It is absolutely gorgeous, and performs flawlessly.
I love that EL veered slightly from the usual gold packaging and went with the midnight exterior. The shades in the palette are so intense, gold would have pushed this uncomfortably close to the tacky side of the 80s, rather than the Jerry Hall, glam-tastic fabulousness that this palette totally owns.
The colors are so rich, vibrant and metallic in the pan, and they do not disappoint when applied.
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Despite the scary fuchsia, this is a surprisingly versatile palette. The soft black and beautiful navy shade will, of course, make for a classic smoky eye, while the brown and cream shades work just as well for a more subdued daytime combination. There are no matte shades, so it's not an all-arounder that you can toss into your weekend bag, but it has a lot more range than would be immediately obvious.
Availaibility: Harder to locate now, but it is still available on the US Estée Lauder website, and my local Bay still had it in stock this week. Price is 48$ USD and 50$ CAD.
Pros: Sublime formula with great density and pigmentation. Fantastic overall aesthetic. Surprisingly wearable and versatile.
Cons: None that I can think of.
(I purchased this from Lord and Taylor in the States.)