|A smattering of nice neutrals, and yes, the right half of the big disc is matte. The brushes came taped down, though there was still fall out on the bottom of the brush cavity. Weird.|
Lately, it seems like Sephora has been stepping up their game. I love their liquid liners, and I've seen great reviews on the new Prisma Chrome shadows and lipsticks - a lot of things. So I was pretty optimistic about this one - optimistic, but also slightly wary, because from what I've read, it seems like baked eyeshadows should really be used wet. And, well, I'm lazy, and using a shadow wet means I have to wet my brush. And then wash and dry them. And then you need lots of brushes...yeah. I know. Whine, whine, whine, right?
However, in this case, it's worth it. Baked shadows should be used wet, right? It makes quite a difference. Except for the matte shade - I think the matte shade is worse when it's wet, but then...do you really want to wet a matte shade? I'm not sure.
|Swatched wet over bare skin, no primer. They are shimmery, but not glittery - an important distinction. When used wet, they apply creamily, like a...cream shadow. Ha! The darkest shade has an almost-matte base, which is nice to see.|
I think these colors are lovely, and all together they make quite the neutral palette. Sometimes I feel like brown shadow palettes are too brown, or too warm, but the inclusion of the peachy golds in this palette make me happy. Also, the dark shade isn't overly warm (red-based browns make me look dirty) which is a relief. At this price point, it seems like a nice little palette. When you think about other baked shadows (MAC's single shadows, Laura Mercier's singles), the value here seems significantly better. However, I think as far as application goes, you really only use one or two shadows wet at a time (any more than that and they all just start to blend together, I feel) so it's a matter of personal choice in this case. The palette offers more versatility in a small package - essentially, six colors for $24 - but you would only use one or two of them at a time. If you'd rather just the single baked shadow, go for that.
|In case you were curious about the size: here it is with a Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter next to it as a reference. Also, this is closer to the actual color of the palette.|
I will say that I still hate applying shadows wet - and don't have much practice with it - so if that's not at all your thing, you can safely skip this one. Likewise, if you don't want shimmery shadows, skip. Otherwise, it's a lovely palette and I look forward to trying out some different looks with it. Here's one.
|Sephora Hot Hues Baked palette in Burnished Cocoa, various shades, all used wet|
Sephora Long-lasting Liner in 01 Black
UD Bourbon liner