Laura Mercier Flawless Icons Eye and Cheek Palette

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Laura Mercier Flawless Icons Eye and Cheek Palette is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusive. It contains eight eyeshadows and two face powders. You get a nice mix of colors and neutrals for the eyeshadows. The face powders include a bronzer and highlighter. All of the pans are a nice size and I like that the shape and placement of the face powder pans made it easy to dip a brush into them and not get any other powder on the brush.

Front of palette:

Reverse of palette:

The eyeshadows are nice quality and pigmentation is buildable, but they are not super high pigment. The shadows did not have any fallout, fading, or creasing when I tested.  I was especially impressed by the lack of creasing, as I was in the heat for several hours on one of the days I tested the palette. Note - I have oily eyelids and always use eye primer, so your mileage may vary. It did take a bit of work to make some of the shadows have the amount of pigmentation that I wanted. I like that there are some neutrals and a few purples added in for fun, making the palette very versatile. It is also nice to see a mix of mattes and shimmers. If you are someone who prefers a more sheer wash of color, you will definitely like these.

Swatches of eyeshadows in direct sunlight:

Swatches outdoors in shade:

Swatches indoors:

The two face powders are very soft and easily blended.  The highlighter is very beautiful - it has some shimmer flecks, but I did not find it to be overly frosty. The highlighter blends very nicely over other products and layers well. The bronzer is a bit harder for me. It took a lot to get it to show up on me for the arm swatches and for testing on my face. The color of the bronzer is nice and I suspect that this will be a great bronzer for people with fairer skin tones, as it is lighter in color and very sheer. I prefer the bronzer in the Charlotte Tilbury palette, as it works much better on my skintone. Swatches of face powders below.

Outdoors in direct sunlight:


I am happy with the purchase as a whole, even though the bronzer does not work well for me. I think that the palette is a pretty good value, as you get 8 eyeshadows and 2 face powders for $65. If you are looking for an introduction into Laura Mercier products, I think this is a nice place to start. If you have a fairer skintone, the color scheme will work very well for you. If you are choosing between this and the Charlotte Tilbury palette and you are light-medium skintone or darker,  I would recommend the CT palette. The Laura Mercier palette is available at Nordstrom as part of their Anniversary Sale. Have you tried any of the Beauty Exclusives from the Nordstrom sale?

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