Laura Mercier Artist Palette Looks

lm2The Laura Mercier Artist palette is truly a treasure to discover. If you’re a neutral lover and you’re looking for something to help you inch towards incorporating color into your look, this is a GREAT one to try. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, easy to work with and you can use every single eyeshadow in this palette to create one look. What I mean when I say that is typically I have to rely on one of MAC’s blending shades with a lot of palettes because the blending shade either doesn’t work well with the colors in the palette, or it’s completely off color with my complexion. Being able to take ONE palette with you somewhere and ONE palette only makes for a highly desirable product, in my eyes. This also is probably one of the first palettes I’ve tried that didn’t have a dupe in my current collection for every single shade.

Note: While this palette is no longer available, Laura Mercier does sell some of the individual eyeshadows found within this palette.

For swatches of the eyeshadows, please click here.

If you’d like to re-create any of the below looks with MAC/UD eyeshadows, here are some comparable shades (not dupes), but comparables that will give you the same effect 😉

  • African Violet = MAC Trax
  • Cafe Au Lait = MAC Wedge (lighter than Cafe Au Lait)
  • Cameo = UD Chopper
  • Chocolate = MAC Sable, UD Hustle
  • Coffee Ground = MAC Mystery or UD Busted
  • Deep Night = MAC Contrast
  • Guava = MAC Yogurt
  • Plum Smoke = MAC Quarry or UD Tease
  • Rich Coffee = MAC Typographic
  • Sable = MAC Copperplate, used lightly
  • Sunlit = MAC Femme Fi (LE), UD Foxy (not a match for formula)
  • Vanilla Nuts = MAC Vanilla

Look #1 – see the video tutorial here!

Eyeshadows used:

  • Sunlit (inner 2/3 of lid)
  • Deep Night (outer half of lid and smudged along lower lashline)
  • Sable (crease)
  • Vanilla Nuts (blend)

33 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Artist Palette Looks

    1. Hi Flavia! That one is rather dark in person; if you wanted to lighten it up for the daytime, you could omit Rich Coffee altogether or move it more towards the outer v instead of on the outer half of the lid! 😉

  1. Very nice Zabrena! 🙂
    African Violet is kind of a different eyeshadow. How would you describe it? What shades in MAC would you wear it with?

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, it is! It reminds me a LOT of MAC’s Trax – light purple with gold shimmer.
      I would pair it up with darker purples like Indian Ink, Nocturnelle, possibly Satellite Dreams.
      You had mentioned doing some looks with MAC eyeshadows with this palette and I’ll have to add more like that. That would be fun!
      You could also pair it up with dark grays like Knight Divine, Smut, or even a blue like MAC’s Contrast or the Deep Night color in the palette.
      Speaking of, I’ll have to try that one myself next! 😉

  2. Hey Z,

    Your looks are beautiful as you always are!

    Can you please tell me if this is new palette? I looked on Nordies & Sephora and don’t see it on either site.

    Also, have you tried any higher end BB creams? I would love to know your thoughts on some of the ones you’ve tried.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Cat,
      If you scroll to the bottom of the page I believe left hand corner. It says New Additions. Under that is; Look & Review: Laura Mercier Artist Palette. That will give you more info. Unfortunately, the L.M. Artist Palette is more than likely a limited edition now. Macy’s was selling it but their out of stock and probably will not get it in again. I think we all should call, email, etc., L.M.’s and ask them to bring the palette. Maybe if enough of us do it, they will bring it back. It’s a great palette. Not highly dupable. Which is rare!
      I tried Two Faced’s BB cream and hated it. I’m sure some may love it but I didn’t. I haven’t tried any other brands since then. Maybe Zabrena has and can give you more info. 🙂

    2. Hi Cat!
      This is an L.E. palette, unfortunately 🙁
      I didn’t find out about it being LE until I got a call from Macy’s the other day.
      I had ordered one for the giveaway this month and they called to tell me it was out of stock.
      When I asked about getting more in they said it was from Christmas and they were selling the remaining stock they had.
      So it looks like it’s no longer going to be offered. Had I known that I wouldn’t have tempted everyone with it! 🙁

      I haven’t tried any of the BB creams; I have been looking at some of the CC creams from Smashbox and LORAC I believe.
      Will have to let you know my thoughts when I decide on one and try it out! 🙂

      1. Hi Z,
        I saw a CC cream I thought about getting but not sure yet. It’s called, IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC Cream. It’s sold through QVC. They actually have a shade light enough for my skin! 🙂 If you get a chance, will you look at it and give me your opinion? No hurry. I know your busy. 🙂

        1. Hi Z,
          I wanted to give you an update on the CC cream I was telling you about. I purchased it ( the lightest color they had), and I was trying it, and it was about three shades too dark! 🙁 I guess I’ll have to keep searching. It’s good that QVC has a good returns policy. 🙂

      2. I think a lot of the shades that are in the palette are available as individual eyeshadows. It’s probably going to be a LOT more expensive to buy individuals, but it is an option. I’ll probably purchase Deep Night, it seems like the perfect blackened blue I’ve searched for for ages… 🙂 I might also pick up Sable.

