Friday, December 9, 2016

Sephora Collection Holiday Palettes

Each holiday season, Sephora's in-house brand (SEPHORA COLLECTION) releases a ton of eye and face palettes for all of your beauty gifting needs. They range from inexpensive stocking stuffers ($13 CAD) to items that are a little pricier ($45 CAD). Sometimes they're good and sometimes they're of questionable quality. This year, I've got 5 of them to share with you. 

Sephora Collection Holiday Palettes

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Delicate Palette ($13 CAD)


Sephora Collection the Delicate Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection the Delicate Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Sephora Collection the Delicate Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 

The Sephora Collection the Delicate Palette contains 8 eyeshadows contained in a cute little cardboard envelope. The packaging doesn't contain a mirror. Nothing stands out to me and the shadows are not of particularly amazing quality (there are better drugstore shadows). I can't recommend this palette to anyone. You get what you pay for, so consider spending a little more for one of the palettes below. 


SEPHORA COLLECTION the Romantic Palette ($15 CAD)

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Romantic Palette

Sephora Collection the Romantic Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Sephora Collection the Romantic Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

The Sephora Collection the Romantic Palette contains 9 eyeshadows, again in fairly neutral colours. The texture and colour impact of the shadows are significantly better than the Delicate Palette, particularly the satin-finish shadows with a touch of glimmer. The mattes are still a little wonky but they're workable. This one doesn't contain a mirror but it does have some handy instructions. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Enchanting Palette ($20 CAD)

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Enchanting Palette Brows Face Eyes

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Enchanting Palette Swatches
Sephora Collection the Enchanting Palette for Eyes, Face and Brows Swatches

The Sephora Collection the Enchanting Palette contains 2 luminizers, 2 brow colours, 1 blush and 6 eyeshadows. Similar to the Romantic Palette, the Enchanting Palette has nice shadows. The satin shadows with a bit of shimmer are particularly noteworthy. For my colouring, I find the luminzers too pale and frosty to us as a highlight but other than that the palette is useable for my light medium skintone. I like that it contains both face and eye products, making the palette as a whole fairly travel friendly (minus a functional mirror, which would be helpful for on-the-go). 

Also worth mentioning, the packaging is of questionable quality. Some of the paper between the shadows was bubbling before I even opened the palette. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Graceful Palette ($30 CAD)

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Graceful Eyeshadow Palette

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Graceful Eyeshadow Palette

 Sephora Collection the Graceful Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
 Sephora Collection the Graceful Palette Swatches

The Sephora Collection the Graceful Palette contains 15 eyeshadows in hexagonal formation. This time, the palette contains a mirror (hurrah! I can see my reflection!) and the shadows are all very good. Again, the satin shimmers are gorgeous. That mattes aren't bad either. Not the best, but very good and appropriate at the $30 price point. I like the combination of shadows - mostly neutral shadows with a few interesting blues, purples and greys. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Surprising Palette ($45 CAD)

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Surprising Palette Eyeshadow Contour

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Surprising Palette Eyeshadow Swatches
Sephora Collection the Surprising Palette Swatches in Graceful, Pretty, Delicate, Splendid, Rock, Alluring, Angelic and Sweetie

SEPHORA COLLECTION the Surprising Palette Blush and Contour Swatches
Sephora Collection the Surprising Palette Swatches in Happy, Charming, Coquette, Beauty, Romantic, Fantastic, Lovely and Superb

The Sephora Collection the Surprising Palette is not one... but four palettes with four powder products in each - two for eyes and two for face. Guess what? All of the palettes have mirrors! 

The Smokey and Chic Eyeshadow Palettes are the best in formulation that I've showcased here. They ain't no Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow gel-creme powder formula but they are pigmented, smooth and easy to blend. The colours are wearable but not boring. All of the Blushes/Luminizers have some sort of shimmer. There's no way that the luminizer in Romantic would ever work on my face (unless I wanted to look like a disco ball) but the rest work for me. The powder formulation is good but I find the Contour shade a bit odd. Fantastic is too dark and a tad warm for my colouring. Luckily, Lovely works well as a bronzer. 

Are you thinking of picking up any of the Sephora Collection holiday palettes?
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