Welcome back to my Splurge-worthy series in which I try out high-end products and tell you whether I think they are worth the splurge, or if you should just hold on to that hard-earned cash for another product.
So, here we are in the middle of the heavily anticipated Sephora VIB sale. Now is the perfect time to pick up the more expensive products that you may have wanted to try, but did not want to pay full price for. Since the holiday releases are also out in full effect, it makes it an even better time to grab some high-end limited-edition palettes.
With a regular retail price of $99, the Marc Jacobs Wild One, Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette is one of the most expensive holiday palettes at Sephora. Curious if you should snag it at 20% off while you have the chance? Keep reading for my full review.
The palette consists of 20 Eye-Conic shadows with varying finishes. You get 8 mattes, 9 shimmer and 3 glitter shades. Check out the swatches below.
There are three things that I consider when looking at high-end palettes (really any palette): formula, color selection, and usability/versatility (meaning how much I can use this). So, that is the criteria I will use to rate this.
Swatching these shadows in-store is really what sold me on them. The formula is incredibly soft and smooth. The pigment is bright, but highly blendable. Even the glitter shades (called lamé texture on the packaging) don’t feel harsh and gritty, and just glide on.
- Color Selection
This palette has a very pretty range of shades and textures. There are some pretty neutrals that can work at transition shades for multiple skin tones. The shimmers are gorgeous and include an amazing color-shifting one called Chameleon (appropriately named). There are two true glitter shades a pretty pink with a tangerine reflect- Hen Party, and an icy silver- Funny Bunny. The third glittery shade is not a lame texture like the other two, but it is a smooth black matte with silver glitter flecks throughout. I cannot recall any other palette that has this kind of combination of colors. It is a bit random—brick red, forest green, shimmery purple, tan, glitter pink, etc.—but I like it. It feels like it could be a collection of smaller more focused palettes all put together in one… which is not necessarily a bad thing.
As I said in the “Color Selection” section, this palette seems like multiple palettes in one. In my mind, that is perfect for a holiday palette. You can do such a wide variety of looks and aren’t limited to just one theme such as in almost every other palette such as one dedicated to warm tones or neutrals or just shimmers. It does not need a companion palette to create a complete, cohesive look. In fact, I have been able to make several different looks using this palette exclusively, making this an ideal palette to take when traveling. It even has a nice-sized mirror that is super clear and makes it even more convenient to use away from home.
I definitely think that this palette is Splurge-worthy. It passes all of my rating criteria, and the only negative is that you really have to make sure to tap the excess color off of your brush or you’ll have a ton of fall-out. While, yes, this is one of THE MOST EXPENSIVE of the holiday, limited-edition palettes at Sephora, it is also the most versatile. The formula is great. the shadows are easy to work with… I really can’t think of a single good reason not to like it. So, if you were on the fence about this one, go ahead and jump off on the side of purchasing it. I think it is absolutely worth the money, and since now is the time to get it for 20% off it is an even better buy.
That concludes another edition of my Splurge-worthy series. I hope my review helped you guys get a little closer to deciding whether this product is worth those hard-earned bucks.Come back this Friday for my guide for shopping the Sephora VIB sale–tips from a VIB Rouge member.♥
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I purchased this palette myself (at full-price too- lol).