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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sephora Collection Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette (1)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

Palettes are nice anytime of year, but the holiday influx means you have plenty of options should you need a new pretty in your life. Wait, does anyone ever need a new palette? Those of use who already have drawers of them know it's not so much a need, but a never ending want. Sephora knows this, and they put forth all of their effort to suck you in with something new. This year, the limited edition Sephora Collection Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshdaow Palette will give the wants with it's two in one neutral and bright scheme. Read on for a closer look!

The Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette is a big one, but totally worth the amount of space it takes up. Really. This big book of a palette (it's a bit smaller than a magazine and about two inches thick) is home to 78 shadows, and is really two palettes in one, as you get two full 'pages' of shadow. The left side features neutrals while the right side features an array of colours.

Each side of the palette has a larger, middle shadow, with the neutral side having a matte, beige-cream to be used as a base, and the vivid side having a frosted silver-beige to be used as a highlight. Interestingly, Sephora has even thought of your shade usage, and have made the shades you're most likely to use the most bigger. Nice, right?

As for the shadows, let's talk neutrals first. I was a bad blogger and didn't swatch every shade because, come on, there are 78 shades. I did swatch a random sampling to give you a feel for the shade selection and finishes. You get a nice blend of mattes, satins, frosts/shimmers, and a few glitters. Of the neutral shades, I found all of the shadows to perform really well. The mattes are a bit soft, and can be powdery, but pigmentation is there, they're buttery feeling, and blend quite nicely on the eye. The shade selection ranges from warm browns, through to blush and pink tones, greys, taupes and cool browns. In other words, every type of neutral shade one could want.

The term 'vivid' might have scared some of you, but never fear, these shades bring colour, but they aren't over the top. The vivid side of the palette ranges from purples, to pinks, through to greens, teals and blues. The shades are, for the most part, super wearable and should suit most. The shades feature the same finishes as the neutral side, but I did find some of the mattes didn't perform as well. Some shades felt silky, but really didn't want to apply evenly and needed a bit more care to look good, Luckily, there were only a few mattes like that. Otherwise, I have to say these shadows are pretty great.

All of my swatches are on bare skin, and for my wear tests, I wore the shadows over primer, as I'm sure most of you do. Over primer, I found the wear to be good. The shades stayed all day, with just a bit of minimal fading and no creasing. Primer definitely helps the stubborn matte shades apply smoother and reduces patchiness.

Sephora Collection Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette- brushes  eyeliners (1)Sephora Collection Colour Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette- brushes  eyeliners (2)

If 78 shadows just aren't enough for you, this palette also includes a double ended shadow brush and two eyeliners. Both ends of the brush are the same, with an all-over shadow type shape. The brush is great as it's soft, picks up product well and seems well made. The liners come in black and a deep metallic gunmetal shimmer. I didn't expect much from the liners, but was seriously impressed when they applied all pigmented to the hilt with a soft and easy to apply texture. They're basic wood pencils that need to be sharpened, but the quality is great.

Overall, I'm really feeling this palette! Holiday palettes can definitely be hit or miss, but I'd call this one a hit. What do you think? Are you into this palette?

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