The palette is housed in a shiny black plastic in a circular shape. It's hard to describe but the top and bottom are kind of offset from each other, making somewhat of an oval type shape between the two. That's not really super important but the formula of the eyeshadows is.
From the Armani website: "The Giorgio Armani Laboratories have developed a new formula that reconciles high color saturation with a matte finish by using a coating of soft-touch powders. This technology makes it possible to use an exceptionally high percentage of pure pigments for ever more intense, ultra-saturated color."
My take is that these quads are long wearing, non-creasing smooth eyeshadows. Most of them have a combination of satin and matte colors. In the Parma quad, the deep purple is matte, the purple-taupe is satin, the pink is a satin and the light white-violet is a lightly frosted color.
I found this particular quad to have lighter colors than the brown ones I have, 2 and 6. I used the purple color wet to try to boost it a little and it was still a lighter eye look than I'm really used to. Maybe I wear too much makeup. ;) I would recommend this quad for daytime and office type of looks but if you want a nighttime going out type of smoky purple, you'll need to bring another deeper purple into the mix. Having said that, all four colors are soft and smooth in application. I wore this look all day and evening and experienced no creasing at all. The colors seemlessly blend into each other and complement each other very well.
Here's some shots of the quad in use:
The Armani Eyes To Kill Palettes are so smooth, I feel the need to tell you that you have to have at least one to have a dream-like eyeshadow experience. They are formulated so very well; there's no creasing and they feel smooth when you use them. Four shades, two applicators and a mirrored lid are what you'll receive for $59 USD. You can purchase them on Nordstrom.com or the Giorgio Armani website.