Eye Palettes in Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit

today, i’m going to give an in-depth look at the eye palettes included in the Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit.  there are 3 palettes named after the factions in the books: abnegation, erudite and dauntless.  each palette comes with 4 shades and 1 transformer shade.  what is a transformer shade you ask? basically a glitter shade for you to mix with the other colors for a different effect.  since tris, the heroine, was born into abnegation, let’s start with that.

Abnegation Eye Palette

Abnegation Eye Palette


L to R: Altruistic Almond, Golden Honesty, Intrepid Moss, Bold Expresso, Transform

L to R: Altruistic Almond, Golden Honesty, Intrepid Moss, Bold Expresso, Transform


Golden Honesty, Intrepid Moss and Bold Expresso. Moss and Transformer on lower lash line

Golden Honesty, Intrepid Moss and Bold Expresso. Intrepid Moss and Transformer on lower lash line

The four regular shades in this palette are all nicely pigmented, goes on smoothly, and blends out well.  Altruistic Almond is a matte, skin-toned beige.  use this color as a highlight under your brows or over your entire eye to establish an even base for the other colors.  it’s slightly darker than Urban Decay’s Foxy.  Urban Decay’s Habit is very similar in shade but pinker in tone.  Golden Honesty is a very pale yellow gold.  i used it as an inner corner highlight in my look, but it’d make for a really good lid color too.  i really love how it brightens the eyes.  Intrepid Moss is a shimmery, muted olive green.  it’s a great medium shade that you can do a lot of different things with.  here i’ve used to to transition between Golden Honesty and Bold Expresso.  another idea would be to pair it with Dauntless Ink in the Dauntless Eye Palette to create a smokier night look. Bold Expresso is a dark matte brown.  this is a nice basic dark color that plays nicely with the Abnegation and Erudite Palettes.  blend it out for a day time look, like i’ve done, or build it up to your heart’s content.  the glitter shade in this palette is Transform.  it’s the worst out of the 3 transformer shades but, by no means, a complete dud.  it looks silver in the pan but is really more like a clear coat with silver particles.  i used it on top of Intrepid Moss on the lower lash line, and you can see it just adds a little bit more glitter to the look.  there wasn’t really much fall-out when used with my Sigma E20S (improved short shader) even when i brushed it on instead of patting it on.

i love the colors of the Erudite Palette, but i have a major gripe with the names.  the erudite faction wore blue and valued intelligence and knowledge.  they studied, experimented, and engineered.  do the colors or names in the palette reflect that?  not to me!  if i had to choose, i would have named this palette amity.

Erudite Eye Palette

Erudite Eye Palette

L to R: Choose, Humble Sheen, Peaceful Shimmer, Radiant Initation, Burnt Mahogany.

L to R: Choose, Humble Sheen, Peaceful Shimmer, Radiant Initation, Burnt Mahogany.

Humble Sheen, Peaceful Shimmer, Burnt Mahogany. Choose on inner corner Peaceful Shimmer on lower lash line

Humble Sheen, Peaceful Shimmer, Burnt Mahogany. Choose on inner corner
Peaceful Shimmer on lower lash line

Choose, the transformer glitter shade for this palette, is a sheer pink glitter.  it’s not pigmented on its own but will give a pink tint to what it’s on top of.  it’s less patchy than Transform.  there’s also no fall-out issue, if you use a light hand, even if you brush instead of press on the glitter.  i was pretty impressed by this.  Humble Sheen is a shimmery vanilla beige. Peaceful Shimmer, the transition color you see in the middle, is a shimmery peach.  Urban Decay Chopper is quite similar but Peaceful Shimmer has a little bit more peach and a tinge of pink to it.  it’s a beautiful color that causes me to reach for this palette often.  Burnt Mahogany is a rich, red, shimmery brown.  it’s very pigmented and easily blended out.  it’s a very satisfying color and my second favorite of all the eye colors in this collection.  all three of the colors that i mentioned above are buttery in texture, rich in pigment, and easy to work with.  in fact, i feel these 3 shades are just a tiny bit better in quality than all the rest of the eye shadows in the collection. Radiant Initiation, however, is slightly less pigmented.  it only takes a couple of extra passes though so no huge complaints here.  Radiant Initiation is a pale taupe with a light sheen. use it for an every day nude look, or use it to help blend out the dark edges of your smokey looks.  i’ve used it for a nude look below.

Humble Sheen in inner corner, Radiant Initiation, Abnegation Stone

Humble Sheen in inner corner, Radiant Initiation, Abnegation Stone

Dauntless, the faction tris moves to, is the last of the eye palettes.  this is a very dark, smokey palette where even the transformer glitter shade is pigmented.

