Lime Crime fever first hit me when I tried their Carousel Gloss in Candy Apple. As a bold, high quality gloss, I figured it could only mean good things for the rest of the products they offer. At the time, Palette D'Antoinette was the newest addition to their eyeshadow family and the perfect addition to anyone's makeup collection if they dig matte pastels. As a palette inspired by the iconic Queen of France, it's described as having five pastel hues "reminiscent of royal confectionary delights". While I would say there are only four pastels in this palette, I tend to agree that it looks good enough to eat.
To start, each shade in this palette would be a unique addition to many people's collections. I will admit to having an extensive makeup collection, but I can safely say that nowhere in it could I find shadows remotely similar to these. While this may look like a palette for the brave at heart, even subtle-shadow wearers will find it easy to incorporate any of these shades into a look because they can be worn subtly and sheer or built up to make a serious statement. Royal Flush is a matte baby pink, Absinthe-Minded is a matte pastel lime, Macarooned is an matte creamsicle shade, Ribbonesque is a matte pastel purple that leans periwinkle, and Mercurious is a silver with a metallic finish.
The piéce de résistance is the quality of the shadows. All of the shades are buttery and smooth and, despite being matte, don't come off as chalky in the least. They are superbly blendable and don't take a ton of packing-on to get rich color payoff. While the wear time wasn't particularly impressive when worn alone, over a primer they last all day. What's more is that to get five shadows for $35 is an absolute steal compared to what other brands of similar quality are charging these days for a single shadow.
Those looking for quality matte shadows in fun, unique colors will love this palette. The price makes it almost irresistible and if you order from Bloom.com, like I did, you get 10% back on your purchase (and sometimes more if they are having a special). Otherwise, they are available via the Lime Crime website.