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Jul 13, 2009

Sephora Moroccan Sunrise Palette Review and Swatches

Ahh Sephora, you cheeky little monkey, it delights me endlessly when you shock and surprise me. We gently touched on the subject of Sephora's Spring Collection entitled Moroccan Sunrise way back when. Please tell me you recall? We were all so awed by the prospect of such a pretty collection put out, no less, by Sephora. Indeed, Sephora sneaks up on occasion and releases little itty bitty items that are awesome.

Awesome would fall on the heals of the Sephora Moroccan Sunrise Palette, perhaps awesome isn't even a suitable adjective to use. Great? Fabulous? Gorgeous perhaps?

Jump for it!

I do feel slight guilty I'm spreading the good cheer about a Spring palette in the Summer but you'll be happy to know 1. the palette is still very available and 2. it's pretty stunning for Summer anyway color wise!

Some of the Sephora Moroccan Collection has since gone on clearance and everyday I head over to peep and see if this palette pops up on sale too, but ado, it's still $32. But it's well spent money in my opinion.

First off, you may have to get pass the idea that although very pretty in design the palette is very cheap. It looks like a heavy gold plated palette but in fact it's cheap plastic so it can easily break if dropped. Also they include a dual ended rubbish brush with it. What they think you're going to do with a brush that's this skinny is beyond me as it can be used, at best, as a liner brush and in no way can apply the shadows enclosed in the compact.

Aside from these rants I must say the shadows inside are absolute gems. Smoldering Summer ready colors with a pigmented, easy to blend formula await you in six shades. Combine and blend together for a sizzling Summer look or wear them alone for several different looks!

The palette includes a fiery orange, a champagne beige, a shimmering coffee brown, a matte nude brown, and a flirty coral pink. All the shades are stunning and quite unique particularly the pink and pretty orange. Five of the shadows have a shimmer finish where as the sixth is matte. In my opinion they did the palette unjust by releasing it as part of the Spring Collection since, for me, it makes a way better Summer release.

My first look I used the champagne beige as a highbrow highlighter and the orange on my lid with a bit of pink coral blended into the crease. For my second loos below I used the champagne beige and coffee brown to contrast.

My camera's flash picks up shimmer in a major way so a better representation of the shadow finish is this last photo!

Overall, the palette is a pure joy and a very nice find from Sephora. I think it's worthy of a pick up if you're looking for an array of tropical, sunny shades this Summer! Muse Approved for purchase.

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Anonymous Jessie said...

Hey Musey!
Its funny that you review this palette now, I just got it as a (quite lovely) gift 2 weeks ago and like you, I was totally surprised by the amazing quality of the shadows! I love to use the 2 neutral shadows for a soft everyday look but I have to admit that I'm still a little scared to use the brighter ones, lol. I'm working on my bravery =)
PS: I've been using Stila's Sun Bronzer because of you- Thanks for making me realize that even I can look sun-kissed!!

July 13, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger SephoraMAC said...

WOW, I really love the colors in this palette.
Thanks for much for the review and swatches. :)
I will definately want to get my hands on this.

July 13, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Im said...

Hi Muse!
I love this palette! When I was hunting for MAC Firespot after reading your rave for it I found this palette instead. Even though the tangerine is not a perfect dupe I find that the whole thing is fantastic in it's own right. And I thought you might be the only one to appreciate this: I FINALLY found a MAC Firespot eyeshadow last week at a CCO!! Yay!

July 14, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi im!

yay awesome. It's not a great dupe but it's not bad right?! :-D I'm glad you got this as it's so pretty.

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!! w00t! That's awesome news hun! It's such a fab shade and so hard to find, nice score babes!

July 14, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

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