I'm one of those weird people who loves eyeshadow, but doesn't usually buy big palettes. (That's why I love indie shadows so much—you can buy them solo AND often in sample sizes!) I'll admit though that there are times when it's more convenient to have a palette with a bunch of different colors on hand. Powder shadows aren't the most travel-friendly thing, after all. Today I'll be reviewing the Paula Dorf Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette, which has five 1.7g shadows: Enough for variety's sake, but not so many that you wouldn't be able to easily fit it in your purse.
"From the desert sand to the crisp blue sky this Aztec City Palette has it all! With just the right balance of professional and flirty, this palette lets you decide between knockout nudes, classy colors or a mesmerizing mix of both. These five shades allow you to customize your look and transform your mindset to the bronzed beauty of the desert. The sleek mirrored case also contains a specially designed double-ended brush for the perfect application." ($36)
As promised, this palette comes with a decent-sized mirror and a nice little brush that nestles in perfectly. Here's a closer look at the actual shadows
- A white shadow with a slightly satiny finish.
- A sky-blue shadow that has almost a peachy-looking sheen in the pan, but swatches/wears just as pure shimmery blue.
- A light, sparkly shadow that looks taupe-ish in the pan but appears almost lavender once on the skin. Well on my skin, anyway.
- A matte, champagne-colored shadow.
- A matte, chocolately brown-colored shadow.
I couldn't find individual shade names for these shadows on the package or the Paula Dorf website, so if you know what they are, let me know in the comments! Swatches:
All swatches are done over ELF Studio primer. Shadows 2 and 5 are VERY pigmented. Especially number 5—use a light hand with that one unless you want to go super-dramatic. Shadows number 1 and 3 are a lot more subtle (especially against my ultra-pale skin), but still very pretty. I had some issues with number 4—even with multiple strokes and a good amount of pressure, I couldn't get it to show up as well as the others on my arm, let alone my eyelids. Oh well!
The included brush has an angled end and a fluffier end that's probably most suitable as a shader brush. These aren't the most amazing brushes in my entire collection, but I'd say they're a cut above some of the others you'll find included with palettes. I was able to use it without looking like a fool, in any case!
Overall, I have mixed feelings about the Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette. I love the selection of shades, but the poor pigmentation on shade #4 would make me hesitant to snag another at the full price. If you happen to spot it on sale, however... it might be worth it for the other four, assuming you like the colors.
You can purchase the Paula Dorf Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette on PaulaDorf.com. Use coupon code TEAL at checkout to get a free teal mascara with your purchase.
What do you think of the Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette? Does it bug you when some shadows in a palette are good and others aren't?
Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.