Friday, November 8, 2013

Soft light on your lids: Sephora+Pantone Universe Full Spectra Palette in Day Break



This beautiful palette is not a new release since it was part of Sephora+Pantone Universe summer collection, but it's now on sale on Sephora's website for $19. With the 20% VIB code around these days, I thought it was a good time to review it in case you're looking for ideas of products to order. 


Day Break is one of the 2 Full Spectra Eyeshadow Palettes, with earthy soft shades, while the other option, Night Fall, offers brighter pops of color. Sephora describes these shadows as multi-dimensional and color-shifting, and promises an "aurora borealis" look. The compact is the signature Sephora+Pantone Universe design, which I personally love: clean, pure lines of white and transparent plastic, with a sturdy magnetic lid.



There are 2 matte shades in Day Break, the beige Jet Stream and the peachy pink Peach Melba. All the other shades have a shimmering pearl finish with different levels of duochrome effect. They really do shift color when the light hits them at a different angle and most have an intense opalescent sheen. These shadows can be applied wet or dry. I didn't try them wet, just because I don't like to mess up my powder shadows by using a wet brush. 



Applied dry, they are semi-sheer with medium pigmentation. What matters here is how they play with the light rather than their "inner" color (the mattes in this palette are not particularly interesting, although Jet Stream is a decent beige for the brow bone or used as a blending shade). Surprisingly, Navajo and Dew, which look radically different in the pan, end up being very similar (barely discernible) on the lid. 

Navajo and Shrimp

Dew and Atmosphere

Jet Stream and Cloud Pink

Fairest Jade and Peach Melba

They all feel very soft but a little powdery, with minor fallout during application. The 2 mattes are the most powdery. I find them pretty easy to work with and they blend together well. You're definitely better off using a primer underneath, because they have a tendency to fade relatively quickly otherwise. The looks you can create with this palette are soft and subtle, because of the transparency of these shadows, but also very pretty and unique thanks to the color-shifting shades. 



Overall: a nice palette if you like wearable semi-sheer shadows with a duochrome twist and you're willing to use a base. The original full price ($38) was a little steep, but for $19 I think Day Break is worth indulging. 


The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I recieved no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. 


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