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
Thanks for visiting!