Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sephora Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow - Review

Playing around on Sephora's website is a dangerous game. I qualified for their VIB program late last year, but never used my 10% off code (because I qualified during Friends and Family,and didn't need anything). I found I was able to still use the code in early February. Of course, using the code for the small purchase I made caused my total to drop below the threshhold for free shipping, and thus, I needed to find something else to make up for it. I had read Scrangie's post about Sephora's Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow, and decided to give one a try.
I chose Bronze Brilliance, since I love neutrals and bronzy tones. The reason these eyeshadows are different is how their pressed. It's not a flat surface. Instead, it's a raised, wavy shadow, which means the compact is super thick. The shadow is still powder, not cream, however. It just looks pretty cool. Sephora says:
The new wave in eye shadow, Prisma Chrome brings together the best features of baked, powder, and cream shadows. Its revolutionary effect captures light perfectly, delivering a prismatic effect with an unbelievably smooth and true color finish. 
Bronze Brilliance is a true bronze, and a bit less orange than MAC's Amber Lights, and more bronze than L'Oreal Infallible's Bronze Taupe, which is decidedly taupe in comparison. It's shimmery, and swatches well. Pigmentation on my lid could be a little better, though. I needed to pass my brush over the powder a couple of times. I use my MAC 239 to apply.

The shadow applies and blends decently. It's always hard to tell if my primer system is just super grabby or if a shadow is super draggy, but this shadow does not blend and move like a MAC Veluxe Pearl shadow, for example. I find myself having to revisit the pan more than once to get more product. I definitely see the baked influence in the way the powder acts when applying, but there's no fallout. I don't see anything resembling a creamy feel or finish, though.

I haven't had any creasing or fading with this shadow. It lasts all day on my lids without any problems.

These shadows cost $15, which seems like a pretty high price for a house brand, when MAC costs the same. The black shiny compact holds 0.12 ounces of shadow, while the standard MAC shadow is 0.04 ounces. Obviously, the Sephora is a better value.

Overall, this is a nice shadow, with an interesting shape. It's sort of sad that it's nothing super special, though, like the pressing would indicate - it performs much like any other powder shadow. I am not sure if I will purchase another one.


  1. I like this one! Thanks for the comparison, as well. I have had my eye on MAC Amber Lights, but I think I might like this one even more since it is slightly less orange.

  2. That's my though, too! Amber Lights is so orangey that I never really reach for it, so Bronze Brilliance is a great alternative!