“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Glow Review: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette

Sometimes when you're shopping for makeup, you just get enthralled by something pretty, and even if it's a product you don't normally use, you find yourself needing it. For instance, I'm not much of a bronzer girl. I'm very pale, I never tan, and I pretty much gave up on that whole "healthy glow" concept years ago. These days, I'm pleased to look alive. When I get too "glowy," I end up looking ridiculous because my face doesn't match the rest of me, so I end up either washing it all off and starting over or I spend the whole day feeling self-conscious. So I was very surprised with myself when I spotted the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette at Sephora and fell in love.

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette

Bonne Mine means "the look of healthy, sunkissed skin", and the kit is made of what Mercier calls "veils"--light, sheer, cream colors that are meant to give a hint of color rather than a slash of orange on the face. There is one large bronzer veil, two cheek veils, and two glow veils, which used together are supposed to "wake up" the skin and give it a healthy glow. It's a highly customizable palette, and very user-friendly due to the sheerness and easy buildability and blendability of the various products.

On the left, you can see the two glow colors: both are browns with golden highlight shimmers, the top being a deeper, more vibrant, almost rosy brown on my skin, while the bottom color highlights primarily pale gold on my skin. In the middle, the top color is a very peachy pink color that turns nearly coral on my skin, pulling in a good bit of orange, but in a good way. The bottom center color is a brick red, and stays true to color on my skin---it's beautiful, but requires a very light hand on my fair skin. Finally, on the far right is the "power" color of the palette, a rich brown-based bronzer that stays very neutral on my cool/neutral skin. It's not just a good bronzer for me, but also a good contour color.

Here are a couple of shots from different angles so you can see the highights better:

 The colors are all very pigmented, yet sheer. It takes a very small amount to achieve a subtle wash of color, and the effect can be built easily. The colors blend evenly and work well together. I found they apply best with the fingers rather than a brush.

Mercier has even included instruction cards in the palette to walk you through the steps for proper application: 1) Apply bronzer where sun would normally hit, 2) Apply cheek veil over the apples of the cheeks, and 3) Apply the highlighter glow to the high points of the face. I found this quite beneficial, being the bronzer rube that I am.

Overall, this is a beautiful palette, especially for those of you who like the bronzed beauty look. I personally wish it had a cheek color that was a bit pinker rather than the two slightly brown/orange colors it has, but even so, the two included cheek veils do work well with my skin, which surprised me. The bronzer veil itself is probably going to be well-used in my palette, since I can use it as a contour color in addition to it simply being a good neutral bronzer. The glow veils are both lovely, and I anticipate getting use out of both of them, particularly the lighter of the two.

The Bonne Mine palette can be found at Sephora.

Grade: A-


Zuzu's Petals said... .

Great review! I continue to pass on this palette specifically because of the brown-orange colors, but I am sure the textures and pigment are as wonderful as all her other products. Do we get to see you sporting your Bonne Mine FoTD? :)

August 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Jen W said... .

I've heard good things about this palette! I've never used cream or gel bronzers before though, should give it a go.

August 1, 2011 at 11:56 PM

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