Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Wish Big with Smashbox for the Holidays

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00) is a limited edition holiday palette that contains twelve eyeshadows, four cream eyeliners, and trial sizes of mascara and eyeshadow primer. It’s housed in a yellow gold flip-top rectangular box (think Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows). Inside the palette is a mirror along with a how-to booklet.

  • 1 is a softened dark orange with gold sheen. It’s a touch sheer.
  • 2 is a plum-tinged silver gray. This one was sheer.
  • 3 is a yellowed beige with a matte finish. It wasn’t really chalky, but it was a little sheer.
    4 is a pale warm pink. Nice pigmentation and very smooth.
  • 5 is a molten bronze with warm amber undertones. It reminded me of MAC’s Amber Lights + Bronze mixed together. This was one of the nicest shades in the palette for its rich pigmentation and smooth texture.
  • 6 is a pink-mauve with a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was nice with this shade.
  • 7 is a medium blue with aqua-blue sheen and shimmer. It looked cooler in the pan, but it’s still pretty swatched–the sheen just seemed more noticeable in the pan.
  • 8 is a soft medium-dark gray with a soft silver sheen. It had nice color pay off.
  • 9 is a chocolate bronze with a soft frost finish. It went on easily and smoothly.
  • 10 is a muted cool-toned purple plum. This was a little chalky.
  • 11 is a deep peacock blue with a satin sheen. It could have been a little more pigmented, but it worked better during application than swatched.
  • 12 medium-dark gray with a satin sheen.
  • 13 is a chocolate brown with red undertones and flecks of pale gold shimmer.
  • 14is a deep plum purple with light purple and pink shimmer.
  • 15 is a deep teal-blue.
  • 16 is a charcoal black with a silver sheen.

I want to specifically call attention to the fact that the liners are noted as generic “cream eyeliners.” Smashbox has a line of cream eyeliners called Jet Set, which have a good reputation, but these liners aren’t labeled as such, so I am going to assume (and hope) that they are not Jet Set liners. These liners take forever to dry, and they smudge easily–which is nice initially–but they don’t seem to stay in place at all for me. They just migrate, migrate, migrate, and this leads to… a migraine. Ha, ha. I couldn’t even get them to work well as a base, because they sheer out quite a bit and don’t set fast enough before settling into the crease.

I did like how Smashbox coordinated the columns of eyeshadows, though–and there are certainly a lot of looks one could do with this palette. There is a good mix of colors and neutrals, but I will say this palette leans on the cooler side, with the exception of the browns which are warmer. Overall, the eyeshadow quality is good across the board, with some shades being more average (like #1, 2, 3, and 4) and a couple (like #5, 6, and 9) being really nice with full pigmentation and smooth application. The lightest shades (#1, 2, 3, and 4) were the sheerest and more problematic. The texture of these didn’t seem quite as soft of Smashbox’s eyeshadows, but they were still soft, and overall, they seemed less powdery than typical Smashbox eyeshadows.

The palette includes 0.63 oz. worth of eyeshadow (works out to be 0.0525 oz. each) and 0.105 oz. (works out to be 0.0263 oz. each) worth of cream eyeliner, along with a miniature-sized Lash DNA Mascara (0.20 oz.) and Lid Primer (0.02 oz.). Compared to the cost of full-sized equivalent products, the palette has $170 worth of eyeshadow, $23 worth of eyeliner, $12 worth of mascara, and $5 worth of lid primer–the whole palette coming to a total of $210 worth of Smashbox products for a price of $45. To sum all that up, yes, this is a value palette–the eyeshadows alone make it worthwhile (in terms of quantity/price).

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I wouldn’t rely on this palette for the eyeliners, but if you like the colors included for eyeshadow, then it’s definitely a good value.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom and Sephora

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Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette: 1, 2, 3, 4

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette: 5, 6, 7, 8

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette: 9, 10, 11, 12

Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette: 13, 14, 15, 16 (Cream Eyeliners)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Eye Wish? How much is it?

