The Sephora Beauty of Giving Back Palette is a, eight shade cheek palette designed to celebrate cancer awareness.
Getting this palette was something of a whim, I’d gotten a late birthday present from a Co-worker of a Sephora gift card and I’d initially wanted to get Kat Von D’s Poe lipstick from the new Studded Kiss line, but the damn lipstick is like a unicorn. You think you see it, and then bam, when you turn around it’s bloody gone.
Anywhoo, I decided to browse Sephora.com to blow some loot, and wound up coming across this and another three shade blush palette that was half the price of this one which retails for $34. Plus, the other one had a bronzer as one of the shades and I always feel as if I just wasted money when I get a bronzer in a cheek palette.
But good blush junkie that I am, I went ahead and got the this.
First of all, the packaging is just too festive, it’s even more vibrant and fun in person. It comes in a clear hard plastic case, that I managed to cut my finger on, and on the back of that plastic case, are the…numbers of the shades. Yeah, these don’t have names, just numbers. How very penal colony…
Inside the package there are three cream blushes and five powder blushes. It’s made of sturdy cardboard with a hidden magnetic clasp and a ginormous mirror. And technically, there are four blushes, since one of them is more of a bronzer/highlighter deal.
I’m almost convinced that the only reason I got this palette is because of the ombre blush and highlighter, I mean, it’s a thing of beauty. It was so pretty in fact that I almost didn’t want to touch it and mess up the pretty pattern. Buuut, touch it I did eventually, with fingers and all. Close-ups below with flash and without, as you can see it basically looks the same either way. To help with visualisation.
From the left, top to bottom we have shades 1-3, which are all cream blushes. The middle ombre colours are 4 and 5, one of them being a gradient blush/bronzer combo. And top to bottom on the right side we have 6 to 8, of these three, 6 is a highlighting colour.
I have to say that I was really disappointed in this palette. When I was looking at it online, it doesn’t seem like it, but these colours run very cool, particularly the powder shades on the right, the cream blushes were not very pigmented at all either. When I first swatched 3 I was very excited because in the pan it looks like a mauvey rose with gold shimmer, but on application, it turned into a mid-toned cool pink and the gold shimmer was just kinda kaput. The only colour that I didn’t have any degree of difficulty wearing, were shades 5 and 7, which both turned out to be peachy shades, with five leaning more vibrant peach and 7 leaning more muted neutral peach. Swatches below.
For shades 4 and 5, the colour at the top is the result of combining all the colours in the ombre to create one shade. I did like the resulting shades of the combinations of both, and found that they both can be used as highlighting colours. Shade 4 however is just a bronzer and highlighter in one.
And finally shades 6 to 8.
They were also really powdery, settled into pores and looked cakey on application. I’ve always said that I hate powder blushes that aren’t by Sleek, because more often than not, they’re not finely milled enough and you wind up with a cakey mess on your face. Another blogger that hates powder blushes as well, swears by Becca though, so I want to try those as well.
For serious, I’m not even sure why I keep buying Sephora brand products, with the exception of the lipsticks, I almost always wind up returning them. Just this week alone, I’ve returned two items. They just don’t cut it for me, which really surprises me because usually I love their collabs. I was all over the TokiDoki collab a few years ago, my TokiDoki makeup bag is still the one I use every day. My HG fragrance (which is now discontinued) was Hello Kitty for Sephora. Maybe when they do collaborations the company that they work with provides everything but the space which is solely Sephora’s job, otherwise I just can’t fathom why their regular stuff is just so bad.
Whatever, in the end I wound up returning this palette, even though huge, pretty and only $34, not worth it when there are only two shades that I like or can even wear. I’d say save the money and get something, anything else.