I made my first StrawberryNet order a few weeks ago -- I was nervous since I've been burned by brokerage fees before, but when I saw this item, I bit the bullet and ordered. This is one of Lisa Eldridge's All-Time Favourites, something she keeps in her own makeup bag. I didn't think much of it when I looked at it -- meh, another neutral shadow palette -- but then I started idly Googling swatches. That's a risky little game, innit.
Now that I have it, it's even better than in Lisa's video. The combination of a warm, chocolate brown, a smoky, bronze-gold, and the minky highlight makes it the perfect, everyday trio. These colours are pretty dupeable, but having them housed in one gorgeous compact and embossed so incredibly beautifully makes me glad I have it. If you're new to my blog, I'm kind of travel-makeup obsessed; I adore anything multi-use, travel-size, travel-friendly, packing-friendly, all-in-one. Packing for a trip is about 40% of the enjoyment for me. Yup.
This is an older palette (limited edition from 2008), so the colours aren't quite as pigmented as what I usually expect from a Dior eye shadow. They are still gorgeously creamy and easy to apply, so I don't mind. In fact, this would be a great palette for beginners who can't manipulate too much pigment.
The packaging is the same size as a Dior Quint or their highlighters. I don't think Dior packaging is especially sturdy, but I have yet to break one. That's impressive because I break most things, as evidenced by the number of laptops I've had in the past eight years *cough*seven*cough*.
Bottom line: Do you need this? Not unless you're a vintage Dior collector. You could also make do with MAC Mulch, Urban Decay Smog and... I don't think I own a colour quite like this one, but it looks like something Laura Mercier or Lancome would make.
Do you have any limited-edition loves?