I was very excited to get a Sephora gift card from my husband for Christmas this year. I was able to get several items that I’ve had my eye on and this Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette was one of them! I’ve used it quite a bit over the last few weeks. Here are my thoughts…
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette Review
The packaging is quite heavy – nearly a pound, which is a lot for the small size. Approx. 4 inches by 3 inches of thick cardboard material. It has a strong magnetic closure that seals the palette securely. I really enjoy the delicate artwork on the cover. It reminds me of a vintage french boutique.
There is a nice sized mirror in the palette along with an “art of contouring” pamphlet explaining how to get the perfect contour and highlight. It also has a write up on quick fixes.
The contour palette consist of all cream products, 3 contour shades and 2 highlight shades. Contour shade #1 has the most product with 5 grams of product, while the remaining 4 shades contain 3 grams. A very generous amount for the $50 price tag.
Contour shade #1 is the coolest shade with an ashy/grey undertone. The most believable of the 3 if you are looking for natural shadow contour. In my picture it comes off quite warm, however in person it looks very different. Contour #1 is very creamy, pigmented, and blends out beautifully.
Contour #2 and #3 are both warm. Both are great for all skin tones. The lightest skin tones using the least amount. These shades are better for adding a sun-kissed glow to the skin and would appear more natural if used on forehead, nose, and cheekbones instead of under cheekbones. Both of these are ultra pigmented, creamy, and blend out beautifully.
Highlighter #1 is a little disappointing. I can only describe it as a washed-out, white gold that is sheer and *slightly* glittery. It doesn’t look natural on the skin IMO, especially up against the contour shades. I think it would have worked better if they added a transition shade between highlight #1 and highlight #2. Adding a shade would work for a larger demographic of skin tones.
Highlighter #2 is better in all aspects. The golden, bronzed cream is more pigmented and would flatter anyone with medium to dark skin tones – or lighter peeps with sun tanned skin. This is definitely a “St. Tropez” shade. I appreciate Laura Mercier including a highlight shade for darker skinned women. As a makeup artist, this comes in really handy.
Here are all the shades swatched from left to right Contour #1, followed by #2, #3, and then Highlight #1 & #2.
Overall, the palette offers great shades for roughly $10 each. My only drawback is that one highlight shade, which originally made me the most excited when I first saw it on the Sephora website. I like the packaging and the generous amount included. I also really like the diversity of skin tones I could use this product on.
Is this a holy grail, must-have? No, I wouldn’t say it is. There are plenty of concealers, foundations, etc that would basically provide the same effect as this palette. You could save a lot of money that way. However, the formula is great, amount of product is a plus, and it’s convenient.
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