick. After creating what was equivalent to a kindergarten art class creation, I gave this now-dampened pan a quick swatch and the rest was history.
Check. Out. That. Pigmentation. If that’s not quality, I don’t know what to say. It applied like a dream when dampened and dries down to an intense and pigmented navy blue that almost look black. It is as intense on the lids as when swatched, and it dries down in a reasonable amount of time so you have sufficient time to fix any mistakes.
Anyhow, whoever thought of naming the first duet Chocolate/Cashmere must be dreaming of chocolates. That shade does not look brown at all (despite my swatch, which does not do it justice) but more of a light burgundy-brown when you see it in person, so if you’re a fan of purple shades, you might want this duo in your collection. Cashmere is a lovely matte, dusty purple-pink shade that is supposed to be an all-over lid colour. It can make you look more sick if not applied properly.
The Sable/Morning Dew is more of your morning day-time neutral without the beige or brown. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this – Morning Dew which is the matte creamy white shade is perfect as an all-over lid or highlight colour. Sable is a taupe-grey shade with a shimmery finish.
Despite the rather off-putting experience with the eyeliner cake (which ended up in a good way), this palette reminds me once again which Laura Mercier’s beauty products are on everyone’s wishlist one way or another. I am in love with the quality of the eyeshadows and do find the eyeliner growing on me so much!