A surprise new eyeshadow palette release from Smashbox? Yes, please! And there’s seven of them? Now that’s just too good to be true. When the first pics of these new palettes from Smashbox dropped on Instagram, it took me about two seconds to get over to Sephora US to check them out properly. I think it’s fair to say I wasn’t the only one who had this response, as these palettes sold out in the space of a day.
The new Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes* are designed to be compact, purse-friendly palettes with intensely pigmented and highly blendable shadows. With seven shade ranges to choose from, I reckon there’s truly something for everyone. I truly couldn’t believe my luck when the day after the launch, a big ol’ box arrived with the whole collection inside. I knew what my very first priority had to be – swatches up on TBC for your viewing pleasure.
The packaging of each palette is great – sturdy, practical plastic with a mirror on the inside and an incredible holographic image on the front. The palettes themselves are a little smaller than my iPhone 6S so these are definitely going to be coming with me when I travel. There are eight shades in each palette – two larger ‘base’ shades at the top and six smaller ones underneath.
Ablaze has got to be the one that captured everyone’s attention straight away. A warm-shadow lover’s dream. Three mattes and six shimmers, varying from satiny to all out metallic finishes. There are reds, terracottas and beautiful warm golds in here, all complementing each other beautifully.
The metallic palette is, as you might’ve guessed, all shimmer. With some light pearlescent shades and plenty of golds, bronzes and taupes. Although I often prefer having at least one or two mattes shades in a palette, this is a great one for those who are looking to add a little more shimmery shades to their collection.
An all-matte palette that looks like it’s come straight out of my fantasies. There’s plenty of lighter transition shades and a couple of deeper browns to add a little more drama to the outer third of the eye. From swatching, the quality of these mattes is really smooth but on the eyes, some of the deeper shades do need a little bit of blending to reach full intensity.
Lots of deep, rich shades that are perfect for a smokey eye. There’s plenty of shimmers to choose from, depending on what kind of look you’re going for and two neutral base shades at the top that would work for pretty much anyone. The black in this palette has some beautiful glitter in the pan but this doesn’t translate particularly well onto swatches or the lid.
This one’s firmly outside of my comfort zone with a whole rainbow of brights to choose from. The matte formula is noticeably chalkier than in the other palettes, which is often the case with these kinds of shades. They require quite a bit of building up if you’re after an intense pop of colour. The two top shades are ‘transformer’ shades with the left one being a pearlescent white with a duo-chrome purple finish and the right being a deep red-based blue/purple shimmer.
An incredible contrast to the Bold palette is this arrangement of subtle, shimmering shades. The shimmer isn’t quite as intense in these shades, instead, they’re designed to give a sheeny look to the lid. This was one of the palettes that caught my attention straight away when these were first announced.
The other palette that I fell in love with immediately. It’s a little more neutral than Ablaze but still has those golds and plenty of warmth to win me over. The deep browns and lighter golden shades work so well together. I can already tell that this will probably go on to be my favourite of the bunch.
As is normally the case with Quick Swatch posts, I haven’t worn each and every shade shown here on my lids. But first impressions tell me that the mattes are incredibly smooth and blendable. The only slight letdowns are the bright shades in the Bold palette. The more metallic shades tend to lose their intensity if I get too aggressive with the blending but it’s just a matter of patting it onto the lid. I experience a little fallout with some shades so I find applying with a flat, dense brush is best.
I haven’t heard when/if these are launching in Australia but I’ll be sure to update when I know more. For now, just know that Smashbox have, once again, knocked it out of the park with these beauties.
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!