Sephora Moonshadow palette review, photos, swatches

The product: Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette in In The Nude

Sephora describes this palette as a “collection of glittery baked eyeshadows [in] ten sultry nude shades.” And if that’s not enough to get you going, they add on claims of “a cosmic amount of diamond dust shimmer” and “a super sparkly finish.” I gave it a try assuming that, okay, the palette was going to be shimmery. But like, another glittery nude palette – whatever, right?

The lesson of the day is that I obviously need to stop being such a cynic, because I keep having to eat my words.

In my opinion, the top and bottom rows are separated out pretty well. The top ones pack your serious shimmer chunks, while the pigment is mainly found in the bottom shades. On the whole, the palette is really “love it or hate it” – you’re either going to adore the ridiculous (and we mean ridiculous) amounts of shimmer, or it’s going to drive you absolutely insane.

If you’re going to pick up this palette, or you already have it, you NEED to give foiling a try. I’ve read a few posts where the reviewers were frustrated with the lack of pigment, and I’ll admit, you’re not going to get any colour out of these if you try to apply them with a fluffy brush to a dry lid. They definitely do best applied with a damp, dense brush, and you’ll want to prime first, but I think it’s worth the effort – that is, if you’re a glitter lover, of course!

Swatched L-R: Cream, Light Bronze, Soft Gold, Peach, and Taupe

Swatched L-R: Silver, Deep Brown, Honey Brown, Deep Sienna, and Plum

The verdict?

This palette wasn’t “made for me,” but I still actually… really like it. Which I didn’t see coming! I’m always drawn toward palettes like this one (nude shades, a hint of colour, and tons of shimmer), but I find that I very rarely actually like them in the long run.

It would do well to carry more of a pigment punch, but honestly, I find it hard to knock off points for that – they never promised pigment; just tons and tons shimmer. And on that, Sephora definitely delivered.

If you’re a glitter girl and you love your neutrals, give this one a go!

Mica, Talc, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Oleate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Tocopherol.

Sephora Moonshadow baked palette in In The Nude

Sephora Moonshadow baked palette in In The Nude

In The Nude swatched in direct sunlight – top row

In The Nude swatched in direct sunlight – bottom row

Palette in direct sun. Like all baked eyeshadows, it does get dusty – worth noting if you’re OCD like I am!


See it in a FOTD here. But this is a pretty good depiction of what the shimmer looks like on the lid (click to enlarge):

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  • AdorableOnYourVanity

    This is gorgeous!!! Sephora really trying to amp up their image!
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    • I agree (on both counts!) They're doing a fab job of it so far, aren't they?

  • This looks gorgeous xxxx
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  • JudyB

    How would you compare this to the Naked Palette by (I think) Urban Decay?)

    • It doesn't really compare, imo – these are baked, and made to deliver a lot of shimmer, so the textures are very different.

      Sephora's is going to give more of a translucent, glittery effect (I sometimes think of it as that "wet-finish look"), whereas Urban Decay's mixes things up a bit – shades like Sin will be on the chunkier side (though still smother than these baked textures), whereas Naked and Buck are completely matte.

      I'd say that the two palettes are made for the same market, but I don't think the products themselves are all that similar – aside from both featuring (mainly) neutrals, of course!

  • Omg, this palette looks beautiful. I love your swatches.
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  • It's definitely beautiful, but mineral eyeshadows don't tend to show up on my oily lids. :( I'll live vicariously through you!

    • Mineral, schmineral! These aren't straight-up micas, so they may still work for you – the formula also includes things like jojoba oil and dimethicone (which make for a smoother application and help the pigments adhere to your lid), as well as good-for-you stuff like vitamin e and green tea extracts (listed as Tocopherol and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract). Hopefully, there are enough fillers and adherents in the formula to make it work for you, too! ;)

  • I didn't see just how shimmery these were until the photographs in the direct sunlight: stunning! I particularly like that the shades are somewhat more pearlized in normal lighting, but quite shimmery in the sun. It seems to make them more versatile.

    I'm impressed! Sephora makeup hasn't always done it for me, but I may have to pick this up during their sale.
    ♥ Jessica
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    • Ooh, this would make a great F&F buy! I hope you like it – they really are *gorgeous* in the sun : )

  • Glittertastic! Great pics!
    Might have to take a look at this one!
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  • These look adorable in their little pans!
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    • Haha, they do, don't they? :D Baked eyeshadow palettes are always so cute!

  • Mai

    wow, this eyeshawdow set is super pigmented looks really good (:
    Great reviews!! also nice packaging!…

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  • Marisa Anderson

    Luv how vibrant the colors are in this palette. They all are so gorgeous. Really like the glitter and the shimmer. T
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