Y’all, I went and did a whole a$$ Sephora collection haul in the last few weeks. That’s what I seemed to be in the mood for. I got some lip stuff. Some face stuff. Some eye stuff. Just a whole lot of stuff. One of the first items that I purchased was two of the new Pro Palettes. I got the Neutral Cool palette and the Editorial. I almost got all three and picked up the Warm Palette as well, but a little voice of reason prevailed reminding me that I look trash in warm shades that aren’t foundation.
Now everyone is losing their minds over the warm palette. Just about every review I’ve seen features that palette or the Editorial, but surprisingly enough, not the cool. This is really a shame because once I got past the initial dissatisfaction of the seemingly boring colours, that palette is stellar.
The three palettes, well the warm palette at least, is an obvious dupes of the Natasha Denona full size palettes. I wouldn’t get any of them, both because they start at at whopping $129 for only fifteen shades. And also because I have some ethical issues with the brand. Besides which from every demo I’ve seen, those palettes are dusty and have a lot of fallout. If I’m paying that much for a palette, you better believe I want to see fallout nowhere.
In contrast for $68 in each Sephora Pro Palette you get twenty-eight shades, and with three different ones, you have choices. Plus you’re just getting a better bang for your buck in terms of size. By comparison;
- The Natasha Denona Sunset Palette comes with fifteen shades at 2.5g.
- You’re paying $8.60 per shadow or $4.30 per gram.
- The Sephora Warm Palette is 28 shades at 1.2g.
- You’re paying $2.40 per shadow/gram.
The Packaging & Contents.
Each palette is large rubberised compact with a mirror that takes up the entirety of the lid. They’re also very heavy when I used the Editorial Palette I had to set it down in the sink in order to be comfortable. However, it’s a pro palette and meant for makeup artists and travel so this sturdy, heavy package is a plus not a minus. It’s also the type of packaging that’s a fingerprint magnet, but it also wipes off easily. The Cool Palette is lettered in holographic silver, the editorial in bright holographic blue.
There is a large folded insert with looks, descriptions and ideas for the non-professional to try. I was told that they are arranged in quads, but since I can’t wear colours the way they’re laid out in palettes most often I can’t say for sure but the source is trusted. There are a good number of matte shades in each palette, but there are also metallics, satins and a new type of shadow that I haven’t seen before called chromes. They can be tricky to work with particularly since these are talc free formulas.
Swatches & Stuff.
I found these very difficult to swatch with a brush, in particular the chrome shades. Even when applying I would suggest using a finger with those shades. I was initially disappointed with the Cool palette because before I even used it I took pictures and used a brush for swatching. To say that it was lacklustre is to be nice about it.
The Cool Palette.
This has all the cool neutrals you’ll need with pop of super bright metallics thrown in for good measure.
Below I have my second round of swatches that are finger swatches because after I used the palette I realised that not only are all the colours really pigmented, but that you can’t really see and appreciate some of the colours from brush swatches.
The Editorial Palette.
This palette has all the damn shades that you were afraid to wear and then some.I’m not really sure why people are afraid of bright colours. Even in a professional environment, there are ways to work in a pop of colour here and there.
Some of these swatches are terrible. It was really difficult to get just the right lighting outdoors for some of the shadows, especially the chromes and metallics. It was a sunny day and they just kept reflecting light. If you notice, each of these shadows have a black shade in them, something a lot of us can appreciate. That first row of shadows look nothing like they look in the pan once you apply them.
Wear Time & Longevity.
Listen, these will last until the cows come home. I had no issue with blending either once. No shifting, fading or anything else unfortunate. I was able to wear the look I’ll show you below, that was done with the Editorial Palette, until I took my makeup off at like 2 am. Now, there is a lot of dusty kick up from all mattes in both palettes. I didn’t have any fall out though, probably because I tapped my brush off before blending.
Do you need even one of these palettes? Ultimately that comes down to personal choice and whether or not you’re a hoarder like my ass is. If you got the UD Basquiat Palette in Tenant, then you may not want the Editorial palette. When I finished this look, I realised that it looked a lot like the one I’d created for the Basquiat post, but truth be told I tend to reach for the same types of shades. If you want really bright, buttery, easy to apply shadows then this one is a good option.
If you’re like me and neutral palettes don’t really take into consideration people who look like hot garbage in warm neutrals, then pick this up. The price point it steep but I’ll get a lot of use of out this. I personally think that these are a good bang for the buck. Plus side, you’ll have eye shadow till the apocalypse and beyond.