Sephora + Pantone Universe Full Spectra Eyeshadow Palettes in Day Break and Night Fall

Sephora + Pantone Universe Full Spectra shadow palettes (2)

Last month I received a surprise delivery of treats from Sephora, which included the new Pantone collaboration Full Spectra eyeshadow palettes ($46CAD).  I was pretty stoked, truth be told – the design of the palettes are right up my alley (aka a minimalist aesthetic with sleek lines, and neat magnetic detachable covers), and the colors looked super-fun and interesting.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Full Spectra shadow palettes (3)

The formula is touted as being ‘color-shifting’ and have a ‘pearlescent-matte’ finish, which is sort of a contradictory term but also somehow correct.  Of course, I jumped right in and got to swatching!

First up is the Day Break palette, which consists of somewhat neutral, soft shades typically more suitable for day wear.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Full Spectra shadow palette in Day Break

Sephora + Pantone Universe Day BreakTop row, left to right: Navajo, Dew, Jet Stream, Fairest Jade / Bottom row, left to right: Shrimp, Atmosphere, Cloud Pink, Peach Melba

Cloud Pink…huh.  It does not look pink at all, much more like a copper/bronze to me, but clouds aren’t pink anyway so the naming here is just all sorts of messed up.  Anyway.  On to the swatches!

Sephora Pantone Day Break shadow palette (3)Left to right: Shrimp, Navajo, Atmosphere, Dew, Cloud Pink, Jet Stream, Peach Melba, Fairest Jade

Sephora Pantone Day Break shadow palette (2)

Sephora Pantone Day Break shadow palette (4)

You can see a bit of the duochrome-y-ness in a few of the shades, which is apparently more pronounced when swatched wet.  I tried it out and I did notice a slight difference, but not enough to be a game-changer.  All of the shades of Day Break are pearlescent except for Jet Stream and Peach Melba, which are just matte.

Next, we have the Night Fall palette, which still retains several neutral shades but adds a handful of punchy colors to spice things up for the evening.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Full Spectra shadow palette in Night Fall

Sephora + Pantone Universe Night FallTop row, left to right: Gravel, Eggnogg, Coral Pink, Crystal Pink / Bottom row, left to right: Ocean Wave, Yellow Iris, Persian Jewel, Pink Lavender

Again with the strange pink reference to a shade that is clearly not pink (Coral Pink).  Maybe they know something I don’t????

Ah well.  Swatchy time!

Sephora Pantone Night  Fall shadow palette (2)Left to right: Ocean Wave, Gravel, Yellow Iris, Eggnog, Persian Jewel, Coral Pink, Pink Lavender, Crystal Pink

Sephora Pantone Night  Fall shadow palette (3) Sephora Pantone Night  Fall shadow palette (6)

The shade combination in Night Fall really intrigues me – you could come up with some super-interesting looks here I think!  Obviously Persian Jewel is the standout shade here, with Ocean Wave a close second (especially for lighter skintones than mine).  The bottom shades are all matte as well as Eggnog (top, 2nd from left), while the remaining three are pearlescent.

As you can see, both palettes swatch semi-sheerly – and they had to be built up to get this level of pigmentation.  The shadows are soft though stiff, but not necessarily hard to blend.  All will yield a pretty wash of color to the lids – but if you’re looking to go bold (especially with shades like Persian Jewel), you will be disappointed.  Particularly on my darker skin, these shadows are mostly a miss for me – I tried using Persian Jewel wet, on top of a primer, and while it was visible it did not yield the impact I desired.  I recognize that some shadows are designed that way intentionally, but I do not think that was the case here.  So, while there are some pretty shades and these look gorgeous, unless you’re going for subtletly, I’d pass on these.

As a note, both palettes contain talc if you have a sensitivity to it, but do NOT contain parabens.

What are your thoughts on sheer shadows – yea or nay?

*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Denise on July 26, 2013 - 12:12 am

    I don’t LOVE sheer shadows only because they can’t build up to a fuller opacity, whereas you can sheer out a really pigmented shadow. Like, if I’m gonna put the effort in to put on eyeshadow, it should show up, no? :P

    I prefer the second palette to the first, only because there seems to be more of a range in colour to create more depth and different looks. But not a huge fan of pastel-centric palettes in general, lol. Though the first one reminds me of unicorns, which is great. :)

    • #2 by Latoya on August 6, 2013 - 3:48 pm

      Haha unicorns!! Good call ;) I’m a bit nervous with pastel shadows but I have seen them look stellar, so I won’t totally write them off. But sheer shadows, yeah…totally agree. So much more reasonable to sheer out than try and pack on product and hope for pigment :S

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  2. #3 by satine89 on July 26, 2013 - 1:58 am

    I don’t know why but the first palette really tempts me! :P

    • #4 by Latoya on August 6, 2013 - 3:49 pm

      It’s kinda neat with the finishes Satine, I can see the appeal!

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  3. #5 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on July 26, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Hmmm. I don’t mind sheer shadows (and I loathe the way people are contemptuous of them, as if the paint-by-numbers MAC Girl/youtube guru circa 2009 eye makeup is the bar by which all eyeshadow should be judged). That said, it sucks when it’s obviously no the intent with the formula.

    Have you tried using them over a dark cream base? I find that sheerer, pearlescent shadows take on a whole new life used like that.

    • #6 by Latoya on August 6, 2013 - 3:55 pm

      Tracy has mentioned that trick to me wore Maggie, and I really must try it out. I’m terrible when it comes to experimentation – I want to wear stuff as is, if it’s not my ‘thing’ from the get-go I’ll rarely try and make it work – but I bet I’m missing out big-time by doing that!!

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  4. #7 by My Lucite Dreams on July 26, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    Coral pink? These both look like a lot of fun to play with!

    • #8 by Latoya on August 6, 2013 - 3:55 pm

      I think a better woman these would have a ball, Taylor! I really ought to play around and give them a fair shake, there are some cool colors, no?

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  5. #9 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 1, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    These pastelly shades have me feeling meh all the time, but the blue and mint are outstanding. Wish they would sell them solo!

    • #10 by Latoya on August 6, 2013 - 4:04 pm

      Yea, I often feel that way about a lot of palettes, Liz! Those tow shades are cool, and on the right skintone the sheerness would actually be perfect.

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