Three days later, and I still have no idea what the new $98 Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Portfolio has to do with snakes.
With its lid shut and its faux snakeskin midriff showing, doesn’t the new limited edition holiday kit have an almost Western motif? I keep seeing it in the hands of a woman wearing bloomers and white gloves on the wooden steps of an old saloon…
But then when it opens, exposing a palette of six powder eyeshadows, three cake liners, two powder blushes and three travel-size eye brushes, I see the palette in a different light — one that’s purple, kinda glamorous, and not all that Western at all.
Ladies who love wearable shades with a dose of glam, this kit might be perfect for you. The colors within it aren’t your run-of-the-mill neutrals and purple fare. Laura has a knack for keeping things interesting, and she plied her powers here.
The duochrome African Violet eyeshadow, for instance, wasn’t content being any old pink, so Laura gave it the power to flash from pink to purple to gold, depending on the light, and the Black Ebony Eye Liner is anything but basic; I think it looks more like a blackened navy to me.
Even the little brushes, with their soft bristles, work surprisingly well, which is a nice surprise when many of the brushes in holiday kits under-perform (I’m talking to you, MAC!).
Swatches from the left: Eyeshadows in Primrose, African Violet, Merlot, Trufle, Topaz and Stellar; Eye Liner in Ground Espresso, Black Ebony and Burgundy Wine
Swatches from the left: Eye Liner in Ground Espresso, Black Ebony and Burgundy Wine; Blushes in Rose Petal and City Pink
Wearing Eyeshadows in Primrose, African Violet, Merlot and Topaz; Eye Liners in Ground Espresso and Black Ebony and Blush in City Pink
But beyond good brushes and colors, the palette has something else I like: staying power! After all, what good are great colors if they won’t stick around?
That’s not a problem at all for these. The shadows and liners refuse to crease when layered atop my trusty NARS primer, and the blush clings to my cheeks all day long.
Even at $98, this palette isn’t a bad deal at all. The 14 pieces work out to just $7 each, which is practically a steal for Laura Mercier, and when you take into account the size of the pans, the deal looks even better (some of the pieces, like the cake liners, are almost as big as their full-size versions).
Overall, I’d call this palette perfection if not for the fabric on the packaging. Sure, it looks and feels great, but it can be a chore to clean (remember Laura’s Silk Road collection from last spring?).
The season for holiday makeup kits has only just begun, but I already have a feeling that this one will be one of my favorites this year. The colors are work safe, yet still sexy and fun. Ya done good, Laura. Ya done good.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Oh, apparently, I’m not the only person here freaklishly obsessed with Ryan Gosling. Thanks to reader and fellow Ryan fanatic Emily for the the following heads-up.
Did you know that homeboy takes ballet classes?
Yep, RyGos doing plies… I DIE!
Thanks, Emily. Good to know I’m not the only one of us eating psycho cake!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,