Pretty Vulgar Phoenix Rising Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Australia has recently launched American brand, Pretty Vulgar. Known for their fun packaging and kitschy style, Pretty Vulgar is a wonderful addition to Sephora’s current lineup. So, to celebrate the drop, let’s have a closer look at one of their best selling palettes, Phoenix Rising.



Housed in colourful cardboard, this rectangular palette feels sturdy and durable. The outside art depicts a mythical phoenix in delicious rich warm tones. The inside keeps with the bird theme by looking ever-so-prettily like a bird cage. There is a beautiful big portrait mirror that shows you your whole reflection – a massive plus. The shade layout is aesthetically pleasing, ranging from light at the top to the deep shades down the bottom.

Not all shades are the same size, which in essence is fine, but the one lighter matte shade is one of the smaller sized pans. This shade  (always rising) will be one of the shades that I’ll use the most, so a larger pan would have been preferred.


Shades and Formula

As you’d imagine from the name, this eyeshadow palette is full of fiery shades, balanced out beautifully by plums and nudes. Containing 12 shades (6 shimmers and 6 mattes), Phoenix Rising has all the shades required for an entire eye look.

The formulas are a little inconsistent. While the shimmers all swatch and apply well, the mattes are another story. Light My Fire, Blowing Smoke and Fly By Night are all quite chalky and a little less pigmented than the others. One would expect this would affect how these shades apply. They still work relatively well, but just require slightly more blending.


Overall thoughts

I enjoy this palette far more than I expected. The shades really work well together and allow me to create all matte looks but then amp it up to something more dramatic.

Although the market is flooded with warm tones, this one stands out for me. Despite what some bloggers say, I don’t think warm tones are going anywhere fast. Warm tones are super flattering and I just don’t think I am going to bore of them. The inclusion of the purple, plum and light coloured shimmers make the palette more versatile than some similar palettes.

While some of the mattes may be chalky, I don’t feel like this is a huge disadvantage. In fact, because these shades are slightly less pigmented, they are easy to build up without needing to worry about overpowering your look or making it look muddy – perfect for beginners.  Overall, I think this is a handy palette to have on hand. It is great for travel due to the versatile shades, large mirror, and durability.

You can find Phoenix Rising and Pretty Vulgar now at


What are your thoughts on this fiery palette?


Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice



  1. September 26, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    They look so pigmented swatched, so I’m surprised that they’re difficult to blend out.

    • onabeautybender
      September 26, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Just those chalky ones, otherwise they’re great. X

  2. September 29, 2018 / 11:29 am

    I need this palette in my life, despite having a frighteningly long list of eyeshadow palettes I plan to get, those shades are calling my name. Sometimes it’s a curse being a makeup addict haha.

    • onabeautybender
      October 1, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      She’s a beauty. I like it so much more than I expected to.

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