Last night, I came home from the airport to see a brand new Elizabeth Arden eyeshadow quad palette on my kitchen table. My very sweet sister-in-law Emily, who was housesitting for us while we were gone, left it for me because (in her words), she "knows how much I love to play with makeup." She obviously knows me very well, and I was so excited to receive it. So here's a big blog shout out: thank you for enabling me, Emily! ;)
When I was in high school, there was a general store in my hometown that sold sample sized makeup products from Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Elizabeth Arden. Mostly it was lipsticks or powders, but occasionally you could snag an eyeshadow duo if you were lucky. I remember one time when I got a single shadow from Elizabeth Arden. I don't recall the color, but I do remember thinking the texture of the shadow was wonderful. Years later, judging from these shadows, it seems to me that the formula has not changed much since then.
The packaging is wonderful. A black square with gold trim, it features a built-in mirror and a space for an applicator brush. The applicator is dual-tipped. One side is a traditional foam-tip, while the other end is a shadow brush.
Velvet Plumtones" and it consists of four matched shades of purple, grey, and pink. The first shade in the top row is a grey-toned eggplant purple, and the second is a frosty baby pink. The bottom two are varying shades of grey, the first of which has a pinky-mauve undertone, and the second of which is a blue-based dove-grey.
What's unusual about this palette is that the colors seem to change depending on the light. In natural light, the shadows have pink and brown undertones, and the slight shimmer in the shades is more apparent. In darker lighting, the purple and grey colors in the shadows are more prominent.
The dark purple and the mauve shades are matte shades, and the dove-grey is a satin finish with a very subtle bit of shimmer. The baby pink shadow is very frosty and is meant to be the highlighter of the group.
These are lovely shadows for anyone with green or blue eyes. The colors will go a long way to bring out all the variations of those two colors.
I'll do a FOTD using this palette when I'm not entirely jet-lagged. My eyes are sporting some rather unattractive bags and dark circles right now.
Thanks again, Emily! Maybe sometime soon you'll let me do your makeup with this palette? ;)