Smashbox Photo Op Mega Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette ($69.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes eight eyeshadow trios (so 24 eyeshadows), plus three blushes. There are a variety of finishes from mattes to shimmers, cooler and warmer shades. The palette is one I would recommend using with a primer, as most of the eyeshadows are on the powdery side and just do not perform as well over bare skin as they would over a primer. I liked it, and they were fairly blendable overall, but it’s a better fit for someone who regularly uses primer. It’s also a tremendous value, as you’re getting eight full-sized trios (normally $28 a pop, so $224 in value right there), plus three blushes.

Several of these shades can be found either as permanent trios in the Smashbox range or as part of other trios. The following trios are included: Multi-Flash (Naked, Crisp, Doe), Filter (Vanilla, Sable, Sumatra), Dark Room (Opal, Granite, Blackout), Cover Shoot (Flirt, Dusk, Haze), Skybox (Sky, Steel, Nocturnal). These are the shades that are in this palette but can be found in other trios (but not together): Golden Orchid, Obsidian, Amethyst, Parfait, Ambient.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow is supposed to a “super blendable, velvety formula” that is “highly pigmented” with “lasting wear.” It does have a very soft, velvety feeling, but several are on the powdery side. It’s a formula that is best suited over a primer, as it helps to give it more to hold onto and manages that powderiness better than applying over bare skin.

