Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Best Of The Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes


Eyeshadow palettes are the way to this girls heart.

That's no secret. What is a secret though (from my boyfriend) is my collection, which grows all the time and will likely continue to do so until I run out of space to stash everything. Even then, I'd never stop buying them, trying them or loving them. Thus is the life of an eyeshadow palette addict. My latest additions are no exception and are now proudly sitting in the pride of place in my make-up drawers, all showing off their sheer gorgesousness, just calling me to use them all the time. Yep, I'm talking about the Smashbox Cover Shot palettes.

Can we take a moment to also appreciate how absolutely amazing the Smashbox releases have been so far this year? If you haven't checked out their goodies recently, you need to because I feel like they're absolutely knocking it out of the park with their latest releases. The new Spotlight Highlighting Palettes and the Be Legendary Liquid Lips in metallic finishes are calling my name and taunting my bank balance. But for me, being an eyeshaodw palette lover, I had to get my 2017 Smashbox hoard started with their Cover Shot palettes. Because...damn, those palettes are on fire.


Not just one palette, but six different variations in the range, if you like palettes then check this collection out. Smashbox created the range based on the trends they were spotting in their LA Studios - which ensures the shades are all bang on trend right now, with complimenting colours to help create key looks and trends this season. You could think of these palettes as high fashion pieces for your face and you wouldn't be far wrong.

Each palette in the collection has 8 shades in total with 2 being super sized versions deigned for use on the base of your lid (where you apply the most product.) The finishes themselves vary between palettes but other than the all matte palette, you'll find the two bigger base pans are a matte finishe and the rest of the shades are a mix between high intensity shimmer and foil finishes. Basically this gal's kinda eyeshadow palettes.

My favourite palette picks in the range would have to be Golden Hour and Smoky because I like my eyeshadows to be full colour payoff with bold shades right now, so they both tick those boxes.


Golden Hour
Golden Hour is the warm toned palette in the range. I love the red toned palettes that are literally everywhere right now, but this one goes back to the warm toned roots and sticks with the more golden end of the colour spectrum. It's a stunning array of warm golden and more neutral shimmer shades to help create an array of looks. Golden shades have always been known to help the eyes really pop, and the extreme pigmentation of these palettes ensures the eye looks you create are striking. The pigmentation is so rich, and the formula is so creamy and blendable that you don't need a lot of each shade to get maximum payoff. I find golden palettes are really versatile for all skin tones too and this one is no different. I'm very fair skinned and it really works for me, but I can imagine it looking striking on darker skintones too.


Smashbox Cover Shot Golden Hour Eye Palette Swatches
Smokey
The smokey eye lovers dream, this palette is a must-have if you like dark eye looks and smoldering styles of eye make-up. The Smokey palette is a good twist on other 'smokey' styled palettes because it's not just the usual grey tones. This one has two colour shades (a burgundy red and a dark green) to help create those edgy smokey looks with a twist by adding the colour to your lid or crease. As with the Golden Hour palette, the pigmentation is amazing - Smashbox have nailed the quality with these palettes - meaning you get high intensity colour payoff with very little product. With this one I love the fact that you could have a very neutral 'barely there' lid and then add the darker and smokey shades just to the crease for a subtle look, or go all out with the darker shades all over the lid and crease for a more striking smokey eye. Again, it's another really versatile palette!


Smash box Cover Shot Smoky Eye Palette Swatches
For me these palettes tick every box:

 >> High intensity colour payoff
>> Excellent pigmentation
>> Versatile choice of shades
>> Creamy texture making them easy to blend and layer
>> Good mix of shimmer and foiled shades (my favourite finishes)
>> Good value for money: 8 shades at £24 per palette means it works out at £3 per shade

Plus each palette itself is small, compact and make-up bag friendly, meaning it won't run riot in your handbag.

For me the Cover Shot Eye Palettes are essentials if you're a lover of eye palettes like me, and I highly recommend you check them out and see which takes your fancy.

Which of these appeals to your make-up style the most?

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