It has been a while since we fell for an eye palette – so it was a breath of fresh air when this gorgeous new Laura Mercier edit landed on our doormat from John Lewis.
A move away from the many tones of ‘neutral’, that seem to have been top of the trend list for 2016, this new colour selection, aptly named Intense Clay, offers a sophisticated take on the smokey eye with three rich colours is opulent shades of metallic rust, pewter and platinum. To compliment these indulgent pigments, the palette also contains three coordinating matte shades in blackened black, blue and brown. This palette is power dressing, for your eyes.
As you’d expect, these high-performance shades mirror the quality we’ve come to know and expect from Laura Mercier. They have little to no fall down (hallelujah) and the studio inspired shades are intense in colour and strong in staying power. The brushed metal tones can be used on their own for a subtle glimmer to your lids – and taken straight to the bar with a graphic stroke of blacken matte.
The formula of these eyeshadows makes them soft to use with, we’d have to agree with their description on this one, an oddly ‘wet-like’ feel to them. They melt in to the skin to offer a splash of colour – as far away from dusty as you can get.
In true makeup artist fashion, Laura Mercier has also included a setting powder in this handly compact palette. The air-light translucent powder can be applied over the colours to prolong the wear (apparently for up to 8hours – we are yet to test this). The setting powder does help to prevent creasing though – which can be an issue with highly pigmented shadows. Although, in our humble opinion, we didn’t feel that the product creased without it. So it’s your call whether you use this or not.
Our verdict for this one is simple. It’s a sassy little number offering your eyes a great range of strong, hard working shadows. It’s the perfect weekend companion – or for when you’re in need of a little empowering.
The price? It is a steal at £38.00 and you can purchase it here from John Lewis.
Thank you Laura Mercier for creating your Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clay – we’re officially seduced.