I came across this product when checking what’s new in a makeup world these days, and let me tell you, it landed in my basket pretty much right that moment. The first time I saw it, I knew I would get plenty of use out of it and I was very quickly sold. It contains four beautiful eyeshadows and two highlighters in a lovely and very cute compact. 

I love highlighters, love the healthy glow they give and these colours looked like something I don’t yet own in my highlight collection so it seemed really appealing. I used to be very weary of anything that  adds any form of shine to my face, but used correctly, highlighters look beautiful even on oily/combo skin like mine. It all sounds great, except….

The packaging is really nice. I though this would come in a cardboard box, but it’s plastic, with a large mirror inside. The compact is really cute with this sophisticated, posh lady sitting by the table, surrounded by lit candles. Perhaps impatiently waiting for him to arrive…Very romantic. The palette is small enough to fit into standard size makeup bag, so should be good to travel with.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Highlighters and eyeshadows palette

Laura Mercier Eyeshadow Candleglow palette

Unfortunately, this is where the positives end. It looked really gorgeous and I was very excited to finally start using it, until it came to swatching… I started with four eyeshadows. The way I often do my daily makeup, is by using a light eyeshadow all over my eyelid and then adding some accent with a darker shade in the outside corners and in the crease. That’s how I often like it and so I knew that these shadows would be perfect and could be used frequently in my daily routine. I though I could use Spark, Light and Twinkle all over the lid and Glow to brighten up my brow bone… Nope, not going to happen with these…

It took me forever to swatch them on my hand so I could take a somewhat decent picture. What you see is around four to five layers of swatching to get a decent colour payoff and make it visible enough to take a pic. They all kicked off so much powder that it made me sneeze, which in turn blew most of the shadow away from my hand (see second pic)… what does that tell you?… The quality of these shadows is very poor in my opinion. They are all very chalky, very powdery and colour payoff is really not there at all. I had to pack each of them really quite heavy on the lids (which I generally don’t like doing, because it creases on me much faster) and it still didn’t look like much. I used Glow in my brow bone, which looked fairly decent, except it left the chunks of shadow in between by brow hair…Very, very disappointing. I mean, come on, you can even see it on the swatches, and I really did try to make them look good…

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette eyeshadow swatches

Laura Mercier Candleglow Highlighter palette swatches

The two highlighters are of much better texture and I don’t feel like they’re as chalky and powdery as eyeshadows. They swatched very decently and I could actually see the colour payoff, which again, is pretty good. Both colours are very pretty. ‘Radiance’ is a very soft pink and ‘Glimmer’ is a more of a light peach. Because they’re not a typical yellow/white toned highlighters, they can be used in number of ways. I used them both instead of a blush and as a blush topper, both ways they looked very nice. They won’t exactly give this high sheen, almost watery effect as some highlighters do. I’d say they are more on a subtle side.

Other than a highlighter and blush topper, I also used these two shades as eyeshadows and they do look very pretty on the eye lids too. There is no need for packing layers upon layers and this subtle sheen they give on the lids looks really pretty. There is no fall out at all and they last a fairly decent. They are supposed to be used as an all over powders, but not for me. I don’t see something that pink or peachy and shiny as an all-over-the-face product. Generally, I will definitely get some use out of both of these shades especially as they can be quite versatile, so I guess they compensate just a little bit for the low quality of eyeshadows…

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette highlighters swatches

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette highlighters swatched

Overall, despite the fact that the two highlighters are quite nice and I will be using them sometimes, I would not recommend this palette for the price.  It retails at £45, which is a lot of money for what is turns out to be. The eyeshadows are, in my opinion, not useable for the most part and way too much work to make them look like something on the eye lid. I may use them once in a while to highlight the brow bone, but honestly, I don’t think this will happen very often…

I used a lot of Laura Mercier products in the past, all of which I rate very highly, so I did not even think that there may be a low quality issue with one of her products. Not going to lie, I am very disappointed and feel like I wasted £45. I really wanted to like this palette and it would have been great for everyday use but it’s not worth the money. Or perhaps I got the dud? I don’t know. Have you tried this palette? What did you think? Do you like the shadows? Please, feel free to share and comment below…

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette is available at Selfridges , Sephora, Laura Mercier