Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows in various pastel hues. It’s a new, limited edition palette created for the Color of the Year collection (which features two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity). While it’s interesting, and there are plenty of shades that we don’t see all that often in it, the performance leaves a lot to be desired. The shimmers tended to be the better performers, while the lighter mattes were the more disappointing shades. In general, the formula is dusty, dry, or powdery (and sometimes chalky, due to some shades having a stronger white base), which in turn results in the eyeshadow sheering out or applying unevenly. The wear was five to six hours with the majority of shades. I’ve had better luck with past iterations of this collaboration, but this was a miss for me. Sephora said that it was supposed to include the Sephora Collection’s “high performance formulas” that had “rich color payoff” and a “luxurious feel,” plus “long-wear,” but nothing about these reminds me of their single eyeshadow range at all.

BOTTOM LINE: There are a lot of fun shades in the palette, but it’s really only functional over a creamy, white base (like NYX Milk) in order to get the eyeshadows to pop, apply evenly, and blend nicely. I find regular primer is typically too thin and doesn’t do enough for the intensity unless it is a thicker, more cream-like primer, but something very light or white is still the best way to go.

Bright White is a bright white with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, fairly smooth texture that applied decently. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. Sephora Starlight (LE, )(100% similar). LORAC Cotton (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Por Vida (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Sydney Grace Snow Queen (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty White Elephant (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, )(100% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Pandora I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sails (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC White (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Fawn (Highlight) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Pink Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Quartz is a pale pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery, so it tended to apply unevenly on the lid. I think a regular primer would improve the application (a white base won’t bring out the color that much, since it is already quite light). It wore well for six hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Tweet (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Studio (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Aaah (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay 3 Sheets (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Truth (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Jouer Petal (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Goals (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bee Sweet (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Honeydew is a light-medium aqua with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty consistency that applied unevenly and was hard to retain any intensity at all on bare skin. It had faded within five hours. LORAC Eggs Benny (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Syntheseyes (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #367 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Aqua (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Flux (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Atomic Blush (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Café Creme is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frost finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that lasted for seven hours on me. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Calm (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop The Cancer (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Amanecer (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Enchant (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Ladybird (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Indian Moon (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Goldbit (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Nuance #4 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Alhambra I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Drop the Robe (PiP, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mellow Yellow is a light, pastel yellow with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a slightly dusty, drier texture, but it applied decently to the skin. This shade would sheer out slightly when applied. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Pool Boy (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Blow Fish (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lights On (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Bellini Bling (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Drawn That Way (LE, ) is less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Salt (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Seashell (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Aspire (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ash is a light-medium, purpled gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the thin, powdery side, which made this hard to apply without a good primer underneath, as it would go on unevenly and accentuate the texture of the skin. It wore for five and a half hours. LORAC Valet (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Mist (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sand Dollar (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Lost at Sea (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Milk (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Stone (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Grey Stroke (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Namibia (DC, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #22 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Antique White is a bright white with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkly, frosted finish. It was crumbly in the pan and rather loose on the lid, so it looked uneven and almost clumpy. The color wore for five hours before creasing. LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #15 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Yves (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #1 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Ice Gold (122K) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Gluten Free (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dessert's On Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Luna Llena (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mortal (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Petite Perle (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Lancome Blanc Scintillant (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight (06) (P, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mushroom is a medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly smooth consistency that applied well over bare skin. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Laura Mercier Intense Moonlight (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Thistle (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Chemical Bond (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Coloured Raine Royal Highness (PiP, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Pat McGrath Gilty Pleasure (PiP, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Stud (DC, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Stud (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Privy (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (DC, $10.00) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Starlight #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pelican is a light-medium, gold-shimmered light green with hints of gray in its base. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer texture that wasn’t powdery but was hard to get color out of. This shade started to crease after six hours. Dior Electrify #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Early Bird (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Blurred Lines (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Éclat Énigmatique #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Yet to Come (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #1 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Pretty Vulgar Break Free (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chinois Green is a muted, medium blue with fine gold shimmer. The shimmer tended to blend beyond the underlying base color, so it is messier to blend and work with. The texture was thin and dusty, which also resulted in the overall color sheering out easily. It wore for five hours before fading. Too Faced Break the Ice (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Mist (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #4 (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Sex & the Oyster (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cedar Wood is a slightly muted, medium copper with warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It had good color payoff with a slightly dusty consistency. This shade wore for six and a half hours. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Macaron (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Citadel is an iridescent bluish-white with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a thin, powdery texture. This shade sheered out easily and faded after five hours. Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild I Don't Do Camouflage #1 (DC, $2.29) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Buxom Lacy Chic (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC See the Stars (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Blue Garden #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oyster Mushroom is a soft, silvery gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but the powdery, crumbly texture made it hard to keep it at that coverage as it would sheer out. