I have yet another big Sephora palette to share with you today! In contrast to the Color Festival Blockbuster Palette that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago where it has everything you need to complete a full face makeup (eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip & cheek cream, lip gloss, blush, and highlighter), the Chroma Color Eye Palette focuses on the eye makeup only. I'm actually a little more excited to play with this palette more than the blockbuster one since I'm a huge fan of big eyeshadow palettes. Just look at the impressive array of colors and eyeliners! I don't know about you but my eyes looked like this: ❤_❤ when I first opened the box! :D
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette features a stylish golden-olive tri-fold case with an ombre-inspired faux-croc exterior. The whole palette is secured by an elastic rubber strap to keep the palette from opening during storage/travel. It is a little bulky at 10.5 in L x 7.5 in W x 1 in H (26.7 cm L x 19 cm W x 2.5 cm H) and will require quite a bit of space if you are to spread out the entire palette. I have very limited space on my vanity so I usually focus on one panel at a time and keep the other two panels folded underneath it.
Upon unfolding, you'll see 3 connected panels. On the left is a full-sized mirror, in the center is an array of 54 eyeshadow colors, and on the right is a vertical display of 12 full-sized kohl eye pencils and a double-ended eyeshadow brush. The brush is decent, soft, and picks up the shadows well. It's a flat shader brush that is slightly fluffy so you can double use it as a crease and/or blending brush, too.
The palette features a total of 54 eyeshadows. The colors range from neutrals at the bottom of the palette to colorful shades at the top. We have everything from pale beige, off-white, gold, brown, silver, gray, taupe, and charcoal to green, pink, blue, teal, and purple. However, what it lacks is a good basic matte black. I'm a bit surprised that it wasn't included considering this is the eye palette that's supposed to have everything. The closest shade to black is probably the dark charcoal gray in the last column, row 3.
The finishes include matte, satin, shimmery, glittery, and metallic. The overall quality is average. They feel dry upon touch and do not adhere well to the skin. Eye primer/base is a must to intensify the vibrancy of the shadows and to extend their longevity. Blending also requires quite a bit of patience as some of the colors are difficult to blend to a smooth finish. In terms of pigmentation, they are on the sheer-to-medium side but at least they are buildable. The neutral shades perform better and are easier to work with than the bright colors but to get anything similar to what you see in the pans, you have to really pack it on.
The mattes are mostly soft, smooth, and blendable except for a few shades that are chalky, powdery, and produce some fallout. The satins, shimmers, and metallics are the better performers. They apply more smoothly and evenly but some of them are crumbly and generate serious fallout. The glitters are the worst performers; they are dry, gritty, and apply unevenly with a lot of glitter fallout. The texture is also considerably thinner than that of the other finishes.
All 12 eye pencils are full-sized and they are the kohl type. The colors span a good range of neutrals such as gold, brown, silver, black, and taupe to some colorful ones such as green, blue, pink, and purple. There are 2 finishes, matte and shimmery, and I find the matte ones perform much better than the shimmery ones. They are smoother, creamier, and somewhat more opaque.
The browns and blacks are more pigmented and apply more smoothly and evenly. The colorful shades are quite a let down since they are really sheer, dry, and stiff so they tug and pull a lot during application. I feel that I have to press really hard on the skin to get any color payoff and even then the finished look still appears sort of sheer and faded out. They don't last long, either, as I noticed some fading, smudging, and flaking off at the end of the day. I usually reserve these pencils to just the lower lash line or inner corner for an added pop of color.
The smokey brown and purple look
I strongly feel that this palette is more suitable to beginners or those who are looking to experiment with textures and colors. For experienced users, you may find the quality of the set a little less than ideal. With a small effort (and patience), though, you can still create some really beautiful looks with it. For the price, and given the crazy amount of products included, I still think it is good value for money and would make a good gift for someone who is just starting to wear makeup. And if you can grab it during the VIB 20% off sale? Now that would make the value of this palette that much sweeter! :)
Disclosure: The Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette was provided by Sephora. All opinions are my own.