Modernist Merlot does not disappoint on the eyes. The shades work beautifully together for a fall eye look, which I will be filming a tutorial for tomorrow! Modernist Merlot is not a palette that I would assumed I would reach for but it's the perfect purple, multi-tasking palette to travel with - especially because the second 'hot' shade doubles as a blush color and because I can use the last shade alone as a liner.
The first three shadows are silky smooth and well pigmented, in usual LMdB fashion, but the last eggplant purple shade is a touch chalky because it has a matte finish. It may swatch a little roughly but not to worry! It applies well to the lid with a dense brush. All the shadows do work best with a base like NARS Pro-Prime, which is what I've been using most these days.
My favorite is the first shade, the cool iridescent pale purple. I don't have anything like it! The pink undertone makes it a lovely brightening wash all over the lid when used alone. The second shade is a matte pink with a touch of peach and is ultra pigmented! The third berry shade has a gorgeous warm shimmer running through it but it's not quite iridescent. It reminds me most of Chanel's Ebloui. I do adore the fourth and final shade because it's one of the few deep purples I own that doesn't look muddy or black against my skin.
Here are individual swatches as well as a view of the colors all blended together. You can use more or less of each, depending on what effect and shade of purple you want to achieve. I recommend you use the least of the second shade if you want a true berry purple tone.
Couche de Couleur - All four shades layered in order
Bottom Line: I've never been a fan of pink eyeshadows in palettes, especially not at this price, but Modernist Merlot is my fall must-have make-up piece. It couldn't have been a more appropriate Fashion's Night Out release so call 949.759.1900 to see if NM has any more left!