Illamasqua Complement Palette: Review + Swatches

Recently I broke down and bought an expensive palette from Illamasqua. I was really drawn to the colors and textures that this collection of eyeshadows had to offer. The dark purple and rose colors are very soft, pigmented eyeshadows. The light tan is mostly sparkle and less soft. The brown is a duo-chrome cream shadow that looks brown at the outset and then has a blue-ish tint when it catches the light. The positives of this palette is, for one, you can tell its high quality by the packaging and the way the eyeshadows feel. I absolutely love the deep rose color and the duo-chrome bronze. The different textures and combination of colors make it easy to create a dynamic look. A downside to this palette is that I don't think the shadows are made for long-wear. The creamy bronze creases almost instantly when it isn't set with a powder. This makes it necessary to apply a primer and a base to get even a few hours of longevity. Also, of course, the price. I had to think about it for a while before I decided to cave and spend $45.00 on this palette. In fact the only reason I took the plunge was because I had a 20% off coupon for Sephora- even with the discount it is still seriously expensive. If I wasn't so in love with the colors this would be a quick return- but I can't seem to part with it yet! We all need a little splurge once and a while ;-). Have you guys bought anything you absolutely love lately??

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