One of the brand new releases for Spring 2015 is the Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette. When I first saw promotional images for this collection, I was enamored by the vision behind the shades and color palette. It reminds me perfectly of a muted watercolor painting or a misty, rainy, foggy spring day when the vibrancy of colors are just starting to peek through but are still muted. It’s a gorgeous piece and I couldn’t wait to swatch it for you and do a makeup look with it!
The packaging of the Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette is divine. As soon as this sample was sent to me and I saw the outside of it, I couldn’t help but post it Instagram immediately. The “rain droplets” on the outside of the palette look so realistic and the palette itself is sturdy and chic looking. I also adore the size of the palette;it’s smaller than the palm of my hand, so I can tote it around easily.
The Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette is visually stunning. It’s a lot different than the typical spring makeup collection releases you see out there that contain all pastels or brights. The shades are essentially muted versions of pastel shades seen in the spring. All of them remind me of a rainy spring day. Inside, you get 6 eyeshadow shades and 2 blush/cheek shades.
Mist, Fog, & Storm (left side of the palette): All 3 of these shades simultaneously have a vibrancy to them, yet remain muted enough to be worn on an everyday basis. I adore these muted blue and green shades so much. They will really flatter every single skin tone and you can build them up as much as you would like or leave it simple with a light wash of color.
Sunset & Earth: These are your 2 cheek colors in the palette, but these can easily be used as eyeshadow colors as well. In fact, I think “Earth” would make a wonderful crease or transition shade with the other colors in the palette. Both of these were pigmented yet soft in formula.
Wind, Purple Rain, & Cloud (right side of the palette): These are your muted, greyed-out shades. You’ve got a grey-lavender, a grey-blue, and a darker, muted blue-green shade. Again, the pigmentation was vibrant, yet also soft. You really have the choice to wear these as layered or as softly as you want.
THE EYE MAKEUP LOOK:
- Use a white base all over your eyelid and lower lash-line. I used NYX Jumbo Pencil in “Milk” for this. This will help make the muted pastels even more vibrant.
- Apply Fog into the crease of your eye and blend upward toward your brows. Go back and apply Storm into the crease of your eye only, focusing this shade where your eye creases and layering it a few times.
- Using Cloud, apply this to the outer-third of your eyelid and along the outer-third of your lower lash-line. This is just going to create a darker, smokey effect on the outer part of our lid for some extra definition.
- Apply Wind over your entire eyelid and along your lower lash-line. This grey-lavender will add light to the inner corners of your eyes, as well.
- Apply black eyeliner to your upper lash-line and create a small cat-eye flick. I used Tarteist Clay Liner (my favorite).
- Using a flesh-toned eyeliner, line your lower water-line. This will open up your eyes and make the shades look brighter. I used MAC NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic Pencil for this.
- Curl your lashes and apply mascara. Apply false lashes if you wish. I applied them for this look because I think using falsies that have length and not volume here makes the muted pastels really pop and look extra pretty. I used Ardell Demi Wispies.
The eye look is really the perfect representation of a muted-down spring color palette. I absolutely adore this palette and the shades in it. You can create everything from a light, natural pastel look to a smokey eye with this palette. It’s appropriate for nighttime looks but also very wearable for the office or more conservative occasions. The fact that the shades are also matte and satin finishes make this palette perfect for all ages.
THE FACE MAKEUP: I received a lot of compliments on my skin when I posted a photograph of myself wearing this makeup look. The muted pastels really help to illuminate your eyes and the whites of your eyes, as well as make your skin look glowing. Below is a full list of the products I used and links to them.
- NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new) in “Santa Fe”
- NYX Contour/Highlight WonderStick in “Medium”
- BECCA Cosmetics Blush in “Flowerchild”
- BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in “Opal” (the best highlighter ever)
- Vaseline “Rosy Lips” Lip Balm
- Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in “Soft Brown”
The Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette is limited edition for Spring 2015 and can be found at Laura Mercier counters nationwide, as well as online by clicking here. Each palette retails for $58.00USD.
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