Monday, August 21, 2017

Product Review -- Sephora PRO Cool Palette

I don't have a ton of experience with makeup from Sephora's own line, but I've usually had good luck with their eyeshadow palettes.

I absolutely love the Sephora + Pantone Universe Palette I got a few years back when Marsala was the color of the year and am still using the Ariel Storybook Palette from the Sephora Disney Collection that came out even before that.

More recently, I've really enjoyed the Mixology Eyeshadow Palette I purchased this spring (and is still available at the moment).

So when I saw the PRO Palettes that were coming out in the Sephora Collection line last month (maybe two at this point? I'm not sure), I was definitely intrigued.

When they were released, there were three options: Warm, Cool, and Editorial.

The Warm was totally calling my name, but I've purchased so many warm eye shadow palettes and shades lately that I decided the Cool would be a better fit for my collection.

The Sephora PRO Cool Palette comes in a black plastic compact with a matte finish. It feels very weighty and sturdy, and there is a good size mirror on the inside, though it doesn't stay open on its own so you have to prop it up against something else if you want to use it to do your makeup.

Sephora PRO Cool Palette

You also get a little pamphlet with several suggested eye looks, which is nice because I bet some folks could get a little overwhelmed by all the shade options.

Look ideas for the Sephora PRO Cool Palette

Inside, there are 28 shadows in a mix of matte, shimmer, satin, and metallic finishes. The shades include: Linen, a matte beige; Powder, a matte ivory; Seashell, a pale pink satin; Tulle, a glittery champagne; Latte, a matte light tan; Flax, a matte midtone brown; Violet Gray, a matte gray with purple undertones; Ballet, a matte light baby pink; Cashmere, a matte beige pink; Tea Rose, a light rose satin; Pink Champagne, a metallic rosy pink; Rose, a metallic cool pink; Orchid Mist, a metallic light purple; Croquis, a matte plum; Ash, a metallic chrome; Mushroom, a light taupe; Fog, a matte midtone blue gray; Graphite, a matte midtone charcoal; Heather Grey, a matte purple-y mauve; Mauve, a matte hot pink; Orchid, a matte berry; Moon, a glittery silver; Rosewood, a mauve with blue microglitter; Coffee, a matte warm gray; Hot Chocolate, a matte warm brown; Espresso, a matte gray brown; Sketch, a shimmery charcoal; and Obsidian, a matte black.

Sephora PRO Cool Palette

Sephora PRO Cool Palette 

Right off the bat, I'll say that I find the color selection for this palette very interesting. It's definitely cooler than the Warm PRO Palette, but it doesn't contain any blue or green shades that you might assume a cool-based palette would have.

There are plenty of grays and purple-y tones, but there are a couple of warm shades, such as Mauve and Orchid, that strike me as a little bit of an odd choice.

Don't get me wrong -- I like most of the colors, but the palette doesn't really live up to its name in my mind.

From l. to r.: Linen, Powder, Seashell, Tulle, Latte, Flax, Violet Gray

From l. to .r: Ballet, Cashmere, Tea Rose, Pink Champagne, Rose, Orchid Mist, Croquis

From l. to r.: Ash, Mushroom, Fog, Graphite, Heather Gray, Mauve, Orchid

From l. to r.: Moon, Rosewood, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, Sketch, Obsidian

In terms of the formula, the palette is mostly nice. The matte shades are very good, with a creamy, easy to blend texture, though they do kick up a bit of powder when you dip your brush in -- but I will note that I haven't had much issue with fallout. The metallic and shimmer shades are lovely and easy to work with.

But there are a couple of glitter shades, such as Tulle and Pink Champagne, that are very dry and sheer, so they work better as topper shades than as an all over shadows.

The palette retails for $68, and I know that some people thought that was a lot for a Sephora brand product. However, you are getting 28 shadows, so I feel like it's a pretty good value when you consider that and the quality of the shadows.

I don't feel like it's a must-have, but if the shade selection speaks to you, I don't think you'll regret the purchase.

You can purchase the palette at Sephora.

Have you tried any of the Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palettes? Are you a fan?

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