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Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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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

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

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Sephora Animal Instinct (01) $10.00/0.07 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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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.

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.

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