Honestly, I was a little surprised by the color they call emerald. It has much more blue in it and is lighter than what I consider to be emerald. It seems more like a jade green to me.
Sephora + Pantone Universe says: "Its distinct hue, falling exactly between true blue and true green on the color spectrum, makes Emerald a universally flattering tone that activates and enhances every eye color." (From the Sephora website)
I was immediately drawn to the eyeshadow trios and decided to pick up Eclipse, which has a medium shimmery cool green (Emerald), a shimmery forest warm green with lots of brown in it (Olivine), and a shimmery golden tan (Amberlight).
The packaging on this is quite interesting. It has a clear cover and a mirror that are attached to one corner of the trio and they pivot to either side of the shadows. They also "click" (I think with magnets) in place when they are pivoted back over the shadows.
Sephora says: Enhance and invigorate your eyes with this shadow palette that delivers a trio of rich, satiny formulas for a smoky, elusive look. The reflective properties of diamond dust and micro-fine platinum powder diffuse light, creating a smoldering effect. The deep, neutral shades featured in this palette draw out a striking facet of Emerald for a gorgeous smoky eye lit with a hint of shimmer. No matter how you wear Emerald—from subtle to dramatic—its universally flattering tone complements and intensifies every iris.
Here come the swatches!
From left: Emerald, Olivine, Amberlight (with flash)
Emerald, Olivine, Amberlight (indoor light, no flash)
Emerald, Olivine, Amberlight (sunlight)
These shadows are very soft and buttery, have excellent pigmentation, produce little fall out, and are long-lasting (I only saw a tiny bit of creasing after 6 hours without a primer).
Here, I used the Emerald color on the lid and the lower lashline and the Amberlight color in the crease.
For this look, I used Amberlight as a colorwash all over the lid.
I added Olivine to the outer corner and crease.
This is Olivine and Amberlight used to create a dramatic smokey look.
This is a gorgeous trio and totally worth the $26! (Exclusive to Sephora and limited edition.)