I decided to do swatches of the colours for, well, reference. (And I'm so late on the swatch party van! :<)
(Note: I edited the swatches for brighter colours, and texture and finish are better visible. Raw photos will be under the jump)
|Overall view of the palette|
- I love the large variety of shades and finishes you get in this palette. We've got a silver, a gold, some frosty whites, shimmery champagnes, matte purples...ugh, gorgeous! This is definitely a very bold and bright palette, and a great one if you're ready to get out of the neutrals comfort zone to start playing around with a multitude of colours.
- 'Ursula' and 'Sha La La' are soooo amazing to the touch. They are smooth, so buttery and so pigmented! I would just love to touch these two all day!
- The pigmentation on some of the shades are intense!
The Bad (refer to raw pictures after the jump)
- I don't know if it's just me, but the first row is not exactly my favourite. The whole row (except 'Scuttle', the champagne) was a bit difficult to work with--the blue, the yellow and the salmon were a bit dry and powdery (even for mattes) and it required a lot of product for the colours to show up. The gray was also a bit difficult to blend with. (On the other hand, I would have loved to use the salmon eyeshadow as a blush!)
- Textures were inconsistent throughout the palette. 'Ursula' and 'Sha La La' had the perfect texture, in my opinion. 'Ursula' is a frosted finish, while 'Sha La La' is a satin finish, but both are incredibly soft and 'creamy', and I wish the other shades had been the same. The mattes were a bit dry--I also found 'Sebastian', a salmon matte, to be a bit chalky/powdery. Some of the shades were difficult to pick up because the texture was a bit harder in the pan.
I do love this palette, but some of the shades are a bit difficult to work with. We're probably paying more because of the gorgeous packaging, but hey, I'm a sucker for gorgeous packaging. I hope you enjoyed this post, and Happy Canada Day! c: