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?
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.
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.
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.
What do you think?