Nordstrom and Sephora, $45.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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17 thoughts on “Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amelia

    i’m getting this for christmas. I don’t have a lot of make up and this had a decent range of colors for a decent price. I thought the liners were shadows when I looked at it, now i’ll need a liner brush! I was enticed by the primer as well.
    I hope that i can pull of blue… those are really blue.

    • you’re lucky! :)

      a tip on starting to use bold strong colours is to use a neutral base colour on the lid, and then underline your lower lashline with a bold colour, it’s really cool! pixi2woo on youtube did a look with MAC bitter (strong acid green) in one of her everyday looks I think it was.

      Good luck!

      • Amelia

        I’ve tried that before but with blue that looks a lot like a bruised eye, atleast on me. Thank you though :)
        I’ll probably just save them for special occasions.

  2. rosha

    This holiday set is amazing! I just got it Saturday at sephora’s in Dallas and have been wearing it ever since!….I use the liner for a base along with my paint pot. It creates a great base for a smokey eye

  3. katie

    Great review, Christine. I have this palette from last year and really like it.

    You’re correct – those are not Smashbox Jet Set liners, just their cream eyeliners, shown here:
    http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P0329&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=3990

    In my experience, Jet Set dries out really quickly, so it would be a bad idea for Smashbox to include them in an open palette design.

  4. tehteh

    I would love e this palette if it were avaliable here…and might I ask…where the hell do they put the liners?

  5. Elizabeth

    this palette looks awesome! I think I might stop by Sephora and check it out.
    Christine, will you be reviewing the Benefit Her Name was Glowla palette any time soon?

  6. I was all set to buy this, but QVC had a mega palette from Smashbox that I just couldn’t pass up.It has eyeshadow, cream liner, lip gloss, blush, highlighter, brow wax and so on.

  7. Cathy

    Christine,you are correct…these eyeliners are NOT Jet Set and they suck!! I bought a whole palette of them once and wound up throwing them away.

  8. Xtina

    I bought this palette a few months ago for color #7 alone. It is a gorgeous color! My only complaint about these eyeshadows is that they crease. They crease when I used the smashbox primer, the UD primer potion, and Mac’s paint pots. That is annoying! #7 is such a pretty color, it is worth it to me.

    You’re right that the cream liners in the palette are just the regular cream liners, and not the jet set ones. I think most of the “looks” I’ve ever seen smashbox supply instructions for include putting an eyeshadow over the liner. I can’t say I’ve had a particularly large problem w/ the liner smudging, but I will agree that it’s very sheer. Forget about trying to use it on your waterline! I’m sure a lot of your readers got those $20 gift cards to sephora, so this really would be a great purchase if you used one of the gift cards, aka coupons. I’d totally buy this again to gift to someone if I had someone on my list that I thought would like this.

  9. I saw the Smashbox Eye Wish palette in Sephora yesterday and was really disappointed.

  10. Wow this palette looks really great. I love the packaging. The cream liners look like they would work as liners or cream bases. Plus the powder shades are really really pretty and understated. I hate when palettes have either all crazy colors that don’t work together or can only do one look. This palette looks like it could pull of a variety of looks.

  11. 10 and 15 are just…amazing. Amaaazing.

  12. Amelia

    I got this palette for christmas. I have never experienced so much fall out before in my life. I’m getting used to them, they definitely work better wet which is a hassle that i don’t like to bother with but seems necessary sometimes.

    I use an angeled brush and I think the purple liner is the worst, it’s hard to get any product on my lid. the blue and gold are great, the one in the black row has a blueish gunmetal finish – so unique.

    All the colors are true to the pan though. The highlight colors are very sheer though, except for the gold.

  13. Corliss

    I have this palette and I really like. The shadows are good and the colors are subdued. Its a nice everyday palette with also some dramatic colors. I’m not a big eyeliner girl so I would probably use the liners as a base after primer to build up the color intensity.