Sephora + Pantone “Night Fall” Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches, photos | A singular palette, for a colour-loving crowd

Sephora Pantone Night Fall eyeshadow palette review

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Night Fall Full Spectra Eye Shadow Palette

This summer’s Sephora + Pantone Universe collection was based around duochromes: from their gorgeous liquid eyeshadows to their Full Spectra palettes, they promised colour-shifting pigments and pearlescent-matte finishes.

My swatches hardly do these shades justice, but hopefully they’ll be helpful in context!

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The shades, as organized by duos

Gravel & Ocean Wave pair a gorgeous, medium-opacity matte seafoam green with a sheer, duochrome champagne. Gravel (the gold) is quite an interesting shade; straight on, it’s a light toffee on my skin; at an angle or on darker skintones, however, it’s a pure, shimmering champagne.

Eggnog & Yellow Iris are actually both mattes; Eggnog is a very light ivory (think MAC Blanc Type, but lighter) with sparse silver microshimmer if examined from an inch or two away, while Yellow Iris is a punchy matte yellow leaning almost chartreuse. 

Sephora Pantone Full Spectra palette review

Top: Eggnog & Yellow Iris / Bottom: Gravel & Ocean Wave

Sephora eyeshadow palette swatches review - Night Fall

Swatched L-R: Gravel & Ocean Wave, Eggnog & Yellow Iris

Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel pair a smooth, opaque, metallic burnt orange (I’m not sure if this is a true duochrome, but it certainly looks brighter and more pink at some angles) with a dusted-down primary blue. It’s the most flashy duo in this palette, but I’d have liked to have seen just a touch more pigment in the blue.

Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender, the last duo in this palette, consists of a stunning pink-violet confection with a gorgeous, dense, buttery, mesmerizing crystal pink. I am so crazy about the larger shade — it really does make me think “crystal pink,” with its duochrome (clear/white to metallic light pink), and it’s beautiful blended into the matte shade.

Sephora Pantone Night Fall palette review

Top: Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender / Bottom: Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel

Sephora Pantone Night Fall palette swatches review

Swatched L-R: Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel; Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender

The verdict?

At full price, this would have been a pass — while I think Night Fall offers very interesting shades and finishes, it wasn’t quite good enough to warrant its $46 CAD price tag.

At half price, however, I think the two Full Spectra eyeshadow palettes are worth a look, especially if you like your makeup interesting. The mattes aren’t flawless, but they’re pretty good, and the mix of finishes is quite singular — you have everything from punchy mattes to metallic duochromes, and all in rather unique shades.

And, of course (you know, in case you missed it), I am smitten with the last duo in this palette!

Availability: $46 CAD $23 CAD, online & in-stores now at Sephora. Limited edition.

Sephora eyeshadow palette swatches review - Full Spectra Night Fall

Swatched L-R: Gravel & Ocean Wave, Eggnog & Yellow Iris

Sephora Pantone Night Fall palette swatches

Swatched L-R: Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel; Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender

The ingredients:

Talc, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Zinc Stearate, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate.

+/- Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 16035 (Red 40 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).

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  • Great photos! I love the packaging of this palette, really sleek & cute! :)
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    • Thanks! I actually really like the packaging of this one, too — the glue seemed a little wobbly, which worries me a little, but the aesthetic works so well with the line.

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    These colours look so pretty!! But it's something I hardly wear… so for me, they're just pretty to look at. LOL!

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    • Hahaha, I feel largely the same way about this one :P I really like it in THEORY, and the execution was good-to-great, but it's just not the kind of palette I could see myself reaching for on a daily basis!

      But, well, that's why it's a "buy at half price" rec ;)

  • Shayna

    Beautiful! I have the day break palette and it is amazing, it's been my new go to. I wasn't sure about this one since the colors are a little bright for my day to day. Since it is on sale, i might have to get this too!.

    • Oh, I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying Day Break, Shayna! I just have this one, but if its daytime counterpart is anything like it — you must be having so much fun with it :)

  • I've been considering getting the Day palette since it's half price but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I guess I better make up my mind :).
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    • They're both going to be out of stock pretty soon! I think these palettes are definitely worth it *if* you love at least three of the duos — and the fact that they're half-price at the moment certainly doesn't hurt ;)

  • rasilla

    I like the overlap in the swatching. kind of helps to see how it might look when using it, great idea :)

    • I figured I might as well, as the layout has them in duos. Glad you liked it! :)