Dauntless Eye Palette

Dauntless Eye Palette

Erudite Sapphire with Dauntless Ink. Serene Vanilla with Transform on top. Transform dabbed in center. Diverge on lower lash line

Erudite Sapphire with Dauntless Ink. Serene Vanilla with Transform on top. Transform dabbed in center.
Diverge on lower lash line

i did an arm swatch of this palette too, but all of them came out so inaccurate i decided not to post them.  Serene Vanilla is a light creme with slight sheen,  i prefer to keep it on the inner corners or on my lid but you can also use it to highlight under your brow. it’s buttery texture makes it easy to apply.  Erudite Sapphire is a deep smoky midnight blue with a slight sheen.  unless you’re really packing it on or using a base under it, it’s going to look a little darker than it looks in the pan.  Dauntless Ink is a matte black.  it’s not quite as pigmented as Urban Decay’s Blackout, but it’s still quite pigmented.  it’s more pigmented than the black in my Smashbox eye shadow trio in Twilight and my Bobby Brown Day To Night palette in Caviar.  Erudite Sapphire and Dauntless Ink are both easy to work with although not as buttery as some of the other eye shadows. Diverge is this palette’s transformer glitter and is a sparkly, smokey olive green.  it has some pigment on its own, but i still prefer to layer it on top of another color or else do a couple of extra passes.  in the look above, Diverge is on its own in the first third of my lower lashline and on top of Dauntless Ink on the rest.  i have a small obsession with green so this is my favorite transformer shade.  again, there was minimal fall-out even when brushed on.

Abnegation with Dauntless Ink in outer corner.  Humble Sheen on top.

Abnegation Stone with Dauntless Ink in outer corner. Humble Sheen on top.

Abnegation Stone is a shimmery medium taupe that’s buildable to dark.  it’s more buttery in texture than Erudite Sapphire and Dauntless Ink.  the shimmer gives it nice dimension and interest, making it my favorite of this palette.

i really enjoyed most of the colors in this collection.  though, i wish it had come out during winter season instead of now, when i’m tired of smokey looks and nudes and ready for bright colors.  as i’ve said before, i think the collection has great value.  there aren’t really any duds that i would avoid.  just a couple that take a little extra work.  the lip glosses are probably the most disappointing part of the collection.  they don’t really do anything besides moisturize my lips; though, they are good at doing that!  this collection has really changed my mind about the quality of Sephora’s eyeshadows, and i’d definitely encourage you to pick it up if you like the colors and can find it in stock.

Readers, what do you think of this collection? did you enjoy the looks? leave a comment down below!

Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit by Divergent Cosmetics Overview

at first i wasn’t very interested in this, but since my boyfriend is a divergent fan, i forwarded the link for him to look at when i got notified of this by Sephora.  “you should totally get it and review it on your blog!” he replied excitedly.  i wasn’t convinced at first, but as i mulled it over slowly, the idea took hold.  it did seem kind of symbolic in a way, drawing a nice parallel to my life.  like the heroine of the novel, i too, am embarking on a new journey trying to discover different facets of myself while fighting off my insecurities (when do we get to grow out of that?!). ok, that’s enough about me!  onto the makeup! i’m going to break this up into an overview of contents plus an in depth look at the Divergent Cheek palette and lip glosses.  stay tuned for the eyeshadow palettes!


The Collector’s Kit comes very nicely in an outer box with a magnetic snap.  even if you haven’t read the books and don’t understand the significance of the ferris wheel, it’s still makes for a pleasing image.

SAMSUNG CSCopen the box and you find an exciting amount of makeup for $59.50.  there are 3 palettes of eye shadows with a total of 15 shades, 1 cheek palette with 2 blushes, a highlight and a bronzer, 4 lip glosses, and a double-ended angled cheek brush and pointed blending eye brush. just as a brief point of comparison, there’s slightly more eye shadow in these palettes than Urban Decay’s Naked 3.  3 double-sided look cards are tucked into a pocket on the back of top lid.

SAMSUNG CSCclearly all the effort in packaging and design went into the box and palettes.  i haven’t recreated the suggested looks, but my gripe is with how the colors in the look cards are represented.  you can’t tell from a casual look the color difference in the looks between some of the cards.  in fact, i gave them to the boyfriend to look over, and he thought the card with the lighter colors was actually a darker, smokier look.  i mean, what’s the point of a look card if i can’t get a sense of what the look is?  color is a major part of that! if i have to hold the look cards next to the palette and see what colors they’re talking about then you might as well not have bothered with the picture.  please give me a venn diagram type look card with the colors clearly delineated!

SAMSUNG CSCthe palettes stack together to reform the ferris wheel.  not that i’d store them this way, but i still appreciate the remarkable amount of thought that went into the package design.

SAMSUNG CSC the palettes snap out vertically in case you want to take a different transformer (glitter) shade with your favorite faction palette.  before you moan about fallout, the transformer colors are surprisingly high quality. i’ve actually had less fall out with these than some urban decay shades (i’m glaring at you, anarchy face palette!).


