Some artists wield pencils. Others command paint, clay, pen or pastels.
My medium of choice: cat fur.
Gurl, you don’t even know! My cat is one hairy beast. In fact, he’s so hairy that a sculptor could fashion a different life-size model of him out of stray tabby hairs and fur balls every week.
My second favorite artistic medium would have to be eyeshadow, I think, mostly because there are just so many different things you can do with it, and this new palette by Laura Mercier is unlocking my inner artiste, big time.
The $48 Artist’s Palette for Eyes (a Sephora exclusive) will have you itching to break out your makeup brushes. The six warm neutrals, and six cool pinks and purples, practically beg to be swept, blended and patted on lids in any number of enticing holiday eye looks.
Come to mama, smokey eyes!
Don’t even worry about busting your wrist while blending these eyeshadows. They’re pigmented, but the soft, finely-milled powders blend ridiculously well.
Like, if you love eye looks where all the shadows merge together seamlessly until you can’t even tell the individual products apart anymore, this is the palette for you. For super blended, blown-out eye looks, it can’t be beat.
But all that bad-@ss blending brawn comes at a cost — for me, the powders actually end up being easy to over-blend.
Because I have a tendency to go buck wild with my blending brush, it took me a few tries to get the hang of this palette. My first attempts were…kind of a mess, truth be told. The shadows ended up merging into each other, and I looked like I was only wearing a single shade, even though it was actually three or four.
There seems to be a trick to it — just chill the eff out, LOL! Cutting back on the blending definitely helped.
If you characterize your eye makeup style as minimal or streamlined, this palette could be a real showstopper for you — like if you tend to use just one or two shadows on your lids at a time, you’re set.
On the other hand, if you go in for looks with 4-5 shades and gradients up the wazoo, be careful with that blending blush…
You also may want to do your eyes first when working with this palette, since some of the shimmers exhibit a small amount of fallout (just a little; not much).
I think this is a gorgeous palette with a good mix of cool and warm tones, and if you like your eye makeup easy without a ton of complicated gradients, it should be great fit.
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,