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Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/06

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Softlight

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features a smoky take on “soft” shades of gold, peach, and brown. The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. Some of the eyeshadows have a dustier or thinner texture, which can make them prone to sheering out (and difficult to maintain their intensity) or fade faster than other shades.

This was the worst palette in the bunch, as it did not work well even over primer–the formula was just too dusty and dry. The eyeshadows ran together, sheered out, and faded within five hours of wear. No matter whether I used two shades or five shades, it looked like the same faded, shimmery beige eye.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Softlight
Softlight
Softlight
4
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
4
Longevity
2.5
Application
49%
Total
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Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Queen of Hearts

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows–six matte, six foil–housed in a slim, cardboard palette. It had a more ornate exterior sleeve (with the gold foil design), which I would have loved to have seen on the actual palette, though! The formulas used in the palette were in line with the singles I’ve tried from the brand: the more shimmery shades have a denser, more cream-like texture, while the more matte shades have a drier, thinner texture (more like your average powder eyeshadow).

The good news is that despite some of the dryness in the mattes, they actually applied quite nicely on bare skin and blended out fairly well. It was easy to use, stayed and looked vibrant throughout the day (eight hours, no primer), and the colors worked and made sense together. I was also impressed at how well the mattes and shimmers worked together, as sometimes the denser consistencies of this type of shimmer formula doesn’t play well with matte eyeshadows, but the matte eyeshadows in this palette were still enough density and substance to them to work.

Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Palette Queen of Hearts
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/07

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette

Metallic

Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features a smoky take on earth shades of brown, plum, green, and gray. What I liked about this palette was that each well was large enough for regular eyeshadow brushes, and there was enough product across each that nothing felt skimpy. It actually is a more realistic amount of product, where one can finish and work through it, particularly for those of us with less modest stashes!

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. Some of the eyeshadows have a dustier or thinner texture, which can make them prone to sheering out (and difficult to maintain their intensity) or fade faster than other shades. While it might be labeled “Metallic,” the eyeshadows were more faded and less metallic than they were frosty–definitely shimmery but most lacked the reflective quality of more metallic (or foiled) eyeshadows to my eye. The quality of the eyeshadows was decent to good, but I didn’t love it as a palette–it wasn’t as cohesive or as effortless to put together a look with the shades, as they had a tendency to muddy together.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Metallic
Metallic
Metallic
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Palette

01/10

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eight shades in a mostly neutral set of hues. The formula is different than the brand’s typical Amazonian Clay eyeshadow, and it is the same as the one used in the original Rainforest of the Sea palette. It is a denser, more cream-like formula that feels firmer in the pan but is fairly blendable on the lid. It applies better to bare skin, as it adheres better and has less powderiness/fallout compared to their standard formula. I didn’t find the ease of use of this palette to be as good as the original, but it was fairly easy to use and apply with most shades having good pigmentation and wear. Just as a note, the formula has a tendency to apply lighter than they look in the pan.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

ColourPop Never Not Chillin Super Shock Shadow Set

01/04

Colour Pop Never Not Chillin Holiday 2016 Sets

Colour Pop Never Not Chillin Holiday 2016 Sets

Colour Pop Never Not Chillin Holiday 2016 Sets

Colour Pop Never Not Chillin Holiday 2016 Sets

Never Not Chillin

ColourPop Never Not Chillin’ Super Shock Shadow Set ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six cream eyeshadows housed in a “record,” but each eyeshadow is self-contained (just like a single Super Shock Shadow). The set is sold out, but you can purchase any of the shades individually, which is why I still wrote this review!

I’m a huge fan of the Super Shadow formula because it offers the blendability and intensity of a cream eyeshadow but with the maneuverability of a more traditional powder eyeshadow, as it dries down completely but can still be blended along the edges. The texture is less like a cream and more spongy with a greater density overall, but they still have some slip (the more shimmery/metallic shades have a wetter feel overall). I also get incredible wear out of the formula–often over 12 hours and still going strong!

The quality of the set was consistent with my past experiences with the formula, so if any of the shades catch your eye, they’re all worth a look!

Colour Pop Holiday 2016 Sets Never Not Chillin
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/06

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Ablaze

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features warm hues of copper with both matte and shimmery finishes. What I liked about this palette was that each well was large enough for regular eyeshadow brushes, and there was enough product across each that nothing felt skimpy. It actually is a more realistic amount of product, where one can finish and work through it, particularly for those of us with less modest stashes!

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. Some of the eyeshadows have a dustier or thinner texture, which can make them prone to sheering out (and difficult to maintain their intensity) or fade faster than other shades. Overall, the majority of the shades were very pigmented, wore seven to eight hours, and blended out without much work. I liked that this particular palette had both shimmery and matte finishes, and there were some deeper shades to add contrast, so this seemed like it would be much more versatile than some of the other color combinations in their new palette series.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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