Not that I really needed another palette, but I went ahead and purchased this as I’ve been wanting to try out some of the Smashbox eyeshadows and also wanted to find something with a lot of color choices that was a bit more compact and ready for travel than my current palettes. I do have the tarte rainforest after dark colored clay eye & cheek palette (see here for my take on it), but while it is much smaller it is also more limited in terms of color choices. I’ve had this for a few weeks, and thought I would share my thoughts so far.
Here’s a picture of the box:
Here’s a picture of the outside of the case:
Here’s a picture of the neutral eyeshadows and the contour/bronzing/highlighting powders:
Here’s a picture of the non-neutral eyeshadows and the blushes:
The palette includes 32 eyeshadows (mix of matte and shimmer), 3 blushes, 1 contour powder, one bronzing powder, 1 highlighting powder, and 4 get the look inserts, plus blank face charts to create your own looks. The palette is sturdy plastic, has an elastic band that keeps it intact when closed, and folds open like a book. Each side is covered with a clear plastic shield, and each side can pop out of the palette if needed. The eyeshadow colors are gorgeous so far – creamy and pigmented, and easy to blend. The cheek products also work well, and are super easy to blend.
I have only used these over eye primer, and the eye shadows last all day. For example, today I put on the Urban Decay Eden Primer before applying my eyeshadow (oyster, steel, violet, and nude as a transition color) and the look lasted 12+ hours without touchup – and, I was outside walking around in the humidity and heat and cleaning at home. I’ve been pleased with the pigmentation and blendability of the shadows that I’ve worked with so far, and the cheek colors are also super easy to work with.
Would I buy it again? Yes, no doubt. This is a great palette for traveling – whether you want to sport a neutral or a more colorful look, this palette has it all. It is also a wonderful palette to work with on a daily basis from home. The palette is $65, and I think that the price is really reasonable for what you get – you open it up and have a wide assortment of eyeshadows, a contour, a bronzer, a highlight, and 3 blushes to choose from. If you prefer mostly eyeshadow neutrals, but are thinking of adding more color to your looks, this is a great palette for you to consider (especially if you want to try your hand at contouring, too). If your skin tone is lighter than mine (medium tan/beige), the contour may be too dark for you – consider applying it with a lighter hand or using the bronzer to contour instead.
If you would like to see swatches in a future post, please leave a comment below. 🙂