wayne goss imperial topaz 001 palette

Imperial Topaz

Wayne Goss Imperial Topaz The Luxury Eye Palette ($55.00 for 0.57 oz.) includes six shades housed in a glossy, black palette with a mirror. There are three shimmery shades, one sparkly shade, and two matte shades. It’s a warmer-toned neutral palette with a cooler-toned black. I’ve always maintained that you never know when someone is in the market for the perfect [insert color story here] palette so what’s boring to one is exciting to another… and as long as it’s high quality, I’m happy to have more variety. The palette was decent, but it wasn’t as blendable or as foolproof to work with as marketed, and as there are a ton of warm neutral palettes available, there are so many others I’d reach for over this.

I’m a fan of the brand’s brushes, and I think the brand did a great job of bringing Japanese brushes into the more mainstream with a more streamlined range of accessible shapes/sizes at a decent price point, so I definitely wasn’t expecting to be left disappointed with this release. I was expecting really soft, smooth, and blendable eyeshadows with more ethereal shimmers–seamless, almost melted for a luminous sheen–and foolproof, ultra-blendable matte shades–and those were my takeaways from the description at the point of sale as well as the announcement video.

The first two shimmers felt almost spongy–soft–but they were more frosted than seamless as anticipated based on the brand’s marketing. The matte shades could have been more blendable, while the sparkly shade had a fair amount of fallout (even when used with a fingertip). One of the shimmers was a bit thinner and sheerer, so it was harder to build up. They lasted decently on my eye (about eight hours). The shades, except the black shade, coordinated well together, but the first and sixth shade are very similar in color (different in finish), and the palette would be more versatile if they overlapped less.

The palette contains larger-than-average quantities of each shade (almost 0.10 oz. whereas most eyeshadows are 0.05 oz. when sold individually or 0.03 to 0.04 oz. in a larger palette). The reasoning given for this was because smaller eyeshadows are harder to get one’s brush in, but I’ve not had that issue with most eyeshadow pans in the 0.03 oz. (Urban Decay Naked palette pans for reference) to 0.05 oz. size (that’s a MAC or Urban Decay single eyeshadow for reference). I think when you get to more dime-sized shades it can be a problem if they’re placed close together.

The second reasoning was this way you won’t see an “ugly well” or see the pan that emerges from repeated use of the product, which was a head-scratcher. Most of us are purchasing makeup to actually use it, and makeup is a consumable item–there is a shelf life!–and the industry has made some movements into going mini and travel-sized to drop prices. Nevertheless, if you do use these eyeshadows daily, why would you… not get a dip or a well or eventually see pan? It does not go on forever!

Per the brand, every palette in the future will contain the same black eyeshadow. I think this made for an interesting discussion (we had one on the Temptalia Discord when it was announced earlier, and I’ve seen it discussed by readers here as well as on my social media platforms). A great matte, black eyeshadow is a great tool to have in the arsenal, but I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to finish a single eyeshadow… but it takes some dedication. It still took me over a year to get through a single eyeshadow that was only 0.05 oz. that I used to fill in my brows almost daily.

If the format had more shades, I could see the inclusion of a standard black eyeshadow making more sense, but I think in a palette of six, the black eyeshadow adds a lot of contrast in undertone and depth that actually makes it harder to incorporate it and keep the look warmer and browner as the other five shades suggest. It would have made a lot more sense to include a deeper shade in each color story but to coordinate it with the other shades; in this palette, a really deep red-brown or almost burgundy could have gone a long way.

Alternatively, the black eyeshadow could be the seventh shade arranged in a long, narrow pan that went along the right edge (spanning two shades), which would lend itself to lining (which is one technique advocated) as well as building up or darkening shades (where you’d likely use smaller, more precise brushes). Guerlain did something like this previously.

I’ll also say that it’s just a so-so black eyeshadow for something that is mega-sized and intended to be included in every palette. I liked that it wasn’t powdery–it was firmer and thinner compared to the other matte shades in the palette–so there wasn’t fallout to worry about, and it was easier to pick up less to build up. The issue was that it wasn’t very blendable, and the shade skipped when applied. It was a lot easier to layer the matte brown eyeshadow over the black to get a softer, more diffused edge.

