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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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Harper Cosmetics

Who else loves a good eyeshadow palette?! I know I do! Though I am hopeless at eye shadow, I always have my eye out for a new palette. There are so many beautiful palettes out there, but so many good quality palettes cost an arm and a leg. This is why I was so excited to try one of the Harper Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes.

Another brilliant Australian brand, Harper Cosmetics was born after a long love affair with quality eyeshadow palettes. They wanted palettes that were affordable, but contained a range of colours, all with high quality pigments. Designed for the make up artist or just for every day make up, Harper Cosmetics has a palette for you!

They currently have three different palettes available and I have been using the Sydney S16* palette for the past few weeks.

Sydney S16*

First thing's first - when I first saw this palette I was instantly reminded of the Morphe palette, and I know a lot of you are going to ask for comparisons, but I've only just received my first Morphe palette and will only be able to give you initial impressions, not a detail comparison. 

Each palette contains 35 different shades and the Sydney S16 palette is a gorgeous nude palette, that has probably every nude colour you could need. Now when I typically see palettes of this size, I am often sceptical...maybe because my childhood taught me that cheaper palettes had lots of shades, but they were usually awful. Look, I will be the first to jump in and admit that my initial scepticism was completely and utterly wrong! My first impressions were so impressed. My initial swatching test showed that they were extremely pigmented! (Comparison time: I have to say it was pretty similar to my initial swatch of my Morphe palette as well. Yes, hence why I was impressed). 

There is a really good variety of shades in this palette as well, particularly in darker browns - both cool and warm. There are so many shimmery golds and nudes as well. Shimmery shades are my favourite, so you must know that I am excited about those. Now, for a full set of swatches! Are you ready? I don't think you are!

Row no. 1

Row no. 2
Row no. 3
Row no. 4
Row no. 5
Now some real talk about the shades. The shimmery colours are definitely the most pigmented - particularly the darker ones. I find them to feel super creamy and easy to apply and blend as well. The matte shades are a little more powdery and a little less pigmented, but I find that to be the case with lots of palettes. I've found them all really easy to apply though, and the appear on the skin really well. I do wish there was a couple of lighter shimmery colours, but I shouldn't complain, because all of my other palettes have those, where as this gives me more of a darker shades spectrum, and also a larger variety of shimmery nudes. 

My final impression? I love this palette. I think for $35 it is amazing value for money! The shades are amazing and are generally all really pigmented. They are creamy, long lasting and easy to apply and blend. It isn't the best palette for travelling, mostly because of the size, but is definitely the perfect palette for creating dramatic, or subtle eye looks. I am a huge fan and I really do want to get the other two palettes to have the full collection now! 

Here's a little selfie of when I used this palette. I apologise, you can't really see my eyelids, but hey, why not throw a selfie into the mix!

Great news for you guys though! Until the end of February you can get 15% off by using the code lifeoflaura15. (Please note: this is not an affiliation code, I won't make any money from you spending money. But seriously, you should take up this deal! It is less than $30 for some amazing palettes. so jump onto it guys!)

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.



  1. Great post. Really love those colours

  2. I am useless with eyeshadow!! These look fantastic

  3. That palette is stunning. I'm not much into eyeshadow though I want to start practicing more because I think it can make a look just that much more stunning. I'm such a neutral tone lover to so this palette 100% speaks to me haha.


    1. I totally agree! I am so out of practice, but the neutrals in this palette make me want to get better!! Thanks lovely xx

  4. What a beautiful palette!
    If I didn't already have the Morphe I'd definitely jump on the Harper Cosmetics bandwagon ASAP!
    Do really want a comparison though if possible :D
    Another great post girl!

  5. The colours are gorgeous! Would you happen to know if the brand is cruelty free? :)

    Kate |

  6. Love the look of the palette! It reminds me so much of the morphe 35T x

  7. These actually look like shades that I would use. I also love eyeshadow but fail at it.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  8. I hadn't heard of Harper Cosmetics before now! This actually looks amazing, I'm keen to check them out now! Your swatches are gorgeous too! xx

    Jasmine //

  9. This palette looks gorgeous and as soon as I saw it I thought of the morphe palettes. I especially love the 3rd row of swatches! Also gorgeous selfie, I'm glad you threw it in!

    Ellie xx

  10. I love discovering new brand so thank you for that! And it seems great, very Morphe-like as you said! and I looooove your first picture so much <3

  11. What an amazing palette! I love all of the earthy shades and I especially LOVE your rose gold brushes!

    Sharni //

  12. Sounds like a very affordable palette, even more so with your 15% off!


  13. This palette is gorgeous!! I think I need it. ��

  14. WOW these are absolutely gorgeous shots. That palette is to die for and has extremely useable colours by the looks of it. Thank you for sharing x

    Ellie //

  15. This palette looks so nice! xx

  16. I love supporting Australian makeup! I'll definitely have to have a go of Harper Cosmetics, I've always loved Morphe and they do look similar!
    X Izzy

  17. This palette looks absolutely stunning

  18. I love the quality of the shades and all of the different browns - it's what I wear, mostly. I'd love to find out what you think of Morphe as well - I see ads for it all the time and I wonder if it is any good.

  19. Gorgeous selfie. These 35 pan palette are all the rage at the moment and this seems like a great and very versatile everyday type of palette.

  20. These shadows look amazing! Great post!
    Lubz ||

  21. The shades look really nice. I'd never be able to go through all of them though.
    Ange |

  22. Wow Another Autralian Brand! I have heard about Harper Cosmetics for the very first time. And I learn about new brands from your blog these days which are moslty australian. A good neutral eyeshadow palette. I loved your hlipcolour though!


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