The shimmers and metallics perform very well, they are very pigmented, easy to work with and look very beautiful. Pick up a thin layer of the shadow with your brush, then spray it with water and apply it on your lids. All shimmers & metallics perform the best that way. The shadows won't get chunky, they won't look dry and the won't emphasize any lid creases. When it comes to mattes, well they are generally harder to work with. Specifically in this palette the two darkest matte shades "Jezebel" and "Kenya" are very disappointing, they aren't pigmented enough, so they appear way lighter on the lid, looking thin like they're semi-transparent if that makes sense. Even when I apply them on top of my creamy white eye base, which makes any eyeshadow pop out 10 times more compared to other non white eye primers/bases. Another problem I generally face with the JP mattes is when I apply a crease and outer corner shadow and then try to deepen the outer corner with another darker matte shadow, the darker shadow becomes patchy and it seems like it can't stick on the lid. But the same dark shadow performs fine when I apply it directly over any primer. Keep in mind these palettes get really messy, I used to clean them up as much as possible (the plastic sheets too) after I was done using them and when I opened them up the next time they would be super dirty. Last but not least, keep in mind you get much product for the price.