LM described this sturdy plastic palette, which was introduced for Holiday 2008 and retailed for either $40 or $33.60 depending on how desperate your shopkeeper was, as “a jazzy palette of neutral eye colours paired with pops of colour to create a modern take on the classic smoky eye trend.” I hope this description is a clumsy English translation of something that makes more sense in French – how can something be a “classic … trend?” And “jazzy?” Also, why on earth would you describe your product as “jazzy?” If the copywriter was, indeed, an American, um, well there’s no excuse for this.
Anyway, onto the review. This palette contains four eyeshadows, a cake liner, a double ended flat eye liner and shadow brush, and a nice mirror. The eyeshadows, from lightest to darkest are: Sandstone (neutral vanilla with subtle shimmer) , Café Au Lait (matte taupe), African Violet (icy lavender with shimmer, a purpler version of LM’s sublime rose shadow), and Coffee Ground (dark matte brown). These shadows are, in a word, awesome, Sandstone is a great highlighter, with subtle shimmer, and, most importantly, it does not chalk out on my golden brown skin. I cannot stress how great that is. Both Sandstone and African violet are powder shadows that apply like cream. Café Au Lait is great as a base and also as a contour – it, too, shows up true on my lids. A matte taupe like this is rare. Coffee Ground is a matte dark brown which is, again, just perfect – if you are careful you can use this pigmented stuff to contour yourself a smokey eye, and everyone can use this wet or dry to line. Finally, we have the bleu marine cake liner which wasn’t an obvious choice with the rest of these colors but is just so awesome anyway that I’m glad she threw it in there. This palette gives you some failsafe combos – sandstone as a wash with bleu marine to line; African violet as a wash with bleu marine to line; African violet as a wash, café au lait to contour, with coffee ground to line. The brush is great – you can apply and contour with the shadow end and the liner end is stiff and perfect to apply either the cake liner or the coffee ground.
This palette is great set of neutrals and extremely versatile. Further, every woman needs the bleu marine cake liner. If I were you, I’d snag one until it vanishes - $33.60 is a very good price for this