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Eclectic #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Eggplant Blend #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Silver (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coral Haze is a lightly brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thin and dusty, which resulted in sheerer coverage and poor application. On me, it faded after five hours. NYX Tantilizing (P, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Cantaloupe (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Brittle (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Hot Sauce (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Nekkid (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Ciate Carrot Cake (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sorbet (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Bailout (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Eden (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Clementine (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Summer Lovin (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Duchess (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Crossing Lines (PiP, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Roxy (DC, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Mauve is a light=medium pink with warm undertones and cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture. The shade lasted well for six and a half hours on me. Natasha Denona Juneau (145S) (PiP, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Ruby #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Elysian (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Cristal de Printemps #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC 65 Degrees (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Bad Habit Sirius (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Skinshow Glow (PiP, $25.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vapours (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #9 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Mystic (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Ambre #1 (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Café au Lait is a medium, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very soft and loose in the pan, though it yielded good pigmentation overall. It applied decently on bare skin but would still benefit from a primer to improve its below-average wear (of seven hours). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Camille (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Minx #4 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #12 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Chopper (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (PiP, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #405 (P, $7.00) is darker (80% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boa is a medium, yellowed green with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth texture that sheered out slightly. The color wore well for six and a half hours. NABLA Cosmetics Extravirgin (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #7 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Hooked (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lucky Green (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Quintessence #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Darling (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Serenity is a bright, periwinkle with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on really unevenly. The texture was powdery and hard to keep in place. It lasted for five hours on me. Sydney Grace Cali (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Pegasus (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Metamorphosis (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Heroine (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fruit Dove is a bright, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture. It was one of the better mattes, but it was hard to blend. This shade wore well for six and a half hours. Makeup Geek Unleashed (P, $9.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fuchsia Fury (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #15 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Fair Play (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Seas the Day (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ruby #9 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop For Shore (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Domination (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bijou (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay 1960 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Eliza D (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lotus Pink (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bird's Eye View (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In Bed (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Dream Weaver (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Available in Petite (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gameela (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Doll Face (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orchid Haze is a light-medium lavender with warmer, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had weak pigmentation with a dusty, thin texture that didn’t apply well and tended to sheer out. It only wore for five and a half hours. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Two to Mango (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #19 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Meow (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Carnival (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Haze (PiP, ) is cooler (80% similar). NARS Pulp Fiction #3 (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Howlin' (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cascade is a richer, medium aqua with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, though the slightly powdery texture made it harder to apply without a good base for it to cling to. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me. Sephora Helen P (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Muscle Beach (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pale Pipa (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NYX The Next Morning (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powerful Performance (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Avocado Toast (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lantana is a medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture. It sheered out slightly, but it was easier to blend out than a lot of the mattes in the palette. This color started to fade after seven hours. Colour Pop Wiser (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Dream Maker (PiP, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (Matte) (PiP, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Coastline (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Fantasy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Candied Peach (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Juicy (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Shell Peach (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Demure (PiP, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ruby #8 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Flutterbye (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Nip Slip (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace French Hens (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Grumpy (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sacred Heart (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Gea (PiP, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Different Strokes (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Eyes (Smoke) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Big Spoon (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Linden Green is a bright, green-tinged yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very powdery and chalk-like, and the resulting applicaftion was uneven and dry-looking. It had semi-sheer pigmentation. On me, the color faded after five hours. Sydney Grace Sea Breeze (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Floridazzle (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Bitter (DC, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sour Lemon (DC, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Sephora Sense (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marina is a bright, medium-dark cornflower blue with subtle sparkle over a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a thin, powdery texture that was hard to work with as it would apply unevenly and sheer out. This shade lasted for five hours. Sydney Grace Perfect Storm (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Neptune (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Modern Watercolors
C-

Unknown

6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
Bright White
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Rose Quartz
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
Honeydew
Honeydew
F

Limited Edition

4.5
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
50%
Total
Café Crème
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Mellow Yellow
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Ash
Ash
C

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
Antique White
D-

Limited Edition

6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
62%
Total
Mushroom
Mushroom
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Pelican
Pelican
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
66%
Total
Chinois Green
F

Limited Edition

5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
53%
Total
Cedar Wood
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
Citadel
Citadel
F

Limited Edition

5
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
57%
Total
Oyster Mushroom
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
Coral Haze
F

Limited Edition

4.5
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
54%
Total
Pale Mauve
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
Café au Lait
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Boa
Boa
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Serenity
Serenity
F

Limited Edition

5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
57%
Total
Fruit Dove
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
63%
Total
Orchid Haze
F

Limited Edition

5
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
59%
Total
Cascade
Cascade
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Lantana
Lantana
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Linden Green
F

Limited Edition

4
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
51%
Total
Marina
Marina
D-

Limited Edition

5.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total
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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette
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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette
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Reviews seem pretty mixed – some enjoy it, some find it a lot of work. Maybe you will be in the love it camp! Use a good base. I think if you dig pastel shades and the general color composition and don’t have lots of dupes, then just make sure to use a solid base and/or white base to help make those pastels pop and apply well.

