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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo-Op Eyeshadow Palette

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When comes to eyeshadows, I'm all about palettes. A good one has everything you need in one place and take up so much less space than singles. Plus, they just look so damn fine- shadows of every colour and texture all lined up *drools* Oh, yeah. That said, I do try to contain myself (you know, in not hoarding every palette) but when I spied the new Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo-Op Eyeshadow Palette I knew it was going to have to be mine. Not convinced? Read on to see it in it's full glory!

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Take in this thing of beauty... I was initially taken aback as it's smaller than I expected- it's a bit larger than my hand-, but the compact size paired with the fact that palette has a weighty, durable feel, magnetic closure and a full mirror make this a great palette for traveling or in an already over stuffed makeup bag (not that any of you have one... *coughs*)

What really makes this worth while is obviously the contents. The best description for this palette would be neutrals with a twist, as the shades are all in that neutral territory but some with a cherry twist, and of course a few to give a smoldering smokiness. The mix of mattes and shimmers makes this a well rounded palette that works well for both day to day and when you want a bolder, smokey look.

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Having never used Smashbox shadows- I love their cream shadows, but have never dabbled in their powder shadows- I wasn't exactly sure what to expect in terms of texture. Honestly, there is nothing to worry about. The mattes are smooth, pigmented and almost creamy feeling. They apply and blend with ease and I am already hooked on Bare (an pink-almond type shade) as it makes for the perfect base shade, blending shade and matte highlight. The shimmers/satins are just as pigmented, with a dreamy smooth texture and so incredibly gorgeous. Shades of note are Oxidize, which sums up the tone of the palette with it's rosey-bronze hue, and Topaz, the cooler shade out of the bunch, an  antique campaign with glints of green that is unlike any shade I've ever seen.

Overall, I am a major fan of this palette! My only small complaint is that the two deep mattes- Cocoa and Ebony- are so close in shade once applied. It would have been nice to get one other shade. Otherwise, and excellent addition to any stash. What do you think? Need it or is it a pass?