For makeup nerds, or just for those of you who would like to find more reviews before parting with your hard-earned cash, it’s worth pointing out that this is actually a re-release of the super popular 2013 Holiday Palette which sold out almost immediately, so there’s lots of swatches & tutorials available online.
The twelve shades are as follows:
- Sparkling Dew is a super light peach shade with a faint frost finish, perfect for highlighting on lighter skin tones.
- Guava is a peach with strong golden undertones. This is a beautiful lid shade & could also work as an inner corner highlight on darker skin tones.
- African Violet is my favourite shade from this palette; it’s a cool-toned violet with a gold sheen that reads as duo-chrome when exposed to direct light – really beautiful & not a shade I’ve seen elsewhere.
- Plum Smoke is a matte, grey-ish lilac shade which could work on the lid or in the crease.
- Kir Royal has been my go-to shadow for a smoky eye since I bought the full-size sateen version six months ago, so I can’t wait to try it out in a new formula. The shade is a deep burgundy-brown colour in a satin finish.
- Violet Ink is a deep aubergine shade in a matte finish, perfect if you find black too harsh against your skintone or eye colour.
- Vanilla Nuts is slightly darker than Sparkling Dew & is also matte. The shade is a pink-tinged beige & will work well as a blending colour on lighter skin tones.
- Primrose is a peachy beige with a light frost finish, another beautiful lid shade.
- Fresco is a peachy, medium brown, perfect as a transition or crease shade.
- Bamboo is a golden brown with champagne shimmer, & reminds me somewhat of Factory from the Naked 3 palette, although it’s definitely lighter.
- Truffle is a warm chocolate brown in a matte finish, again perfect for the crease in a brown smoky eye.
- Espresso Bean is a blackened brown & would look beautiful used to line blue or green eyes.
Buying this palette was definitely a commitment (I’m now on a spending ban for the foreseeable future) but I know I’ll get my use out of it & I can’t wait to start experimenting with some of the more unique shades.