That’s disappointing, since I actually really like this palette. But it’s true that you need a primer or white base to get the shadows to pop. This is not a problem for me since I never wear eyeshadow without a base anyway. I recently did a look using the three green pastel shades and I got compliments on it all day. So it’s a definitely a good palette if you’re like me and use bases on every eye look you do.

When I saw this palette, I immediately thought chalk…my suspicions were correct. I watched a review of someone that’s an NW45. When she swatched and blended most of the shades out, they disappeared. This looks just as bad as the Jem Holograms palette.

Ugh, no thanks! What a disappointment.

On the bright side, I can just look at a picture of the palette and pretend it’s 1972 again. 😉

I didn’t like the look of this at all when you first posted a picture of it a few weeks ago. My feelings are pretty much confirmed. Not only do I find it very unattractive but the quality is also disappointing. I’m not too sad, though, since, like I said, I found this to be a very unattractive palette. I think there is one shade in it that I would wear and the rest….pppffft!

I love the colour selection for this! Not really for eyeshadow though – at least not on my skintone, but they’re very pretty colours. Not surprised they didn’t turn out so well though – matte pastels tend to go awry easily.

Glad I waited and thanks for saving me the $40. You can put together a MUFE trio for what, $44? that anyone would love. And there’s a 10% deal now? No brainier. There are some MUG and Inglot dupes that at least don’t suck out loud. The majority of the ‘better’ ones have lots of good dupes. The more unusual shades have almost no dupes….and they were the shades that drew you in. This is a big disappointment for me. I think I would rather try and reconstruct this one than make the effort needed to get any payoff. Will dig out some of my 40 y.o. Pastels. Remember the preservative level was so high then, that those will never die! Thanks for reminding me about Black Milk and to check out the TT beauty on her website (Secret Pond: think that’s in a nice palette that I think still exists.). Makes me glad I have an eye rash, esp on my right lid, and can’t do shadow right now. Divine retribution for lusting after this one. If not for the rash, I know I would have caved by now. Jessica et al: let us know what works to improve this $^cker.

BTW, the Tarantino beauty site is all on sale, with very few products left. Was unable to discern whether or not she’s leaving the cosmetics end of her business. Secret Pond..that palette n/a. Only a few liners. Looking like going, going, gone. You might want to wait and see, bec it would be quicker to label all TT d/c than to try to figure out what’s gone and not. Never was attracted in the store, prob too much jewel-y packaging, but your reviews were often so good, esp. on liners. Neapolitan Lane is sold out…always ghosting around the periphery of my wish list. The eye thing is likely psoriasis, but it didn’t go away in the summer sun (I live at a NE beach) and whoever heard of psoriasis that hurts? Gotta see the MD…haven’t been in 5 years. Long, ugly story. Just thought you might want to know about TT.

I think she tried to make it happen on her own, but my guess is that there weren’t enough direct sales (through her website) to keep it going. I remember at some point (after the brand left Sephora) that there were some products via Beauty.com, but the selection their is definitely very limited.

But here’s hoping I’m wrong and that they’re revamping/bringing back the line in a big splash range!

Hope the MD can help you out, KJH! That sounds more than unpleasant!

That’s too bad the formula isn’t good, I think this could have been a very interesting and unique palette for spring!

Well, I know an NYX Milk Pencil can work miracles. I have a Hello Kitty pastel shadow kit that swatches worse than the pastels here (bought on sale for cute packaging), and the NYX Milk makes them usable, not great, but wearable. It’s too bad, as I love some of the more unique colors in this kit, but knew Sephora wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Until someone invents a pastel formula that’s decent, I will skip, as I don’t wear pastels that often, and think I can round up enough odds-and-ends pastels in my current stash to get the look. And I have Vice Reloaded coming in the mail, which has some pastels in there already and some colors that can be sheered down into pastels/soft washes

It is the savior of all so-so eyeshadows!

But I wish the price was less – I think it is a little high for something with so many issues.

Nothing, and I mean nothing like MILK!!! (And Yogurt, Cream Cheese, Knight)

I have a funny feeling this $ucker will be clearanced out very soon after its on the shelves….let’s see how low will they go. ?