Petunia is a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque, moderately buildable color payoff with a silky, smooth, though lightly powdery, texture. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Simply Sweet (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (PiP, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Petal Primavera (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Persona Georgia (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Essence Satin Coral (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Count Me In (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Pink Sand #3 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Carnation is a lightly brightened, medium pink-coral with fine, gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff that built up to medium coverage, but the texture was thin and powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and fading. It lasted for seven hours on me. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Peony (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mother o' Pearl (LE, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Divine (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Pink (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geranium is a brightened, poppy coral with warm, orange-red undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a silky texture, but I found it a little harder to blend. This one would be easier to blend over drier skin or over set foundation. It wore for eight hours before fading. MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherry Bomb (Blush) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Coral (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (PiP, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a muted, creamy ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It is powdery, though very smooth, and it adhered decently to bare skin and lasted for eight hours. It had good pigmentation. Ciate My Tribe (LE, )(100% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (PiP, )(100% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Bare (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #8 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek So Pale (LE, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Absinthe #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Brule (P, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). Dior Undress #2 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Crepe (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Canvas (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Hero (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Cry Baby (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Full-Zip (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a medium-dark, lightly gray-tinged brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, unfortunately, so it sheered out noticeably on the skin without building up well. It wore for seven hours before noticeably fading. Smashbox Taupe (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Deep #4 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wall Art (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Omega (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Resistance (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Death Moth (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Smokin' Hot (PiP, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unwind (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Party Favored (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Cherish (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Soft Brown (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowed-brown undertones and a gray overcast. It had a mostly matte finish, though it seemed like it had just a smidgen of sheen to it. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft without being powdery, and it blended fairly well while lasting for eight hours on me. This was also in the #SHAPEMATTERS palette, but it is lighter. Hourglass Obscura #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (DC, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pepper, Please (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique French Roast (PiP, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Dark Chocolate (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (DC, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Shade III (2015) (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Deep Brown (PiP, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Naked is a bright, light pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was moderately powdery with semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied easily and blended well. The color wore for seven and a half hours. bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (DC, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Stone (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00)(95% similar). Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Pink Leather (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cashew Chew (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE, )(90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte What a Wonderful Pearl (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Petale (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (DC, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crisp is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced XOXO (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Icon (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Supernouveau #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Serving Up (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ringer (P, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Satisfaction (DC, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Shake Shake Shake (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Golden Egg (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Latergram (DC, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Pink Sand (PiP, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS Relight My Fire (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Doe is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied well to bare skin and wore for seven and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Golden Mink #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Ashes to Ashes (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC US Dance Remix (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Black #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lucid Dream (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (PiP, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Capital of Light #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Enigma (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #3 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty They Know Who (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Tickle Me (LE, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Bonus Track (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (PiP, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortune is a brightened, yellowed gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and stayed on well for eight hours before fading. MAC Canter (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Candle (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop CREAM (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Take It Slow (PiP, $4.50) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Dose of Colors Suz (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Sunset at the Beach (210) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Champagne (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Sunset (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Moonlit (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Compass (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Flirt (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Ruby #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Peekaboo (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Top Yacht (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC White Haute (Fairy Land) (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Safari is a medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a texture that felt soft, blended well, and stayed put for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Dragon Scales #4 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Sideline (P, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Fallen Star (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bless Her Heart (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bad Habit Laurel (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Vivid (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop IE (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dream Glow (Enhance) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $7.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop 8 Track (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Immaculate (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moss is a dark, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was moderately powdery with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff and would benefit from a primer. It wore for seven hours on me. MAC Felt (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (DC, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Khaki (PiP, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop 90210 (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Sumatra (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Dark Chocolate (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Vanguard (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Fawn (Define) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flirt is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that lasted for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Opale (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Shooting Star (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Jasper (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Kifu (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Air (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Black #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Ricepaper (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (DC, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Pants (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (DC, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mahe #4 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Supermodel (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusk is a mauvey-taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly powdery but workable texture that stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. LORAC Black #6 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Silent Treatment #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel City Lights #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Lituation (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haze is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a slight dustiness to it, but it applied better to the lid than anticipated. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Punked (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE, ) is warmer, better quality (95% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (PiP, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Moment-o (590) (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Zero Gravity (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Old Master (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (DC, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Officer (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Ignite (DC, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parfait is a brightened, light pastel pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was just a bit powdery but didn’t seem to impact the wear or application, as it lasted for eight hours. Tarte Wrapped Up (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Matte Pink (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Studio (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Pink (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Exhibit (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Morganite (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Paradise Island (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Rose #8 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Lovely (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Confection (DC, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium purple with lighter copper and orange-gold shimmer that sits mostly on top, so it tended to get brushed away when blended. The texture was somewhat powdery, and while it looked really interesting, it was a pain to use on the lid as it sheered out a lot. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Pretty Baby #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier African Violet (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Amethyst (PiP, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Mezzanine (DC, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (80% similar). Viseart Agate (GPV2 #10) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Mythicool Creatures #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obsidian is a charcoal gray with silver shimmer and a frost finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture that applied fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (DC, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (DC, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Feather (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (DC, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Sketch (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty White Suede #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mindfiles (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Orchid is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a pink tinge paired with a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and applied well while yielding semi-opaque pigmentation. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Euphoric (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC This or That #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Delicate Drift (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bading (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ambient is a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t at all powdery. It wore for eight hours before fading slightly. Too Faced Caramel (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Queen (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Unleashed (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Pineapple (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Gold Rush (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Glitter Donut (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Ara (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Penny (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Laura's Memory (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Feist (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (PiP, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Heat (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cabernet is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with warm, burgundy undertones and a smattering of blue and violet shimmer. The shimmer gets lost on the lid, and it takes on the look of a semi-matte eyeshadow overall. It had good pigmentation but was dusty, so use a light hand and build-up to avoid excessive fall out. The color wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (DC, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Plum (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Orchid #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Black Violet (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Master (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Big (PiP, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (DC, $14.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Last Caress (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sky is a muted, light bluish-white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a blendable, smooth texture that applied decently to the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (DC, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Sugar Shade #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dark Energy #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Steel is a muted, medium silvery blue with a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture compared to other shades, so it was easier to work with as it wasn’t powdery, but it didn’t have the best color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Iris Eyes (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Flash (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Lavender/Gold and Silver (3) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (PiP, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Big Bad Blue (LE, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (DC, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Blue Diamond (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (PiP, $9.99) is darker, cooler (80% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC See the Stars (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Clinique Big Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #12 (DC, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nocturnalis a blackened navy blue with fine, navy blue shimmer. The shimmer is barely noticeable when applied, so it is more of a satin-matte finish eyeshadow in practice. The texture was soft but dusty, and it didn’t blend out as nicely as you’d want for a darker color like this. It wore for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Sprung (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sydney Grace Rendezvous (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Deep Water (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (DC, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nautica (DC, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sydney Grace Moonlit Kingdom (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Mythicool Creatures #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Opal is a light, pink-tinged ivory with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. It gets lost without a primer, I think. This shade wore well for seven hours. MAC Sugar Rush (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Sugar Plum (LE, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (DC, ) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bribe (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ready to Party (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Hope (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Radial Pink (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Promesse #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura #1 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Seedy Pearl (DC, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Granite is a muted, dusty medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but the powdery texture made it really hard to maintain color intensity when blending. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Courtly Grey (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Fog (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Nice Composure (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #11 (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Hello Kitty Playdate (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX19 (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Delphes #2 (DC, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (80% similar). Colour Pop Gata (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #6 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Slanted (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Namibia (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a medium-dark black with a satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the firmer press made it difficult to blend. It wore for seven and a half hours. NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Tuileries (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Mystere et Intensite #3 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bad to the Berry (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (PiP, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, )(100% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (DC, $2.29) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Caviar (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Carbon (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Photo Op

