This palette was originally launched as part of a limited edition international-only Fall 2013 collection (launched August 19) called Soir D’Exception, Ecrin de Soir Palette, Harmonie D’Exception and features 3 matte colors, a dark violet, caramel, dusky rose and one illuminating shade. This palette after being re-launched now has the name Leatherette and comes to us exclusevly in the states as a limited special edition palette.
The second palette was originally launched as part of a limited edition international-only Spring 2013 collection (launched January 21) called the Hotel Prive Collection, Ecrin Prive Palette, and features 3 matte colors, Taupe, Grey, Natural Beige and Pearlescent Rose, an illuminating shade. This palette after re-launch now has the name Iconic Stud and comes to us exclusevly in the states as a limited special edition palette as well.
So as I understand it, these palettes are listed as an “exclusive” to QVC making them “special edition” and they are of limited quantity making them “limited edition” as well. When I received mine the boxes that they came in were marked “Ecrin Prive” and “Ecrin Du Soir” and not as the for sale titles of “Iconic Stud” and “Leatherette”. So obviously they are remarketing these in the US under different names and not bothering to change the merchandise packaging. So from a business standpoint I’m not too hyped about that flub. More about the product itself though.
One with leather detail and the other adorned in studs, these are by far the heaviest and nicest packaged palettes I’ve ever had. They even make Tom Ford and Chanel packaging seem cheap as dirt. My husband was even shocked by the weight of these little bad boys, so for that Givenchy gets an A+++++++. I must admit the shadow itself is also an A++++++ (though I think it’s rediculous to use report card grading system for makeup and the like).
As you’ll see in the photo directly above, even after trying to use a damp paper towel to remove them they will not budge, almost like trying to remove a waterproof eyeliner pencil. The fourth shade in each palette the “illuminating shade” does go away quite easily but these shadows in general are hefty little buggers. They are quite dense yet soft yet pigmented yet blendable…perhaps all the qualities that would make up the dream eyeshadow. They kick up zero powder, there is zero fallout, they blend nicely and do not fade. I think they are pretty fantastic. I definitly reccomend these palettes, particularily if you are collector of luxury makeup. Obviously all the shades with the exception of one (the caramel colored shade in the Leatherette or Ecrin Du Soir palette, which happens to be an exact dupe for MAC’s Pro Longwear shadow in Uninterrupted) are unique. I think these would be an outsanding Christmas gift for a makeup collector and I’m about 99% certain that if you live in the US, he or she will not already have these and would do cartwheels in excitment to get one or both of them.