Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette Swatches & Review

Self-Purchased

I can’t get enough red/burgundy/warm purple eyeshadows in my life. So I was super excited for a whole eyeshadow palette inspired by Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 – Marsala! I had to get it, no questions! Unfortunately it took so long for me to post this review that it’s sold out online. I just used their Find in Store option and it looks like my local stores still have some stock so if you’re wanting to get this check out the inventory at your local brick and mortar Sephoras.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala full palette

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala full palette

Isn’t she beautiful? There are 24 eyeshadow shades all inspired by Pantone’s color of the year Marsala “a shade of polished sophistication and daring minimalism. This complex, robust nude reinvents and redefines neutrals with captivating dimension, shifting in intensity from boldly pigmented to modestly sheer. Defy expectations with Marsala.”

The outer packaging on this palette is beautiful! Not that it matters much but it’s pretty…

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala outer packaging

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala outer packaging

The back of the box shows the Pantone color chips with their color numbers on the right. On the left is a list of shade names with the color numbers.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala back of outer packaging

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala back of outer packaging

The palette packaging itself is a beautiful rosey gold shade that unfortunately didn’t play well with my camera and also picks up fingerprints like CRAZY. If you’re OCD about fingerprints just… don’t. It’s worse than my UD Vice 3.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala palette packaging

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala palette packaging

Shade names are all listed on the back of the palette which is nice. I prefer they be listed under each shadow, but a back of palette chart is far better than a plastic overlay or just having it on the back of the outer box.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala back of palette

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala back of palette

The one thing that gets me is the size of the palette and shadows. They’re tiny. About the size of a dime. Sephora does call the palette “travel sized” in one of its descriptions. I missed that when I ordered which is my fault, not Sephora’s but still… Each shadow is 0.017 oz so the whole palette contains 0.408 oz of shadow putting it at $95.59 per oz. This is slightly cheaper per oz than the UD Vice 3 was so the overall value is good, but honestly I’d have preferred a full size palette with the full sized price. Most people probably won’t wear a ton of red eyeshadows so maybe travel sized is great for the average consumer but I’d have bought a full size in a heart beat!

Faces of Marsala shadow size comparison

Faces of Marsala shadow size comparison

On to the swatches!

Sephora and Pantone Universe - Facets of Marsala - row 1

Left to right: Autumn Blonde, Toasted Nut, Marsala Matte, Marsala Satin, Shifting Sand, Cocoa Brown.

Autumn Blonde is a light beigey cream with very fine gold micro-glitter. It’s smooth, pigmented, and lovely.

Toasted Nut is a shimmery orangey gold. It’s insanely pigmented, smooth, and lovely to work with.

Marsala Matte is a dark warm matte red. It’s buttery smooth but could be a bit more pigmented and requires building up a bit.

Marsala Satin is a little darker than the matte version and actually has a tiny bit of very fine shimmer to it. It’s more pigmented than the matte.

Shifting Sand is a light creamy champagne verging on a pale bright gold. It’s buttery smooth.

Cocoa Brown is a medium warm brown and is mostly matte with a tiny hind of shimmer. It’s a little on the dry and sheer side.

 Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala - row 2

Second row left to right: Burro, Deep Taupe, Marsala Metallic, Marsala Glitter, Kelp, Dusty Olive

Burro is a medium brown. It’s very soft but that softness makes it a little powdery.

Deep Taupe is a cool toned taupe. The pigmentation on this one isn’t great.

Marsala Metallic is the signature shade in a buttery, super pigmented pigmented metallic finish with subtle micro-glitter. I DIE. It’s a little warmer than the other Marsalas.

 Marsala Glitter is packed with glitter. It’s very pigmented but glitter is chunky and incredibly fall-out prone. You’d be best off using this with Fix+ or glitter glue or anything to keep the glitter on your eyelids.

Kelp is a light khaki green. It’s got a bit of pale gold/green shimmer to it. It’s a teensy bit sheer but gorgeous.

Dusty Olive is a medium-dark olive green. It’s crazy shimmery with gold/green shift and might be my new favorite green. It’s decently pigmented.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala - row 3

Third row left to right: Desert Mist, Butterrum, Macaroon, Chutney, Nimbus Cloude, Moonlight Blue

Desert Mist is a shimmery yellow-toned gold with micro-glitter. It’s a beautiful shade but a little sheer.

Butterrum is a shimmery darker more bronze-gold it’s also a little sheer but smoother than Desert Mist.

Macaroon is a medium beige matte with peachy tones. It’s pretty pigmented compared to the other shadows I own in similar shades.

Chutney is one of my new favorite shades. It’s a warm orange-brown with fine shimmer and is buttery smooth and decently pigmented.

Nimbus Cloude is a bright silver-white with tons of glitter. It’s highly pigmented but it’s a chunky glittery fall-out fest and definitely needs some glitter adhesive to keep it on.

Moonlight Blue is a smokey blue with bright blue micro-glitter. It’s pretty but like most shades I own like this it gets a little muddy when blended.

Sephora and Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala - row 4

Fourth row left to right: Carob Brown, Bracken, Russet, Hot Chocolate, Castor Gray, Red Mahogany

Carob Brown is a gorgeous warm brown. SO PIGMENTED and buttery!

Bracken is a dark, almost blackened, brown with gold, copper, and silvery micro-glitter. It’s decently pigmented.

Russet is a dark orangey brown. It’s a little sheer and powdery.

Hot Chocolate is a warm dark reddish brown. It’s a bit powdery and sheer but buildable and is one of my favorite shades in the palette.

Castor Gray is a beautiful reddish brown base with green tonal shift. It’s similar to Kat von D’s  On the Road but smoother texture. There’s a bit of powder kick up in the pan but it blends nicely.

Red Mahogany is a medium brown with burgundy-red tones. It’s got nice coppery red micro-glitter but is thin and needs to be built up.

 

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