Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette Review & Swatches

One of the most exciting makeup launches this summer for me is the re-release of the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes originally debuted during Holiday 2013. I remember it being sold out quickly upon its first release and I’ve been kicking myself ever since for not getting it! This time around I purchased it without second thoughts the moment I saw it pop up online! Now that I have had some time to play with it, I agree with just about every review out there that this palette is truly a must-have. There are a couple of changes in the new version that I wish could be improved upon but otherwise everything else is just absolutely perfect in so many ways. :)

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

The first change is the name. Now it’s called Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette. The second change is the exterior packaging. The new version no longer has that classic extravagant pebbled leather material. Instead, it is now just a basic cardboard with a foam-cushioned glossy paper top and magnetic flap. The black on brown floral print is nice, the full-sized mirror is awesome, yet I can’t help but feel a little cheated on considering that the third change is the price. It went up from US$48 to US$55. I’m starting to see a few dents on my palette already so if you have the original version, congratulations!, if you have the new version, use it with care! :)

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

Palette at a glance

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

Good thing the eyeshadows inside are the exact same color selection and quality! There are 12 colors; 6 are matte, 2 are lustre, and 4 are sateen. The palette leans purple-themed with co-coordinating pink, peach, beige, and brown. It is the perfect, well-chosen color selection for classic, elegant eye looks. I can see it being a great everyday palette as well as a soft smokey palette. Purple looks especially pretty on brown eyes but is also flattering on just about everyone — no wonder the palette has been so well-received by pretty much everyone in the beauty community!

The colors include a nice balance of cool and warm tones ranging from very pale highlighting shades (left) to medium and dark all-over lid, contouring, and defining shades (right). The mattes have amazing texture — smooth and pigmented without being patchy or powdery. The shimmers have buildable color payoff without creating terrible fallout although some are sheerer than the others and can only be used as highlighting shades on my skin.

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

The shadows have excellent blendability even the darker matte shades. They don’t require much blending at all. The sheerer ones are an absolute dream to work with. I also like how well the colors compliment each other. They are all truly wearable and whatever combination you wish to create, a flattering result is guaranteed.

Staying power is quite impressive as I don’t see much of the fading or creasing at all when they are worn on unprimed lids, and I have oily lids! At the end of a very long day they may look just slightly faded but never creased. Wear time is appoximately 7-8 hours and improved when applied over an eye primer.

Whole palette swatches

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

Shade breakdown

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  • Sparkling Dew – pale pink beige; sateen
    Applies very sheer on my skin but buildable. Soft, blends nicely, but slightly powdery.
  • Guava – pale peachy pink; sateen
    Slightly more pigmented than Sparkling Dew but is still very pale on my skin. Very soft, non-powdery texture with buildable color payoff. Beautiful shade (I love guava!).
  • African Violet – pink purple with a golden sheen; luster
    The star of the palette and my favorite shade! The shimmer in this shade is so complex creating a multidimensional look whenever the light hits! Sometimes it’s more golden, sometimes it’s more pink, or purple. Really beautiful. Very soft and finely-milled texture. Creates a little fallout when packing on. Fairly good color payoff although I wish it could be a tiny bit more pigmented.
  • Plum Smoke – smoky purple; matte
    Such an unusual smoky dusty purple shade. Buttery soft and excellent color payoff. Also blends superbly!
  • Kir Royal – burgundy purple; sateen
    Slightly dry compared to the rest but is still easy to apply and blend. Nicely pigmented without fallout. Tends to look uneven, though, if not blended well.
  • Violet Ink – inky eggplant purple; matte
    Smooth like ink! Soft and easy application. Amazing color payoff and blendability. Layers well without creating terrible fallout.

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  • Vanilla Nuts – vanilla beige; matte
    Buttery soft, nicely pigmented, and finely-milled without being powdery. Slightly chalky but still blends effortlessly.
  • Primrose – pale pink beige; sateen
    I love the name! :) Very creamy soft and such a pleasure to apply and blend. A little powdery and sheer on my skin but is buildable.
  • Fresco – neutral brown; matte
    What a great crease contouring shade! Excellent color payoff. I use it all the time with almost every look I create. Has such a nice, super creamy soft texture. Blends like a dream. Truly a great matte.
  • Bamboo – olive-tinged golden brown; luster
    Another beautiful shade, my second favorite as it’s not your typical brown. Wonderful texture as well as pigmentation and blendability.
  • Truffle – chocolate brown; matte
    Soft, finely-milled but slightly dry and powdery. Amazing pigmentation and blends nicely.
  • Espresso Bean – darkened brown; matte
    Wish this would be a true black but darkened brown probably pairs better with the rest of the palette. Excellent color payoff perfect for a definer shade. Easy to smoke, goes on soft and can be layered for a more dramatic finish.

The eye look

Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

I applied Vanilla Nuts as a base color, followed by African Violet all over the lid. I popped in a little bit of Kir Royal in the inner and outer third of the lid to create a dimensional effect. I used Violet Ink to smoke out the outer corner and Espresso Bean to darken. A mix of Sparkling Dew and Primrose was used to softly highlight the brow bone. A touch of Guava was added in the inner corner to open up my eye slightly. As a finishing step, I smudged Truffle along the lower lash line.

Full-face pictures:

Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette
Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
Wearing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

Additional makeup worn:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Demolition (review) along the upper lash line
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Empire (review) and MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple (review) along the lower lash line
  • Mille Superstar Glittering Gel Liner Waterproof (see picture) on the inner corner
  • YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 04 Orange Fougueux topped with Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink Sunset (review) on my lips

Now I completely understand why this is such a cult-favorite and possibly one of the most sought-after eyeshadow palettes! The eyeshadow quality is top-notch and not to mention a wonderful selection of colors that is so flattering and truly wearable by anyone. The price point, though increased, is more than reasonable as singles are currently sold at US$24 a pop. Here you get a variety of 12 gorgeous shades for the price of a little more than two singles! You won’t get the same amount but I’ve never hit pan on any eyeshadow myself regardless of the pan size. The palette is currently exclusive to Sephora and is still available online and in-store. It doesn’t say limited edition so hopefully this will be a permanent addition that everyone can enjoy. I wouldn’t hesitate to grab one as soon as possible, though, just in case it ever goes out of stock again! :)


US$55 at Sephora

At Laura Mercier counters

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  1. says: brenda

    Wow Jaa this is really pretty! I want to buy the Indiscretion highlighter today but i’m not sure if it will fit my NC15 skintone.. What do you think?

    1. says: Jaa

      I think it will look even more gorgeous on you, Brenda! I think it will add glow and warmth to your pale skin nicely. Can you try it in-store first?

      1. says: brenda

        Hey Jaa yes i’ve tried it and purchased it :D it’s so pretty!! All thanks to you, i’ve been wanting it since i saw your review ;)

  2. Wow I love that eye look and the photo from a different angle of the eye, so pretty!
    I caught this palette when it was released back then and it has always been on my desk since then. I use it in combination to my other eye shadows to blend or enhance. It is a staple indeed.

    1. says: Jaa

      So glad you noticed the angle! LOL I was trying to do something different! :D And yet another rave for the palette! So glad you’re loving it just as much!

  3. says: Sunny

    Ahhh so pretty! You know my issue with palettes, but I have to say this one keeps haunting me a little LOL I might eventually crack :p

    1. says: Jaa

      How about now?! C’mon Sunny. I just know you will love this one even if you’re not a palette person! These colors look amazing on our brown eyes! :D

  4. says: Rae

    I’m still thinking if I should get this. Sucks that they changed the packaging, I like the old one I see in pictures.

    If there would be a UD Naked 4, I wish it would be a purplish-toned one (but then it might not be ‘naked’ anymore).

    1. says: Jaa

      I say stop thinking and buy one now! Trust me, you won’t regret! :) I’m pretty sure a UD Naked Purple is in the plan. Maybe after the Naked Smoky? :D

      1. It always annoys me that there is at least one shade I don’t like as much as the others, so I end up not using the whole thing. For travels I customize my own quad, that way I love everything I have with me and am way more flexible.

        1. says: Jaa

          A small trade-off I think. There are bound to be some “meh” colors when it comes to palettes. I don’t mind it as long as the majority of the colors, say 70-80% is something I see myself wearing. But ultimately, customizing your own palettes is probably the best way to go!

  5. says: Erin

    I almost bought this on Saturday! I swore myself to a $50 budget and couldn’t bring myself to pay the extra $5! I got Fresh Black Tea Essence instead!

  6. says: Lily

    What a gorgeous palette, Jaa… and I especially love the look you created here. I’ve been using cream eye shadows a lot lately though, and starting to wonder if I need to get rid of some of my palettes. LOL!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Lily! Same here! I’ve been using cream shadows a lot more these days but I still pop a little bit of powder shadow on top to prevent creasing. Nooo don’t get rid of palettes! They are fun! ;D

  7. says: Kimmy

    Oh man, I so wasn’t going to get this! I saw that it had been re-released and considered it for a while but opted not to pick it up. Now you have been lusting, Jaa. Darn you! :-) It does suck a little about the packaging though…. xo

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh Kimmy! But this one is a must-have! Seriously! You won’t regret it! :D Everyone I talked to said this is a staple piece! :)

  8. says: Liz

    I had the old version and got rid of it, lol. Kind of regretting it now, seeing how pretty your look is! But I don’t miss it to be honest. It’s good quality like you say but there was something about the shades that I just couldn’t fully get on board with.

