First things first, I feel the need to state that there are going to be a LOT of photos in this post. You have been warned.
Sephora released an entire collection of Jem and the Holograms products, one of which is this delightful little eyeshadow palette (and I do mean little, each eyeshadow is .018oz/.52g):
Let’s just dive right into some swatches shall we?
I’ve swatched these by column and we’ll start from the left and work across the palette. All swatches are three swirls of my finger in each pan of eyeshadow and then a single swipe to create the swatch. All swatches are over bare skin.
Not going to lie, this is my favorite column. It was really hard for me to not use Mrs. Baily in every look and I DID actually use Jetta in most looks.
1980’s is the only shade in the palette that is actually pretty bad. That shadow has zero pigmentation.
Keytar and Rockin’ Roadster swatched poorly but they apply quite well. The only trouble I had with these two shades is that if I over blended them they completely disappeared. That probably wouldn’t be true if you used them over a primer.
Rio is a little softer than the other shades but it is so gorgeous and seriously pigmented. Just don’t jam your brush into it and you’ll be just fine.
Starlight is a little dusty but still pretty pigmented and it blends easily.
Pricing and Availability: Since this is the Sephora brand, it’s obviously only available AT Sephora. It retails for $39.00 and is limited edition.
Packaging: Fairly sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure. This palette IS covered in glitter but so far, the glitter isn’t coming off of the palette which is a complete relief.
Application: Very good! I only had trouble with application on one eyeshadow (1980’s), everything else was very pigmented and very easy to blend. I will say that over bare skin, some of the shades actually blend completely away if you blend too much. That shouldn’t really happen with primer or a sticky base which I wasn’t using. A few shades had a bit of fallout but it was relatively minimal.
Wear Time: Without primer I got around 6 hours of wear before I experienced some creasing and fading. I haven’t yet worn any of these shades all day with primer but I would imagine that the creasing should be reduced with a sticky base.
Overall thoughts: I actually think this is a fun palette! There are a couple of options for neutral looks but it’s mostly a colorful palette and the shades are definitely taking me back to my childhood. I think it’s probably a little bit pricey for what it is, but it’s a good quality palette and it is a palette that sort of invites color experimentation and I always enjoy that.
I only received this palette in the mail last week (Sephora sale! Woot!) so I haven’t had a chance to wear this too many times in real life, but I did stay up and try out some looks the other night and if you can bear the terrible indoor night time lighting, those pictures are down below.
Did you get anything from the Jem collection? Did you go see the movie for the five minutes it was in theaters? I have to admit that I didn’t actually watch this cartoon as a child although I did watch a few episodes on Netflix the other day. Man, the 80’s were such a different time.
- Due to work madness, I didn’t work out at all last week so it was really good to get back to the gym yesterday. I always feel so strong after taking a break from lifting.
- The neighbors dogs were barking at a distant pack of coyotes early this morning so I’ve been awake since 4 which makes me sad.
- As I typed that, the entire dog population just went nuts outside. It’s craziness up in here this morning!