Last week, the Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam caught my eye when I was in Sephora returning something. I didn't need any more lilac/purple shades of shadow, but one of the consultants gave me a little push to buy it anyway. I was so glad that she did, because the palette is truly wonderful. It had excellent staying power, and didn't fade at all, even after 14 hours. The shades working together, really highlighted my eyes. While I often mix shades of shadow from one manufacturer to another, I've noticed that sometimes shades from one manufacturer work in combo with each other, working better than a mix and max (from different brands) approach. Amethyst Glam did such wonderful things for my brown eyes, that I went back to try Jade Fever. Green is great with my eyes, although it has an entirely different effect than certain purple shades.
I'm really pleased with the Jade Fever palette. Like all the palettes in this collection, there are five shadows which can be used to create a myriad of different styles. There's a lid shade, a liner, a highlighter, a crease shadow, and an all-over shadow. Although designated for specific purposes, each of the shades can also be used in many other ways. There's so much that can be done with this palette. While my favorite shade in the Amethyst Glam palette was the lid shade, in this palette I like the sheen/shimmer that comes from the liner shade. However, I've tried that shade for my crease, as liner, and slightly muted for a smokey eye, and it's gorgeous however it's used. This surprised me, because, while it looks okay in the palette, when applied, it's actually fantastic, when applied. I've tried it wet and dry, and it's a great all around shade, even if it looks very dark. In addition, the two other main green shades bring a nice warmth to the brown in my eyes, and complement the brown nicely, and I'm also happy with the two additional shades, although nothing phenomenal. The good thing about those last two is that they complement the other shades in the palette so well, and their slight tint makes them harmonize well. Like the Amethyst Glam palette, the pictures in the illustration do NOT do this palette justice. It looks so much better in actuality.
All the shadows have an ideal consistency, are well pigmented, and don't fade. The greens look best with a primer. I like the depth that can be created when using a shade both wet and dry. The shades layer well, and blend together perfectly. I'm not had any creasing with either palette. It always looks as if it was professionally applied. This is an exceptional palette, and I highly recommend it.