Sydney Grace Exquisite Opulence is a very warm-toned, medium-dark gold with a metallic finish. It is an eyeshadow that is permanent in these palettes: Radiant Reflection (Light), Radiant Reflection (Deep), and Temptalia Collection.
Exquisite Opulence is an intense, molten gold with metallic finish. The world probably didn't need yet another gold eyeshadow, but the color story felt incomplete without it. It adds so much contrast against some of the cooler blues and greens while coordinating well with the warmer red and plum kind of hues. It has a light-to-medium press to it, so it is pretty much easy to use however one might reach for it, and we kept it from being too firmly-pressed to ensure some of the micro-sparkle came through.
Inspiration: I've always loved a molten gold, and it's perfect for a jewel-toned palette. This color was part of my original concept, and I wanted it to be a deeper gold with warmth and a lot of shine and twinkle. The more challenging part was differentiating it from other Sydney Grace golds, of which there are a fair few!, but I think we managed to capture that darker, richer base while still keeping it bright in doing so.
Behind the Name: My kind of word salad. I've always loved words like opulent/opulence, and the palette is all about extravagance, so it's not just opulence in color-form but exquisite opulence!
I described this as the "richest, honeyed gold." The initial round included one loose version of this shade, which was total perfection! The second, hand-pressed version was darker and more orange-based with less sparkle, so it had to be tweaked to get back to the loose version in color/finish.
The third version had the right finish and texture, but the color needed to be lighter and less brown/orange but was also too close to The Dream. The fourth version managed to straddle a narrow space between the brand's metallic gold shades that was different while still having all the sparkle and shine I was hoping for!
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Our pressed pigment shadows are smooth and pigmented. We use very high quality ingredients and formulate our shadows to have very high pigmentation, great color payoff, and little fallout. Blends like a dream and lasts all day long. We offer a money back guarantee, because we know you will love them! Each shadow comes in a 26mm metal pan and contains approx. 1.8 grams of product.
Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder
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