Place Vendome is one of the six palettes released last year. I was speechless to see it in person, although the promo pictures were floating around months before the launch date. The metal case is heavy and attracts finger prints. It comes with a large mirror and a two-ended brush of decent quality. Breathtaking design!
I chose Place Vendome for its lovely color theme - a matte ivory, a silky light taupe, a shimmery golden taupe, a matte grey, a satin deep blue, and a matte deep grey eyeliner. It offers diverse depth of colors and finishes. The deep blue and the golden taupe bring interesting touch that balances the overall cool tone. This palette together with Champs-Elysees lies in the deeper tone among the six palettes.
Weakness. The pigmentation is sadly mediocre. And this is what those palettes received vast criticism for the poor color payoff and chalky uneven texture. Place Vencome is certainly more pigmented than the lighter palettes of the line but I still rank it under Dior 5-color eyeshadow. I use Laura Mercier Eyebasic and all the shades look lovely. Even so, Place Vendome wears well for 5 hours (versus all day in case of a good Dior 5-color quint).
I guess the exquisite design and sky high price produce such a great expectation for these palettes. Naturally, it's more than an usual disappointment when the quality doesn't live up to all the excitement before they joined the market.
The swatches below were layered over Urban Decay Primer Potion. They are very easy to swatch.