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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Merle Norman Limited Edition Eyecolor Quad in Nautical and Nice




I hadn't heard of the brand Merle Norman until the recent release of their natural and nautically themed Summer collection. I'm glad I have though, as their eye shadow palettes are the perfect combination of shades, finishes, and even a cream liner for the summertime girl on the go.

The summer collection focuses on slight colors on the eyes and peach hues on the lips and cheeks. Although there are two palettes in the collection, the Eyecolor Quad palette I have is Nautical & Nice and has an overall cooler theme with two neutrals and one turquoise with gold shimmer. Barefoot is a semi-matte cream color that is pretty sheer, but good for a subtle highlight for those who aren't looking for stark white brow bones or inner corners. Truffle is a medium brown matte shade and a color that every palette should have because it make blending out crease colors a dream. Look Both Waves is a shimmery teal that works well as a subtle accent color. And one of the most interesting part of this palette is In the Navy, a pigmented navy cream liner that actually stays all day! Between medium matte brown and a cream liner that really works, this palette is two for two in my book and a solid investment if you are looking for an all-in-one palette.

In terms of quality, I've already mentioned that the liner is creamy and pigmented, but the shadows aren't half bad either. While all of them are smooth and didn't have a bit of fall out, the blue was slightly lacking in the pigment department. Even when put over a primer, it was hard to build up. This, however, isn't a bad thing if you are a girl who likes a hint of color but doesn't want to worry about going overboard on the application...especially when it comes to blue (Mimi's blue peepers, anyone?). They also had average staying powder when worn alone (5 hours without fading on my lids), but stayed all day when put over a primer.

Bottom line: if you are after a go-to quad for the summer that has you covered both in the neutral and color departments, this would be one to go for. Unfortunately, Merle Norman products are only sold in their studios, but you can find one close to you by going to their website and entering your zip code!







FTC: Some products mentioned in this post were sent for consideration by the brand or PR companies, however all thought and opinions are my own.

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