Sunday, February 9, 2014

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette for Spring 2014 - Swatches and Look of the Day

 

The Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette ($55) is a limited edition item included in the Spring Renaissance collection. This pretty little palette includes two blush shades and four shadows in a compact-sized palette, covered with brown fabric and secured with a magnetic closure. 

The four (0.3 oz) eye shadows included are:

Angelic - a shimmery golden ivory
Grace - a shimmery light plum-taupe
Pure Glow - a shimmery light amber
Innocence - a frosty pale pink

These shadows are all quite light and shimmery, without any sparkles or micro-glitter. The look they create is soft and eye-brightening. They are smooth, blendable, and nicely pigmented. My favorites are Pure Glow and Grace. Angelic is a nice, albeit basic, highlight shade. The pale pink, Innocence, is slightly too cool-toned for my taste, but is pretty nevertheless!


  

The two (0.2 oz) blush shades included are:

Blushing - a bright watermelon pink
Awakening - a light peachy-pink with a subtle sheen

The blushes have a soft, powdery texture and a satin finish. Although Blushing may appear daunting in the pan, the pigment is somewhat sheer and blends easily, so this shade would easily be wearable on any skin tone. I think it is such a cheerful shade of pink, don't you? Awakening is an easygoing, neutral peachy-pink that would work well when you want just a touch of color and prefer the focus to be on lips or eyes.



From left to right: Blushing, Awakening, Innocence, Pure Glow, Grace, and Angelic 


 

Blushing and Awakening 

Wearing Awakening blush


I found the shadows to be a pleasure to work with. In this look I applied them over Nars Smudgeproof primer. I will say if you are not a fan of shimmer, this may not be the palette for you. I also think many may find themselves reaching for their favorite matte dark-brown, or mid-tone crease shade to supplement these shades, but despite any minor shortcomings this palette is a winner! When used all together, these light, shimmery shadows create an airy and fresh effect that is perfect for the season, and the two blush shades are both beautiful and flattering. Visit Beauty Reflections for more views and swatches of this item.

Products used: 

  • Eyes: Innocence (pink) on lids, Grace (plum-taupe) outer corner of lids, Pure Glow (amber) in the crease, and Angelic (ivory) brow and inner-corner highlight. Laura Mercier Graphite Creme Eye Liner on top lash line and Urban Decay Scorch 24/7 Eye Pencil on lower lash line. 
  • Cheeks: Awakening (peachy-pink) 
  • Lips: Laura Mercier Brigitte Creme Smooth Lip Colour (pale apricot nude)


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29 comments:

  1. I love the blush colours! What a pretty palette, the colours look like something that can be worn everyday for a fresh day look. I love your fotd, you look so fresh and pretty.

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    1. Thanks so much Jacqueline for the sweet comment :) I think this palette is a nice choice for spring!

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  2. Gorgeous! Both you and Tracy are really tempting me with this palette :-)

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    1. Hi Lily, Thank you! Oh I will have to check out Tracy's review again now that I've tried this :) I really like the colors in this palette and its small size attracted me as well!

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  3. I really love the way the case. :) It's so elegant. The palette looks great on you, by the way. Hope I can pull the blush off though. Too bright for my taste.

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  4. Hi Janelle, Thank you! :) I swatched the blush colors at full strength on my arm but they are more subtle on the face. You could also try mixing the darker coral shade with the more subdued peachy-pink shade. They are finely milled and slightly sheer so you can start out light and build up the color to your liking.

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  5. I'm just gonna keep telling myself that I don't need this, even though it is very, very pretty. :)

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    1. Hi Rach, yep, I know the feeling - with so many beautiful spring collections out it's getting harder and harder, but I keep telling myself I don't need anything else (at least until summer) :)

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  6. oh it is a beautiful palette.. the blushes and the eyeshadows are all very wearable :) You look beautiful ! ^^

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    1. Hi Pamela, Thanks very much! I am loving this one so far :)

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  7. I can tell the texture of this palette is amazing from the swatch!
    Everything looks very soft and alluring on you. I am especially fond of the Grace shade! :)

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    1. Hi Lena, Thank you!! I quite like the Grace shade too. It would be nice if Laura Mercier sold that one as a single :)

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  8. It's gorgeous on you! Thanks for the mention lovely! This is my favourite palette right now-the colours are just so fresh and light!

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thank you! I love the way it looks on you as well! It's a handy little palette - I foresee getting a lot of use out of it :)

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  9. Super pretty! I love how soft and wearable these shades are. Did you pick up any of the Rouge Nouveaus? I saw that they both had P names - wondered what that could have meant in terms of formula!

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    1. Hi Larie, Thank you! I did pick up one of the Rouge Nouveaus which I need to review -- I chose "Play" which is a light peachy copper shade. I'm not sure why they went with P names, but the formula is supposed to be weightless. I'm looking forward to trying it soon :)

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  10. What lovely soft pretty colours, you look lovely in them. We haven't got the collection out here yet but I will certainly be having a look when it launches :)
    xx

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    1. Hi Clare, Thank you! It's a nice spring collection - I also like the cream blush that was included but skipped it because it looks almost identical to one of Chanel's cream blushes that I have, Presage. xx

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  11. This is so lovely, looks gorgeous on you. I just had mine too and can't wait to try!

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    1. Hi Sara, Thank you! :) I feel like it's a great palette to refresh my look for the spring season :) Looking forward to your thoughts on this one! :)

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  12. I'm so glad to see swatches of this. Perfect spring colors!

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    1. Thank you for commenting. Hope they were helpful :)

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  13. Wow!!! I super love the shades. I also love the packaging. This is so tempting!!! I wanna have one.

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    1. Hi Jess, It's definitely a nice palette to have for spring! :)

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  14. You look amazing! Just like spring time. :) I love the brighter watermelon blush -- wish I could just pull it out of the palette and buy it on its own.

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    1. Hi Liz, Aw, thank so much! :) I love that bright blush too - it's definitely my favorite of the two :)

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  15. I saw this palette the other day and now I really regret not going for it. The shades are so pretty! Awakening wears beautifully on you, it definitely has a good spring vibe to it!

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    1. Hi Stacey, Thank you! :) I was going to skip it, but then ended up going back for it. I like the small size of the palette and think it is especially nice for travel.

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  16. love the packaging n swatch ... seems like a good affordable product .. nice review ...thanks for sharing dear x
    makeup.

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