The Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette originally launched in September 2013 and it was a hugely popular launch but it was limited edition so many beauty lovers were gutted when the palette was discontinued. So it was super exciting news when Sigma announced that they were going to relaunch the palette due to popular demand and it’s officially now available at Beauty Chamber right now. The palette originally launched alongside a trio of powder blushes with a macaron theme but this time around they’re relaunched palette with reformulated powders as well as four new liquid lipsticks in vivid shades and are £12 each and available here.
The palette is £31.50 and contains sixteen matte beauty powders and the palette isn’t called an “eyeshadow palette” as four of the shades are noted as being “not recommended for the eye area” by Sigma which was worrying at first but Urban Decay had the same kind of warnings with their Electric Palette which contain very vibrant shades. The packaging has definitely been revamped and now has a gorgeous water marble design with gold foil writing. Each of the sixteen powders contain 0.73g of product in circular pans with a large square mirror within the lid of the magnetised cardboard packaging, and the magnet is pretty strong for a cardboard palette.
I didn’t have the original Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette so I don’t have the shades to compare in the original palette but from what I’ve seen online, the shades are identical as are the names. I’m not going to pretend I’m a massive fan of colourful eyeshadow but I knew I had to have this palette as I figured I could use it alongside my neutral palettes for when I want a pop of colour. If you love using brightly coloured shadow within your makeup looks, this palette is a real must-have as it contains every shade you could possibly want and their muted tones make them considerably more wearable than bold neons.
“Achieve a couture-color splash with 16 pigments, in a smooth, blendable formula you’ll adore. Truly the crème de la crème, each Sigma-exclusive shade is a matte dream with extreme, long-lasting color payoff. These hues can be used all-over the face and with such a bold color palette you become an artist with endless possibilities. “
The shades included within the Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette according to Sigma are as follows;
- Redberry Rose: Brilliant, true hot pink
- Apricot Flower: Perfectly-warm, mod peach
- Passion Fruit: Crisp, neutral pink
- Cherry Blossom: Cool, bold pastel pink
- Meyer Lemon: Zesty, buttery yellow
- Ginger Pumpkin: Muted-orange spice
- Café au Lait: Classic, warm coffee brown
- Blueberry Cream: Nearly-neon, pastel sky blue
- Violet Whip: Milky, cool lavender
- Lavender Honey: Pink-violet pop
- Cassis: Striking, royal purple
- Elderberry: Deep, smokey purple
- Blue Chocolat: Pale, calming aqua
- Almond Pear: Captivating, sea green
- Crème de Menthe: Slightly-grey, blue green
- Citron Pistachio: Vivid, citrus green
As you can see from the swatches above, the pigmentation and colour payoff is fantastic especially for colours as bright and vivid as these. Brightly coloured mattes tend to be quite chalky or dry but I find these to be the complete opposite with very little kick-up within the pans which is so rare for matte shadows. All of the swatches are from my fingertips swirling around each pan three times and just one swipe of my fingertip across the skin with absolutely no primer or base whatsoever – just look how pigmented and vibrant they all are. There’s only one shade which is slightly below par compared to the others and that is Elderberry which is still pigmented but it does need to be built up a little but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for such a deep, dark purple shade.
My favourite row is definitely the third row as purple is my favourite colour and my least favourite would have to be the fourth green centric row as I’m not very daring with greens and tend to stick to khaki and that’s it. This palette is such a good way to experiment with colour and although I wouldn’t use this palette to create a complete colourful makeup look, there are a good few neutral shades which work wonderfully alongside the brights. If you want to see a tutorial using this palette, I’d recommend checking out this video by XSparkage as she loves colour and you’ll be able to see how vibrant and amazing they are on the skin.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the Sigma Creme de Couture Pressed Color Palette? Do you like to experiment with colour?