Estee Lauder 5 Color Eyeshadow Palettes are always a safe bet for soft, buttery eyeshadow with decent, buildable pigmentation, and interesting shade combinations. The quint released as part of the new Topaz collection for Spring 2012 is no exception on either count.
The colours include warm amber, silvery taupe, strong deep brown, shimmering peach and a small square of a matte butter yellow. Interesting indeed.
All the colours swatch well, with the amber and deep brown shades being the most strongly pigmented. The butter yellow is also very highly pigmented, which is somewhat unusual for a matte, pale shade.
And here's an example of what you can do with this combination of shades (alongside the limited edition, super smudgy Intense Kajal Eye Crayon). I applied the silvery taupe all over the mobile lid as a base, then added some of the yellow in the middle of the eyelid. The amber shade went all along the outer v and the crease, with a bit of the deep brown towards the top of the crease for extra defintion.
All in all, a rather lovely and unique collection of colours, perfect for creating a neutral look that's a bit more interesting than basic beige and brown. Find it at Estee Lauder counters and concessions, and online, where it will cost you £35.
Disclosure: PR sample