Each eyeshadow is smooth, pigmented, and blendable. What I really love about this palette is how workable it is–all the shades belong and work together with ease. This is a great everyday palette, but it’s also perfect for traveling. Whether you want a lighter, softer neutral eye or a smokier eye, you can do both with this one palette. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t necessarily the most innovative shades, but they are high-quality eyeshadows that will do you well, if you’re in the market for some neutrals or want them all in a convenient palette.
The eyeliner also suits the palette, because it’s dark enough to be smoldering, but it’s not so dark that it can’t be worn during the day, too. I like the subtle shimmer in it, and I didn’t experience any smudging or fading when I wore it. The included brushes are just mediocre but will get the job done if you’re in a pinch.
Clarins packaged this well–just a nice metal compact with a velvety brown bag–and I’m really surprised at the price. Typically, Clarins eyeshadow quartets retail for $40, while this limited edition summer palette is just $36. This made me curious to see if perhaps they just went with minimal quantity, but you get 0.15 oz. of product here. Quartets contain 0.21 oz.–so I can see why there is a price differential.
Nonetheless, while it’s always great to get a ton of product for your money, we don’t always need the amount we buy, so sometimes just the initial investment cost is more important at the end of the day. I think the amount you get is plenty to last you, even if this becomes an everyday palette (think of it as about 0.03 oz. per shade, as compared to the average eyeshadow at 0.05 oz.).