Smashbox have brought out their first and only 3-in-1 kit for brows, face and eyes. This is a Christmas gift must-have for any makeup fans, and it’s a great addition to my collection. This post is based solely on my first impressions, but they’re pretty good impressions.
This is the definitive palette for shaping your brows, contouring your face and creating the perfect eye look. The matte packaging looks as luxurious as you could hope for, and also comes with a fully functional brow and shadow brush.
Included in the kit is a brow wax, two brow powders, two highlight shades (one matte, one shimmer), one bronzer, one contour powder and nine eyeshadows (six mattes, three shimmers). This palette is probably suitable for fair skin and haired people, but the highlights and eyeshadows are very wearable, and would be suited to any skin tone.
On the left are the brow wax and powders, centrally are the face powders and on the right are the eyeshadows. The double ended brush fits neatly at the bottom, and the eyeshadow end would make applying a wash of colour completely effortless.
As you can see, the brow powders are highly suited to people with fairer brows. I have pretty dark brows for my hair colour, and I think the darker are the two is perfect for me (it’s a little lighter than the Rimmel Brow Kit in 02). Taupe would be more suited to individuals with very light brown/dark blonde eyebrows, whereas Soft Brown is slightly darker. These are both very finely milled powders and so easy to apply.
I think the weakest part of this palette is the face powders, which is a shame since it’s supposed to be a face kit. That being said, the highlight shades are beautiful. There is a matte highlight for those who want a subtle face highlight, and a shimmer highlight which isn’t dissimilar to Mary-Lou Manizer by TheBalm. These are both very wearable highlighters and work really well in the kit. The bronzer and contour shades are what let the side down a little. The bronze shade is far too orange for most people (especially the fairer skin that this palette seems to be suited for), and the contour shade needs a lot of building to get the contour stark enough to even realise it’s there, and not just a bit of dirt on your cheek.
These eyeshadows are the perfect winter nudes.The shimmers have the most beautiful pigmentation, and it’s rare to get so many mattes in a palette. They’re so blendable and easy to wear that I can see myself reaching for these colours throughout autumn and into winter. I am yet to try them out enough to see if they stay put all day, but upon swatching, there doesn’t seem to be too much fallout which is always a big bonus.
Personally, I love it when palettes come with a ‘how-to’ guide. The guides that come with the Stila ‘In The…’ palettes are my go-to when I am stuck for eyeshadow inspiration. With these guides, you can scan the card using your smart phone on the smashbox palette’s website and a video is there for you enjoyment. These videos include eye-shaping basics, brow-shaping basics and a step by step guide to contouring. Brilliant for the newbies to the makeup world!
I think this palette is a little steep for £60, but if you’re quick and get your order in before Thursday night, you can get this for half price in Boots at a mere £30. I was drawn to this as soon as I saw that it was 50% off, because for 9 very wearable eyeshadows, two highlights and two brow colours I could use, it’s incredible value for money. Even with the bronzing aspect letting the kit down a little, this is good value for money. I wouldn’t necessarily want to travel with this as the packaging is pretty bulky and is held together by a magnet, but it’s a great one to keep in my collection. This palette is amazing for any makeup lover, whether they’re experienced in makeup application or relatively new to the field. Well done Smashbox, it’s a winning palette in my opinion.
PS. I need to apologise about my photography for the next couple of weeks. I’m trying out a few different styles before I settle on which to go for on my blog. This is looking like a winner at the moment but we’ll see within the next fortnight or so.