Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette for Spring 2014 Renaissance Collection, Review, Swatch & FOTD

Center piece of Laura Mercier's Spring Collection is a very chic and sleek palette for eyes and cheeks, named Enlightenment proper to Renaissance theme of the collection. Upper lid of the compact doesn't stay up but opens all the way back, this is I tried different angles on this picture.

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette for Spring 2014 Renaissance Collection

My last experience with Laura Mercier Holiday Palette must have set a flag in my brain which enables me to buy each and every palette they release at the moment. Artist's Palette from holidays became my everyday complimentary eye shadow palette to deepen crease, set eye liner and add inner corner highlight. I loved the fact that I could get all those regular eye shadows in great quality in one single package. What it also did was to increase my expectation for the following palettes to come as it was such a perfect product at a great price point.

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette, nail polish Rescue Beauty Lounge Naked Without Polish

Enlightenment Palette is divided into three sections, the middle section has four limited edition eye shadows. Right and left there are one blush each. The names of the products are written right under them which makes this all very easy to review for you beauty bloggers out there (one plus point!). Upper lid has a large mirror, which is great for travelling but since it doesn't stay up, you have to probably hold this one with one hand to be able to use it. The closing stripe is magnetic to hold the upper lid in place.

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette for Spring 2014 Renaissance Collection

The pan size is big enough to easily swirl brush around the eye shadows and blushes. I really like the design, which is practical and chic.

Close-up: Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Left side of the compact has a darker blush, called blushing, a pigmented reddish coral. Blush on the right hand side is called Awakening. I like this one since it gives a healthy flush for daily use. Two can be combined for more defined cheekbones or mixed to create new shades. I really love how they apply and blend but I found out that they didn't last very long on me. On 5 hours mark, I checked to see that they faded considerably. I was using a mix of shades so I don't know if I can say this for both of the shades though.

Swatch of blushes in Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Believe me I swatched the eye shadows at the counter before I decided to get the palette. It must have been that way, I swatched Grace, which is a gorgeous taupe and later I must have passed out from how pretty it is so is this why I don't remember the others?

Anyway, look at those, pretty? To me they are a little too frosty :-( I don't mind them being all light shades because I can always compliment them with a darker shade from my beloved Artists' Palette but that frost didn't apply all that well on me. I wished those had the same quality of Laura Mercier's Luster Eye Colors. *sigh*

Here are the shade described:

Angelic: Light warm ivory, frosty/metallic finish
Grace: Light to mid toned cool taupe, frosty/metallic finish
Pure Glow: Light to mid toned copper,
Innocence: Light cool champagne with a tad of pink, frosty/metallic finish

Swatch of eye shadows in Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Here is a quick look to give you an idea. I am wearing Grace on eyes (deepened the crease with two of the darkest eye shadows from LM Artists' Palette) and a mix of Awakening and Blushing on the cheeks. No doubt that it is a fresh springy look. Eye shadow lasted all day, blush was almost invisible after 6-7 hours.

FOTD with Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

I might be the odd one out not liking this chic, spring-light palette because it looks so beautiful on Make-up Magpie and Beauty Reflections. So don't let my review hold you back, be sure to check these out too.

Final thoughts: I can't all that well understand the concept of this product and to me it lacks some versatility as well as quality since blush didn't have lasting power and eye shadows were rather too frosty. I would rather go with a palette which has a range of permanent ones in, but as said, that is probably just me.

Now I would like to try Laura Mercier's Nordstrom Exclusive palette. This one is composed of brand's great quality permanent eye shadows, yay!

Have you checked Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette out? What are your thoughts?


  1. Hey Sara, I'm so sorry to hear the blush has no lasting power! That is never a good thing! I see what you mean by eyeshadows being frosty as well. It is not a palette I'd personally want to own. Maybe you can add a matte shade in there somewhere to make the eyeshadows work better?

    1. Yes Sunny, this is actually a good idea. I can try the matte creme eye shadows of Dior to make them act like satins...

  2. Hi Sara, I've read mixed reviews about this palette, so you know you're not the only one who doesn't like this palette :-) I would've been nice if there was a matte eye shadow included, instead of all frosty ones. Too bad about the blush too. The colours look gorgeous!

    1. Good to know that I am not the only one feeling that way, Both reviews I have read was good and it looked also much better on them, so I was a little let down.

  3. Oh gosh thank you Sara for this review! I really wasn't sure about the e/s finding them a little too frosty but I did like the blushes. Now to know they don't last is a total turn off! :(

    1. You should be more happy with the lip pies you picked up, or the metallic creme eye shadows from this collection are also very nice, but this palette is really not my thing.

  4. Hi there! This collection is arriving this week here in Mexico, and I really thank you -so does my wallet- for your review, I might just look for something else in the collection ;)

    1. *waves at your wallet* be sure to pick up some other beauties with that money saved ;-)
      Glad it was helpful *hugs*


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