Thursday, February 7, 2013

Purchase Review: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow

In my last post, I mentioned that Sephora made some changes to their eyeshadow collection and I'd like to do a quick review of it today.

It seems to me that Urban Decay is a "leader" of sorts in trends. First was NAKED palette that was so popular that many other brands started doing similar collections. Then they changed their formulation in their eyeshadows to make them richer and more pigmented, softer and velvety, crease-free and longer lasting. It isn't necessary to use a primer with this new formulation. Fast forward almost a year later and the Sephora Collection has also been reformulated similarly. Like Urban Decay, the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows can easily be depotted and placed into a 3-shade or 6-shade palette.

I don't know if this is a permanent or if it's for a limited time but if you purchase 2 eyeshadows, you will get the 3-shade palette for free and if you purchase 4 eyeshadows, then you will get the 6-shade palette for free. Otherwise, the 3-shade palette is $12.00 and the 6-shade palette is $14.00.

I had to purchase an eyeshadow for my daughter-in-law and decided to pick up a couple for myself, thus I got the 3-shade palette.

MAC and e.l.f. 4-shade palettes are the same size and in comparison, the Sephora Collection 3-shade palette is a bit larger.

The thickness is the same as the e.l.f. palette but the MAC palette is a bit thinner. I believe this is due to the fact that there is no mirror in the MAC palette. The Sephora Collection palette is also heavier and feels like it's well constructed.

The palette has a key inside, which you use to pop out the pan. It pops easily in and out of the palettes.


The eyeshadows themselves are nicely pigmented and do feel softer than the original formulation. I normally wear a primer so I can't vouch for how well they will wear without but they did last on me and didn't crease. I must say that I didn't find any fault with the old formulation although I didn't wear Sephora Collection eyeshadows much except for one color, which I don't use as an eyeshadow. I use it for concealing purposes. Unfortunately, with the new formulation, that color has been discontinued. According to the Sephora website, you can wear the eyeshadow for 10 hours with no fading due to Color Eye Last Complex. I also found out from the SA that these shadows can be applied wet or dry.

When I had my meet up with Lulu in January, we were talking about how we both thought that Sephora brand items were quite good and not much blogged about. They do have quality products and are less expensive than more popular brands. I think that with this new formulation, these eyeshadows are worth checking out.