Review & Swatches: Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 “French Riviera”


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera

Availability: Sephora
Price: $13.00

Company’s Description

Flash superior color, flawless wear, and long-lasting beauty with this striking eye shadow formula. The Color Eye Last complex means you can comfortably wear this shadow up to 10 gorgeous hours and the micronized pigments ensure an ultra smooth, blendable texture. The range of colors and finishes complement day and evening looks, from perfect mattes to pearlized shimmers, glitters, and a glossy mirror glow.

Sephora has released a new line of eye shadows in its Colorful Eyeshadow Collection. The collection includes 80 different shades in 4 finishes: matte, shimmer, glitter and mirror effect. The formula is said to be highly concentrated, containing up to 70% of pigments and shimmers to provide ultimate color intensity. These shadows are supposed to last 10 hours. They can also be placed in Sephora’s new palettes, which are offered with 3 pans or 6 pans.

I will be reviewing all of the new colors offered in the Colorful Eyeshadow Collection. This review is for the shade No. 4 French Riviera–a glittering gold., Inc.

Packaging: 9.25/10

Each eye shadow comes individually packaged in a plastic compact with a see-through, snap-shut lid. Along the edge of the pan in which the eyeshadow sits is a small groove which helps you easily remove the pan so that you can put it into a larger palette, if you wish.

Quality: 7/10

French Riviera is a pale gold that leaves a shimmery finish. The color lacks pigmentation and is translucent.

The formula for French Riviera is on the stiff and dry side. It’s not “ultra smooth” the way Sephora claims it will be. The silver shimmer particles in the shadow produce fall-out, so you’ll see silver sparkles under the eye area and around your cheeks.

This shadow, without primer underneath, began to crease after three (3) hours of wear. Applied over primer, the eye shadow had completely gathered into the crease by the seventh (7th) hour of wear.

I don’t mind that French Riviera gives a wash of color–it’s good for an under-stated gold eye look. But it doesn’t stay true to Sephora’s “superior color” claim.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

This shadow is simple enough to use–the formula is dry but transfers onto the skin just fine. You will need to clean up fall-out though.

Price: 8.75/10

For $13.00 you get 0.07 ounces of eye shadow. This is slightly more product than you’d get in a MAC eye shadow, and costs $2.00 less. Still, for a brand like Sephora (which, admittedly has been stepping up its game in the last year), this price point is a little higher than I’d expect for a single shadow.

Final Grade


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera


Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in No. 4 French Riviera Swatch


Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide),Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Polybutene, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Maltodextrin, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, BHT, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)


This sample was provided for consideration purposes by the brand or a PR company. Reviews are always honest and never paid for., Inc.

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