A sleek eye shadow palette complete with 16 stunning, harmonious shades inspired by the sensorial and color tones of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water. Elemental-inspired hues in a variety of semi-matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes create multi-dimensional eye looks. The texture of these shadows is thin and rich, providing exceptional gliding quality while the saturated color provides an intense payoff with great adherence. The palette of creamy shadows can be used to create soft, sultry, or smoky looks in colors inspired by the natural elements. Colors can be used individually or combined to create varied looks.
Sephora and Pantone Universe’s new Elemental Energy palette is inspired by the 4 elements–Earth, Air, Fire, Water. The palette offers 16 eye shadow shades–4 to match each element.
This palette is sleek, stunning, and unique. I’m a big fan of the Sephora + Pantone packaging (which they consistently use in their collections), which features light-weight, white plastic and a clear lid that stays connected to the top of the palette via magnets at each corner.
This palette is divided up into each element–Earth, Air, Fire, Water–with 4 eye shadows for each element. Each element’s shadows are embossed with a corresponding design on the pans.
Bottom line, the packaging and design are wonderful!
When it comes to quality, I really, really, really wanted to love this palette. And I do like it, but I don’t love it. Here’s why:
Each set of 4 shadows contains 1-2 stand-out colors, 1-2 disappointing colors, and usually 1 color somewhere in the middle.
For the Earth eye shadows, Pebble and Ginger Snap (the two matte shades) needed to be layered in order to get a smooth finish. Their formulas were on the chalky side. Emerald (the glittery shade) needed some blending also. The stand-out shade was Rawhide, which had a creamier formula and great pigmentation.
For the Air eye shadows, Nutmeg went on streaky and had a dry, stiffer formula. Mushroom was dry too, but didn’t go on as streaky. Murmur and Sea Fog (the two frosty shades) had good pigmentation and went on smoothly.
For the Fire eye shadows, Dawn and Aztec (the two matte shades) were stiff and very streaky, requiring extra layering and smoothing-out. Potter’s Clay is an amazing color with fantastic pigmentation, intensely glittery finish, and a smooth, buttery formula. Crab-Apple is very good too, with a smooth finish and a lovely duo-chrome sheen.
For the Water eye shadows, Iron and Cendre Blue were dry, stiff, and streaky. They needed a lot of blending and layering. Teal Blue was a little better, but still had problems with smoothness. Blue Fog had a pretty good formula, but could have been creamier and smoother.
Overall, this palette could use shadows with a creamier formula. The matte shades, in particular, are too dry to go on smoothly on the first layer. And you have to swipe your brush over the pans extra times to pick up enough color. The frosty shades fared the best and had the creamiest formula. The glittery shades were split–some (like Potter’s Clay) were incredible, while others (like Teal Blue) were just ok.
The streakiness of many of the colors can be fixed by adding multiple layers to the skin and doing extra blending. But a great shadow formula doesn’t require this.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
How hard you have to work will depend on which colors you’re using. In general, apply these over a primer, and expect to do some extra blending (especially in the crease area) if you’re utilizing the matte shades.
For $38.00 you get 16 colors for a total of 1.2 ounces of eye shadow. This is a generous amount of product for the price and is more product per dollar then many of Sephora + Pantone’s other eye shadow palettes.
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecanol, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Polybutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane +/- Ci 77400 (Copper Powder), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 42090 (Blue 1), Ci 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77400 (Bronze Powder), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5), Ci 16035 (Red 40), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide)