Julep Neutral Sweep Eyeshadow Palette Review+Swatches

 Julep's Sweep Palette features "five highly pigmented, long wearing shades with lid smoothing and reparative benefits. These gorgeous, long wearing eyeshadow blend effortlessly for a variety of stunning eye looks. The lid smoothing, reparative formula pairs revolutionary anti-aging ingredients (including Julep's proprietary Powder Cell Complex) with premium pigments to create five universally flattering shades." The Sweep Palette contains five eyeshadows, each is just .6 grams. This palette retails for $24, but it is now also available in Julep's 3pc The Eyes Have It Kit, which retails for $40. Julep's products are not tested on animals. This paraben free eyeshadow palette was mde in the USA. Julep products are available through the brand's website, at the four Julep Nail Parlors located in Washington State, and in a limited selection at Sephora. Julep also offers a monthly subscription service for $20/month.

 Julep's Sweep Palette came in a lovely black box. The silver and white lettering look particularly appealing. A description and full ingredient list can be found on the back of the box. The Sweep Palette has very simple packaging. A small, black cardboard palette with a magnetic closure. Measuring in at 4" long and 2" tall, the Sweep Palette is practically pocket sized. The shade names are printed on the back of the palette in reversed order. Opening the palette reveals a small, decent quality mirror and five small, square pans of eyeshadow.
 The overall quality of Julep's Sweep eyeshadows is good but nothing special. All five eyeshadows are very soft and powdery. These shadows cause more excess powder kick up than I've ever experienced before. That being said, three of the shades don't cause any fallout. The two darker shades, on the other hand, are fallout city. All five shadows are well pigmented. Blendability is excellent, actually. Julep's Sweep eyeshadows are a dream to work with. When it comes to wear I've had variable experiences. Most days I get excellent wear, no fading or creasing to speak of. However, Julep's eyeshadows don't hold up well in hot, humid conditions no matter what primer or base is used. I'd like to touch briefly on Julep's claims that this eyeshadow formula is anti-aging by saying "lol no.".
 Tiramisu is described as a "nude satin." To me, Tiramisu is a slightly yellowy peach eyeshadow with a lovely demi-matte finish. Tiramisu is great for blending out the other shades in this palette. I feel like this shade could also be a nice under brow highlighter for skin tones a bit darker than me.
 Glow is a "golden shimmer". To me, Glow is a tan based gold with a shimmery finish. Glow has the best formula in the Sweep palette, and by that I mean its least powdery. I'm also particularly partial to the color. I love this shadow all over the lid.
 Dusk is a "mauve satin" in Julep's eyes, but honestly I don't see the mauve at all. In the pan, Dusk does have a vague hint of mauve, but it doesn't transfer onto the skin. One the skin, I see Dusk as a mid toned, cool brown with a pretty satin finish. Dusk is actually pretty much the same color as Ovaltine powder.
 Toffee is described as a "bronze shimmer". This eyeshadow isn't the color of toffee at all! However, Julep's description is apt. Toffee is a mid toned bronze with fine gold shimmer. Toffee is the least pigmented shadow in the Sweep palette.
 Cocoa is a "chocolate brown with golden shimmer". In the pan Cocoa looks reddish based, and it shows it's red undertone when blended out. However, when applies in a concentrated manner, Cocoa has a grey tone to it, so for that reason I don't feel like its a true chocolate brown. Regardless, Cocoa is a rich deep brown with small flecks of gold glitter flecks dispersed through it.
Julep's Neutral Sweep Palette is decent,. The five shadows are all basic, easily dupeable, but they come together to create some pretty looks. These eyeshadows are just so powdery! My real problem with Julep's Sweep Palette is the size. Each eyeshadow is only .2 oz/.6 g. That's very small; the average eyeshadow is about three times larger - THREE TIMES LARGER. This isn't the first time Julep has prices that are kinda exorbitant for products that are essentially sample sized. (See my Julep Lipstick Review). For that reason alone I do not recommend Julep's Neutral Sweep Palette. You're better off spending just a few dollars more on Urban Decay's Naked Basics, or picking up similarly colored drugstore singles. 

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Polymethylsisequioxane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Silica, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspoylmer, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Calcium Silicate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Dog Rose Oil, Coffee Seed Oil, Hibiscus Extract, Trimyrstin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Squalane, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide

May Contain:
Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Blue 1, Annatto, Caramel, Carotene, Bismuth Oxychloride, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Red 40, Green 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine, Manganese Violet

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  1. love the swatches! I have so many basic/neutral palettes, that I don't really need a new one! Especially if they are so powdery and don't stand up to humid weather (aka NORTH CAROLINA!)

    Great review though! I didn't even know Julep made eyeshadows!


    1. We have some pretty humid summers in Pittsburgh too, so I won't be getting much use out of these shadows soon. These were Julep's first eyeshadows, they're coming out with cream shadows next month though.

  2. I really like the eye swatches you do! It's a nice way to see how the colors looks :)

    1. Thanks! They're a bit of effort, so I really appreciate that you like them!