        1. Hi Karin!
          Your right many of the eyeshadows from the Laura Mercier Artist Palette, are available individually. It’s good that they are because their are really no dupes for the shadows. Deep Night is a beautiful matte blue black shade. I know Z compared Contrast to Deep Night , but on me Contrast is a little grey. The shadows are pricey but I believe they give a good amount of shadow. I wish L.M. would bring back the palette. The shadows are so buttery. I would say they are worth the extra money. 🙂

    3. Hi Cat,
      Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream looks like it maybe a nice BB cream. It was one of them that had better ratings.

  3. Z, thanks so much for the dupes, since this palette isn’t available to me (or to anyone now, it seems). Big shock – I have dupes for all the shades but that doesn’t stop me wanting it. I don’t quite understand why, when companies clearly have a hit item, they make it unavailable to the very people who want to shell out and buy it! There’s a fabulous looking new 8 pan palette from Bare Minerals that I saw on a youtube channel but, of course, it was only available on QVC AND it sold out! I’m no business grad but it seems to me that the sensible thing to do is MAKE MORE of the popular items so people will BUY them!!!! GRRRR!

    1. I hear you! I don’t understand it either.
      Why take away something that people obviously want and are asking about?!
      The business mind in me can’t understand the logic there (or lack thereof)! LOL! 🙁

  4. Hi Z,
    I was looking on Laura Mercier’s website, and they have a few of the colors in the palette, sold individually. The colors they have are: African Violet, Plum Smoke, Vanilla Nuts, Deep Night, Cafe au Lait, Coffee Ground, Guava, and Sable. It’s good that they have these colors because there is really no true dupes for them.

    1. Ah ha! You are so good! So it looks like they pulled an ‘Urban Decay’ on us, huh?! LOL! Well, it’s good to know they sell them individually because there are a few in here I can see myself going allll the way through! I’ll add that onto this post too. You’re the greatest! 😉

  5. OMG I’m so mad this palette is unavailable! Discontinued?? Or just sold out? What a bummer, I have heard such great reviews, I was eager to try Laura Mercier!
    P.S. Do u know if there’s a way to change the icon next to our user name? I wanted to personalize my posts with an actual picture!

    1. Yeah, I hear ya! Supposedly this was part of their holiday collection last year and it was L.E. 🙁 Such a shame!
      Yes! To change the icon, you’d need to create an account that matches your email address here on
      After you create an account, it’ll let you upload pictures for your profile pic 😉 Would love to see your beautiful face alongside your posts!

  6. Oh sorry I just read in other comments it is LE. Bummer! Also I’ll add that I am using Jane Iredale’s full coverage BB cream and it is ahhhhhh-mazing!! So good that concealer is not even necessary… I am 110% sold, hook, line, sinker on Iredale’s face stuff. I (unfortunately) have some bad skin problems (30 year old acne!), but I’ve noticed a real improvement since I stopped using primer and started using the Clarisonic and the Iredale BB cream & mineral powder. I’m just thankful my roommates bestie is a MUA who uses Iredale, so we get to buy at 40% off- they’re not cheap, but worth the investment! 🙂

    1. Ahhh! Lucky lady!! 😀
      40% off is an amazing deal for Jane Iredale! I am close to getting the mineral foundation you recommended.
      I’m about done with the last of what I have so it’s time to try Jane soon!

  7. Hi Z,
    I know this palette is a LE palette, but when you have time, could you do more looks with it? Quite a few of the eyeshadows are available separately; the eyeshadows are not LE. Just the eyeshadows being in palette form is LE. 🙁 Thanks Z 🙂

  8. Z, there is a new version of this on Sephora’s website right now. At first glance it doesn’t appear to have as many different colors as the one you have does; in fact, it looks like a lot of the colors are very similar. What do you think of it?

    1. Just bought it yesterday! 🙂 It should be here by the end of the week so I can feature it on the site possibly next week.
      It did look similar to the one I already have but one reviewer on Sephora’s site said there were 8 new eyeshadows in it, with only 4 repeats from the last one. Given the price of LM for individual eyeshadows, it’s not a bad price for the palette. But I’ll know whether or not it’s worth it shortly here! 😉 Thx for asking!

  9. Hi Zabrena! Will you be doing a post on the new artists palette? I sadly did not get my hands on this one when it was out. 🙁

    1. Hi Jacqueline!
      Yes! Definitely! I believe it’s scheduled for the first week of December. You’re welcome to check the ‘Coming Soon’ page under the ‘My Dashboard’ tab in the main menu anytime for the site schedule and see what’s coming next! 😉 I’m looking forward to working with that palette!

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