November 2, 2016

Sephora The Delicate Eyeshadow Palette Better Than Tarte and Too Faced Holiday Offerings

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.


Sephora The Delicate Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition nine pan eyeshadow palette that launched with the Sephora Holiday 2016 Collection. I got this as a press sample and I was unable to confirm the price (guesstimate $18 to $20) or when it would be available on but I’ll update this post when more details become available. It might just be an exclusive to Sephora JCPenny but don’t quote me.

I have found many, many things to love in the Sephora Collection! Their Wonderful Cushion that’s gone but not forgotten was outstanding, their amazing concealer brushes like the Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 is life changing. Like any brand Sephora has hits and they have misses but it absolutely boggles the mind that mid-range brands like Tarte and Too Faced simply can’t produce a good eyeshadow in their Holiday Collection yet Sephora nails it in this tiny eyeshadow palette!


The Sephora the Delicate Eyeshadow Palette is a tiny triangle-shaped palette that holds nine 0.023 oz eyeshadows as well as a get the look guide that’s printed on the inside flap of the palette. This is a fairly small palette if you’re wanting to travel with it as it takes up no room at all. The wells inside are shaped like tiny triangles as well. I struggled a little bit getting a sponge eyeshadow applicator in them but if you exclusively use eyeshadow brushes you shouldn’t have an issue. I just tend to pack color on with a sponge eyeshadow applicator and blend with my brushes.

The shades are labeled from 1 to 9 and are a mix of warmer, richer browns paired up with cooler pinks, creamy beiges, plums and champagnes. I think the colors are a mismatch of shades but they actually do all work well together and you can get either a warmer or cooler looks from them.




This is made in China just like many of Tarte and Too Faced’s Holiday Palettes. I think Tarte and Too Faced can take a note here from the formula because whoever Sephora is using to create this formula nailed it. The shades are super pigmented, velvety, and they applied and blend incredibly well. Tarte Holiday Eyeshadow formula was very, very weak this year! Sheer, dense, and in some cases drier and Too Faced didn’t have much of a better texture.

I don’t really see Sephora as a higher end brand or at least not their makeup collection the store itself is another story. But their prices do fall in between higher and mid-range brands depending on what you buy! But I wouldn’t place them on the same shelf as brands like Tarte or Too Faced which is why it is slightly shocking that they can do a smaller somewhat uneventful eyeshadow palette that’s could potentially be overlooked but sports an incredible range of beautifully textured eyeshadows. It’s weird because the Jem and the Holograms Eyeshadow Palette was awful as was the Minnie Mouse Eyeshadow Palette yet this tiny palette packed more punch than both of those combined!



Needless to say if you find this palette, do pick it up, it doesn’t disappointed.

Too bad Tarte and Too Faced’s Holidays weren’t as good as this!

I hope to see the Sephora The Delicate Eyeshadow Palette soon at


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria

    These shades look so pretty. Please let us know if Sephora website has it. Thanks. Ps. I love your bow necklace. It is so pretty.

  • Lorraine. E.R

    This is gorgeous! It def seems cool-toned but that’s what I prefer anyway and I’m impressed by those swatches and your look..omg the look!

  • Debbie L.

    Weirdly enough, this is ALREADY available on Malaysia’s Sephora site, which is a first. It’s priced at MYR45 here (WHAT?!) and now I’m definitely picking this up. Thanks for the review ❀

    PS. I love, love, LOVE your look. The lipstick looks amazing!

    • Isabella Muse

      AHHH! I want a backup! so jealous! Aw thank you, you’re too kind! let me know what you think of it, curious if you love it as much as me!

  • Nancy

    A Sephora makeup artist told me that their makeup is formulated and tested to perform the same as, if not better than the best name brand products its designed to dupe. Not sure what they are testing against, but that would be a huge selling point if they disclosed that better. To me, it is a strong testimonial for their Sephora brand products, but I still gravitate to my fave brands, which are mostly Tarte.

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise, I’m naturally drawn to mid-range brands like Tarte instead of Sephora offerings! VERY interesting they formulate the same as major brands!

