I think one of the other things I like about this palette is the amount of Matte shadows, out of the full 16 shades, 11 shades are Matte. I've been really trying to take notice of what I actually wear recently, and whilst I always ooh and ahhh over Shimmers when swatching, what I actually wear is a lot of is matte shadows. Mainly because having slightly hooded eyes means shimmers transfer noticably - If I want a great shimmer I tend to reach for THESE.
One thing about this palette along with the Raspberry Edition is that they are Talc Free, something that can be hard to find in affordable palettes and they appear to be free of certain parabens! (No Methlyparaben or Propylparaben as commonly found in some eyeshadow palettes) I get a lot of messages from subscribers on YouTube asking for suggestions for affordable formulas without certain parabens - if you're one of them, do check out these palettes! (This palette contains Phenoxyethanol as a preservative)
Forgive my pictures - I must remind myself to take photos before getting too excited and swatching messing up the palette!
Whilst some of the shades do look quite similar, they are different hues once on the skin albeit not hugely different. The formula though is one of the butteriest I've found at this price point. There was a little kick back when picking up shadows, but nothing excessive and I didn't find I had any fall out when applying. They blend out nicely (and importantly for work days - quickly!) and have as good pigmentation as any of the affordable brands people rave about - I'm not sure why I don't hear more about Technic to be honest.
The only two shades I wasn't too fussed about was the darkest brown (shade #07) and the black (shade #16), they do work for a smokey eye, but if you want a super dark opaque colour in one spot (a dark defined outer corner for example) you might have to spend time building and take care not to overblend. In the interest of fairness though, I think I'm probably super fussy about those darker shades, I've never been happy with any dark brown or black apart from the MAC one's I own which are significantly more expensive.
This palette is very affordable and can be picked up from several online outlets and marketplaces. I found this available for as low as between £6-7 delivered so is equally as affordable as most eyeshadow palettes you can pick up in the drugstore. If you are looking for a versatile, inexpensive, talc free eyeshadow palette I would recommend giving this one a go.