The Sephora Pastel Pop Eyeshadow Palette blinded me with sparkle recently. This sweet little palette is topped with eight shadows with matte and sparkle finishes.
At a glance I thought it was the ideal solution for me to enjoy mattes with my favorite finish, sparkle. I know, I’m kinda defeating the purposes of matte if I’m adding sparkle on top but gimme a break, I’m so anti-matte.
Take a peek!
Sephora has had a good run lately with their makeup and beauty tool collection but unfortunately the Sephora Pastel Pop Eyeshadow Palette is a little too expensive. At $28, there are a range of palettes you can get that are FAR better options.
This is a slick black compact with a generously sized mirror. Inside you’ll find four basic matte shades and four shimmering shadows. You can mix and match to your hearts content by wearing the mattes and sparkles together or separately.
The sparkle shadows are similiar in texture to Urban Decay’s new Moondust formula however, they have a thinner consistency with considerably less glitter. The shimmer here is far more refined. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they are fall out free as they are a tad on the messy side to apply without having shimmer fall over cheeks and face. They are rather dazzling and add a lovely little sparkle to lids but the pigmentation would be comparable to Sonia Kashuk’s older eyeshadow quads in the fact they do have shimmer but no real pigment which in fact makes them merely an overcoat. Of course, this is how Sephora advertises them anyway but still they prove a little disappointing.
The mattes are fairly nice with an easy to apply formula that isn’t overly dry or too powdery. They have a smooth, even texture during application. However, the shades are pretty basic and very light so they don’t make a ton of impact on eyes. It isn’t necessarily lack of pigment here, it’s merely that three of the four shades are lighter colors.
Wearing the beige sparkle shade (third color, first row) on top of the creamy beige matte eyeshadow (last shade, second row)
I think….if they’d mark this down to $12-$14 it might be a nice palette for nude, natural looks with a little shimmer. That price range would put it into a competitive budget field and could tempt folks into indulging versus saying the Urban Decay Naked Basics. However, at $28 it just comes across mediocre.
It’s available now at Sephora but I’d personally recommend skipping it.