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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.
I have purchased two of these and use them religiously. They have great colors that are totally natural, but you can play them up with the glittery colors. Great quality product.5
I am always on the look out for beautiful quality nude palettes and this will forever be my go to from now on! The pigmentation from these are perfect on my medium fair skin. I use them dry for a day look (which should be natural and soft), and wet for a night look (using them wet gives a significant density and intensity to the color). You can do a day look and easily turn it into a night look with the shades of brown and the black.
I would also suggest those with oily lids to apply a primer, as oily lids tends to cause any kind of eye shadow to melt off or fade quickly.
Great value on a top brand since you get the eye shape info & looks along with a sample size mascara.
I'm in love with these colors there so neutral yet sexy and sultry for a great night out . Totally a two thumbs up.4
I love the colors and pigmentation of the shadows, last all day and the colors are fantastic. Can't wait to purchase this or ask for it for Christmas.5
This sample was not big enough to test nor could I actually pull the sample off the paper. Sad, this could have been a nice sample with the mascara provided.1
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