Smashbox recently released their Cover Shot Eye Palettes, a collection of seven new colour combinations, each of which contain six shades and two double-sized base shades. I think I’ve mentioned before that I feel there’s a bit of a backlash against palettes with hundreds of shades as I think people are now seeking more streamlined, edited palettes, so the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes are perfectly timed.
The seven colour variations are Metallic, Matte, Golden Hour, Softlight, Smoky, Bold, and the extremely popular Ablaze. As you can see, every taste is covered and there is literally something for everyone. There’s also a really funky holographic design on each of the lids, which alter and change as you move them around. I’ve been trying out three of the palettes, so here’s a closer look at each of them:
All three of the palettes have become favourites as they’re so easy to use and work with, but out of the three, I’d say Metallics is the one I reach for least, mostly because you get a good strong hit of colour in a foil-like finish, which is the sort of look I’d only go for during the evenings. The colours are beautiful, with lots of bronze and rose gold as well as a gentle lilac grey too.
Softlight is the sweetest, loveliest collection of colours I’ve seen in a palette for a while and is quite a contrast to the strong pops of colour we’re used to seeing; these are, instead, very gentle washes that add the tiniest hint of colour and definition, making them ideal for those of us who like a barely there make-up look. This would also be a great starter palette for a teenager who wants to try make-up.
I am such a sucker for a matte palette and the Matte edit is especially fab, with a great selection of very wearable shades that are a little murky and dirgy – basically everything I love in an eyeshadow! This is my most reached for out of the three as it’s right up my street, plus the formula is really buttery whilst providing a solid, matte finish. Check out all of the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes here – link – for £24.