Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky khaki with gold glitter.” It’s a deep, dark charcoal-y brown with subtle warm undertones and olive gold sparkle (felt finer than glitter to me). Tarte Volcanic Ash is cooler-toned. bareMinerals VIP is very similar but has a finer shimmer. Cinderella Cinders is similar in color but has shimmer rather than glitter. Too Faced Licorice Latte is more matte. MAC Legendary Black is grayer and has less sparkle.

This formula is supposed to be pigmented, wear for 10 hours, and can be used wet or dry. The color payoff is good but a little under-pigmented whether I used it wet or dry.  It has a soft, thin texture (almost like a drier matte formulation), so I think it actually applies more smoothly and evenly when applied dry than wet.  I wore it yesterday (along with a few other shades from the range), and it lasted a nine hours without creasing or fading; after a full ten hours, it was a touch faded around the edges (no primer).  I did, however, experience some sparkle fall out.  The texture was soft enough to be blendable on the eye but not powdery.

I don’t remember the original formula of Sephora’s Mono Eyeshadows (I’m not sure that I ever tried it), so I can’t speak on how the reformulation compares to the original formula. It was previously priced at $12 and also contained 0.07 oz. The packaging is also a bit different–ever so slightly–as there is a small indent in the outer rim of the interior of the compact, which allows for Sephora’s palette “key” to be inserted to lift out the pan of eyeshadow. This allows you to pop it into a 3-pan or 6-pan palette (or, if you like, whatever magnetized palette system you’re using). The key is included in every empty palette.

The price point seems a little high, though it’s in line with the formula it’s replacing. Sephora’s in-house brand has mostly mid-point prices ($22 face powder, $14 jumbo eyeshadow pencils, $14 blush, etc.), so I still think it would be an easier product to say yes to at $10 or so. I do really like how they worked the palette system into this, as it is really easy to lift the pans out of the individual pots as well as the palettes. Make Up For Ever has a similar, but less intuitive, system, where you can pop the magnetized pans out by inserting a needle through the bottom of the individual pot.

P.S. — I have many more to review (as well as photograph/test), and this is one of the lesser shades from what I’ve tested so far.

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Animal Instinct (01)

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Though it didn't last a full 10 hours, I was still rather impressed with how well it did wear. If only this shade didn't also suffer from fall out, it would be worth considering.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
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Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow (outer lid)

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $13.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Tarte Volcanic Ash is cooler-toned. bareMinerals VIP is very similar but has a finer shimmer. Cinderella Cinders is similar in color but has shimmer rather than glitter. Too Faced Licorice Latte is more matte. MAC Legendary Black is grayer and has less sparkle.

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15 thoughts on “Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Danielle

    I like that Sephora is getting into the palette game & I have always found their shadows to be pretty good. But I agree that $13 is a bit much. Especially, when I can get a Mac shadow for around $8 with the Pro discount. Even without the Pro discount, for $2 more or so anyone could just go to Mac. $10 does seem like a better price point, Christine. But I would opt for a few of these if they offer unique colors compared to other brands.

  2. Ouch, what a pity! It’s a promising shade, but the fallout is icky. I really really like the look you created though! Can’t wait to see how the rest perform!

  3. Wish we had Sephora in the UK!

  4. Avatar of Wenz Wenz

    DAMN Christine you are on the ball!!! :)
    I just glimpsed these last night while browsing on Sephora! Looking forward to your reviews.

  5. Love the idea. Hate the price and formula.

  6. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Oh my goodness. That look you created is stunning! Love it.

  7. Avatar of Laura TygerKitty

    Love the look you created with this!

  8. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I was at Sephora today and this colour was sold out! But I looked at Snakeskin Dress and it is gorgeous though might be very close to shadows I have in multiples already.

  9. Gorgeous in combination with the gold and the blue. But indeed too bad about the fall out.

  10. Avatar of Heather Heather Wagner

    How does this compair with jagged from the urban decay vice palette? it looks similar and it had crazy fall out too.

  11. Claire

    I really think your eye chart , very helpful.

  12. Phyrra

    I like this color. It’s very nice.

  13. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    Oh, I SO hope you review the entire line of new Sephora eyeshadows! :)