Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block Review & Swatches

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block Bionic

Sephora + Pantone teams up again this year to create the Emerald Capsule Collection which features a new Color Theory Shadow Block. The Color Theory Shadow Block embraces the Color of the Year, Emerald, with frosty white and navy blue to contrast.

Can you rock it?

I can’t…..

Seriously, I’d love to tell you that Emerald was a great Color of the Year pick for me but I’m actually still in lust with Tangerine from last year.

Created in a similiar style as last year’s collection this shadow block comes in a pale white compact. Packaging did get a slight chic upgrade with a new slide out mirror that’s located below the shadow. I love the packaging as not only is it geek chic simplicity but also happens to be easy to store, easy to travel with, and hell it just looks kinda brilliant.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block Palette

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block Spring 2013

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block ($26) is somewhat ironic considering it is dominated by navy blue and a frosty white…and a little tiny bit of Emerald. Eh? Perhaps that’s just the way the palette is design and maybe each shade weights in at an equal amount but you’d think they’d want to make the Color of the Year a more prominent part of the palette.

At $26 it is a pricey little devil so you might want to skip it and just indulge in the The 2013 Color of the Year Emerald Collection which is $68 and includes this palette as well as several other full size pieces from the Emerald Capsule Collection.

Aside from the frosty, yet shimmering white shade of shadow you’ll be working with heavily pigmented shades of matte shadow in this palette. Both the Emerald and deep navy blue are matte finishes. This could make them easier to wear and work with depending on your finish of choice vice. I’d personally prefer a sparkling shade of Emerald but that’s just my bag…yours could be mattes.

For a matte shadow they are saturated as a hell so a little goes a long way. The texture is powdery yet silky at the same time and easy to blend on lids without looking chalky or patchy. They have a surprisingly strong, quality formula for a matte. The white shade is a little sheerer but I suspect the want you to highlight with the color so little pigment is needed here.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block Swatches

Overall, it’s a pricey palette and unless you REALLY adore shades like this you might find it difficult and unfriendly to use and work with it. Not everyone is a master at using such bright, bold shades of mattes, I know I’m not. But if you can rock you’ll probably be quite pleased with the overall formula. Worst comes to worst you can use the shadows as dynamite eyeliners.

I dunno if you need it but it might be fun exploring it when it launches in March at Sephora.

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  • 2/11/13 18:34 Phyrra:

    I love that green and silver.


  • 2/11/13 19:28 Al:

    I love how pigmented these are, but being the glitter/sparkle lover that I am, I’m a disappointed by all of the matte. I think I’ll pass on this.

    I have to say, nothing about this collection really wowed me. I LOVED last year’s tangerine collection.


    • 2/12/13 9:24 the Muse:

      me too al!


  • 2/11/13 21:38 dia:

    I just realized this is the same color combo as my toothbrush. Minty fresh eyeballs? Hm. I think the silver and navy would make a nice, dramatic smokey eye together, but I can’t figure out how to work in the green. It seems to belong to a different occasion. It would make a fun crease color for an otherwise neutral day look.


  • 2/12/13 0:14 Lauren:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll be passing on it, unfortunately, since my blending skills and confidence in wearing such bright colors are pretty much nil. Wish I could wear them, though, since they’d look killer with my coloration (fair with very dark hair and eyes).


  • 2/12/13 7:18 Joanna:

    Love the pigmentaion of the eyeshadows and especially that 2/3 are mattes. I would not mind the splurge at all :)

    Thank you for the awesome swatches:)


    • 2/12/13 9:18 the Muse:

      my pleasure joanna :)


  • 2/12/13 8:09 Majick:

    Awe, I was waiting for an eye look. Maybe mixing the white with emerald you’d get the shimmer you like? I think the color payoff looks tremendous and the colors are very different than the norm.


    • 2/12/13 9:17 the Muse:

      that def works majick just my tired eyes can’t do green so well anymore :-/


      • 2/12/13 15:47 Majick:

        try putting it under the bottom lashes and then do a little black on the water line – could really pop.


        • 2/12/13 16:00 the Muse:

          thanks girl will try 😀


  • 2/12/13 14:41 Danii:

    I like the navy but this… Just looks weird in my opinion. Like really weird.


  • 2/12/13 22:25 Drea:

    There is another palette with a frosty beige, a caramel/tan color and the green. Might be easier for most people to wear.


  • 2/12/13 22:42 Zadidoll:

    Oh that green is HOT.


  • 2/13/13 0:56 charlotte:

    I can think of about a dozen other colors they could have paired with the green that would have been more flattering.. kind of an odd combo. Even just a palette with various shades, tones, and finishes of the green would be more appealing to me.


  • 2/13/13 2:12 amy:

    Pretty, but I know I would never use it… I just don’t wear this combination of colors, and I’m far too lazy to combine it with another palette. I do think the shades would be flattering on all skin tones, though (at least more so than last years Tangerine).


  • 2/13/13 9:34 jenny jacobs:

    While this looks so pretty (and thanks for the swatches!) I cannot pull off blues and greens. I’m extremely fair with blue eyes and red hair, and green and blues always make me look a little off. I stick to neutrals :-)


    • 2/13/13 9:35 the Muse:

      i do too lately jenny 😀 don’t feel bad!


  • 2/14/13 17:00 Mermaid:

    If the green was the large one and the blue was the mini, I would buy this. Sadly, it’s the other way around.


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