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shade play

artistic eye color palette


inspired by the girl who loves to decorate her eyes with color and shimmer.

create the perfect look with creamy, high pigment colors that blend like a dream.



sahara nudes

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shade play in color sahara nudes

experiment, play and create

what girl doesn’t like to play with color? these eye palettes were made for you to experiment, play, and create your own personal look. try the colors alone or wear them all. don’t forget to have fun!

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


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love it, kinda

Jun 20, 2015

  • shanghai lavenders

i think these are super cute and i would buy one, but you can't pop them out which is a real favorite is the shanghai lavenders.i recently bought a life palette which i love popping them out. also even though it's in the small size i would want to have a big palette with the big shadows or any of the colors.

Perfect for a high school student

Mar 18, 2015

  • seoul sweets

I only got into wearing eyeshadow to school about 3 years ago. I love bright colors but I also love natural colors. With my ruby red dyed hair and dark brown eyes, it's hard to make something else other than that stand out. But this palette makes my eyes look amazing. It's like a wash of color. I think it's perfect for a high school student because high school make up is like a big test for the real world make up. Finding what shades work and don't work. This palette works for me!!!!!

Pretty awesome palette

Mar 10, 2015

  • shanghai lavenders

I liked this eyeshadow palette. I received it on Christmas because I saw it in Michelle's Spanish Rose makeup tutorial and I really liked the way it looked on her. The colors aren't AS vibrant when I apply it so I might have to apply more or apply it differently, and although it is kind of subtle, it still looks very nice and it lasts for most of the day (though it does fade a bit) but still maybe use a primer before applying. The texture is very soft and smooth which I like and the packaging is also very nice. I'm not sure why people complain on the packaging because in my opinion, it is very sleek and well put together. The color combination is very nice and complements my skin tone nicely. If you'd prefer a non-shimmery eyeshadow palette, I'd recommend Madagascar Taupes, Sahara Nudes, or Casablanca Neutrals. Hoping to get Montego Bay Teals for my birthday since teal is my favorite color, so maybe you will find a review for that as well :)

i just uhh

Feb 11, 2015

  • new york city smokeys

this was my first ever makeup product and i just love i thought it would be like broken but it came perfect and the packaging goodness it is perfect i just love it michelle warning i might get 4-9 backpacks more

My Go-to Night Out Palette

Feb 8, 2015

  • london greys

This is one of the best palettes I own, along with Montego Bay Teals and Dublin Khakis. These shades are beautiful and are super easy to apply and blend. As someone who will be attending a lot of events this year with school, the air force and just general going out with friends, these colours go great with my royal blue formal gown and my peachy-nude bodycon for nights out. Thank you Michelle and em, and I look forward to trying out a life palette soon!

Cute Colors.

Feb 6, 2015

  • sahara nudes

I received Sahara Nudes for Christmas. Overall, I thought the colors were very nice. The darker colors showed up very well, but the lighter colors were not as great. I WOULD NOT use these eye shadows if you have oily lids. It will not stay on. I had that problem even if I used a primer.

the everywhere go to shadows.

Jan 12, 2015

  • casablanca neutrals

The Casablanca neutrals palette is amazing with its easy design I get my makeup done in 10 minutes. I love the pigment.

beautiful colors!

Dec 23, 2014

  • tokyo plums

This is an awesome eye shadow palette. You really can get a number of versatile looks. Without a primer, the colors will not show up nearly as well, but I've used the Em eye primer and found the shadow lasts throughout a long work day with only a little fading. Although the photos and swatches on the website are very helpful, I'd love to see Michelle do a quick tutorial on each of the shade play eye color palettes!

gorgeous colors

Dec 18, 2014

  • amalfi coast aquas

These colors are SO gorgeous. They're vibrant and can give you a range of looks. I love using this palette because it gives you a natural look with brown shades, but gives you an edgy blue liner. The versatility with the palettes are great. The only problem is that you HAVE to have eye primer for the colors to stay, and last. Otherwise, the colors smudge and fade. Overall, it's a fantastic product, and I use it nearly every day!

