Hello friends! I am b-b-b-busy with work in this mad frantic last week before Christmas, but I quickly want to show you some very fast swatches of a new holiday set from Napoleon Perdis – Napoleon Perdis Paris Collection.
The Paris Collection consists of a lipstick quad, an eyeshadow quad, and a soft golden frost nail polish (the latter I’ve managed to misplace in the hectic confusion of the past few days, but it looks like a very close match to China Glaze 5 Golden Rings or Kit Cosmetics Generation Next).
The lipstick quad is top notch, with a gorgeous coral cream and a rich power pink offsetting a warm caramel shimmer and a deep brick-beige. The formula is super creamy and opaque, with no discernable scent or flavour. I’m not much of a lipstick gal these days, but I’ve been working a soft blushy application of the attention-getting coral for a shot of much-needed colour under my regular clear lip balm.
The eyeshadow quad is a little less colour focused than the lipstick quad, with four soft icing sugar-esque shadows in shades of mint green, sheer grey, dirty gold and terracotta brown. I’ve been looking at this quad for a while now trying to figure out what it reminded me of, then it hit me: it reminds me a lot of the Smokey Velvet eyeshadow quad by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura. I criticised that palette for being a little disjointed in its colour selection, and I feel the same way about this eyeshadow quad. There’s no real unifying colour family to make the palette work as a whole, with the combination of delicate silver and mint clashing against the dirty gold and terracotta. It’s a nice idea, but the execution just isn’t there.
This isn’t the worst eyeshadow palette I’ve ever used, not by a long shot, but I’ve seen more focused, better designed quads released by Napoleon Perdis.
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