The shadow selection is pretty bold even for the most ardent colour lover, and features 6 matte shadows and the rest being foilesque shimmers and duochromes. The shimmers are truly where it's at in these palettes, they are so unbelieveably creamy and buttery with immense payoff. Juvia's shimmers seem to be the only ones I can get to work with any intensity with just a dry flat brush. The mattes do still perform well but need a bit of building, mainly as they are quite pigmented so a light hand when working with these is recommended or you can end up with a look that won't blend to a satisfactory finish. The two darkest mattes from the palette are a little stiff (Ife & Yejide - Purple & Blue) but still more than workable.
One surprise from this palette was how well it worked as a stand alone palette. Given the colours I expected I would need to combine with other palettes in my collection, but I found myself being able to create looks quite easily from just The Magic palette. One thing I am grateful for is the shade Kesi - a light cream matte shade. At first this seemed like a strange addition to the palette, but being fair skinned this ended up being a godsend as I can pick up some of this shade combined with a darker matte to lighten it up a little, meaning the shade is a little more wearable for me.
One small thing though - if you love your neutrals this palette may not be for you. It is incredible (mainly for the most amazing shimmers) but if it's just going to sit in the drawer, it's probably not the best pick and they do have others from the collection that may work better for you. Even I am uncertain how much use it will actually get as this is not a palette I could wear 'everyday' at work. If you love warm neutrals but would like to experiment with a little colour I recommend the masquerade palette from this range - you can see my review of that palette HERE