Also, I noted that the brand stated these should not be used wet–you don’t normally see that warning/recommendation, so I thought I’d pass that along!

Ingredients

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Imperial Topaz #1

Imperial Topaz #1 is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer with a soft, almost spongy texture–there was a bit of spring to it but no creaminess like a true cream eyeshadow–that picked up well with a dry brush and had good adherence to bare skin. I didn’t have any issues diffusing or blending it out, though it seemed to have a slightly whiter base that came through as I applied it. This shade lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (corn) Starch [zea Mays Starch], Zinc Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Silica. May Contain : Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (ci 19140), Ultramarines (ci 77007).

Imperial Topaz #2

Imperial Topaz #2 is a light-medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The consistency was soft, blendable, and had a slight spring to it (like #1) that felt finely-milled without being powdery nor too firmly packed into the pan. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin. The color stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (corn) Starch [zea Mays Starch], Zinc Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Silica. May Contain : Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (ci 19140), Ultramarines (ci 77007).

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Imperial Topaz #3

Imperial Topaz #3 is a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was drier, thinner, and stiff to work with, which made blending more challenging, and the last thing I expected was a fussy formula given that this is a shade the brand said would be included in every palette they ever release. It had medium to semi-opaque coverage in one layer and could be built up to full coverage with two to three layers.

It emphasized my skin texture when worn on its own, and I found I had to re-apply and layer the lighter matte brown shades (#5) over it to really get a soft, diffused edge and minimize the ragged appearance of the edge where it was applied. There was visible fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium Edta, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77499), Black 2 (ci 77266) [nano].

Imperial Topaz #4

Imperial Topaz #4 is a medium, coppery orange with strong, warm undertones and soft shimmer running through it. It had more of a satin finish in the base color, but there were larger shimmers that had light fallout during application. It had more semi-sheer to medium coverage applied as it was prone to sheering out. The texture was soft but not as finely-milled as the first two shimmer shades (and this one didn’t feel springy to the touch either). It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (corn) Starch [zea Mays Starch], Zinc Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Silica. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (ci 19140), Ultramarines (ci 77007).

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Imperial Topaz #5

Imperial Topaz #5 is a light-medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out fairly well. I noticed that it was more prone to darkening a bit, so I would recommend wearing it over a primer or powdered base; it became less blendable if there was any natural oil/tackiness present but was fairly blendable overall. It wore decently for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (corn) Starch [zea Mays Starch], Mica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (ci 77007), Carmine (ci 75470).

Imperial Topaz #6

Imperial Topaz #6 is a light peach with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The texture was moderately dense, not too thick or too thin, but it wasn’t as emollient as it could have been, which resulted in more fallout during application. It seemed to have more semi-opaque coverage, but the base blended in more with my skin tone, so it may be harder to determine from the swatch without me saying as much.

Per the brand, it is best applied with fingertips, but there was still some fallout when I did so. I’d normally recommend to use it with a dampened brush, but the description said to use the eyeshadows dry only. The effect was sparkling with a bit of a sheen, but there was additional fallout over time, so the effect dimmed as the fallout occurred. The longevity seemed around seven hours or so with visible fallout.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The eyeshadow formula is supposed to “blend with the lightest touch–no special techniques needed” that have a “silky feel.” The brand recommended that the eyeshadow formula be used “dry only” and the sparkly shades be “patted onto the lid with your finger.” In the point of sale description, there was nothing that mentioned pigmentation, but all promotional swatches show really intense coverage (almost running deeper, too, than they appear in pans).

There aren’t too many shades released at this time, but the performance depended on the finish. I had good luck with two shimmer shades–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–while one was drier, sheerer, and harder to build up. The matte black eyeshadow (which the brand said would be included in each palette going forward) was stiffer and drier, which made it harder to blend out, while the other matte eyeshadow available was more blendable but definitely not blended with “the lightest touch.” The mattes lasted around eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Wayne Goss Luxury Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Mica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Hydroxystearate, Soybean Glycerides, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter Unsaponifiables [butyrospermum Parkii Butter Unsaponifiables], Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (ci 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (ci 77510), Yellow 5 Lake (ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (ci 42090).

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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