LELimited Edition. $69.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Petunia

LELimited Edition.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Carnation

LELimited Edition.
C+
C+
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

Geranium

LELimited Edition.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Vanilla

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Sable

PiPPermanent in Palette.
D
D
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
63%
Total

Sumatra

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Naked

LELimited Edition.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

Crisp

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Doe

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B
B
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

Safari

LELimited Edition.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Moss

LELimited Edition.
C
C
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total

Flirt

PiPPermanent in Palette.
C+
C+
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

Dusk

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B-
B-
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

Haze

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Parfait

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Amethyst

PiPPermanent in Palette.
C-
C-
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

Obsidian

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Golden Orchid

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Ambient

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Nocturnal

PiPPermanent in Palette.
C+
C+
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

Opal

PiPPermanent in Palette.
C-
C-
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total

Granite

PiPPermanent in Palette.
D+
D+
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
68%
Total

Blackout

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Smashbox Flirt Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Flirt Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Flirt Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Flirt Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Flirt Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Dusk Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Dusk Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Dusk Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Dusk Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Haze Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Haze Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Haze Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Haze Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Parfait Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Parfait Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Parfait Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Parfait Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Amethyst Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Amethyst Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Amethyst Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Amethyst Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Obsidian Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Obsidian Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Obsidian Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Obsidian Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Golden Orchid Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Golden Orchid Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Golden Orchid Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Golden Orchid Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Ambient Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Ambient Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Ambient Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Ambient Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Cabernet Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cabernet Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Cabernet Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cabernet Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Steel Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Steel Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Steel Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Steel Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Nocturnal Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Nocturnal Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Nocturnal Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Nocturnal Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Opal Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Opal Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Opal Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Opal Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Granite Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Granite Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Granite Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Granite Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Blackout Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Blackout Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Blackout Photo Op Eyeshadow
Smashbox Blackout Photo Op Eyeshadow

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow
Golden Peach, Amethyst, Cabernet, Haze, Doe, Vanilla

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow
Golden Peach, Amethyst, Cabernet, Haze, Doe, Vanilla

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow
Crisp, Sable, Sumatra, Dusk, Vanilla, Sephora Welcome to My Loft Eyeliner

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow
Crisp, Sable, Sumatra, Dusk, Vanilla, Sephora Welcome to My Loft Eyeliner

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This is a great bargain and your eye looks don’t look too bad for no primer. the first two blush shades seem too light for me probably. I may check this out in store. But, I don’t think I would use all the colors. This would be great for a newcomer into makeup.

Even though I’m not buying this one, I really like the vast shade selection that’s offered here. I think this would be a good palette for someone who doesn’t have a lot of eyeshadows already. Probably not for someone like myself who has far too many dupes of these. Even dupes of dupes! Just a heads up: the grades are missing.