NIce product

Dec 18, 2014

  • casablanca neutrals

I received this as a gift and highly recommend this product. The eyeshadow pallete is very adorable and sleek. It was designed well and fits in my hand nicely. The colors are very nice and neutral, and it would look good on everyone. However, it was not as pigmented as I thought it would be, I was a little let down. But, it serves useful because I use it to contour from time to time and it works well too! A large downfall however was the brushes. I felt that they were very cheap and normally don't like it when there are brushes inside a pallete because it always falls out when you open the case. It would do great if people could buy it in stores and not just online. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed this palette and am glad that I had received it.

nice textures, gorgeous shades

Dec 15, 2014

  • shanghai lavenders

I got this as a Christmas gift along with other em products (eyeliner, chiaroscuro, lipsticks, brow pencil) and this is my most favorite item out of all, lipsticks are second. They are very pigmented and easy to blend. I love the duochrome in that middle shade. However, there are no matte shades in this palette. I don't have a problem with that because although they're all shimmery shades, I find the pretty subtle on the eyes. But I guess it could be a problem to people who would like a few matte shades in their palette. As far as longevity goes, it does last all day for me. I always use a good eyeshadow primer though. The packaging is not as bad as I thought since I've heard many negative comments about it. It may look like a drugstore product but definitely feels like a high end one. I have purchased many drugstore eyeshadows palette in the past and I can clearly tell the difference between the two.

very nice textures, beautiful shades!

Dec 13, 2014

  • shanghai lavenders

I got this as a Christmas gift along with a few other em products (eyeliner, chiaroscuro, lipsticks, brow pencil) and this is the item I love the most, lipsticks are second. These shades are beautiful, I love the duochrome in that middle shade. They are very easy to blend. The color payoff is very good. However, there are no matte shades in this. I don't have a problem with that because although they are all shimmery shades, I find them pretty subtle. But I guess it could be a concern for people who would like a few matte shades in their palette. As far as longevity goes, it does last all day for me. I always use an eyeshadow primer though. I do like the packaging myself. It may look like a drugstore product but it definitely feel like a high end one. I have purchased many eyeshadows from the drugstores before and I can tell the difference between their qualities.

loved this!!!

Dec 7, 2014

  • sahara nudes

I got this palette for Christmas and I always use it. all the colours are flat with no shimmer. very good for makeup beginners as the colours produce a natural look every time. very good overall

the only shadows I will buy again

Nov 6, 2014

  • madagascar taupes

I can tell em cosmetics put a lot of thought into this one. I like how simple each compact is and each color is marked on how they are supposed to be used (like line, contour, highlight etc...) The colors are gorgeous and are very true to what is on the website. I only gave it a four star because without eye primer it doesn't stay for more then three hours. I will be buying more colors!


Jul 16, 2014

  • shanghai lavenders

I love eyeshadows but sometimes they can fade out and by the end of the day it looks like i didn't even wear any eyeshadows or it will fade out and give me raccoon eyes. This palette is amazing for staying all day long and it it super easy to blend. They don't fade out and at the end of the day it stays as if i just applied it a few hours ago. Totally recommend this product if you want makeup that doesn't budge.

I'm in love!!

Apr 20, 2014

  • seoul sweets

I absolutely love these eyeshadow colors! I bought Seoul Sweets and love the different combinations I can make with the few colors it comes with. These colors last ALL DAY LONG! I thought I wasn't going to like the liner that came with the pallet, but it also stays on all day. I love that it comes with a stiff angle brush because it makes it so much easier to apply the liner with a stiff brush (I personally tested this with a soft angle brush). Overall, I love this product and will definitely buy it again!

montego bay teals

Feb 22, 2014

  • montego bay teals

These are not colors I would normally choose to wear but I thought I would take a chance and give this collection a try. I was very surprised at how much I loved the colors and how flattering they were on me. Great colors for spring!

Versatility in the palm of my hand

Feb 9, 2014

  • seoul sweets

I have been using loose powdered shadows for the past 2 years and wanted to try something new. I love that this color palette is easy to use – and all right there in the palm of my hand. The color selection is beautiful and reminds me of the popularized “Naked” or “Nude” palettes available from other makeup companies. I was surprised that this color palette was matte, but then looking back, I could see how the company differentiates shimmer/matte colors and it was my error. The pigments are wonderful and buildable. More application means brighter, bold color. I will definitely get another palette from em!


Jan 30, 2014

  • sahara nudes

So, I recently bought this eyeshadow palette, and I was SO EXCITED. I have so many em products but this one was always on my wishlist, so I finally splurged and bought it. It is a bit expensive. The packaging is pretty cute. The texture is so nice and creamy. The colors are buildable and smudge-proof, while still letting you blend. However, the two main colors did not show up on my skin; not because of pigmentation, but my skin tone! It completely blended in! I considered keeping it and using the main shade as a powder. I'm probably going to exchange it though, because I love everything about this palette, it was just my stupid decision that ruined the experience. :(


Jan 28, 2014

  • london greys

I love the colors in this palette! I really love the bronze copper color and the dark indigo blue. You can create many looks with the palettes. It's so pigmented and the colors stay is really nice.