Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette Review

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette

I acquired the Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette in an outdoor shopping center while in Hawaii! Even though we have Sephora back home in Canada I couldn’t resist going in.

This cost me $32 US when I bought it, and I have noticed that the Canadian website has it now listed as $35 CAD, so it must have gone down in price now that it’s not brand new (I guess, who knows how prices are determined).
ANYWAYS. This is currently my everyday palette. I often find that palettes with darker shades don’t go well with my complexion because I am quite pale (especially in the winter), so I was happy to find something light yet versatile. There is also an Overcast Filter version of the Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette. I really want to try the overcast palette as well when finances allow. The idea behind the palette is to create looks inspired by photo editing techniques. I’m not much of a photographer to be honest, so take that as you will.

The colors included in the Sunbleached filter palette are Secret Boudoir, walking in the sand, Swell, #tbt, Selfie, Latergram, Whitewashed, Sandy Toes, Desert Rose, and Swan song.

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette

I really do love this palette, but there are a few shades that I am at odds with, the first being Swan Song. I just don’t have a use for it. It’s a little bit too bright against my skin tone. Not everyone has the same skin tone of course, so it’s not an issue with the makeup itself, it just doesn’t work for me. Moving on to Whitewashed. The formula really doesn’t spread well on my brushes, I really have to rub the brush to get any of it out and as a result I don’t use it much.

Secret Boudoir is a lovely neutral shade which makes a great base for other shadows. This is a regular Sephora Shade, not a Sun bleached filter exclusive. Walking in the sand Is a light orangey shade which is fairly subtle.

I was at odds with Swell at first, it took a while to warm up to it. It works great to add some definition to the crease of the eye and blends well with the lighter shades.

#tbt Is my first real love in this palette. I use it as a liner with a wet angled liner brush and it looks great. I’m really starting to love using brown shadow as an eyeliner. I used to be all about straight black eyeliner, but now I’m finding using eyeshadow actually takes the harshness out of lining the eye, making the look a lot softer. Selfie Is my second love. I’ve been watching and Sephora has been bringing some of the “exclusive” shades in this palette into their regular collection of eyeshadow singles (at least online), and I really really hope this one makes it there too. I would buy eight of them. Seriously. I also apply this as a top liner with a wet brush, or in the crease. The formula for this shade is smooth and applies with no problems.

Lattergram has a bit of sparkle to it, and applies as an orangy pink. It’s one of the more prominent shades inspiring this palette and is shown on this makeup outline from the Sephora product page.
Sephora Sunbleached Filter Eyeshadow Palette

Sandy Toes Is a gorgeous deeper shade of pink. Desert Rose already exists as a sephora shade in their main collection as a soft pink.

Over all I think the Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette is pretty good for a beginner. It gives you a bit more colour to work with than a neutral palette, and some darker shades that can be used for evening. I do wish the shades had a bit more lasting power, but a primer extends their use quite a bit. Still, I usually need to reapply or touch up my makeup my the time I’m off work for the day. As a bonus. I love that it has a mirror!

I’m a little late with these, but here are some swatches. They are more prominent than in the pictures. My digital camera isn’t exactly cooperative sometimes. From top to bottom:
Whitewashed (its hardly visible. A reason I don’t like this shade), Secret Boudoir, Swan Song, Waking in the sand, Swell, #tbt, Selfie, Lattergram, Sandy Toes, and Desert Rose. The darker colors definitely stand out more.

My Rating: 4/5
Favourite Shade: Selfie.
Least Favourite: Swan Song

Did you pick up the Sunbleached Filter Palette?



  1. Bloomify
    February 2, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    This palette looks very pretty!

  2. February 2, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Love the colors. Very everyday wear like. Are they pigmented? My problem with Sephora eyeshadows is that they tend to be either too chalky, or not pigmented enough.

    • February 2, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      It’s a bit of hit and miss, I get a lot of pigment out of Latergram, sandy toes, selfie, and tbt, the other ones not as much. I’ll upload some swatches later!

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