L to R: Urban Decay, Divergent, Sigma F40HD, Crown

this double-ended brush is great! it blends just as nicely as my Crown, Sigma, and Urban Decay angled brushes.  it’s softer than my Urban Decay, very similar in density, and the head is a little smaller and more of an elongated oval shape.  compared to my Crown brush, it’s not quite as soft but denser.  shape wise, it’s pretty similar with the Divergent brush just a little more elongated.  the Sigma F40 with HD filament (the bunny ones) is slightly softer with a smaller, narrower head than the Divergent brush.


L to R: Sigma E40, Divergent, Urban Decay Naked2, Sigma E38

i can’t say much for the other end as i’m not skilled enough to manipulate that large of a brush on my small lids.  i’m guessing you can use it as a diffused crease brush.


L to R:Fear not, Temptation’s Choice, Natural Virtue and Supreme Ritual

does the packaging of that gloss look familiar to you?  i thought maybe sephora teamed up with Hourglass to make this line.  i chatted with some of the Sephora makeup artists, and they told me it was designed by the Sephora pro artists who just really loved hourglass’ packaging… in any case, the lip glosses are slightly minty and cooling on the lips (much milder than buxom) and sadly not as pigmented as they look. they’re mostly going to give your lips some shine and some moisture. the texture is light and not tacky.  i swatched them on my bare lips, but you couldn’t really tell one from the other.  thus i’ll save you the unnecessary photo spam.


T to B: Supreme Ritual, Natural Virtue, Temptation’s Choice, Fear Not

in the pictures below, i’ve put lipstick on my lips and layered the glosses only on my bottom lip so you can get a better idea of how they can subtly change the color on your lips.


Fear Not

Fear Not is a mauve brown pink with a tiny bit of gold shimmer in the tube.  swatched, it looks more like a pretty berry.  it gives the barest tint of berry on bare lips.  on my pink lipstick, it’s just adding a bit of shine for dimension.  it’s the most pigmented out of the bunch.


Supreme Ritual

Supreme Ritual is the other end of the 4 lipgloss spectrum.  it’s a creamy, milky, pale, peach nude with shimmer.  you can see that it doesn’t really tone the pink down much at all.

temptation's choice

Temptation’s Choice

Temptation’s Choice has the most shimmer of all the glosses and is a peach champagne gloss.  you can see a bit more of the sparkles in the left corner but like i said before, these are all very natural glosses that don’t have much pigmentation or shimmer and makes the lips shiny rather than glossy.

natural virtue

Natural Virtue

Natural Virtue is a mauve nude.  it’s more pigmented than Supreme Ritual so you can see it managed to nude out the pink on my lips just a little.

SAMSUNG CSC the Divergent Cheek palette is my favorite out of the whole collection. with one sweep of whatever blush brush i pick up, i can pick up the perfect amount of pigment for a good natural flush that blends out easily. sometimes, i dab just a little bit more, so it shows up a little easier on camera.  if that’s case i’m just gently tapping my brush onto the blush instead of sweeping through.  i like it just as much, if not more, as my Tarte Off The Cuff palette, but it may be new toy syndrome.  i love the simplicity of the two shades.  they’re no brainer shades that go with everything.  the radiant glow illuminator in gleaming pearl really lives up to the first part of its name.  it gives a nice, natural healthy skin glow.  i forgot it in my first day of eye looks, and the difference between those pictures and the looks after were noticeable.

SAMSUNG CSC this is me with the Abnegation palette, Obscure Coral, and Intelligent Bronze (is it anal if i felt the bronzer should have been associated with amity and not erudites?).  i used 1 sweep then dabbed on a bit extra because it didn’t show well on my lcd screen and i thought it needed amping, but it didn’t.  this is more pigmented than how i like to wear my every day looks.

SAMSUNG CSC this is me with a look from the Erudite palette (didn’t erudites wear blue? why is there no blue in the Erudite palette?), Misty rose and Gleaming Pearl but no bronzer. overall, i’m very pleased with my Collector’s Kit. i think it has great value and would be a great starter kit for someone’s neutrals collection, a fan of divergent, or a nude collector.  i’d happily pack one of faction eye palettes and the cheek palette for a weekend trip. Abnegation and Erudite eye palettes have nice colors that blend out well and build up nicely, making it fool proof for beginners and versatile for pros.  Dauntless eye palette rounds out the collection with all dark, smokey colors.  please visit back soon for a more in-depth look at the eye palettes and a look from the erudite palette!  i know it’s sold out right now online, but it is going to be restocked.  if you’re in the pasadena area, the Sephora there gets shipments every tuesday and thursday.

Readers, tell me what you think! are you a divergent fan?  do you own any of the Divergent line or waiting to get your hands on one? not a fan? leave your thoughts down below!