The Sephora Semi-Annual Sale came along, and I quite simply could not resist. I purchased the Biba palette online for $162CAD. I will wait while you get up off the floor. Yes, it is most amazingly, ridiculously expensive. But, wait. This palette is one of the best deals currently on the market. Hear me out, and let’s do the math.
The Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette, which I love and adore beyond all reason retails at Sephora for $85CAD and provides 19.7g/0.69oz of product.
19.7g(of product)/ 18 pans of shadow = 1.09 grams per pan of shadow
Natasha Denona Biba Palette retails for $162 and provides a whopping 37.5g/1.2oz of product.
37.5g(of product)/15 pans of shadow = 2.5 grams per pan of shadow.
That is 1.41grams more product per pan of shadow and overall 17.8 grams more product. Wait, it gets better:
Huda Beauty: $85/19.7g =4.32 per gram of shadow
Natasha Denona: $162/37.5 = 4.32 per gram of shadow
Apples to apples, you are getting an amazing deal. Fewer shadows, but more product. Now I managed to get the palette on sale, so my cost per pan was $3.65. That blows any other deal on the market out of the water.
OK, everyone takes a deep breath? Good, this is how I justified the purchased to myself. (I also explained my Pat McGrath palette this way) I had to order this palette online and wait with shipping delays to receive the product. It was so insane, to receive the product 10 minutes before leaving for work. I had time to pull out the palette and take a photo. But, I didn’t get to open it.
The packaging is basic plastic. I love it. Easy to keep clean. It is weighty in feel and beautiful in its simplistic nature. When you open the palette, you are treated to a huge mirror and 15 pans of shadow with the names printed underneath each shadow. This is a stunning palette. It has beautiful large pans and unique colors that I literally have seen close but not exact dupes for. If you have a nude palette, you may not need this one. It doesn’t mean you won’t want it. It also doesn’t mean that you don’t need it.
My palette arrived missing a shadow as you can see in the picture above. I was completely heartbroken. Sephora has offered to exchange the palette for me at no cost, and I super appreciate the quick response and effort put forth by Sephora to address my concerns. Sephora is fantastic, phenomenal and the customer service is second to none. I was heartbroken for two reasons: #1 because I ordered the wrong palette, and #2 because my palette was missing a shadow.
After opening it up and getting over the shock and contacting Sephora and freaking out on Twitter, I decided to investigate the palette a bit further. I should say straight up front that this defective palette is being returned to Sephora and exchanged for one that isn’t defective. So, I can only speak to the shadows that I had in front of me. Minus the shadow SEED.
The fourteen shades that I did receive are absolutely stunning and buttery soft.
Rustic: A beautiful brown bronze shade, this is glittery and buttery and just amazing. I looked throughout my collection, and I couldn’t find anything that quite had the same sparkle and appeal.
Prairie: In person, this shade is darker, it is closer to a deep pumpkin shade. Matte, beautiful. This shade is very light, you definitely need to work with it to build it up. Think sheer coverage.
Coco: A warm-toned brown matte shade, it is literally exactly the shade of cocoa powder. Yes, I smelled it. No, none of the shades has any scent.
Freckle: I would call this a brownish-nude. It is STUNNING. A matte shade that is super pigmented.
Shine: A golden metallic shade that is, so breathtaking. It applies beautifully with a dry brush, builds quickly and is phenomenal.
Pasha: A deep matte red shade. Truly wonderful
Monroe: This is one of the shades that will make you drop everything and buy this palette at any price. Single-handedly, this shade is perfect. It is a soft champagne shimmer. It is subtle but striking.
Rayon: A deep matte red. Stunning. In the pan, it looks close to Pasha but is different and deeper.
Buff: Very, very close to the shade Tone. In the pan, they are VERY close to each other. Not just in a physical location, but in every aspect. When applied to the lid, this shade is lighter and brighter than Tone. Light matte terra cotta shade.
Tone: Slightly darker clay color than Buff. It applies much darker to the eye. Beautiful terra cotta matte shade.
Tor: A deep grey cream to powder formula. This looks stunning both in the pan and on the eye.
Sculpture: A basic sheer matte grey.
Spot: This is the best reason to buy this palette. It is a cream to powder formula the eliminates fallout. Run don’t walk and buy this. Perfection, thy name is SPOT.
Tusk: An essential matte cream shade.
Buy it. Don’t think about it. Just buy it. This is a case where you will be quite pleased with all of the shades but, in particular, Spot and Monroe. The value for the dollar is excellent, the formula is unique. The packaging is spectacular, and the shadows in this palette that are cream to powder are truly phenomenal.
As described on the Sephora website:
What it is: A must-have, multiuse, 15-pan palette with the most essential colors.
Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. This product is also cruelty-free.
What Else You Need to Know: Biba features 15 brand-new shades of Natasha Denona’s signature formulas. It includes neutral, warm, and cool tones, from light to dark, in different textures. This eyeshadow palette is very user-friendly, and covers a shade range that varies from mauves, burgundies, and browns to warm greys and black.
This Palette Contains:
– 15 x 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Eyeshadows in Rustic (metallic copper), Prairie (matte camel), Coco (matte dark burgundy), Freckle (matte antique nude), Shine (metallic champagne), Pasha (matte red), Monroe (metallic pink champagne), Rayon (matte medium burgundy), Buff (matte antique pink), Tone (matte clay), Seed (matte dark chocolate), Tor (matte dark grey brown), Sculpture (matte light grey), Spot (matte dark black), Tusk (matte light beige)
Sculpture, Tusk, Prairie, Pasha, Coco:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain: (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).
Freckle, Seed, Buff:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain: (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).
Rustic, Shine, Monroe:
Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alumina, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).
Spot, Tor, Tone, Rayon:
Dimethicone, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isododecane, PTFE, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).
You may wish to give this product a pass if:
- You are avoiding Dimethicone
- You are sensitive to Talc
- You are looking for a Vegan product
- You are concerned over the Mica sourcing
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