Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sephora Color Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette // Holiday 2015

The Sephora Color Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette ($74, limited edition + exclusively at Sephora) is the motherlode of all eyeshadow palettes. With 78 eyeshadows, 2 eyeliners and one dual-ended brush, it packs a serious punch. 

This time around, I'm going to skip describing each and every colour and shade of eyeshadow because the attempt would probably take me until 2016. In general, the there's an impressive variety of colours and shades - mattes, satins, metallics and a few glitters in both neutrals and vivids. Perhaps the only things that are missing are very unique eyeshadows like red with a green duochrome. If anything, the Color Wonderland is a good base palette and you can build your collection with more unique single eyeshadows/palettes.

The neutrals are all-encompassing. From extremely warm orangey-browns to cool greys and all the brown and gold and beige in between, the Color Wonderland Palette contains the whole spectrum of neutral eyeshadows. I can't put a finger on any colour that is missing. All of the neutrals are good quality, except for a couple of the lightest matte shades. The metallic/satin shades are particularly noteworthy. 

The vivids don't include a full rainbow of shades. It's missing reds and oranges and has only three yellow-ish eyeshadows. There's lots of cooler eyeshadows in blue, green and purple with a decent range of pinks. The purples (a couple were patchy), greens, and darker blues were much more pigmented, softer and easier to work with than the pinks and the light blues. 

The luminizer/highlighter broke en-route to my house - think silvery/white glitter EVERYWHERE. It took a while for me to clean up the palette so it would be in decent condition to photograph. The luminizer gives a watery look to any shadow you top it with. That being said, it's WAY to shimmery/glittery to use as a face highlight (not that it's meant to be just FYI).

In general, the shadows are good but not amazing. They're not too powdery or overly soft and creamy. They blend easily and look good with or without a base, with some exceptions. 

The eyeliners are pigmented and they're the texture of eyeliner that I prefer - not too creamy. The glitter has quite decent staying power but I find that the black doesn't truly set so it smudges within a couple hours. The brush is so-so. Both ends of the dual-ended brush are the SAME. Good thing it's a shape that I like. It's MAC 217/Hakuhodo J5523 but slightly flatter, less fluffy and less tapered.

Is it worth it? DEFINITELY. At $74 for the whole thing, each shadow/brush/eyeliner is being purchased at LESS THAN A DOLLAR. And on top of that, the quality is, for the most part, there. If you're looking for an all-in-one eyeshadow palette then this might be the one for you.

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