Purple eyeshadow and I have never been very good friends. You might even say we’ve had our share of bad times. Usually, wearing purple eyeshadow makes me look like someone sucker punched me in the eyes. But because I could not resist the Laura Mercier Silk Road palette, I decided to brave the purple eyeshadows in there and hopefully, make them work for me 🙂
I’d never used Laura Mercier’s colour cosmetics before, and truth be told, I never found them very interesting. This palette however tugged at my heartstrings. Perhaps its that whole Silk Road reference. When I was growing up, there was a TV documentary series about the Silk Road and I always wanted to go on it. It sounds so exotic and exciting! 😀
Since I haven’t been on that Silk Road, the next best thing is to own this Silk Road palette 😀 I’ve got some more photos in my previous preview post. Its a limited edition palette for Spring 2011 so let’s take a quick look and swatches and my thoughts on it below 🙂
First off, here are the swatches. Eyeshadows are on the left, and blushes on the right.
Left-Right: Regal Violet, Golden Sands, Lavender Silk, Rare Taupe, Persian Rose and Palace Pink
I think the colour that disappointed me the most was Regal Violet. In the pan, its a gorgeous violet with gold flecks. On the skin, you can see that its just a blackened purple with no shimmer 🙁 It also did not apply smoothly. All round, quite a disappointment. Golden Sands is a good highlight colour. It too doesn’t apply that smoothly but looking at the texture in the pan, I wasn’t expecting it. It was better than Regal Violet though.
Lavender Silk is a lovely lilac shade that is smooth to the touch and application. I like that one as I do Rare Taupe. Both are beautiful colours.
For the blushes, Persian Rose is gorgeous! Its a peachy, coral pink I absolutely love. It doesn’t apply very strongly, which is a good thing because layering it helps you achieve a much prettier effect. Swipe on some Palace Pink on top and along your cheekbones and it gives a gorgeous glow! The blushes are clear winners in this palette!
Here’s a quick look I did using this palette 🙂
On the eyes, the colours can be layered for greater intensity. If you use an eyelid primer, you will likely get better colour payoff too. I don’t but even without a primer, the colours last all day on me. But then most do 🙂
One thing I like about this palette is the size. Its slim and very handy for travel because you can get quite a variety of looks from this one palette, and the blushes can be adjusted for intensity too. Some might prefer that an applicator be included, but I’m happy with it as is, because I discard most applicators anyway.
Pros: Good mix of warm and cool colours to create a variety of looks, Handy palette, Very pretty blushes!
Cons: Limited Edition, The quality of Regal Violet did not live up to expectations
Might this be a palette you could like? 🙂 I think its a good deal for what you get. I’ll even close an eye to Regal Violet’s texture because it does make a good liner – I’ll have to tell you about this and the Nars #15 Smudge Brush soon! 😀
But basically, I’ve been using dark eyeshadows as a liner recently (ease of use) and the Nars Smudge Brush is so amazing for this, I’m so pleased I bought it 🙂
The Laura Mercier Silk Road palette retails at RM179 at Laura Mercier counters. Its limited edition for Spring 2011.