I have been playing around with mine for about a week now, and totally agree that the best way to make it work is to apply NYX’s jumbo eye pencil in milk before using the pastels. I had hoped they would be a little easier to work with and have a smoother feel, but seeing as I already have the NYX pencil in my collection I might as well use it and get use out of the pretty colors. I do really love the variety of colors and finishes, so overall I’m still going to make it work, in the words of Tim Gunn 🙂

Fairly easy pass considering that I’m not exactly a pastel loving person. They usually, with rare exception, look hideous on me. But I was interested in those vivid summer brights, shame that those don’t blend out well. It’s sad how horribly they messed up this palette, because there are those who love these type of shades or were perhaps just glad to finally have something different than another neutral palette.

Is no one else driven insane by the fact that despite it being called “watercolor” the art on the box is in now way shape or form watercolor? Yes this is totally beside the point.

Ha ha yeah, I’m a crazy person. But its just such an obvious detail to miss that honestly might be indicative of the quality issues. But for reals that’s clearly an image of acrylic or oil paints on canvas lol.

It’s been bugging the heck out of me too! Someone had ONE job, find a nice modern water color for the cover and they managed to pick an oil painting (it looks like a super close up of an imitation Diebenkorn or something)!

Wow that’s a lot of Fs for individual shades. This whole Sephora + Pantone collaboration this year feels like a missed opportunity to make wearable pastels. Oh well, at least the colors of the year work well for clothes and accessories!

I think water colour pastels must be hard for brands to do (remember that awful Laura Mercer Water Pastels palette from last year?) and this one is no exception. Unless you are an absolute fan of pastels, this palette is a waste of money. Usual Sephora does a good job, but not this time.

Aw, bummer. I love quite a few of the colors in this palette and was really hoping it would swatch well. Christine, just curious, did you experiment with a wet brush at all? I’m wondering if the magic might be in actually using them as watercolors (see how I’m still trying to make this thing work?). 🙂

It’s a pretty palette, but the scores are disappointing. Pastels can be difficult. I’m glad I held off buying. Maybe if it goes on sale cheap later in the year.

I have this and I have to admit the quality could be a lot better, but i have found that with a primer (I use MAC’s prep and prime eye base) and some effort you can get most of the colours looking much better. I swatched them all on my arm when i got it and was disappointed but after trying out a few eye looks i was fairly happy, there’s colours in the palette that I wouldn’t necessarily buy but would like to use once in a while so for me it was worth it in the end! I am super pale too so most of these colours show up well on my skin!

It is a pretty palette, with some unusual colours. Such a shame it’s not better performing for the price, if I got it I have to buy at least $75 worth of goods and then shipping and tax on top to have it delivered it to the UK. I always use a primer anyway because of my oily eyelids, I’m in two minds whether to get this or not. There’s nothing else like this out there, unless you have any suggestions, Christine, haha!

When we got this in at my work, I immediately had to swatch every single color. About the third one in, I was so disappointed. So chalky and all of the colors that “spoke” to me, were the worst performers!! And then the glosses were a milky mess! We didn’t get the lipsticks (yet?). My particular store is afraid of “non traditional” lip colors. So, I make sure to rock my blues and greens (thank goodness for Kat Von D) everyday I work!!

The colors are so unique and beautiful, but I waited patiently for your reviews and I’m SO GLAD that I did, because this entire collection was a huge fail. Hey, money saved (or more like, put immediately towards the next lust-worthy item!)

I knew when you posted the swatches that this wouldn’t get good reviews. Such a pity as there are some quite unique colours in this palette.
I will save my money, I can’t really justifie buying a palette for the few shadows I really loved, when they are really quite bad. Bye bye to Chinois Green and Mellow Yellow.

I’m surprised at such a negative review. I thought this would at least get a B/B-. I really like this palette and have used almost every matte color without a white base, just primer, but then I am pretty pale (Lightest shade of the reformulated MUFE HD foundation/ N0 in Cover fx foundation. I know everyone always makes comparisons to MAC foundation shades, but I’ve never tried any and based on online comparisons I’m pretty sure they don’t make a shade light enough.). The only colors that really didn’t show up on me were the light yellow and rose quartz. Rose Quartz may be too close to my skin tone to show up much. All of the others could be built up to look pretty vibrant. They are a bit more work, but I like being able to control the intensity. I thought a lot of the mattes were powdery in the same was Lorac pro mattes are, but they still blended easily for me. They definitely aren’t the same quality, but I thought this was a nice palette for trying out new colors. I bought the palette for the matte colors, but the shimmers are really interesting and pretty, since they shimmer/ flash at different angles.

If you prefer your products sheerer or medium in opacity, then this would certainly not be as bad of a buy as it would be if you were expecting it to deliver on what it promised (“rich color payoff”), which is how I review products 🙂 Glad you like yours, Katherine!

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