I really like the blushes. I like that the shadows have have a nice range of colors (browns, greens, purples, blues, grays) and the color combos go well together , but yeah, they definitely need the help of a primer or cream shadow base. Amethyst (purple with gold shimmer) is my fave

WOW, Christine – reviewing, testing, wearing and doing the dupes for this palette seems a Herculean task! I wonder how similar the shadow trios are to their regular trios…they do look VERY similar though I’d have to go to their site and look at them all (I don’t think the shadows in those trios have names; rather, each trio has one name for the whole trio but I’m not entirely sure). This looks like it would be a wonderful addition to the collection of somebody who didn’t have a lot of makeup or for someone who travels a LOT, LOT, LOT for work.

Weird, when I look at them at Smashbox’s own site, the trios have a name but I can see no individual shadow names….for example, Filter and Darkroom are 2 trios I like but I can find no individual shade names. They might be on the backs of the compacts but Smashbox doesn’t list them at the site, which is annoying.

Okay, I just looked at Sephora and THEY list the 3 colour names in each trio. Interestingly, Filter (one I’ve contemplated getting) contains both Sumatra and Sable (2 shades I really like) as well as Vanilla. But this ENTIRE palette costs less than or about the same as 2 trios, (depending on what the price will be in Canada) so it’s a really good value despite the crummy quality (if that makes ANY sense!)

Isn’t it odd that Smashbox’s own site wouldn’t name the individual shades in each trio but Sephora (and Ulta, which I rarely check, since they’re not in Canada) do have the names. You’d think Smashbox would be the one place where you COULD find the names.

It is! I wonder if they used to have the info and some site redesign moved the info, lol! Sephora sometimes makes up names (e.g. MUFE eyeshadows), but since ULTA and Sephora have the same info, it seems to make sense (plus, also aligns with the names here).

Thanks for the review, Christine. This palette looks terrible though. Pass! The Amethyst eyeshadow is the only thing I like from this palette.

It’s better than I thought it would be. I actually like a lot of the colors. I realize it needs primer, but I think Amethyst is beautiful.

There are lots of colours here – but too many are very similar to each other for my liking. Not enough greens for me… Also, in the swatches some of the colours looked very powdery and dry. Yes you would really need to use a primer. There would be lots of colours I wouldn’t use. However it is great for someone who hasn’t splurged already on a big palette.
I am wondering how your brush would go getting into those smallish pans

Ah, the grade is a letdown. I do like the design of the palette. It’s a nice change from the usual grid pattern (square next to square) I see on most makeup palettes.

It is a bit lower than I expected (it gave me more of a “B” feel when I was testing it), but at least it’s packed with product and (fairly) solvable issues.

I’ve thought about buying the Dark Room trio many times just for one shade. I’ve been wanting a dupe for Opal since the first time I swatched it. Now, thanks to your dupe list, I realize I’ve had one all along! I own UD’s Glinda palette! **slams head onto keyboard repeatedly**

By the way… that fact that you’ve reviewed this palette in such detail is both amazing and impressive! Thanks for all the work you do!

Just letting you know, the website is phenomenal on mobile. Normally, on the old site, a super long post like this would take forever to load and a lot of pictures wouldn’t upload or show up. Great job on the redesign!

Thanks for reviewing this Christine! I still haven’t tried mine yet! I was a little afraid for this review, and I was right to be! But, on the positive side, it could’ve been a lot worse. I’m gonna keep mine, and just use primer. I knew this wouldn’t be an A rated palette, because smashbox doesn’t generally get the best ratings, but it looks so cool and seemed like a good value. I really wish Amethyst had performed better, as it’s what really sold me (and it looked so good swatched!) I’m hoping Colourpop makes a shade like Amethyst, wouldn’t that be awesome?! 😉

The Smashbox Photo Op eyeshadow trios have always felt pretty average to me, with a few hits and misses here and there, so these ratings are pretty much what I was expecting. I gotta say though, Geranium is suuuuch a pretty blush shade.

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