“Ooooh. An eye palette. An eye palette with a proper brush. That makes a change from the usual crappy foam applicator you usually get with eyeshadows! The brush even gets a mention on the packaging- “eye shadow palette & brush”. So it’s obviously a brush worth shouting about.
The palette feels very sleek and well-built; unexpectedly heavy but not so heavy that you’d think twice about taking it away with you. The clasp works nicely. Am I boring you to death yet? Inside we have ten shadows and….a brush! The mirror in the lid is large, which is an extra-extra bonus. The shades, I can see instantly, are all shades that I will love to wear. Nothing too bright, nothing too outlandish; there are four shimmery shadows and six matte. Mattes include a gorgeous grey which – hold on! I can see shimmer in it! I think? OK – we have five shimmers and five matte. A useful matte brown and nudey cream, a pale pink (probably my least favourite) a dusky mauvey pink and a darker grey with bluish undertones. Shimmer-wise, there’s a pinky one, a brown maybe slightly bronzey one, a greenish sparkly khaki typed shade (doing well, Crilly, doing well) and a muted, antiquey gold.
[I’d just like to categorically state that I shall never be attempting to describe that many colours in one go ever again. That was bloody useless.]
The shadows apply beautifully. I have a picture to vouch for this; I applied the following ‘look’ (used in the loosest sense of the term, obviously) in approximately thirty seconds. Just now! Each shade blends very well; the shimmers are easy to apply over the mattes and all of the tones complement each other nicely.
The powders are fine and soft but the shadows are long-wearing. And the brush? The brush is actually very good! Although I’m not entirely sure that it’s from the same run as the Smashbox brushes (sold separately for over £20 each), it makes pretty light work of the whole blending business. Each shadow works out at around £4 (taking off a nominal, entirely made-up price of £4 for the brush!) which isn’t too devastating. £44, the total price of the palette, sounds slightly more devastating – I was expecting it to come in at around £30 – a bit of a shock. However, I really can’t fault the quality on this, and if you’re a ‘safe’ eyeshadow wearer (like me!) you’ll get a lot of use out of it.
I have never really come across Smashbox before – I’ve seen it on counters whilst galavanting about on my travels, but never tested it out. I’m impressed – it’s nice stuff! The sheen you see on my face in the photograph is from another Smashbox product – more on that soon!
Smashbox ‘In Bloom’ Eye Shadow Palette & Brush, £44 from Debenhams.