4.30.2012

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette and Brush Review and Swatches

The Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette and Brush ($48) has been calling my name ever since it came out. It has all of my favorite things - warm browns, some matte shades, coral, and gold!

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Artificial Light
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Natural Light


Now that I have it in my hands, I would say that I am about 90% satisfied. I love the color selection, which I believe is a great mix of unique, innovative shades and reliable neutrals. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows is stellar, with one notable exception. Unfortunately, about a third of the shades have quite a bit of fall out.

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette contains 9 eyeshadows, 2 cream eyeliners, a mini Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, and a double-ended eyeshadow/liner brush. The palette also comes with a how-to booklet with instructions for 3 eye looks. 

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette and Brush Photo Finish Lid Primer
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette, Brush, and Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette "Get the Look" How to Booklet
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette "Get the Look" How-To Booklet

Now for the swatches:

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette Bliss, Honey, Sandstone
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Bliss, Honey, Sandstone

I love Bliss, a matte cream shade that is super pigmented, soft, and blendable. Honey is warm yellow with a pink duochrome. I really like the idea of this shade, but it is not very pigmented. It requires a lot of layering to show up, but it looks awesome once it does. Sandstone is a silvery-beige shimmer.

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette Nude Sherbet Safari
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Nude, Sherbet, Safari
Nude is another one of my favorite shades from the Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette. It is a warm, medium brown that is super blendable. Unfortunately, it does have some fallout. Sherbet is a bright coral-peach with gold shimmer. Safari is olive green with gold shimmer (It is much more green in person. I apologize once more for the cell phone pics. I'm still waiting on my digital camera to get fixed!). Safari is very pigmented with lots of fall out.

Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette Pacific Praline Mocha
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Pacific, Praline, Mocha

Pacific is a pretty turquoise shimmer. Praline is a gorgeous bronze shimmer. This shade is super soft and pigmented but has TONS of fallout. Mocha is a deep, cool brown with shimmer.


Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette
Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette -
Gold and Bronze Cream Eyeliners

The Gold cream eyeliner is a lovely metallic shade that is actually more bronze-y than the so-called Bronze eyeliner. The Bronze eyeliner comes off as a warm brown with sheen. Both eyeliners are fairly creamy and easy to blend. They might dry out over time from being exposed to air in the palette.

A major PRO of the Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette is the diversity of the shades. I can imagine creating so many different looks with this! The inclusion of the gold cream eyeliner increases the possibilities exponentially.

The biggest CON is the amount of fall out that occurs when applying the shadows. Even with primer, I ended up with tons of dust under my eyes. Using a wet brush might reduce this problem, but you'll probably have to resign yourself to some clean up when using this palette. 

What do you think of the Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette? Will you be picking it up or do you have your eye on something else for summer?


6 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. I just read your tutorial! Your eyes are so pretty :)

      Delete
  2. I just got one myself and it is soo pretty, even the box! I haven't even opened it yet!
    This is a great review, thank you!

    Marilou
    www.twentyyork.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved the packaging as well! I also appreciated the how-to booklet. Even if I don't end up using them, I always get excited when how-tos are included :) Have fun with your palette!

      Delete
  3. What a beautiful palette... Thanks Nicole, another one for the wishlist...groan! Something tells me I'm going to have enough eye shadows to withstand a zombie apocalypse!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh my, that must be some serious eye shadow if it can withstand ZOMBIES! :)

      Delete