The packaging is wonderful as the palette is very sleek and simple which is my favorite thing when we're talking beauty product packaging. The palette is covered in the NARS-like material that does get dirty very easily but it doesn't bother me at all. I know it does bother many people though so that's why I wanted to mention it! Each shadow is a little square and they are separated by row by finish. The mattes on the top, shimmery on the bottom. Each name is clearly labeled directly below the shadow and I like that they are simple names like 'White' and 'Mauve' and not fancy, clever names. Let's leave that to OPI.
|(From L to R: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black)|
Most of the matte shadows are good for all-over-the-lid application but of course since they are matte, they work well in the crease as well. The best colors that I have found for the crease are Taupe and Mauve. Taupe being a slightly darker version of Urban Decay's 'Naked' and Mauve being a slightly warmer/red version of UD's 'Taupe'. Confusing. Same name, very different colors.
Espresso is absolutely beautiful in the outer corner and as you can see in the photo it is incredibly pigmented. Black does not work as well as I had hoped as it's not really as intense of a black when applied on it's own to the corner or lash line. To solve that, I have been layering it overtop of my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean to deepen the color.
|(From L to R: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate)|
The true stars of this palette are the shimmers! Man, are they pretty. The first color that I ever swatched from this palette was Nude while I was in Ulta months ago and I almost had to back away when I did so because it is the most intense shimmer that is just so soft and blendable it's hard to believe. Unfortunately, I've been having trouble having the same intensity translate to my lids. I have had to layer the shadows overtop of all of my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils but if you use an eye primer that is slightly tacky then that will work just as well.
My favorite still has to be nude because of it softness but I've also really been drawn to Pewter and Deep Purple. Pewter because it works great on the outer half of the lid and Deep Purple because it deepens up any look that you have going without leaning purple. Once applied it really just looks like a dark brown but it's unique since it's not!
Aside from the fact that to hold these shimmers to their truest potentials you have to layer them overtop of a cream product, they are still incredible. I've never used such pigmented shimmer shades that translate so truly to the eyes. Gold has taken over as my favorite gold shadow from UD's Half Baked!
Overall, I would grab this palette before either of my Nakeds while going on a trip. I do still love them because they tend to apply better to my bare lid (with just my UD Primer Potion) than these do but you can't get over the pigmentation that you DO get from these LORAC shadows. Does that make sense? I'm terrible at this. I'm sorry.
If you have any questions about anything that I covered, leave it below! I'd love to clarify and/or answer it :) Until next time...