Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette Review & Swatches

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
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

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.

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

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.

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

Eyeshadows

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

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.

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette (swatches without primer)
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette (swatches without primer)

Eye pencils

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

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.

If you are looking to buy Sephora eyeliners, I recommend the Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (review) instead. They are much smoother, creamier, and have better pigmentation.

Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

The smokey brown and purple look

Wearing Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette
Wearing Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette

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! :)

Purchase

US$65 at Sephora

At Sephora stores

Disclosure: The Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette was provided by Sephora. All opinions are my own.

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20 Comments

  • I’m obsessed with the sephora 12 hr pencils, they are SO wonderfully non irritating and long lasting in my upper waterline. Thank goodness you mentioned that these are not the same, I would have been tempted lol! Sorry I’ve been “away” but I’ve been a vigilant reader and the site is the best it’s ever been. Thanks for another great review!

    • Thanks so much, Aimee! So glad to see you commenting again! ;D Those 12hr liners are awesome! I’m tempted to get the holiday set! :)

  • There seems to be a lot of epic palettes from Sephora! I guess it’s fitting for someone new to makeup, and still experimenting with colours and textures :-)

  • Such a pretty look, Jaa! You know me, I’ll have to pass. I literally wouldn’t know what to do with such a big palettes LOL This would make such a lovely present for someone who is venturing into colors though!

    • Haha yeah I knew it would be too overwhelming for you. But if I were just starting and someone gave me this? I’d be over the moon. :D

  • Luuuv the contour eye pencils! Yeah as beautiful as this set looked I did think it was a bit of a beginner palette too. Such a “makes me happy to look at this” kinda palette tho with all those gorgeous colours! Makes me feel like a little girl again:)

    • Right? I actually did feel like a little girl when I first opened the palette! :D :D :D So many colors to play with!

  • It’s been a long time since I bought Sephora brand eye shadows/palettes. I know they’re much better than they were years ago, but they’ve also upped the price, so I always find myself looking at other brands with steadier overall quality or just better packaging/luxury feeling overall. This is a tempting set though, and I kind of wish I had bought last year’s shadow palette (the one without the pencils, just shadows).

    • They are hits and misses I think. I’ve found some small palettes that are really good and reasonably priced over the years but my favorite thing from Sephora brand has to be their Contour Eye Pencils (12hr Wear Waterproof)! They are rich, intense, and very smooth (at least for the colors that I have). :D

    • Swatching – compared to the Blockbuster palette, this one is a piece of cake! LOL.
      Christmas – Omg, it’s like NEXT MONTH! ALREADY!

  • FINALLY have internet + time… = COMMENT ON THINGS AT LAST! :-D It actually hurts me to let days slip by where I don’t catch up with what awesome daily posters like you and Sunny and Melissa are doing T_T

    But I’m here now, so of course everything’s better ^_^ It’s always better with a rogue, you know…

    I love the colour selection in this palette, and I totally agree that for a beginner, or someone wanting to explore a bunch of different bright colours on themselves cost-effectively, this is a fantastic palette. Three cheers for Jaa and her epic swatchathon! ;-)

    ((((JAA))))

    • Yeahhhh welcome back, Syl! It’s always more fun when you’re around ‘cuz y’know… we like talking about you lots! Lolz!! ;D (((((Syl)))))

  • Does anyone know how I can get the name of a specific color? I have this palette, and my favorite color is almost gone!

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