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I love Smashbox, but not sold on this palette
on January 12, 2012
I just got this a week ago; the photos online vs. what they look like in reality have a bit of discrepancy.
First of all, I'm just not that into shimmery eye shadows; they have their time and place but the colors looked more matte and neutral online than they appeared when I opened the case in person.
*There is a lot of selection, and the colors are nice sized. If you don't already have a massive makeup collection, this is nice to get you going. (If you don't mind shimmer)
*The quality is typical top-notch Smashbox; these colors flow easily onto the eye area no matter what kind of brush you use, and they STICK. (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion because the Smashbox primer doesn't do it for me)
*The longevity and durability of these eye colors is just what you expect from Smashbox. I put them on at 8 in the morning and they were still on when I went to wash them off 14 hours later. With just a little adjustment I could have gone from work to 'going out' and not had to spend more than a few seconds doing it.
*They don't end up all over your face, even the shimmery ones. I may not like the shimmer much but not having fallout all over my face is a big plus no matter what.
*The eye color cards are great, they have some nice ideas for techniques and it's not like they are showing you 'how to look like a clown in three steps', they are realistic looks that many would wear.
*If you aren't into shimmer much, almost all of the colors have some degree of shimmer. There are only a couple of matte shades and they really aren't that exciting. You could buy the 2-3 individual colors for less than the cost of the palette.
*The Smashbox eyelid primer they include is a nice touch, but it doesn't do anything for me. Urban Decay's Primer Potion is THE one to use, and the Smashbox colors stick to it like glue. (Not so much for their own brand)
*For use in an office or professional setting, I don't find this kit to be a good value. There were only a couple of shades, out of the whole box, that I could have worn to work and not felt like a circus freak. In general the shades made my tending-to-pink face look even more flushed, and there was that shimmer factor that just isn't me. I don't mind some shimmery eyeliner pencils here and there but I don't want my eyes to look Gaga-Licious at work. It makes the drunks ask me if I'm married.
Bottom line for me was that it was a no-go, if even half the eye colors worked for me I would have kept it and given it more stars. But for the cost of this, I would expect a higher percentage of usable colors. Maybe this would be ok for someone 18-30 but not for me.