Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Smashbox Reign Collection Majesty Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Reign Collection: Majesty Palette

Smashbox Reign Majesty Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) is a trio of eyeshadows housed in a leather flip top palette. Each eyeshadow has a shimmery outer ring with a matte center. Majesty features a pale peach, a reddish copper, and a black.

I found that it was difficult to keep the matte and shimmers separated from each other, because inevitably one would mix with the other. This sort of rendered the matte center to be a little useless, just because it ended up looking much like the outer ring. I was testing a tester, so it was even worse than a palette with normal usage (e.g. the one you’d buy!), so do keep that in mind while browsing the swatches! I will caution you to dust off your palette regularly to avoid shimmer getting into your matte centers!

The first shade is a soft, shimmery peachy-gold. The middle eyeshadow is more of a burnt brown with reddish shimmer. I know Sephora describes it as a “plum burgundy,” and I didn’t see that whatsoever when I swatched it. The center of the middle eyeshadow was similar, just more of a matte finish, and it applied sheerly (as did all of the centers). The rightmost eyeshadow in the palette is a blue-shimmered black, which isn’t as smooth as I’d like — I did get a little drag when I swatched it. Again, the center is a sheerer, matte-r version of the outer ring.

I’m disappointed that the center of each eyeshadow shade didn’t swatch better, and I’m not thrilled that they go on sheerer than the outer rings either. The colors are wearable, but they don’t seem out-of-the-norm, and I’d say Smashbox single eyeshadows feel smoother, silkier, and I’d probably opt for one or two of those instead of the palette, if you already have these shades covered! These three shades work well together, and you can easily create a few smoky eyes with this one.

However, there is one big selling point to this eyeshadow palette that shouldn’t be overlooked — it’s very high in value! With 0.423 oz. of eyeshadow in the palette, it brings your cost down well below costs per ounce in any other high-end brand of eyeshadow. These eyeshadows are about $100/oz. compared to MAC at $290/oz., Urban Decay at $320/oz., and Make Up For Ever at $240/oz. You’ll either love the packaging or it won’t make or break the purchase for you; for me, it was more the latter.

  • Product: 7/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you like products high in value, this palette is well worth the investment, particularly if you want to add more neutrals to your collection.

Availability: Sephora

See swatches

Smashbox Reign Collection Majesty Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Reign Collection Majesty Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Reign Collection Majesty Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Reign Collection Majesty Eyeshadow Palette

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12 thoughts on “Smashbox Reign Collection: Majesty Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I wasn’t to impressed either. But there doubletake lip color in Currant is hot.

  2. I have the palette and what you say is so true about the middle being useless. But just a couple f days bk I got to know that these are baked minerals and can be used wet or dry. I tried picking up the center matte with a wet brush and that made a big difference, I thgt. The outer shimmery color is pretty pigmented on its own so I didn’t wanna use it wet….

    • That’s really good to know that you can use these wet or dry! I’m always really, really hesitant to wet any shadow unless I know for sure it’s mineral and therefore won’t leave a wet spot behind. I find those so gross :(

  3. Jenn

    Ok, I just can’t with this palette. As soon as I saw the pics I thought “Why do those shadows look like boobies?” No, ma’am. No, ma’am.

  4. Samantha

    they’re pretty but quite honestly, i think the layout of the palette is really gross and with use, it will become even more so. i’m disappointed because usually smashbox comes out with some nice palettes that i’ve gotten in the past. oh well, it’s not like i can’t save a little money here and there.

  5. amy

    The only shade I like in this palette is the pink champagne shade. I am a sucker for those! It reminds me a little bit of Kitten or Grand Entrance.

  6. Amy

    I have a quick question. How close to a dupe of Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow is the first color of shadow on the left in this Smashbox palette? I have this palette, and I’m on a no-buy, so I want to try and find a nice dupe of Kitten in my collection, if I can. Thanks for any info, I appreciate it!!!