When I bought this trio at Target, I had it all planned out: I was going to bring it to work, get off a few bus stops early and take name-matching glamour shots right by the Chicago river (like what I did with the Covergirl Concealer and Maybelline Lipstick). Then I would just walk down Michigan avenue and do my usual people-watching, counting cute guys (this is I how I spent my summer), before the day start...
Well, I could not find a job in Chicago (nor could I afford to be unemployed any longer, especially after receiving a love letter from the student loan agency...) So, here is some Jersey snow for you.
NP Set Eyeshadow Trio in Chicago contains two taupes (see why I thought the palette and I were meant to be? My favorite city and color together!) and one beige. The eyeshadow comes with lovely star pattern and an hospital disinfectant smell(different from that lip gloss pot, maybe slightly more tolerable) and is made in Taiwan. I would never pay the regular retail price (18-24?) for a palette like this but I think I got it at Target for 6 bucks.
The compact is sturdy and not too cheap-looking. There is a flimsy duo-end applicator (with sponge and brush) included, which was promptly discarded.
OK, this swatch picture was actually really off (taken during sunset) but let me just try harder with verbal descriptions. The first shade is a golden-olive taupe, second shade is a standard medium (neutral) taupe (first two shades are shimmery and almost velvety in finish). The beige is a bummer, chalky, frosty and applies unevenly.
Anyway, I do really like the two taupe shades as both the colors and finish are modern and easy to work with (they are nicely intense and even though I don't get those delicate dimension) they don't lead me into that boring middle-age office lady route.
Simple eyeball of the day (should have done something to the lashes...) that you don't need.