Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sephora Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow

If you've paid a visit to Sephora since New Year's Day chances are you've seen a prominent display at the front of the store with the newly formulated Prisma Chrome shadows. These are similar in texture and performance to other products launched recently from Estee Lauder such as the Cyber Metallic Pure Color Gelée shadows and Illuminating Powder Gelée highlighters, as well as Laura Mercier's Rose Rendezvous Face Illuminator. All of these products share the characteristics of smooth texture, high pigmentation and an almost "cream-like" finish.

At $15 each, these are not exactly what I would call inexpensive, but they are significantly more affordable than Estee Lauder's $24 Cyber shadows. You also get quite a lot of product: the net weight of Sephora's Prisma Chrome is 0.12 oz/3.5g whereas Estee Lauder's Cyber Metallic weighs in at only .03 oz/.9g. I prefer products with sleek and space-saving packaging whenever possible, so for me one drawback of the Prisma Chrome shadows is the somewhat bulky compact design, which is apparently necessary to accommodate the beautiful raised sculptural shape of these shadows.

What most appeals to me about the Prisma Chrome shadows is the lack of fallout or chalkiness. The initial shades offered are not super-complex or groundbreaking, but they are all very pretty. There are currently ten shades available, but I chose just five of the more neutral shades. My initial favorites are Moon Beam, a lovely, icy pink that reminds me a bit of MAC's Pink Opal, and Shimmery Sand, a pretty, pale gold that is not overly warm or brassy. Black Diamond is a nicely pigmented black that also makes an excellent eyeliner when used wet. (A word of caution: when using these with a wet brush the powder will soften and "melt" a bit, so be careful not to apply too much pressure with your brush if you wish to retain the original design.)

Moon Beam: shimmery sheer shell pink
Shimmery Sand: bright metallic light gold
Bronze Brilliance: shimmery warm medium bronze
Moon Glow: softly shimmery steel grey
Black Diamond: matte charcoal black

in flash lighting 

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  1. Oh, thank you so much for this post! I've been immensely curious about these, but don't have a full Sephora nearby, so haven't been able to check them out in person. Your swatches and review is really helpful! I may have to pick up Moon Beam with my next Sephora order...

  2. These are beautiful - thank you for the swatches! I swatched some of the brighter colors in store and I was really impressed.

  3. Stunningly packaged. I'd find really these hard to resist just based on that. "Lucky" for me there's no Sephora in Australia.

  4. FANTASTIC pictures!!! I'm going to have to go check these out. They look beautiful and I love that you can use them wet or dry. Nice review.

  5. Oh how I wish we had Sephora in the UK! These are beautiful.

  6. I was wondering about these eye shadows, thank you for the post. I like black and bronze shades.

  7. Hi Amy, Glad it was helpful! Moon Beam's a nice choice for a highlighting shade :)

    Hi Larie, I like them quite a bit and would definitely get some more if I had the budget & the space to store them all :)

    Hi Vita, yes, the design is so pretty! It's good that you are able to avoid the temptation -- money saved for other things! :)

    Hi Polarbelle, thank you! Yes, definitely worth taking a look in person! There are some very nice, basic shades and some more colorful tones as well.

    Hi ihavemostlybeen, Aw that's too bad - I didn't know there was not a Sephora in the UK. I've heard there is one in France, but they should really expand and open one in your area as well!

    Hi Marina, I tried the black today and was happy that there was zero fallout. I think I might try it next wet as eyeliner and top it with the same shade dry :)

  8. Oh wow, the swatches are brilliant! I love Bronze Brilliance and Moon Beam best. Hopefully my Sephora stores will carry these, thanks for the swatches.

  9. Hi Jacqueline, thanks for commenting! Moon Beam's a nice, versatile highlight shade. I haven't tried Bronze Brilliance in a look yet, but look forward to giving it a go soon :)


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