Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette for Holiday 2009

October 22, 2009

I normally get excited about all the holiday palettes and kits that come out every year, but felt this year there were too many palettes and not enough individual products to choose from. Laura Mercier has some gorgeous palettes which are nice if you don’t have a lot of products from her line. But if you’re like me and are looking for something you don’t already have in your collection, then you might be more inclined to wait and see what comes out for spring.

She does have quite a few bath & body kits that look interesting, but for her color items, the only thing that really caught my eye was her Baked Eye Colour Palette which retails for $48 and has 5 colors with a double-sided brush.

Left to right: Champagne, Sepia, Mink, Malt and Sterling

Overall thoughts: Champagne, Malt and Sterling are very sparkley and light. If you remember those Diamond Dust Eyeshadows from Bobbi Brown years ago, these are similar in concept. Light base color with loads of silver sparkle. These are nice and not over the top, but since they are so sheer, all three colors look the same on me.

Sepia and Mink are gorgeous shades, but feel a bit “over baked” making the pigment so-so. It’s still workable and they show up if you apply them with a brush that is slightly damp or over a cream base.

The Laura Mercier website states this is a $108 retail value which I am completely at odds on how they calculated this.

If you like Baked Shadows but want more pigmented and fun colors, check out the Gemstone Eye Collection which is exclusive to Saks. I actually never used the kit and ended up returning that kit soon after I received it in the mail because I couldn’t justify the price – but have to say the colors were stunning and if you don’t mind a splurge the brushes are fantastic and colors cute.

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  • I am so glad you reviewed this palette as I had just added it to my wish list since I have not tried any LM e/s.

    but I am thinking twice now. It looked so much better in the stock photo than your real life pic. ha! You know how many products I have that may be similar? Too many! and the e/s in this palette seem to be very sheer than how I'd like them to be.

    Thanks for a lemming killer post. It's the best of all post as you just saved me some $$$!

  • At first I was excited but now I would only buy this for the brush. It's not worth it. Thanks for this post. On a related note, how do the Laura Mercier brushes compare with MAC or Bobbi Brown per se…?

  • Oh, it's sad that they're so sheer they all look the same on you. o_O; I guess I'll be skipping this one too. Thanks for the review!