Sadly though, it was a Sephora exclusive and it didn't seem to be making it's way to this side of the Atlantic any time soon. Pretty much everyday for the guts of a month we checked every Laura Mercier stockist we could think of; Space NK, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nicholls but, we had no luck. Then, this day last week, I had literally just messaged Sarah to say that we had failed our quest to get The Most Beautiful Palette Ever and we should just give up when she messaged me right back to say "IT'S ON HOUSE OF FRASER!!!!". I immediately ordered two, one for myself and one for Dee, and it arrived on Thursday and the rest, as they say, is history.
The moral of the story here is; if at first you don't succeed, try everything you can think of and then give up and maybe the universe will take pity on you. In all seriousness though, neither Rachel nor the countless other YouTubers and bloggers I obsessively researched were wrong with regards to this palette. It is absolutely beautiful and if I could buy one for everyone in the audience, I would! A few people on Twitter asked for a full review of the palette so, here it is complete with close ups, shade swatches and two different eye looks.
The packaging of the palette is nice but, nothing to write home about. It is a pebbled leather-effect shell that flaps closed. It's actually pretty secure but, as one blogger pointed out, they left off the magnetic closure this year which means you won't be just throwing it in your bag. This isn't really a problem for me and, for the most part, I think the packaging reflects Laura Mercier as a brand; classy, safe and simple.
The palette comes with a huge mirror inside which would be great for on-the-go or when travelling. As with most palettes the mirror does get quite dirty from general shadow fallout so, a protective sheet would be nice but, again, it's not a big deal. There are 12 shadows within including warm and cool toned neturals, pinks and purples. There are shimmers, satins and mattes throughout the palette which should appeal to everyone.
Across the board, the quality and pigmentation of the eyeshadows is A+. Only one is a bit flaky, African Violet, but they are all buttery soft and incredibly blendable. This is my first experience with Laura Mercier eyeshadows and, had I know what high quality they were before, I would have definitely looked into them sooner. The swatches below correspond with the shade order above. As you can see, even the very light shades have good colour payoff and the only slightly crumbly one is African Violet.
I know people love "on the face" swatches too so, I have included both a daytime and a night time look below that I have worn in the past week since I got the palette. The daytime eye is perfect for work and takes maybe 5 minutes to achieve while the night time eye is a bit more dramatic and takes longer with all the blending etc. Apologies the night time pictures aren't as sharp but, these were taken at, well, night and it gets dark so damn early now!
The shades used in this eye look are; Primrose (lid), Fresco (crease), Toffee (outer corner), Vanilla Nuts (highlight).
For the more dramatic eye look I used; Fresco (lid), Kir Royale (crease), Violet Ink (outer corner) and Vanilla Nuts (highlight).
This palette gets two massive thumbs up from me. It's is such incredible quality, especially for the money which is £36 (approx. €42). As far as I know, it is only available from House of Fraser and there is still some in stock here. Oh, and Rachel was entirely right; Fresco is a must-have shade and I am half considering getting the single shadow in full size to have it outside the palette!