Maquillage true eye shadow palettes are from 2012 collection. They look like a total revamp in packaging which I'm thoroughly impressed about.
I purchased my default go-to shade of earthy beige tones first, and picked BR264.
These eyeshadow palettes contain 5 shades and two double ended brushes. One is sponge double end the other is a brush and a very fine firming sponge tip for liner application.
Comes in brand new champagne gold packaging which is super pretty!
Back of box mentions some application tips.
Even the compact has dramatically changed against previous versions- it's a bit like a white lucite surface with a pink base, then rest of the compact in shiny champagne gold. You have to see it to appreciate how well made and pretty these palettes look!
As usual the plastic separator prints the color shade names and suggested use. Top left is 1, top right is 2, bottom left to right is 3,4,5.
Picture below is the most accurate color representation, based on my monitor at least:
Shade 1 (top left): champagne beige, it's shimmery and sparkly but not super glittery. It's a base color.
Shade 2 (top right): is a warm wheat brown. It's shimmery and soft.
Shade 3 (bottom left) is a very finely milled, pale beigy powder, it has a really subtle sheen, not shimmery or glittery. This shade is NOT an eyeshadow shade, rather it's meant to be an under eye highlight (i.e. dust it over your concealer over the dark circles), it really does illuminate well without having that typical fake highlighter look since the shade is so subtle. I also like this for a brow highlight.
Shade 4 (bottom middle) is a neutral brown taupe, it doesn't have enough purple or grey to quite fit into the taupe description, but it's not a full true brown either. Shimmery again but not glittery.
Shade 5 (bottom right) is the liner shade, it's a very dark cappucino brown shade, can look almost blackened if applied with the sponge tip. It's very pigmented and relatively finely milled compared to shade 2 and 4. It has a subtle sheen, no visible shimmers.
Swatches in same placement order as palette:
Picture here you can see the 'shimmer' factor better for each shade:
Again, bottom left shade is for your undereyes so it really blends into my skin well.
Overall I love this palette- it gives a polished look and I don't think my swatch pictures are bringing out the lustre or richness of the colors as I had to use flash photography to pick up the swatches. It's more vibrant in real life.
I also ordered the VI shade (which is purple series out of the palette colors these year) and can't wait to try that one either!)
Retails for between 35-45USD generally like most maquillage eyeshadows. Overall rating 4.5/5.