Why did I choose to pick the brown one, as there are five colours to chose from? Well, I have a weakness for neutral colours, because my eyes are on the light side. The assortment of blitzy blues or greens often look a bit 80s with my eye colour, and a selection of beautiful neutral seem to enhance their colour.
Also, I was particulary mesmerized by the swatches posted by Miss Bitter (here). I even think she did a much better job in capturing the beauty of the palette than I did, but anyway, I will give you my 2 cents as well. (grins cheepishly).
The palette arrived in a plastic case, as usual. The back has some instructions of how to apply the eyeshadow. As the palette is targetting the audience that want to create a smokey eye, I found the instructions to be slightly different than usual (more of the smokey- eye technique).
The case itself is a beautiful black one that looks like leather crocodile print. The inside contains a set of four colours: one matte pitch-black, one a shimmery sand highlighter colour, a reddish brown and a Taupe with reddish sparkles...Very lovely
I have made the next two pictures with flash, so you can see the beautiful red sparkles on the brown and taupe colour.
I made this picture after swatching, which explains why there are sparkles on the black colour. The colour itself is the only matte colour. I especially love to have a matte black colour as a base for a smokey eye.
Sorry for the unsophisticated swatches I made. I did not use my usual high-end brush to swatch, so they look a bit messy. Still, the colours are rather true to life. (no flash, indirect natural light)
Kathi on Lotuspalace claimed that the brown one did not blend as well as the others. I haven't compared it with the other colours, because I do not have the other colours yet. However, the quality is quite good...not excellent, but ok.