Monday, April 21, 2014

Review on Sephora + Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette

Hi Everyone!

Today I am reviewing the Sephora + Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette!

I received this amazing palette from a friend for New Years!

What do I think of this product?
I like the diversity of color in this palette. I am not that much of a color person, but for certain occasions when I need color, the colors here have a good variety and can be used for many looks. I also really like the large amount of brown and neutral shades which are great for everyday makeup, brown smokey eyes, and as contouring or blending shades.
All of the eyeshadows are well pigmented and are easy to apply and blend. The matte colors take a little more time and work to blend but they still work very well.
I do wish that there was a black in this palette. If I wanted to line my eyelashes with a dark color or use a very dark color for the crease of my eye or the outer "V" of my eye for more depth, I would use a black or a very very dark brown or navy shadow. There is unfortunately no really really dark brown or navy shadow. =(
Of all the colors I use the browns the most. In the lower right quadrant there is a light-medium cool matte brown color and that is my favorite for an overall wash over my eyes. I can even make it into a smoky day look!
I also really like the shimmery reddish bronze on the bottom right quadrant and the shimmery peach pink and gold orange shadows in the top right quadrant. These are warm shades that bring some life into my eyes and are great for highlighting my eyes in a smoky look.
Other than that, I don't use any of the green or blue shadows. They are not really my style and I find them hard to use for a natural day look, which is what I go for everyday.
Other than the colors, let's talk about the design of the palette. I think this is an interesting design. The cover is a piece of plastic which is held in place by 4 magnets in the corners. The magnets are strong and hold well. You can slide the plastic cover to the side to get colors and hold the palette at the same time or you can just take the cover off. My cover gets scratched and dirty quite easily and so does the white palette holding all the colors. I don't really mind. Tells me I'm using it. =P
One thing that may be problematic for me is that the palette is pretty large and the lid is not sealable. There is no clasp or lock to hold it firmly in place and its large size makes it bulky and difficult to travel with. I never take this palette out, it always stays at home. Since it is not that portable, I am not sure if I will bring it to the East Coast with me. I do not want the lid sliding off or any of the shadows to get damaged and fall out (and make a mess).
This is not a palette I would consider a necessity. More like if you want to have some fun with colors and you want to spend some extra cash.
If I was buying a palette I would not get this one since I don't use 5 out of the 16 colors, rarely ever use 4 colors (light purple, yellow, matte cream and matte light tan) and only use 7 out of the 16 colors. So I use less than half of the palette on a daily basis, which price wise, is not worth it to me. It is also not firmly sealed and it's large size makes it difficult to travel with, can't even bring it in the car to do last minute makeup. So I am further limited in my use of this palette because it is difficult to carry around.
I have heard that many people liked this palette and the colors are very pretty. Which is true, the colors are pretty and the quality of the eyeshadows are great. But I like to take into consideration which colors I will use and how often I can use them.

Here are some swatches: 
Please look at the picture of the palette above, you can see that my swatches for each quadrant go clockwise from left to right.

Overall you can see that many of these colors are very pigmented. There are a couple of matte ones in the upper left quadrant that do not seem to be able to blend easily, I'm not sure how they are on the eyes since I don't use those 2 particular shades at all for daily wear.

Do I recommend this product?
If you do not mind the price and want to have some fun with makeup, I think this is a good product to try. But if you are a person who doesn't use colorful eyeshadows that often, or likes to travel around a lot and may need to carry makeup with you, I suggest to look at other alternatives.

I hope that this review was helpful to you! Feel free to ask any questions or comment in the comment box below!
I am sorry for not posting as much, recently the products that I review take me more time to use and judge them. I hope that is okay. >.<
Thank you for reading and I will see you later!

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