What it is:
A must-have palette of tropical island inspired baked eye shadows.
What it does:
If you’re looking for an island escape, this baked eye shadow palette is your gateway. Create a variety of chic looks with this collection of purple, bronze, gold, and neutral hues that can be used wet or dry. When applied dry, the shadows help produce soft, natural eyes. When applied with a slightly wet brush tip, the shadows are transformed into a liquid-like formula. Featuring great blendability and long-wear, you can mix the shades for a casual, modern daytime look or a sophisticated, glamorous nighttime look.
I think this was my last palette in Sephora’s Moonshadow collection because I bought almost all of the other ones (Clearly, I have a problem. Anyone know of a good Makeup Addicts Anonymous class? JK!) and I don’t remember the company realizing any new ones after I bought this one. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, Sephora brand products are a reliable choice when you want a product with luxury brand product, but don’t want to pay the luxury brand price. Sephora products tend to stay close to or are slightly above drugstore prices but with way more quality and I think that’s a huge selling point to help transition people to opt for luxury brand quality. Now, there are a few misses with Sephora products, but mostly hits in my experience and this palette was quickly and easily put into the ‘hits’ group. It is unfortunate that there are only shimmer shadows in this palette, but that doesn’t take away from its quality in my opinion.
Since this palette and any baked eyeshadows are no longer carried by the company, I will list the dupes from their regular Colorful Eyeshadow collection below if applicable to any colors in this palette.
Whether applied wet or dry, these colors wear amazing! Of course, they’ll have way more intense pigment when applied wet, but I do have to go back over the wet shadow with dry eyeshadow so it doesn’t end up creasing. Both methods of application apply smoothly and gently without leaving any fallout residue. I read a few reviews where people experienced quick fading of the colors throughout the day, but I have never had that happen, regardless of the eyeshadow primer I used them on that day. What puzzles me is how much kickback these have in the palette when I go to pick up product, but I don’t have a fallout issue with them. They do feel powdery, but more on the airier side than on the gritty dirt side of texture to it. I can genuinely feel the difference between these eyeshadows and regular non-baked eyeshadows. These shadows seem to feel more lightweight on my eyelids than a lot of other eyeshadows and I’m not sure if that’s credit to the formula or manufacturing process, but either way, I dig it.
A few of these can be multi-purpose, depending on the skin tone, and they hold up well on every complexion. I’ve used these on clients with oily, combo, normal, etc. skin and this holds up just the same without ever fading during wear time. A common issue with baked products is when people go to blend the colors on their eyes, the colors just all mesh together and create this muddy, unified color that defeats the purpose of various colors and wastes time, but this also doesn’t fall under that stereotype.
Row #1 in order from left to right:
Row #2 in order from left to right:
All of the palettes in this collection are pretty much the same, with just a twist on the top cover to suit the theme of the name of the palette and the names of the shadows used. The artistic design used on this palette makes for a fun and simple first impression to the product. Once opened, you’ll find rounded-up eyeshadow, that I am not a fan of because of the messy kickback of product that gets everywhere and a big, beautiful mirror that fits the entire side of the top of the inside. The shape of each eyeshadow creates a lot of waste, both of product and time because the amount of time I waste having to constantly clean up my palette from product dusting everywhere and the product I throw in the trash on the Q-tips I use to clean it up. The mirror inside makes this a great option for a travel companion and its color variety gives enough options to last your vacation without having to carry around a bunch of different palettes that take up space which will cost more money in luggage and the risk of any of them being damaged by careless TSA workers. Now, before anyone who is a TSA agent reads this and bites my head off, I understand that there are good and bad people in every profession, so obviously I’m not directing that snarky comment to those who do their jobs diligently and professionally. I am referring to the TSA employees that I’ve dealt with EVERY time I have flown anywhere that I witness man-handle my bags and toss them around like they’re made of pillows. The clasp is very sturdy, along with its bulkier-than-necessary shape, which gives me piece of mind wherever I take this, whether it be to the gym or on a trip.
I can’t recall the exact price of this palette when it was still available, but I know it was still a steal for what I paid. With the sturdy packaging, mirror inside, and how long each shadow lasts, this is a great palette to rely on for various natural looks.
Texture: Pressed powder
Size: 10 X 0.017 oz.