    1. says: Jaa

      Hmmm OK, you’re the first person who isn’t so crazy about this palette. LOL Did you give it to someone else or did you blog sale it? I wonder what about the colors that you didn’t like. :)

  9. I don’t think I even have any Laura Mercier products in my collection. Even though I probably have way too many similar shades, I feel like this palette would be a great start. It really is beautiful! As is the look you created with it. It looks amazing on you!

    1. says: Jaa

      None? But how do you resist?! ^_^ Not even the Caviar Stick? If you like cream shadow pencils, you must try the Caviar Stick! The formula is so creamy and blendable, plus more affordable than other higher-end brands. :D

      Thank you so much!! <3

  10. I can’t believe they dropped the gorgeous pebbled leather material, swapped it out for cardboard, and upped the price!? The pebbled leather was one of the prettiest parts of it! I had this (the 2013 pebbled version), and returned it. I found the shadows mediocre to patchy and they’d blend away to mud. The version you have seems reformulated as African Violet, one of the shades I bought the palette for, looks EXACTLY like what I’d hoped for, versus the one I got which looked sheer and faded over primer and applied wet. I’m so glad the quality has been improved, but I wish they’d kept the gorgeous packaging of the original. These colors look beyond smashing on you! The eye look you did is simply perfection, Jaa!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks so much, Kristen! <3

      Seriously? I had no idea the original version was that bad! I have only heard good things about it! Did you try to swatch a different palette in case you were sent a defective one? (I doubt it but still) I suppose based on your experience you're not looking to buy the new version huh? I won't blame you! But I still think you should give it a try. ;)

      1. It does seem like I had a defective one, I agree. Although I have read a few reviews of the original palette, including Karen/Makeup & Beauty Blog that also said to be extra careful not to blend like you normally would b/c the shadows disappear or get muddy. I might be intrigued to try the new version but I’ll wait for a sale since my palette options are pretty large right now, LOL! The swatches you did are completely 100% better than the original one, so I definitely believe it’s been reformulated and improved dramatically.

  11. says: Kelly

    I have really been trying not to buy this palette, but you may have just broken down my last bit of resistance. Your eye look is gorgeous!

  12. says: Shari

    YESSS! This is one of my favorite palettes – has browns, violets, taupes that are my favorite shades to wear! :) I’ve used and abused my African Violet as well :) Loooove the look you created, Jaa!

    1. says: Jaa

      Hey Shari! Thank you so much! I’m a little jealous that you have the original version with the beautiful packaging and all! Me, too. I love wearing African Violet. It’s sooo easy to wear alone or paired with other colors! :)

  13. says: Jen

    What a totally stunning palette! I love wearing purples, but don’t do it often enough. Love the look you created with this :)

  14. says: Cindy

    Eep! It’s like we’re shopping at the same time because your reviews lately have been coinciding with my recent purchases! So glad you like this palette. I like mine too but I don’t think it’ll replace my Lorac Pro any time soon. I do really love the olive gold color. Not often I come across a color like that xD

    1. says: Jaa

      Have you tried MAC Sumptuous Olive? That’s one heck of a pretty olive-y shadow color! :D LORAC Pro will always hold a special place in my heart! ^_^

  15. says: Bree B

    So far everything I’ve tried from LM I’ve loved.
    Thanks for the great swatches, and thoughtful review!
    Love the Caviar sticks, but I did exchange the lighter color I bought. Too sheer for my liking. Just that slight titch, where I’ve found I prefer the Marc Jacobs product that’s similar for light colors. Darker shades, def the caviar stick.

  16. says: Connie

    Hi Jaa! I hope you answer since I can see this post is old… I found this Laura Mercier palette by coincidence, because I just sold two of my naked palettes, the ones I never use (naked 2 and smoky) and I wanted to replace them with shades I like more or I tend to reach more frecuently… I have lorac pro 1 and 2, naked 1 and 3 and the tartelette palette. Do you think I still need this one? It look so gorgeous!!! And I have brown eyes… ?

    1. says: Jaa

      Of course you don’t need it but I’d recommend you get one anyway because this is WAY too pretty to pass!! LOL! The colors in this palette would look so amazing on your brown eyes!

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