Laura Mercier’s Glamour Wardrobe Dual Decker Palette was released for Holiday 2012 – it’s limited edition and available only online. Honestly, the whole reason I bought this palette was for the eyeshadow color Peridot (limited edition and only available in this palette, of course). Based on the picture on Sephora.com, it seemed like a really unique dusty mint green, and good greens are so hard to come by. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with the color payoff. Instead of dusty mint green, it just looked plain dusty when applied to the lid. I tried applying it with a brush, over eyeshadow primer, and even packing it on my finger and transferring it to my lid…any way I applied it I was surprised by the total lack of color. It barely read as a green shade at all.
I tried the other eyeshadow colors and was also disappointed with the lack of pigmentation. Sandstone looks like a pretty pale pink in the pan, but it went on sheer and powdery (again, no sign of pink when applied to the lid). Sable and Cherrywood were also very sheer. The others were just boring, run-of-the-mill eyeshadow colors to me.
I was interested in the creamy cheek colors for ease of application, especially important for a palette you’ll inevitably take travelling. Again, huge disappointment! Super sheer pigmentation, and practically no trace of product after only a couple of hours. That was the last straw for this $98 palette – straight to my return pile!
Because I automatically got returner’s guilt (a product of working at Sephora and seeing copious amounts of wasted makeup via returns), I decided not to even try the lip colors. It’s such a shame because I really thought this palette would be a winner and great for travel. It’s compact, I loved the zippered element (since everything felt so tightly packed, like it would be secure in your suitcase), and the brushes were really great, especially for palette brushes. Oh well. Better luck next time, Laura Mercier! I’m rooting for the next one.