I love this product… I have had the compact for almost TWO YEARS, and I FINALLY need to refill… All of the colors are great to mix and blend; With a primer- the colors can literally stay for about 2 days. (An all-nighter at the office- I was able to pull off a no-makeup change until a lunchtime shower). For a natural palate, the range from ‘day’ to ‘night’ looks can be very dramatic. Easily blend work-day to happy hour and beyond without having to carry a duffle bag around with you for the switch-up. The Sexpresso worn as a wet eyeliner/shadow is just right for daytime, I wear a layer of that over my black liquid Nars liner which really makes it blend in, but not stand out– then use the wet Sexpresso on my lower lids and, perfect-o.
The compact has a fabric-magnetic latch, which makes it easy to open without having to worry if you’re going to chip your manicure, but also stays sealed perfectly when you drop the top. Also, if you lost a bobby-pin in your makeup bag, your eyeshadow will let you know…I don’t know why that is a feature I enjoy… but I do..
The cards that come with the compact tuck securely into the top part of the cover- they had good ideas that I played with to make the color palate and techniques my own- The cards are durable, and clean up if you don’t lose them. (I’ve lost them)
My only “complaint” would be that the NUDE BEACH : (POSITIVE: it’s SUPER glittery- *caution* not for use in daylight over the age of 21?- but just enough to be be worn out at night to really highlight the brow bone and make your eyes stand out without looking like you’re trying- honestly a great addition to a great set of shadows if you don’t want to “look like you’re wearing makeup”- and isn’t that the whole point)?
CON: NudeBeach: Sadly it is so glimmer-ey it seemed to be loosely packed so it cracked and littered everything with sparkles (but I was able to save the remaining shadow as a loose powder (kept in a separate container) but wish it would have stayed in to compact -a) to be able to use a dab here and there and b) to avoid a makeup bag detox.
One thing that would be brilliant if the colors could be sold individually, because I use SilkTeddy and Sexpresso more than any of the others, and now I’m out, so I will have to buy a whole other set (not that it’s expensive AT ALL for the product you get)! It would just be nice to have that option, (I’d probably then find a way to superglue the new refills into the compact 😉