When I went to the Sephora VIB Rouge sale last Saturday, I had every intention of buying the new Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio but when I swatched it, I was really disappointed...it was all glitter and no color with a dry texture.
Then I spotted the Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection ($58) and was instantly impressed by the soft, creamy texture of the powders and the finely milled, shimmery (not glittery) finish. So even though this little palette cost as much as the entire Too Faced Chocolate Shop set, I couldn't resist splurging on it.
Now that I've had it home for a few days, do I love it as much as I did when I first bought it? Read on to hear my thoughts...
The Fall in Love Illuminator Palette comes in a leopard-print plastic compact that's really chic and simple. There's no writing or logos at all on the front side and the back has the shade names, weight information, and country of origin which is Italy.
Inside are Laura's four illuminators, and they're about a third of the size of the full-sized versions, which are $44 each. These work out to about $14.60 each, which ends up being $58.60. So cost-wise, you're not really saving anything but it's not overpriced either.
In fact, I rarely ever hit pan on a highlighter so for me, buying full sizes can be a waste of money. I've always wanted to try Laura Mercier's highlighters so I felt like this was the perfect way to try all four shades without spending $176 on the full sizes.
The four shades included are:
Unfortunately, I should have known by looking at the palette that 3 of these shades would be too dark for my fair skin, but I was temporarily blinded by the beautiful texture of these...and the fact that I've always wanted to try Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator formula. I suppose I could use them as eyeshadows, but I'm honestly debating whether to keep this or not. I probably won't use it that much for myself, but as a blogger, I feel like I should have this in my collection to do comparison swatches in the future. So I'm kind of up in the air about whether I should bring it back.
As I was swatching the shades, I thought I noticed some similarities between these shades and a few of the shades in the NYX Strobe of Genius palette. So I pulled that out to do some comparison swatching (speaking of comparisons...haha!).
As it turns out, there are no perfect matches but I was able to get pretty close with three out of four shades! The Laura Mercier shades go on a little bit richer and deeper but once they're sheered out on your face, you can't really tell the difference.
Overall, if you own the NYX Strobe of Genius palette or have fair to light skin, you may want to skip this one. But if you're looking for a luxury highlighting palette to give as a gift (or to splurge on for yourself), this is a great choice. The formula is excellent and it's a much less expensive option than buying all four of the full sizes. I feel that these will last a long time since a little goes a long way and the pans are still a pretty generous size.