Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette
Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette

Softlight

Smashbox Softlight Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features a smoky take on “soft” shades of gold, peach, and brown. 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.

This was the worst palette in the bunch, as it did not work well even over primer–the formula was just too dusty and dry. The eyeshadows ran together, sheered out, and faded within five hours of wear. No matter whether I used two shades or five shades, it looked like the same faded, shimmery beige eye.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/02

Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Keeper Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Keeper

Keeper is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was drier and prone to sheering out, so it left just a wash of semi-sheer shimmer once I started to blend it. If I patted it on and barely touched the edges, it looked opaque for three hours–then it seemed to just fade and fade and fade.

01/02

Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Spectacle Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Spectacle

Spectacle is a pale lavender with cooler undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a dry, dusty consistency that did not apply evenly, blended away to next to nothing, and had little staying power even when just patted and left unblended on the lid (four hours).

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/02

Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Starlight Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Starlight

Starlight is a light-medium peachy beige with warmer, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it had the same dry, dusty texture that sheered away as soon as I attempted to blend it on the skin. The color lasted for five hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Fresh Take Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Fresh Take

Fresh Take is a medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that was difficult to apply, as there was not much that adhered to the lid, even when patted and packed onto the lid. The color seemed to vanish by the fourth hour.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

01/02

Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Cascade Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Cascade

Cascade is a muted, medium pinky-coral with gold shimmer. The texture was very powdery and thin, which resulted in the eyeshadow sheering out very easily over the lid, despite having good pigmentation–it just didn’t stick! This shade faded within five hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Aglow Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Aglow

Aglow is a soft mauve with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a dry, dusty, and thin texture that lasted for a mere two hours on me. Even over primer, it was gone after four hours!

01/02

Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Well, Hello Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Well, Hello

Well, Hello is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and fine copper flecks of shimmer. It had sheer pigmentation with a dry, dusty texture that sheered out as soon as I attempted to blend it out. The color lasted for two hours on me.

01/02

Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow
Smashbox Beach House Cover Shot Eyeshadow

Beach House

Beach House is a medium-dark brown with warmer undertones and a golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that was prone to sheering out when I worked with it. The color just didn’t adhere well to the lids at all for me. I noticed fading within five hours of wear.

Where to Buy

Current Sales & Deals

  • NordstromHalf-yearly sale begins, shop here, ends 1/03. Select your personal 10x points day, Level 1, ends 12/17.
  • Sephora
    • Receive a FREE Fresh CrΓ¨me Ancienne Supreme Face Serum deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code ANCILENNE, ends 12/30.
    • Receive a FREE Origins Checks and Balancesβ„’ Frothy Face Wash deluxe sample with code FROTHY, ends 12/31.
    • Receive a Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Deluxe Sample Set with any $35 purchase with code VIBBLOOM (VIB only), ends 12/31.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!

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.

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

46 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.

So happy you posted this today … was seriously considering buying it lol! So, thank you for saving me money :p

This may be asking much, but do you know of a similarly-themed palette? I love soft pastels and the like but oftentimes they’re dusty as all hell. My search continues…

I was googling spring releases and kvd is doing a pastel goth palette. It’ll be interesting to see what she can do with pastels. Hardly what we think of from kvd. If that comes out ok, then Kendo should have done a better job with the Sephora watercolor palette. Well, they should have, anyway. I still might get that COTY palette remaindered. There has to be 19$ worth of decent shadow in it. But that did not fare well here on T. I’d love a decent pastel palette as well.

For soft neutrals (also a favorite of mine) I immediately think of Viseart Paris Nude, which has similar colors to this palette but with amazing textures . Also the NARS dual-intensity shadows–some gorgeous muted colors that are nonetheless bright and glowy-looking. Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, Rouge Bunny Rouge, and Cle de Peau also come to mind. If you love Tarina Tarantino shadows, I adore Floriculture (and Christine’s eye look with it, which I’ve worn oodles of times since discovering it); out of 8 pans, only one is dark, and it’s a beautiful plum. The rest remind me very much of what I thought this Smashbox palette would be.

It’s funny because when I first saw the swatches, I thought most of these were highlighters, the pigment was so sheer. Well, skip for me, as these already look half-eaten, and my oily lids will take care of the rest in no time πŸ˜‰

Always get a chuckle out of an epic fail I avoided due to this blog. Thanks, as always. I can usually pick a couple of shades in each..like the big pan bluish in bold, the green and burgundy in smoky, and aglow in this one. Delving deeper into the dupes (excuse the alliteration) it looks as if Tarte metallics poker face is the one. The S SAs say those fit in their well palette, and poker face would be a good addition to my diy en taupe palette. See, there is ALWAYS a good take-away from Temptalia!

I would not have ever thought to see a palette this bad!! So unfortunate to hear how poor performing these are – it looks like a well-made palette too! I like that the colours are far more low-maintenance!

That is really a shame – the brand should not have released this if they knew (and they would) it wasn’t as good as the others in the series. It lets the series down, because up until now, the palettes have been quite stellar.

Unfortunately I agree with your review. Ordered it early access because I was certain the colors would be great. Boy was I wrong on that one!

Oh i’m disappointed in this one! I’m really fair and I like a sheer wash of neutrals on the lid and was really looking forward to this lil palette. Looks like an easy skip. Dang it. I never got my hands on the original Rainforest of the Sea palette so I’m still on the hunt for the perfect pocket sized light neutral palette. I’d love suggestions, fellow readers!

I completely agree. I somehow managed to collect all seven palettes, and this is the only one that I considered returning. However, because I have quite a few palettes that lack a highlight or brow bone shade, I know I can make use of this.

It is strange, isn’t it? I would say that, overall, their shimmery shades are a little softer than average, but they were not nearly as difficult to work with as this one!

Ouch! Epic fail!
It does indeed look more like a highlighter palette on most of the swatches. You’d have to have very pale lids for these to show up as anything except a pale beige shimmer.

I was considering buying this during the Ulta 20% off sale also.If these were done right they could have been stunning.A small palette of inner corner,brow bone,and base colors in different soft tones would be great but it would have to be pigmented and have a nice shimmer to some of them.This just sounds so bad.So glad I did not purchase!!

Thank you for the honest review! The Smashbox cover shots really appeal to me and I’ve been trying to narrow down which ones I want. It is amazing how some influencers on youtube who got their PR package for free hyped this particular palette up :/

Yes, the difference is you always disclose and are 100% honest and uninfluenced to give great reviews on mediocre products πŸ™‚ I think most people like me don’t have tons of disposable income to spend on makeup and want to make the most of their money. For me it is a once in awhile indulgence. I know something is up when ytubers are saying the same palette you reviews and making it sound better than it is by saving it is an awesomely pigmented for a bridal palette for soft looks are full of it -_- I always use your reviews as the main point of research and branch off from there to see what others say. Thank you so much for saving so many people money with your reviews <3

Thank you! πŸ™‚ Just wanted to make sure you saw the disclosure.

I totally agree – you have to approach all reviews with the idea that for someone, this might be the one product they save up for – maybe all month, maybe all year – and I don’t want people to waste their money!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!