Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow

When I first found out Sephora was relaunching their entire line, I was so excited as the new packaging and swatches we saw looked more and more luxe and less drugstore. The foundations, lipsticks, and eyeliners were so-so still, but the shadows...ohhhh the shadows. They were beautiful! The cream blushes they came out with were also pretty nifty. The only thing that they took away that I wish they'd kept was the awesome bronzing sculpting disc.

Product Info:
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow
Wedding Night - N° 62
Diamonds Are Forever - N° 60
Pop Idol - N° 32
Queen For A Day - N° 56

What they came in for employees

Where to get it:
Sephora Standing Stores: 13.00
Sephora Online 13.00

An extraordinary range of stunning, high-pigment shadows with matte, shimmer, glitter, and mirror finishes.

What it does:
Flash superior color, flawless wear, and long-lasting beauty with this striking eye shadow formula. The Color Eye Last complex means you can comfortably wear this shadow up to 10 gorgeous hours and the micronized pigments ensure an ultra smooth, blendable texture. The range of colors and finishes complement day and evening looks, from perfect mattes to pearlized shimmers, glitters, and a glossy mirror glow.

-Variety of finishes and colors
-Long lasting
-Easily blendable
-Smooth texture


N° 62 Wedding Day
Mica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Talc, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Acrylates Copolymer, Polybutene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Maltodextrin, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Polyurethane-11, BHT,Tin Oxide, CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake),CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet),CI 77491 (Iron Oxides),CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake),CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

N° 60 Diamonds Are Forever
CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Talc, Mica, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Maltodextrin, Sorbic Acid, BHT, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake),CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake)

N° 32 Pop Idol
Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 75470 (Carmine), Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Zinc Stearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Maltodextrin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

N° 56 Queen For A Day
Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Zinc Stearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Mica, Maltodextrin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract


This is where I think Sephora has stepped up their game and started getting up there with MAC and actually has gone a step further in the ease of depotting eyeshadows. Normally, there's a long annoying process if you don't live near a MAC freestanding store to buy pot shadows, that involves heating up the pan enough to melt it to pop the shadow out, but not hot enough to melt the pan and destroy the shadow. I've broken several MAC shadows by depotting them. Sephora has actually come out with two different compacts to help with keeping your newly depotted shadows handy. They have a 3 pan version that has the little key inside to help pop out the shadows. It's available for 12.00 online or in store. Now, if you buy 2 or 3 shadows, you get the pan for free. If you step it up and get 4 shadows, you get the 6 pan version free whereas it's normally 14.00. Now, you may be wondering what I'm talking about with the palettes and keys.

Shadow in pan with "key"
Insert key into ditch in pan
Push key down
Out pops your new shadow!

Sephora has designed their shadows in pans as normal, but there's a small cut out by the shadow where you can stick a small key (comes with the palettes) inside and pop out the shadow. No more heating up, or cutting out the case. You pop them out and place them in any size palette you'd like. The cases are pretty standard -black case, see through acrylic top with SEPHORA stamped across. The bottom has the bar code, number and shade, where they're manufactured and by whom. Pretty standard stuff.

The palettes themselves are pretty heavy duty and are made of a pretty thick plastic. It has the Sephora flame stamped on the top, instructions for how to pop out shadows on the back, and the inside has three places for shadows to go, along with a mirror. Now when I say heavy duty, I MEAN heavy duty. I've lugged this thing to work, my car, dropped it down some stairs, tossed it to a friend so she could use them, and I can't even think of what else these palettes have been through and none of the shadows have been damaged in the slightest. Not even once! This is pretty amazing for those of us who lug around shadows to bring to parties, shoots, or having them around in general. I mean, I look at my MAC palette wrong and it dies a horrible death. No, neutral palette fell maybe a foot from my desk onto fluffy carpet and SEVERAL of the shadows popped out and broke. My Vanilla shadow is almost completely goneT___T

Wedding day is listed as a frosty white glitter shadow and oh man is it true. It works beautifully as a brow highlight or a white lid with added sparkle. Although, the glitter in this shadow doesn't stick around for very long which is sad. I'll definitely have a bit of sparkle at the end of the night, but not as much as I started with. This shadow works wonderfully when applied wet, and as you can's my most used shadow! Look at that dent!


L - dry, R - Wet

Queen For A Day is a gun metal mirror finish, but it's so strange... When I apply it as a shadow and swatch, it's a really dark green to me. I don't see gun metal at all! There's obvious red, gold, and green glitter pigments in this shadow and when applied wet it gives off the most beautiful shine I've seen.

L - dry, R - Wet

Pop Idol is listed as a black plum mirror finish. Sephora. Your descriptions are so bizarre. When I apply this, it starts off as a light purple with lots of pink and silver glitter. It can be built up to the dark color in pan, but it needs to be applied on top of a white or dark sticky base to do so. My only dislike is that this color has stained my lids a pinkish color before, even after makeup remover and cleanser.

It starts from faint to dark. Far right is applied 'wet'

Diamonds Are Forever is listed as a silver shimmer finish, which I can agree with. Out of all four, this shadow glides on easily and blends with other colors the best. It has a creamy texture and when applied wet looks like liquid silver. It's beautiful!

This one did not come with a pan

I unfortunately didn't pick up any matte shades as I've already got enough (not a matte fan), so I can't really show any swatches for those. I do remember them being equally as pigmented and going on fairly well without any chalkiness to them though. The shades I do have are shimmer, glitter, and a new finish called mirror. Apparently this is supposed to have almost a glossy finish due to the shimmer and glitter pigments inside. They do glide on really well, and can be used wet or dry. There are some that work better when applied wet as they create a liquid metal finish which is absolutely STUNNING. The downside is that these shadows do not blend very well dry, so when they're applied damp it's literally the biggest pain to get them to blend into another shade. A lot of the lighter colors like the pinks and nudes, I had the biggest pain in getting them to even show any kind of color. I bought N° 66 Ballet Shoes, N° 45 Girl Talk, N° 43 Smell Of Roses, and returned all of them. They looked SO beautiful in pan, but did not show color on the lid no matter what primer (even a white base) I used. Sad days. One thing I hope Sephora starts doing in the future is a recycling program like MAC. Bring in so many cases and get a free shadow, or perhaps more points towards a VIB status? I feel like these cases at home are taking up space, but I don't exactly have the best recycling center around.

-Variety of colors and finishes
-Easy to depot
-Inexpensive for the amount of product
-Great deals on palettes

-Some colors lack pigment
-No recycling for left over pans
-Not very blendable
-Descriptions can be deceiving
-Some colors can stain

Rating: 5/10
It's quite a bit of a pain to swatch all these gorgeous shadows in store, buy them, and get home only to find out they look like crap or don't swatch as well as they did in store. Or worse, to buy them online and to not get what you think you were getting! I bought 5 and returned 4 of them as they turned out to either have no pigment, or had so much fall out it was pointless. I would recommend applying them in store if at all possible. The online descriptions are horrible and are completely wrong on some colors.
For what you're getting, the price isn't bad at all. I just wish they had somewhere we could dump off the pans so we're not just throwing them away!

*Some of these shadows were provided to me while working for Sephora as gratis.
My thoughts and opinions are my own.