Meet the Urban Decay Feminine palette, part of the Christmas 2012 offering from the brand who produce more eyeshadow palettes than anyone else. Sister to the Dangerous palette, which offers deep jewel toned shades, and the Fun palette, which offers brights, Feminine promises soft, pretty looks with its combination of neutrals and light, subtle colour shades.
I won't wax lyrical about the zippy palette format again, don't worry. I did discover recently that the zip palette can actually be used as a clutch bag when you're done with the eyeshadow - the cardboard innards pop out, leaving you with a small but pretty envelope clutch. I can't imagine taking advantage of that myself - I've never finished an eyeshadow. Probably as a result of having collected over two hundred of them. Ahem.
Anyway, on to the shades. There are six of them in this palette, and a mini Lip Junkie gloss in Wallflower, a creamy pink I've swatched before (and still wear regularly). Eyeshadow wise, you get Bordello, a soft pinkish mauve with golden shimmer; Skimp, a pale cream with shimmer; AC/DC, an icy lilac; Gunmetal, a sparkling pewter; Hijack, a metallic teal; and Lost, a brightly metallic copper brown.
Swatched in natural indirect light
Swatched in sunlight at dusk - winter reduces my photography hours :(
Where I was a little disappointed in the Dangerous palette, finding it too similar to the Smoked palette, I'm quite taken with the Feminine palette. I've worn Bordello and AC/DC together as a pink/purple eye look a number of times, and really like the sparkling finishes combined with the soft, subtle colours, which are definitely more interesting than neutrals, but not completely in your face COLOUR. Lovely. I do still wish that these palettes came with a mini 24/7 liner instead of the gloss - much more useful.
Find it at BeautyBay, where it'll cost you £25.
Disclosure: PR sample