Last week I went to Sephora for the first time in a looooong time, and this palette was the reason! I saw it on Sephora’s website, and it had really good reviews, and it was super intriguing. I went in to the store and tested out the colors and was really happy with the pigmentation I was getting, so I decided to get it! The theme here is the Elements, and each element is represented with a section of four shadows- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Below I have photos of each of those sections, along with swatches.
Earth: Pebble, Emerald, Ginger Snap, RawhidePebble, Emerald, Ginger Snap, Rawhide
The Earth section of this palette has, as you would probably assume, green and brown shades (like the earth, omg!). The pigmentation here is nice. Pebble, the first shade, is a really, really strange color that I can’t decide what I want to do with it. Emerald is gorgeous, sparkly goodness. Ginger Snap is a great matte taupe-brown. Rawhide is a super shimmery copper.
Air: Murmur, Mushroom, Sea Fog, NutmegMurmur, Mushroom, Sea Fog, Nutmeg
The Air section has lots of light, beautiful shades. Murmur is showing up in my swatch as very silver, but in person its definitely more white. The blue in the shade isn’t as prominent as I would have liked, its very subtle. Mushroom is another odd shade you don’t see very often- it’s a light matte gray that almost reminds me of the clay you would use to make pots. Sea Fog is a lilac? Not sure who thought of that name, but the color is really nicely pigmented. Nutmeg is one shade here that the shade name is spot on with the swatch color and texture!
Fire: Dawn, Potter’s Clay, Crabapple, Aztec
Dawn, Potter’s Clay, Crabapple, Aztec
The Fire section is my favorite of the palette! Dawn is a perfect light beige matte that I will use a TON as a brow bone shade. Potter’s Clay is a super vibrant orange with a gold sparkle. Crabapple is a peachy pink with shimmer, and Aztec is a satin taupe.
Water: Blue Fog, Iron, Cendre Blue, Teal Blue
Blue Fog, Iron, Cendre Blue, Teal Blue
The Water section is probably the most difficult section of this palette- matte blues are always kinda stubborn and it shows here. Blue fog is a light, airy blue shimmer, Iron is a medium gray satin, Cendre blue is a matte mid tone blue, and Teal blue is a sparkly teal green. Crendre Blue is by far my least favorite shade here, as it didn’t pick up evenly and is one of those shades you just know will be harder to work with.
This set is sold for $38, which breaks it down to costing less than $2.50 per color. I really like the shades in this palette and the designs on the shadows that represent their element. I’ve always liked the look and feel of Pantone Universe packaging, with its removable, magnetic clear cover. I think this palette is something to look in to if you have liked Pantone Universe shadows in the past, and I think it’d be a really fun gift for a makeup lover!
Available for $38 from Sephora.