Reviewing the Limited Edition Sephora PRO Warm Palette
Hello, there! Sephora has always made great dupes of high-end makeup products and sold them at a decent price; from their contour palettes to their retractable brow pencils. When everyone on YouTube was talking about the Sephora PRO Palettes, I was not paying much attention as I was busy gearing up to purchase the Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay. However, the other day, I was browsing at my local Sephora store and happened to swatch a few eyeshadows from Sephora Collection's Sephora PRO Cool Palette. I managed to swatch one shimmer and one matte eyeshadow and they both swatched like a dream. Having said that, I usually judge a shadow once it's on my eyelids as opposed to going by the swatches on the arm. I finally decided to get the Sephora PRO Palette in Warm which retails for $68. What can I say, I love my golds, browns and, mauves! From mattes and shimmers to chrome and satin finishes; this palette has it all.
There are three palettes released in this series - warm, cool and an editorial palette. The warm and cool palettes are self-explanatory when it comes to the range of colors available. The Editorial Palette contains all the bright neon colors and reminds me of the Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Editorial Brights. The brand describes this palette as:
"Leading artists, limitless expertise. Fifteen top makeup artists handpicked for their superior skill, unprecedented creativity, and ability to inspire through education make up the Sephora PRO team. Influenced by fashion, photoshoots, and social media, Sephora PRO Artists came together for the first time ever to present This PRO eyeshadow palette for any photo-ready."
This palette is heavy and feels luxurious to the touch. I compared the weight of this palette (28 eyeshadows) with Jaclyn Hill's Morphe Palette (35 eyeshadows) and the latter is much lighter. I love the package in which the Sephora PRO Warm Palette came in. It also came with a leaflet with instructions on how to create 4 different looks. The case is susceptible to smudges but is just as easy to clean.
I have swatched the eyeshadows and also decided to share an eye look. Saddle had a bit of kickback (nothing insane and no you will not hit pan!) but when I used it on my crease, it blended surprisingly well. This reminded me of He Devil from the Naked Heat Palette that I had swatched and it was a bit chalky, however, when applied to the lids, the shadow blended well. Saddle behaved the exact same way.
Peach was a bit disappointing. It did not swatch well and I had to go in several times with my shader brush to get the desired pigmentation. The texture is not up to the mark and application was difficult. Apart from this shade, I have no complaints as such. I love the palette! It swatches great except for 1-2 eyeshadows but when you work with them, they blend easily and the pigmentation is really good. They last the entire day and there's no creasing (don't worry if you have greasy lids; these will stay put!). What more do you want from an eyeshadow palette? The color payoff is amazing and it's long lasting. With this palette alone, you can create multiple eye looks with so many finishes to choose from. They blend well so you do not have to worry about spending hours to blend your eyeshadows.
I'm overall extremely pleased with my purchase and I'm glad I went for it! I'd give this palette an A- and not an A only because there were 1-2 shades that either had a bit of kickback or were not pigmented enough. For $68, you want each and every shadow to be perfect which was not the case.
Yes, it's more expensive than the UD Naked Palettes ($54). I think the last expensive palette that I had purchased was Kat Von D's Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette which was $59. I am not sure if Sephora has decided on this price because it is supposedly a dupe of Natasha Denona's Sunset Eyeshadow Palette which retails for $129. There is also a palette by ColourPop called Yes, Please! which is also rumored to be a dupe. It retails for $16.
So is the Sephora PRO Warm Palette worth it? The answer is yes. You get really nice eyeshadows and may never feel the need to purchase a warm palette ever again. However, if you have the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette or the Anastasia Beverly Hills' Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette then you probably don't need another warm palette. In my opinion, I do feel it's a bit overpriced considering it's a Sephora palette, but the same argument can be used for Jaclyn Hill's Morphe Palette too!
It is limited edition so if you want to get it, grab one or two or all three now. If you are an eyeshadow palette collector, then you definitely need this one in your kit. If you are starting out, then one of these palettes would be great to start with as there are so many finishes and colors to choose from. I would have loved to pick up the cool palette, but unfortunately, I don't think the grays and teals would look good on me! If you are on the fence, get it; the color selection is great, there are multiple finishes, the pigmentation is very good and finally, I'd give props to it for ease of application.
Let me know your thoughts if you have picked one up or plan on getting one! Have a good rest of the week!