      • erinface

        Someone told me that Sephora lip products are made in the same factory that KVD lip products are made so I wouldn’t doubt that there’s some formula duping in there somewhere.

  • Christina D.

    I really like many of Sephora’s products. I have several of their eye shadows (the ones that are made in Italy or France), and I love their individual blushes. Even though this palette is made in China, with that reasonable price tag — and the Muse’s Approval — I’ll more than likely purchase when it’s available. I love the colors! Is the packaging bulky? Storing these weird shapes can become problematic. Or maybe it’s because I have dozens of palettes? πŸ˜‰

    • Isabella Muse

      I do too! Sometimes they are a miss but most times they are a hit πŸ˜€ No, it’s actually really small, I didn’t feel like it took up any space at all. I’m going to purchase the other holiday palette they did in the hopes it is as good as this one!!!!!!!!! haha only a dozen? You’re lying!

  • Randi MacDonald

    Their regular shadows are usually made in Italy and the quality is great. I recently tried their 20.00 foundation and I loved it too. I personally do not buy shadows from China, but this looks like a good option for someone who doesnt mind purchasing eye makeup made in China.

  • Jana

    Do you know if it is available now at the JCPenney Sephora stores? I love the colors, and am very interested in picking this up!!

  • Jules

    OH, this looks so pretty!!! I would wear out those silvery pinky taupy colors!! How was wear time? I bought a little holiday palette from Sephora last year for like 8 bucks… The colors were gorgeous, and applied beautifully, but creased and faded in 3-4 hours :(. Love your look here!!

    • Isabella Muse

      I got through the entire day without an issue on my drier eyes! Applied 5am, wore until 10ish! Plus no primer πŸ™‚

  • Pandora

    Stunning!! Several years ago, when I was just getting into beauty I purchased the Sephora Pro Lesson Eye Palette for blue eyes when it was on sale for $9. That palette has some of softest, most pigmented, and blendable shadows I have ever used. I think it was one of the best steals I ever bought for the quality. But, nowadays I only use it for special occasions because I cherish it so much. I wish they sold the individual shadows – I would buy them in a heartbeat!

    • Isabella Muse

      omg that’s such a cute story πŸ™‚ I always feel like I’m the only that saves my favorite fragrances and makeup for special occasions πŸ™‚

  • Caroline

    As someone who works in the chemical industry, I would like to say that there’s no way for general public to know whether a product is trustworthy solely based on the country of origin. There are many suppliers for the same ingredients with a good range of pricing to choose from. It’s the purity that makes that difference, i.e the China Glycerin case. Chemicals (all individual ingredients) with less quality also potentially break down easier and faster, which often resulted in unwanted by-products. For example, one can out source a facility in Italy, however, to meet the lower budget requirement, the Italian manufacture might choose suppliers offering chemicals with lower quality to formulate the product. In the public’s eyes, the product is made in Italy. But that does not translate to everything in the product is actually made/from Italy, only that the final product is manufactured in Italy.

    • Maggie

      Thank you for mentioning that. That is a great point. How does one choose then? I am going to guess that even in buying from a luxury brand like cle de peau or a well-respected one like makeup forever or viseart there isn’t a guarantee?

  • Pam

    Those are some pretty colors. IDK why, but I always think that if it’s a house brand, the quality will be lacking, though I do know that there is hit or miss in every brand in every price range. Glad to see this did well.

  • genevieve

    I think that palette is lovely for those who really like these shades, much better than Tarte’s, Too Faced et al’s offerings of late. I just LOVE that lipstick, Muse! What is it?
    Well, I purchased the Sephora’s It Nudes eye shadow palette and the quality is fantastic. Love it. Also their 12 hour eye pencils such as Good Mood and Surfer Babe are great value too. I am currently sampling two of their foundations as well. So sometimes Sephora can surprise you.

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed πŸ™‚ the formula was way better than all of those combined. Marc Jacobs Bad Behavior πŸ™‚ Their eyeliners are FANTASTIC! I gree! πŸ™‚