I’m always a little skeptical of baked eyeshadows, but if there’s one thing I can’t deny, it’s that they are often awfully pretty. Such is the case with the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette*, but it actually has quality shadows to back up its good looks!
Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette comes in a “book” cardboard packaging, with a large mirror on the inner left side, and 9 shadows, a blush duo, and a highlighter on the right. The book can actually stand upright, which makes it great if you do want to use the mirror to apply your makeup. The Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette also comes with a tutorial card that can be used to create two different looks. As with all baked shadows, these can be used both dry and wet, but since I pretty much never use shadows wet all my swatches were done dry.
Copper is an orangey copper which is very creamy with great pigmentation. Definitely one of my favourites in the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette.
Geode is a satin-matte peach nude that is basically the colour of my skin, so it looks like it wasn’t swatched at all.
Pyrite is a yellow and black swirled together to create a mossy green with yellow metallic undertones with great pigmentation. Another favourite!
Shale is a soft grey taupey matte, which has a great creamy formula to it.
Gypsum is a very shimmery, slightly glittery, champagne that would also work as a highlighter.
Hematite is a cool-toned glittery silver that has a similar pigmentation issue to Lithium, plus creates a lot of fallout.
Smoky Quartz is a very lovely creamy satin brown, that is the final shadow that makes it into my top three favourites from the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette.
I swatched Dark Pink Marble and Rose Gold separately before blending them together, but I think they would be quite difficult to use on their own with a regular blush brush. While Dark Pink Marble is slightly more brown and Rose Gold is pinker, the two together given a really gorgeous dark pink blush with a lovely formula.
Sandstone is a slightly peachy champagne highlight that is shimmery but subtle with a lovely formula. This is another standout for me because it is so easy to apply and get a lovely glow without worrying about glitter-face syndrome.
Asides from lips, lashes, and brows, I used the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette for all my makeup in the above photos. First I applied Geode all over the lid, then added Gypsum in the inner corner. I used Copper on the out two thirds of the lid, and blended Uranium into the crease. For my lower lash line I used Smoky Quartz wet as liner. I swirled my brush in Dark Pink Marble/Rose Gold to pick up both for my cheeks, and used Sandstone as a highlight on both the tops of my cheekbones as well as the bridge of my nose and cupid’s bow. If you’re wondering about that vivid lip shade, it’s Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Watermelon Slice* (reviewed here).
Wear on the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette was pretty good, as the shadows and blush lasted longer than I expected, but still not the entire day. The shadows began to fade/crease around 7 hours, while the blush lasted slightly less.
Overall, I have never been a big fan of baked shadows but the Sephora Collection Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette may just have converted me a bit, because in general the formula and shades are lovely with a really pretty subtle shimmer. How do you feel about baked shadows?