So I know that I said I wasn’t going to buy any palettes but the Sephora Pro palettes came to my store early! All three palettes were released “early” online July 4th, when they were originally supposed to launch on the 13/14th. Unfortunately, we only received the Warm and Cool palettes, the Editorial edition palettes are still on the way, and I do plan on purchasing the Editorial palette.
When these palettes were leaked on Trendmood’s instagram, I was immediately interested. I told myself that I was going to get the Cool edition, but I ended up getting the Warm one because my eyes were immediately drawn to that one. It was just giving me Natasha Denona Sunset vibes, and we all know that I cant justify dropping $129 on an eyeshadow palette. Before I started work, I was just swatching and playing with the palettes and had to put the Warm one on hold ASAP- because it was the last one. I was surprised that so many people were coming into the store and asking for the palette & purchasing – because of the hefty price tag of $68.
Honestly I was never a fan of the Sephora house brand until I started working there. From the beginning I knew that these palettes were going to have a better formula than the singles / quads that Sephora Collection has. This palette contains 28 shadows – 20 mattes and 8 shimmers/pigments. Contrary to what I thought, this palette has a lot of weight to it – it is not plastic cheap feeling like the Morphe palettes. It also has a large mirror, something that is great if you’re traveling, or even getting ready in the morning. I also enjoy the cardboard box / sleeve that it comes in and they even included Sephora pro tips and tricks to get certain looks. The last thing that I was really impressed with was that the palette comes with a plastic insert that has the shade names on it – and it can be taken out!
As for quality, I think this palette is really good for someone trying to expand their palette collection, and even a beginner. All of the shades are very pigmented when it comes to applying on the eyes, not just in finger swatches. The mattes are super buttery and the pigments are very soft and easy to blend. There is only one shade that I don’t love – it is the peach shade. Its a shimmer and it is not as soft as the others, its kind of stiff and gritty and you have to layer it way up to get the pigmentation you want. A lot of people say that the price is outrageous but I did the match, for $68 you get 28 shades, which brings each shade to about $2.40 which is even cheaper than Colourpop shadows.
Time for some swatches:
Top to Bottom: Canvas, Oat, Biscotti, Camel, Ochre, Saddle & Auburn
Top to Bottom: Sand,Brass, Clay, Copper, Bronzer, Adobe & Sandstone
Top to Bottom: Hazelnut, Khaki, Peach, Brick, Terracota, Burnt Umber & Chestnut
Top to Bottom: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sepia, Coconut Shell, Cocoa, Cedar & Obsidian.
One thing that I want to note is that there is a lot of powder kick up with the shadows. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because the Modern Renaissance has quite a lot of kick up and that is a wonderful palette. With that being said, this palette can get pretty messy/dirty quickly but with that plastic insert, you’ll be able to protect that big mirror from being dusted with all your shadows.
In all, I really enjoy this palette and I can see myself using it for everyday looks, and even for work because I can sell it to clients a little easier!