When I first received Esprique Precious Dual Gradation Eyes in D3 (S$46) from Kosé Singapore, I was quite taken with the cheerful clover print that embossed the pans. Proof once again that the Japanese are geniuses at combining form and function!
Comprising a pale golden white cream, a copper, an intense chocolate brown and a split pan of salmon pink and beige, the shimmery colours in this palette blend easily into one another for a twinkly warm eyeshadow look – the combination of hues will delight those who love a sunset eye!
The highlighter base has a beautiful glimmer to it and thankfully does not have an overt silicone slip-slidy texture – it sits well and makes a good, light base for the other colours. The copper has a metallic sheen to it and like the brown, is wonderfully pigmented. The last two shades, being accent shades for the undereye, aren’t intense but they have a subtle shimmer that show up unobtrusively on my waterline.
I am especially fond of the deep brown shade – it’s suitably intense yet blends out so easily that I can quickly create a smokey eye with it alone.
As you can tell from the instructions on the plastic protective sheet, each colour has a specific function. Most notably, the split pan serves to accentuate the undereye area, making the eyes look larger. Iris’s review of this palette has detailed information on this.
Here’s an eye I created with this palette. I couldn’t help but blend the brown into the copper for a rusty look.
And here’s a look with this palette, Esprique Precious Gradation Layer Cheeks in 01 Coral Red, Esprique Precious Heart Graphical Rouge in PK833 Blossom Pink and Esprique Precious Dress On Glossy Rouge in BE382 Milky Beige. These aren’t colours that I usually gravitate towards but there is harmony in the warm shades, so they wore well on me. :)