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We used to get frustrated that smoky eye tutorials didn't take the spectrum of eye shapes into account (after all, were a diverse bunch). Turns out we weren't alone. After nine years of research examining thousands of faces, the makeup pros at Smashbox narrowed it down to six common eye shapes found throughout the world: almond, round, upturned, downturned, monolid, and hooded. They applied their findings to this universal neutral palette, which comes complete with a guide to help you identify your eye shape and master three flattering looks for it (day, night, and defined). The top has seven shimmery shades and on the bottom, you'll find seven matte hues, ranging from nudes to blacks. Oh, and there's also a double-sided brush, a built-in mirror, and a travel-size Full Exposure Mascara.
The mattes alone make this palette worth the money. There are 14 large pans of shadow ranging from cool to warm toned neutrals. There are 7 matte and 7 shimmer shades. Some of the shimmer shades are a tad too glittery for my liking but I do tend to use those as accents. The matte shades are buttery, super pigmented and blend so easily, they're definitely some of the best mattes I've ever worked with!4
I love this product and the formula and the brand but I hate the paper one time use packaging. it is so cheap3
The colors are better then I expected and go on so smooth. There is almost no fall out and the shimmery white is my favorite. I was a little worried about the sparkly colors being too intense for every day, but they are great and add just a little extra. If you want the full sparkle effect I think you would have to layer on a good bit, but that wasn't what I was looking for. Great neutrals that I think would work on almost all skin tones and with all eye colors!!5
I have a lot of eye shadow palettes, three of a a similar concept from a popular competitor, but I love this one better. I wouldn't have thought to try it, since I have so many other palettes, and was happy with them. But I got gifted this on Customer Appreciation Day, and decided I might as well use it, since it was free.
I always loved my other palettes, but could only wear a small number of the colors, as the dark colors always seemed so pigmented that they would not blend out. It always looked like I was trying to do an Elvia look, so I stayed away from the dark browns and settled on the lights and mid-tones.
But with this palette, the darks are blendable. I am able to use the full spectrum, and create dramatic looks that are still appropriate to wear during the day. They are so blendable, that I can even take a pencil brush and draw in the crease as a hard line with a dark brown, and then blend it out with a blending brush.
I love the selection of both cool and warm brown mattes. I wear them both, sometimes switching depending on the colors I am wearing that day, and other times mixing them together in one eye look.
The bottom row, I get the most use out of. I always make my eye look primarily with the mattes. My favorite shadow in this palette is to the left of center on the bottom row, a beautiful peach.
The top row has a shiny satin highlight in the middle, very useful and well pigmented. The to the left there is a shimmer version of the peach color that I love so much. I pat it over the matte peach, sometimes. I haven't had any fall out from doing that.
I admit, I haven't tried the other shimmers, yet, but I think they will be fun for special occasions.
I have been a big fan of Smashbox for years but I strayed away a few years back thinking I could save money. Well after purchasing this kit I remembered why I loved their products so much. The eye shadows go on with such ease and the colors are true to form. This set is wonderful as gives you such variety and l adore that it comes with instructions based on the shape of your eye. I never paid attention to that before but surely do now as I see the results. So happy to be a Smashbox customer again!!5
I own one and I truly love it! comes with a mascara and a brush. Do the smokey look or just go dark. Very smooth!5
If you want one, very good, long lasting, basic shadow palette, this is it. Create a perfect smokey eye. A perfect da shadow. This is one of my essentials.5
Its definitely not a bad pallette, it has very nice colors. I've just had better, its not as pigmented as like make up geek. It feels too thin and almost grainy. It is colors I would use everyday but for that price I could get something much nicer.3
There are a lot of different color combinations you can use and the product seems to cover well and last long. The reviews I saw before purchasing the item weren't that great, but I don't have complaints.4
I love this palette! I have the naked 2 palette with similar colors and this palette is by far much better! The colors last, there is a great tone to the colors and they last all day. I love that it contains a matte and shimmer colors - the mattes are incredible! Extremely happy that this sampe came in my birchbox as I have been on the search for the perfect matte colors for my fair skintones and they are defintely it!5