Sephora Colorful Eyeshadows (Spring 2016) Part 1 Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be “highly pigmented, long-lasting” powder eyeshadow with 10-hour wear and “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.” For the most part, I find the range to have good color payoff, blendability, and wear, though they do not typically last as long as 10 hours (more like eight).

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to apply to bare skin. It blended out well, and it lasted for eight hours. Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Different Vibe (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Rockin' (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Acorn (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm, peachy tones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented and blendable, while the texture also ran a little drier–the shimmer seemed to sheer out from the base color just a bit. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably. NARS Old Church Street (Left) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Marina (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Bubbles (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cutie Patootie (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Push-up (2018) (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Celestial (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Bad Habit Sofia (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Maiden (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Spill the Tea (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop 20 Something (P, $4.50)(85% similar). MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a soft, medium taupe-brown with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was smooth, soft without being powdery, and very blendable on the skin. It had great pigmentation and applied well to bare skin. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. Clarins Rosewood #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Rosewood (202) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #8 (DC, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Champagne (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Inferno (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Scream (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Helio (149M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #3 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte First Kiss (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bad Habit Brilliance (PiP, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (PiP, $28.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Chanel City Lights #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Nude Light #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe brown with warm, golden tones and a frosted finish. It had rich color payoff paired with a lightweight, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It applied beautifully to the skin without losing its intensity and was easy to blend out. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. Tarte Trance (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Iconic (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Zoeva Nostalgic (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was very finely-milled and soft, but it kicked up excess powder in the pan and could have fall out if you don’t remember to tap off the excess prior to applying. It managed to have enough binder that it adhered well to bare skin without sheering out too readily. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Tabac (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Persona Maverick (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Subtly Elegant (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Belladonna (DC, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Give In Take V (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Cool Taupe (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (PiP, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Taupe Berry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Mystery (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, smoky taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a stronger, purple-gray overtone paired with a frosted sheen. The texture was denser, more cream-like, compared to the other shades, and it had really rich, opaque pigmentation that applied beautifully to the skin but still blended out easily. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Chanel Poesie #4 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). City Color All Eyes On Me (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Golden Glow #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mind Tricks (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Ardency Inn Disco (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Platinum (Cashmere #6) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Upgrade (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Morning Freshness Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Fall Leaves Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Flirting Game Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Be on the A-List Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong Colorful Eyeshadow

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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I have a number of these shadows from the new additions and find the formula mature eyes friendly. I likes ’em. Cashmere coat is killah pigmented if you are looking for one of these grayed taupe crease colours.

KJH: I’m using that FAB eye duty triple remedy not only as an undereye primer, but now also as a lid primer and it work exceptionally well. It neutralizes all my old lady eye pigmentation and it stays slightly tacky so makes shadows really adhere well. At this point, I can’t live without this sh*t.

Hey Christine, Tammy, and Tugce:

A couple of caveats:

I’m 53 m’kay and have textured dry lids. I use aggressive anti-aging retinol for eye area treatment so I’m quite dry lid wise.

For the on eyelid app I use a MAC 217 and use it very sparingly. Below I, I also use sparingly, but tap in with pinky finger. I need more help on my bags, so I use a yellow brightener on top in places where I have discoloration still showing through. This stuff is very light and sheer and certainly not highly pigmented. I use just tiny tiny amounts. I think the reason I like it so much: it helps anything on top adhere better. It does not emphasize texture, it melds quickly into the skin, it does not flake.

Yes, it does stay quite tacky. I set with my base eyeshadow. If you have oilier lids, I would suggest setting with powder first.

I use the brighten, depuff, smooth version Tammy in Fair/Medium for my NC20-25ish skintone.

Tugce: I like that I can use one product versus two. I do not like eyeshadow primers. They cause my eyelids to look more dry and textured. … even if I am careful with a thin application. I do not like concealer, because it feels too gunky and heavy and it sucks up eyeshadow colour eventually during the course of the day.

Have I been anal enough here with my details? Jayzus..I’m a case.. LOL

I love anything I tried from FAB line so far. So I will trust your judgement and will buy the Eye Duty Triple Remedy. I can never wear shadows without primer and I am always annoyed that I have to go an extra step for something that needs to work on its own. (Clearly my eyelids’ fault, even the best shadow will crease.)

If this works then I will feel like my primer has a purpose.

I totally purchased the FAB based on the strength of yours and KJH’s recs. Bonus: Amazon Prime = free same day shipping, so I’ll have it in my hot little hands this afternoon!

Holy crap this afternoon! Wow!!!
I hope it works really well for you. Let me know πŸ™‚

No hope in hell of ever having that level of service out to the boonies. It took Fedex 3 days (and a weekend in between) to get an overnight Int’l priority package to me. I was so pissed. I paid over 60 dollars US for the priviledge. Fortunately, it was a first strike for them on the service side. They are usually excellent and my driver is a very cool lady… knows not to deliver my packages to the barn. Yeah…LOL.. dying laughing here. It happens all the time. Imagine!

Here’s hoping! My under eye area definitely has been changing over the last 3-6 months – definitely more lines, slightly less forgiving, I think, to product and whatnot.

It’s so frustrating when you pay extra for faster shipping, and it doesn’t actually get to you any faster! Glad you at least got it, I suppose… Nice to hear you have a good FedEx lady – I usually have the best luck with UPS drivers but FedEx is more hit and miss!

Christine, about your eye area skin changing, let me say this, it’s this SUPER arid, dry as h*ll desert climate! It sucks all the moisture out of ones skin. The only thing that has helped me, well at least until I moved and my daughter & SIL lost mine, has been a cool humidifier. I will need to get another. Because when I was using it overnight religiously, my skin looked and FELT so much nicer and glowing!

I have enough neutrals, but these are all gorgeous, especially Fall Leaves and Don’t Get Me Wrong. Even the matte Cashmere Coat looks good. It’s really great to see Sephora products score well. They don’t get a lot of respect, but they are a really under-rated brand.

Agree. I have some half dozen or 8 of these and while they are great value, there’s a heck of a lot of eyeshadow in the pans. I’d much prefer smaller pans (and a smaller price tag, but I feel this way about MUFE too and a few other brands). At least they are easy to depot, which isn’t something you can say about many brands but selling them as pro pans really would be the ultimate. I’ve had Be on the A-List since the very first launch but need to get Cashmere Coat, Don’t Get Me Wrong and Morning Freshness for sure. Christine, do you have Secret Keeper? I got that a few weeks ago and really love the shade.

It might be worth reviewing. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the new shades (Be on the A List was one of their originals, from 2 or 3 years ago). On the site, I think they call it “grey” but it’s much more complex than “grey” would suggest. It sort of puts me in mind of L’Oreal’s Gilded Envy. Although the colours are only just barely similar, it’s more the complexity of the shade that reminded me of Gilded Envy.

Sephora Cashmere Coat Colorful Eyeshadow seems to be a deeper version of Kat Von D Lazarus Eyeshadow. I might want to check this out as a face contour powder given the price.

Fall Leaves is also very pretty. πŸ˜‰

I love shades like Cashmere Coat, because they’re great in softer, neutral looks but also amazing for blending out other darker shades that aren’t as easy to blend out!

I don’t know what your skin tone is but I am super pale and cool toned and I use Sephora “Tranquility” eye shadow as a contour but you have to be really light handed with it as it is really pigmented. I usually tap it off and then swirl it off on the back of my wrist. It is a greiged/purplish tone. Just a thought.

They did a real nice job on these. Cashmere Coat makes a good neutral crease color. It’s in the Vintage palette, that they still don’t have displayed in stores, despite it being in the back room. Think I’ll pop for those that aren’t majorly duped in stash. Still might need MUFE pink gray. Wishlisted forever.

KHJ, that is so weird because I swatched the Vintage palette at the Sephora at Westlake Mall in downtown Seattle about 3 weeks ago. Ultimately decided against getting it but it did swatch really nicely. I wonder if maybe they were not suppose to have it out yet? They had all three of the filter palettes out. I have several of the Sephora single shadows and really like them. Like Christine, I wish they sold them in pan only with a price break!

Such nice colors! I feel like many people don’t talk about Sephora brand products. I really like their blushes and liquid eyeliner.

Morning Freshness is really pretty. Don’t get me wrong might be a future purchase I love both the Chanel dupes.

These all came together so nicely in your EOTD look! I really like these shades. Which means that in all likelihood, I have dupes around here. Enough so that I may only *need* Morning Freshness (or its CP dupe, Acorn?) and Don’t Get Me Wrong ( unless UD Roach or Busted could sub?)

What a great collection of gorgeous, neutral cool toned colours. These are fantastic value for the price, and judging by the dupe list, better performing than some HE brands. Love the taupes.

Hey Christine. In the eye look you did in this post what is the eyeshadow you used under your eyes? It looks like a lilac grey. Is that the seniors eyeshadow in don’t get me wrong? I’m just verifying hahaha

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