Smashbox teamed up with Pretty Little Liars actress and ultimate babe Shay Mitchell to create 7 mini eye shadow palettes suited to every single person ever. Each of these palettes contain 8 shades in a variety of finishes and they retail for $41.00 AUD at Mecca Maxima or $29.00 USD at Sephora or the Smashbox website.
The 7 different palettes available are:
~ Matte (a neutral matte palette, and one of the palettes I’ll be reviewing today)
~ Bold (not for the faint-hearted – a mix of bright colourful shades in a variety of finishes)
~ Smokey (a deeper mix of shades, mostly in a shimmery metallic finish, perfect for creating smoked out looks)
~ Softlight (soft pale neutral shades in a range of finishes)
~ Golden Hour (more warm-toned neutrals with quite a few shimmer shades)
~ Ablaze (warm-toned burgundy shades in a range of finishes, this palette will be reviewed today also)
~ Metallic (neutral toned metallic shades)
Now, I have two of these Cover Shot palettes to swatch and review for you today – the Matte palette and the Ablaze palette. I bought the Ablaze palette first in a new release makeup frenzy in Mecca – I swatched one of the shimmer shades in store and almost died on the spot, so immediately purchased it. It wasn’t until I took it home and really looked at it that I realised that the shades were very similar to my Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy palette (FYI, review here) and that only half the shades were matte, and deeper mattes at that (which is just a big source of panic for me, as I love my matte transition shades). I used this palette for a little bit, but then decided to do the right thing and give it to my sister who I knew would get more use out of it. I then went and purchased the Matte palette, because I just really wanted one of these palettes, and I felt the Matte one was much better suited to me.
As mentioned earlier, the Ablaze palette has shimmer and matte shades. The shimmer shades are incredibly smooth and pigmented and are the real stand-out of this palette. Due to its similarity to the Kylie Burgundy palette and its on-trend warm-toned autumnal shades it’s no wonder this palette is so popular and therefore always sold out. There is no kickback or fallout when applying these shades – they are so smooth. They wear for a good amount of time and I didn’t notice anything bad about them while I was testing this palette out. My sister agrees – she absolutely loves it, and the shades look crazy good with her blue eyes.
The Matte palette is very neutral, and of course completely matte, which I love. This is perfect for travel for me, as you can create complete eye looks (and if you crave a bit of shimmer, just add some highlighter to your lid). I realise this palette might not be everyone’s cup of tea though, it certainly has less wow factor compared with some of the other palettes available. I think it is a great staple though. Again, there was no kickback or fallout with these shades and they lasted well throughout the day. I will say that I think these shades might be slightly less pigmented than the shades in the Ablaze palette, but I don’t mind that – it means the shades are easier to build up and blend out that way. Matte shades are quite difficult to get right, and I think that’s the case with these palettes – the shimmer shades are stunning but the matte shades aren’t as good. The darker matte shades in both palettes are a little patchy in the swatches, but blend out well.
Below are the swatches for each palette, with and without flash. I used my finger to do these swatches, and built the product up with a second swatch over top.
These palettes are ridiculously travel-friendly and cute. I love the moving picture on the front of the palette – it’s so unique! These palettes are smaller than an iPhone 5, but the pan sizes are still decently sized (unlike, in my opinion, the Too Faced White Choc Chip palette). It’s sleek and comes with a mirror inside as well. In terms of value, I think these Cover Shot palettes are a much better option than the Too Faced White Choc Chip palette and the older Smashbox mini Full Exposure and mini Double Exposure palettes (I cannot find them online, so maybe they were limited edition, but I wasn’t a fan of the quality of the mini Double Exposure palette in any case).
Overall, I highly rate these two Cover Shot palettes by Smashbox. If you are looking for a travel-friendly palette I really recommend these. There are so many different palette options available that I’m sure everyone would find one that suits their tastes and needs.
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