Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancer in Prima Donna ($4.99, Drugstore.com) was released just in time for summer 2012. As with older Cover Girl palettes, this collection varies in quality. I’ve already reviewed Major Distraction, which I found overall lacking in pigmentation. This palette, a mix of lightly shimmery gold, bronze, pink and charcoal gray, is much better.
While you need to apply a lot of shadow from Major Distraction to get much color on your lids, that’s not true of Prima Donna. The colors are pigmented enough to yield plenty of color. They’re also smooth, velvety and blendable – not too soft, and with very no fallout. I was actually surprised at the performance of this palette – it’s definitely the best of the four I purchased.
Color 1 is a muted gold with moderate shimmer – almost a butterscotch color. Color 2 is a metallic bronze with pink undertones, giving the illusion of warmth without being difficult to wear on most skin tones. Color 3 is a satin-pearl light pink, great for highlighting the brow bone. Color 4 is a deep gray with just a hint of fine silver sparkle. You can actually line with this color, as I did in the picture below, with Color 1 on the lid, Color 2 in the crease, and Color 3 highlighting my brow bone.
The colors in this palette actually remind me of my Kat Von D Saint palette, which I love – they’re a bit softer and more muted than the Saint palette, though. This is a flattering collection that will look good on many different skin tones and eye colors, and the quality is very good. This is one of the best drugstore neutral palettes I’ve come across – you could do a smoky look with it, or something very fresh and pretty for school or work, or anything in between.