The Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is a new eye palette that contains six shadows with a unique formulation and a setting powder. These “clay” shadows are a mix between a cream and a powder and they have almost a wet, spongy feel to them. They are designed to be super pigmented and the included setting powder keeps them from wearing off or smudging throughout the day. This palette contains three matte and three metallic shades, all with intense color payoff. The neutral shades can be mixed and matched to create tons of different looks ranging from smudged, smoky eyes to sharp, graphic looks.
The fun thing about the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is all of the different ways the shadows can be applied. My favorite way to work with them is to use my finger to “stamp” the color onto my eyelid. The formula makes it so easy to pick up color and it transfers easily and is so pigmented that I don’t need to do much layering to get the color I want. You can also use a brush (like Laura Mercier’s Creme Eye Detail Brush or Smudge Brush) to create a quick, smudged look. It’s even fun to play around with different eyeliner shapes with the Laura Mercier Smoky Eyeliner Brush or Pointed Eyeliner Brush. Once your look is finished, use a fluffy brush (like Laura Mercier’s Ponytail Brush) to apply the Air-Light Setting Powder and lock your shadow in place. This also softens the look just a little bit so if you’re blending isn’t perfect, it will look fine once the setting powder is applied.
Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, Blackened Brown Clay
There are three matte shades in the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays: Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, and Blackened Brown Clay. Blackened Black Clay is a soft black shade that can be used for a smoky eye or as an eyeliner. Blackened Blue Clay looks like a deep navy blue in the pan but is quite a bit brighter when swatched, which I like. Blackened Brown Clay is a deep brown that is a nice alternative to black and my favorite of the three matte shades. The clay texture of the shadows means there’s no fallout when applying them and they are easy to blend and layer without muddying the colors.
Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, Metallik Rust
In addition to the dark mattes, there are three lighter metallic shades in this palette: Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, and Metallik Rust. Metallik Platinum is a really pretty taupe/silver shade that is perfect for layering over the other colors to brighten a look. Metallik Pewter is a blue-gray that pairs well with Blackened Blue Clay as well as the other neutrals in this palette. Metallik Rust is a gorgeous shimmery brown. I love the texture of these shadows and they are so fun to apply and wear. The shadows are soft and easily melt into my skin.
Top Row: Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, Blackened Brown Clay. Bottom Row: Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, Metallik Rust. Right: Air-Light Setting Powder.
Just by looking at the palette, you can tell that these studio-inspired shades are intense. I initially thought this would be a palette I would use a couple of times for this review and then throw in the back of my makeup drawer. The top three shades just look so dark and while the bottom three are more of what I’m used to, I thought this would be a palette I would have to supplement with other shadows. Luckily, that hasn’t been the case at all. In fact, I’m in love with this palette and I’ve been wearing it every single day since I got it. Yes, the top three colors are pretty dark but they are easy to blend out and layer with the metallic shades for an everyday look. The Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is a great neutral palette and the Air-Light Setting Powder really does keep everything looking perfect all day. It is way more wearable than I initially thought and I’m having so much fun creating new eye looks every day.
This is an example of an everyday look that I’ve been wearing. It’s pretty easy to just apply a color or two and be done with this palette but I really like playing around with a bunch of shades. I love the textured stamp technique of tapping the shadow on with my finger, it makes creating a look really quick and easy.
For this look, I started by finger stamping Metallik Rust all over my lid and into my crease. Then I tapped Metallik Platinum onto the middle of my eyelid. I really like putting a bit of Metallik Platinum over all of the looks I’ve been creating- it just adds a bit of brightness and shine to my eyes. I used a flat eyeliner brush to apply Blackened Brown Clay as a liner on my top lid, then used the same brush to apply Metallik Platinum to my lower waterline and Metallik Rust as a bottom liner. I finished this look by using a fluffy brush to apply the Air-Light Setting Powder all over before adding mascara.
Here is an eye look with a little more color. I usually wear neutral eye looks but I also love color. This look uses Blackened Blue Clay to add a pop of blue and I also managed to find a way to make it a little less intense than how it looks in the pan.
I began by using a fluffy crease brush to add Blackened Blue Clay in my crease, outer corner, and along my lash line. I wasn’t sure how well the clay texture would blend but it worked just as well as any other shadow. This technique also added just a wash of color so my look didn’t turn out too dark. I like the ability to wash out these colors or layer them to get a deeper shade. Next I stamped Metallik Rust onto my lid and added just a dab of Metallik Platinum in the middle. Then I used a smudge brush to apply Metallik Rust as a lower eyeliner before applying the Air-Light Setting Powder.
Finally, I created a smoky eye because that is what the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is really made for. I don’t do a lot of smoky eyes because I prefer to do lighter eyes with bright lips but it was so easy to create a smoky eye with this palette, I might just do it more often.
I used a fluffy crease brush to apply Blackened Brown Clay all over my lid, in the crease, and in the outer corner. I added a few layers to amp up the color a bit while still keeping it soft around the edges. I finger stamped Metallik Pewter all over my lid and dabbed Metallik Platinum over the top of that. Then I used a smudge brush to apply Blackened Black Clay as a liner on my top lid and Blackened Brown Clay as a lower eyeliner before applying the Air-Light Setting Powder.
I am absolutely in love with the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays! It’s so easy to create a variety of looks and the neutral shades all pair really well with each other- there isn’t a single shade that feels like it’s out of place. I love the textured stamp technique of applying the shadows and the clay texture feels so nice. These shadows are all easy to blend and even the darker shades are wearable. The Air-Light Setting Powder works perfectly at locking in the shadows and making my look last all day. I definitely recommend the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays to anyone looking for a new neutral or smoky eye palette!
I received the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays for free in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links.