Let me preface this review by saying that I was *really* looking forward to these new, limited edition palettes. Riri101's pictures made them seem so wonderful, I didn't hesitate at all before dropping the $5 for them. In store, I was intriged by both Neutrals and Gems, but in the end went with this one because it had what looked like some really nice taupes, it was lighter, and it seemed more wearable. My mistake.
The top middle shade, the one I thought was taupe, is shimmer-less, toned down, and almost painfully unpigmented. It is the least pigmented shade of any Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadow I've ever tried.
Its better is located on the bottom right: a much warmer, dirty-gold brown that is also relatvely matte, though does contain tiiiinny shimmer on close inspection. Very well pigmented.
The peach shade above it seems to resemble the light peach in Paradise Cove, but is, you guessed it, way more matte. This one also has the tiny shimmer, and looks like a light cream.
Ironically, the shade that looks like cream in package is actually a stark white on skin. It IS pigmented and more "shiny" than the other shades in this palette. The pink below it (left side) is a not-too-pigmented, mauvish bubblegum shade. It's actually rather nice and a unique shade among the palettes and trios. Finally, while the taupe in the middle is terrible, the shades below it are good. The purple is a truer purple than the burgundies of other palettes, in the sense that it is bluer and deeper. It is also wonderfully pigmented.
The light blue underneath it is actually rather muted and it is a "Bondi" blue (I had to hit the 'ol Wikipedia pretty hard to come up with the right word for this one), like a light, less "steel-y" steel blue. The last shade is a salmon or light apricot color with more shimmer than the other shades.....................................................................................Overall, this palette shows Wet 'n' Wild becoming less sheen-y and moving away from sparkles in general. The shimmer in the shades that have it is smaller in size than previous ones, and none of the colors are frosty. The neutrals one in particular contains both cool (left pink, white, purple, blue) and warm (right brown, cream, salmon) colors. It's pobably worth the 5 bucks, but I'm going to trade it for the gems palette.
EDIT: Hmm... never mind. These DO have a ton of shimmer.