A little while ago, Ulta had a sale on Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quads. They were half off and I couldn’t resist trying this little eyecatcher. Neons and bright colors are the Look Du Jour for this summer and let it never be said that I am afraid of color or expressing myself though makeup!
Under the lid, these are stunners. The shadows are not named individually, so I will just refer to them as their color names: white, purple blue and yellow.
The formula is a bit powdery and crumbly, but the color pay-off is incredible, with the exception of the white shadow. It was really hard to build up and kept crumbling away. When I did get a few layers of the white up on the swatch, it started to grey out, like most of my experiences with white shadows.
With the disappointment of the white shadow, I decided to just use it as a brow highlight and focused on the other colors. What’s that you say? Certainly, I didn’t use all four colors on my eye at the same time? I fear nothing!
Take a look at all of that brightness.
I applied the blue on the outer portion of the lid and the yellow on the inner portion. I swept the purple all over the crease and blended some of the white in to soften along the edges of each color.
A brave choice for work. I brought the blue and yellow down as a liners on the lower lid, using the yellow on the inner corner and the blue on the outer corner. I also used Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara in 5 on my lashes to really bring out the blue.
Yes, that’s right. I wore this look to work. I’m bringing the 80′s back! I got so many compliments on this look that any reticence I had about being so bold quickly evaporated.
Decryption: Napolean Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quads are available from Ulta for $35.
According to Napolean: For dramatic, chromatic beauty, mix and mis-match this quartet of riveting shades. Pigment-rich, easy-to-blend colors range from sparkle to shimmer, metallic to matte, and allow for endless combinations. Ideal for wet or dry application.
The shadows in this palette were all matte, so I was a bit confused why they are referred to as prismatic. I fell in love with the bright colors; so even with the disappointment of the white, it isn’t a deal-breaker for me. Something I didn’t show in the photos was that the blue and yellow blend together to make an awesome green shadow, so it is like getting a bonus color from the palette. At $17.50, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash to buy this palette or another in the series again. However, I’m not sure it is worth the full $35. Admittedly, I didn’t try a wet application and now I’m curious to see if this changes the way I feel about the white shadow or improves the powdery consistency. To conclude, if another brand like MAC or Urban Decay had a similar product for the same price, I’m more inclined to spend the money on them. But, I’ll keep my eye on future half off deals at Ulta to try one of the shimmer or metallic palettes.
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