Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Matte

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features all matte eyeshadows in warmer, neutral hues. The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. The mattes in the palette are decent to good, but they definitely beg for a primer to perform well; without, they had a tendency to sheer out, apply a bit unevenly, and had moderate fallout during wear. The wear time varied from shade to shade–six to seven hours–but all eight had softer textures and none felt firm/stiff in the pan.

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01/02

Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Preview Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Preview

Preview is a light yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was moderately powdery and sheered out too readily on the skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me.

01/02

Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Assistant Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Assistant

Assistant is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and finely-milled with minimal excess product kicked up in the pan. On me, it showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear.

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01/02

Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Werk It Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Werk It

Werk It is a muted, medium peach-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin with just a bit of sheering out. I would still recommend only using this if you intend to use primer underneath, though. The consistency was soft, lightly dusty and a bit thinner, but it blended out nicely. It wore well for seven hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Publisher Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Publisher

Publisher is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warmer yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but this was another shade that really needed a base for it to adhere evenly to the skin. The eyeshadow had a soft texture that was blendable but had a tendency to apply unevenly, as it seemed to darken in some areas (perhaps natural oils on my lid) but not others. It lasted for six and a half hours on me.

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01/02

Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Angles Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Angles

Angles is a muted, dark red-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dusty and prone to sheering out, while the pigmentation was decent and buildable, but it was not opaque or full coverage in a single layer. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading.

01/02

Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Supermodel Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Supermodel

Supermodel is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. There was a noticeable powderiness to this shade, so I’d recommend tapping off a bit of powder before patting gently onto lid to minimize fallout. It had good pigmentation, though, and it applied fairly well to bare skin. This shade wore well for seven hours on me.

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01/02

Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Editor Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Editor

Editor is a muted, dark purple with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm in the pan. This shade blended out fairly easily on bare skin and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Deadline Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Deadline

Deadline is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, and it applied without too much patchiness onto bare skin, but it did take some extra work to diffuse and apply overall. The texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Meh. Especially in light of having bought that all matte MUFE Artist Palette 4. Plus owning way better similer matte eyeshadows across MAC, KVD and others. This one here just doesn’t impress me as much as those.

I appreciate Smashbox doing these more convenient-for-travel sized palettes. Since I’m pretty full up on matte neutrals, in this one I’m really only interested in Werk It, so great to know about the dupe options esp. MUFE Milk Tea.

Mattes are so problematic (sigh). But I think for $29, still a good deal for all these shadows, it’s so hard to find all-matte palettes, and the colors look like they could get a lot of use, mixed and matched with shimmers.

I really like these colors and don’t usually mind using primer, so I might check this one out. I will need to check my stash for similar shades, though. Knowing me, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few dupes. lol

Kudos to Smashbox for trying to do a matte palette – all brands generally have hits and misses with mattes. Pretty good shade range and they even nailed the purple shade well. Much better quality than the last one, thank goodness.

Overall, this new issue of palettes is rather disappointing. Additionally, most of the consumer reviews by self-identified MUAs, primarily on Sephora, say they are not getting the wear time you are. Too bad. Pretty good concept. Some individual shades are outstanding, but overall they’re pretty meh.

I’m not wild about matte shadows in general (I love at least a bit of sheen) and this one has some pretty “meh” colours in it. I also have the KvD Shade+Light e/s palette so I’m totally “covered” for an all matte palette. The Shade+Light palette is much better quality across the board, it seems, and has several more interesting colours that I do like using.

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