Sunday, June 10, 2012

REVIEW -- Sigma Paris Makeup Palette


Hey everyone! Today I'll be reviewing the Sigma Paris Makeup Palette that I received from my friends April and Claire for my birthday! The palette was a collaboration between the company and 7 well-known beauty bloggers/YouTube makeup gurus. It retails for $59, and is available exclusively through the Sigma website

The Paris palette comes housed in a protective sleeve and contains 8 shadows, 3 cheek colors, 2 brushes, a mirror, and an informational booklet about the inspiration for the palette. The shadows offer a wide spectrum of color options, and the cheek colors can be used alone or combined for contouring. The brushes included are an Eye Shading Brush (E55) and a Large Angled Contour Brush (F40).

Inside the palette.

The informational booklet, which showcases each blogger and the inspiration for their shadow.

Closeup of the brushes. Both feature reddish brown handles, holographic lettering, and the "Paris" logo on the opposite side of the handle.
I have been wanting to get my hands on Sigma's legendary brushes for a while, and these two do NOT disappoint! Both are well-made and very soft. They deliver flawless application of my products, and I love that they are themed with the logo of the palette!

Now let's look at the swatches and I'll give you individual descriptions of each color. All swatches will go from L-R as they are displayed in the palette...

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Eiffel was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and created by MakeupbyTiffanyD. It's a gorgeous black shadow infused with multi-colored glitter, which actually does show up on the eye! It adds a wonderful extra dimension to any look.

Seine was inspired by the Seine River. It is a lovely midnight blue shadow that has a subtle blue shimmer infused in it.

Louvre was inspired by the Louvre Museum. Petrilude strove to create a shadow that would compliment the structure. Thus, this almost matte teal shadow was created. If you look VERY closely, you can see sparse flecks of pink and gold glitter scattered throughout, but they do not translate to the eye.

Orsay was inspired by Impressionism art and a famous Van Gogh self-portrait and was created by MacNC40. The turquoise shadow has a strong gold sparkle in it, which shows up amazingly well on the eye. The glitter is prone to a bit of fallout, but nothing that you can't clean up with just a brush.

Elysées was inspired by the famous fashion district the Champs Elysées and created by DulceCandy87. It's a deep reddish-brown burgundy with a copper shimmer. The shimmer doesn't really translate as well to the eye, though.

Notre Dame was inspired by the famous Cathedral of the same name and created by xteeener. It's a lilac-y purple with multi-colored shimmer and stronger, more prominent flecks of gold. This makes a fantastic lid color for days when you need to have an overall neutral look, but still want to wear "colored" shadow.

Triomphe was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe and created by FromHeadtoToe.. and seriously takes the prize for being the coolest shadow in the entire palette. Why? It's a DUOCHROME. Seriously. Look closely at my swatch.. It changes from burgundy to a blue-ish green! 

Versailles was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Versailles and created by xSparkage. The gold shimmer is the perfect highlight color for brows, inner corners, and even the center of your lid!

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The cheek colors in the Paris Palette were specifically chosen to match all skin tones. You can either use one base color and a highlight, or use all three to truly contour your cheeks.

Rouge is a blue-based mauve with the slightest hint of shimmer. As the darkest color, it could be used either on the cheeks as a blush or below the cheekbone to contour.

Pêche is an orange-based true matte peach.

Lumière is a pale pink highlight. It doesn't really have much of a color payoff, but it does illuminate whatever you place it on, which makes it ideal for highlighting and contouring.

FINAL THOUGHTS & VERDICT
If you had to ask me to pick favorites out of this palette, I honestly couldn't do it. I seriously love every last thing about it. It's extremely well made, the shadows and blushes are super pigmented and blendable.. the color selection is amazing, the brushes are outstanding.. I'm just SO in love with this palette!

Even on days when I've used other shadows, I'm still reaching for the Paris Palette to use Versailles and Lumière as my highlights. If you've been thinking about this palette, or debating whether or not you need it.. Trust me, you do! You won't regret the purchase. I think it's worth every bit of the price, and am actually considering ordering myself a backup because I don't want to run out of it... ever!

Final verdict? I'd give this thing TEN stars if I could. Yup. I love it that much. But.. since my rating only goes up to 5 stars, I guess that'll just have to do. :)
RATING: 5.0 out of 5 STARS

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Stay tuned tomorrow! I have an EOTD using some of the Paris Palette shadows to share with you! (Click here to see it!) I'd originally planned on including it in the review, but I feel like this is already long enough and I refuse to hide posts behind a jump.

Hope you've all had a great weekend!

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