Smashbox Metallic Cover Shot Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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
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
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.

01/02

Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Inside Scoop Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop is a light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a drier, looser texture that did not apply as evenly as I would have liked over bare skin. It wore well for just over seven hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Straight Up Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Straight Up

Straight Up is a light peach with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It appeared much darker in the pan than swatched, where it was considerably lighter. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty but blendable on the lid and yielded good pigmentation. It wore well for seven hours before fading.

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01/02

Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Let's Rage Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Let's Rage

Let’s Rage is a light-medium gold with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a frost finish. This is a “cooler” kind of gold, but it’s still a warmer shade. The texture was a touch dry, a little dusty and had a tendency to sheer out applied to bare skin. It had decent pigmentation, but it was just hard to get it to stay opaque on my skin without a primer. This shade started to fade after six and a half hours of wear.

01/02

Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Liquid Fire Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Liquid Fire

Liquid Fire is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture seemed smooth, blendable, and soft without being too dusty, but I had issues with this shade fading immediately after applying. As this was one of the darker shades in the palette, I wanted to use it as a contrasting shade, but it lost that depth as I blended it out. The color lasted for six and a half hours after that.

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01/02

Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Party Time Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Party Time

Party Time is a muted, dark brown with flecks of lighter brown sparkle. The consistency was much drier and looser compared to most shades in the palette, and this resulted in sheerer, uneven coverage with a lot of fallout. It lasted for six hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Booty Call Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Booty Call

Booty Call is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty texture that sheered out a bit but applied fairly well on bare skin. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear.

01/02

Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Rock Candy Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Rock Candy

Rock Candy is a soft taupe with warm, golden undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was opaque, while the eyeshadow had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan, so it applied evenly on the lid and did not sheer away immediately. I was able to wear it for seven hours before it faded.

01/02

Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Metal Work Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Metal Work

Metal Work is a deep gray with silver shimmer. It had intense color payoff with a soft, blendable texture, but the consistency was drier and a bit loose, so there was fallout during application. It wore nicely for seven hours on me.

Product Availability

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette $28.00/0.21 OZ.
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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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Of all the palettes, this was the least interesting to me. I can see most of the colors running together on the lids, and I think that metallic gray is kind of an odd choice. A warm matte brown would’ve been better, to help anchor the other shimmery shades.

It is too bad that these are not working better. I wasn’t planning on purchasing except for the Ablaze palette and it is sold out, which is okay because I have dupes for pretty much every color. Still wanted to have them all in one small palette that would be more travel friendly.

Funnily enough, Metalwork was the only one whose preview swatch in the Swatch Gallery I clicked “Love” for out of this entire palette! And I do have UD Revolver as a beautiful dupe for it.
Other than that lone shade, this one just doesn’t move me at all.

The top two shades are too close to each other and seem unnecessary with the other two mid-tone shades. Metal Work is wonderful.

This is going to sound strange, but I’m glad it got a *meh* review — because I love the colors and would consider buying it but read the ingredients and saw carmine. I can’t wear carmine and would feel a lot worse but seeing that it’s not all that great anyway, now I don’t feel bad about not getting one! I love those metallic colors, tho.

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