Sunday, January 15, 2012

SMASHBOX Photo Op Mega Palette Swatches and Review

I got this palette from my dad and stepmother for Christmas. I absolutely love it and perfect for everyday use, travel or just as a carry along, if you are like me and can not go any where with out touch up makeup, due to the "just in case anything happens factor"

This pallet is only available on QVC  here and retails for $93, thankful it was a gift for me, but I believe it is well worth price, considering the quality and amount and variety of makeup you receive in the palette.

The palette includes:

56 photo op eyeshadows
4 brow tech powders
8 cream eyeliners
2 blushes
3 soft lights
 4 lip glosses

DAMN! that's a lot in one palette!!

This is palette closed:

Opened, it has a plastic protective cover on the products, with the individual name of each one

This is what it looks like without the plastic protective covering

Here are the swatches and my thoughts on whats inside:

Top row: Vanilla, Flirt, Linen, Frost, Ambient, Haze, Golden Orchard
Bottom row: Frambois. Serpent, Dusk, Chestnut, Aubergine, Naked, Nector

Top row: Mist, Alabaster, Crisp, Cinnamon Toast, Rose, Sky, Doe
Bottom row: Roast, Obsidian, Truffle, Bliss, Putty

Top row: Vanilla, Vapor, Champagine, Opal, Sable, Amathyst, Flamingo
Bottom row: Granite, Sumatra, Nocturnal, Java, Blackout, Oyster, Parafait, Butter, Sand

Top row: Zoom, Cabernet, Azure, Vapor, Royal, Ash
Bottom row: Peacock, Thunder, Minx, Fizz, Pebble, Sienna

REVIEW on EYESHADOWS:  All these swatches were takes on bare skin with no primer, The color selection in this palette is really great and I like the variety of darks, lights, shimmers and mattes. The shimmers and dark colors have really great color payoff and the mattes come off a bit chalky without the primer. When I use my trusty UDPP in eden, every single color in this palette pop and the mattes look amazing. 

Cream Eyeliners: Ivy, Gilt, Picasso, Lava, Midnight Purple, Image, Midnight brown Cavier

REVIEW: These are really great as an eyeliner, but as a base they crease. I would recommend ONLY putting this on lid if you going to use these as a base and do not go pass the crease at all. Even with a premier they crease.

Brow Tech Powders: Blonde, Taupe, Auburn, Brunette

REVIEW: No complaints here. Great color selection and the Brunette matches my eyebrows great and there is a brow wax included to set the powder and keep your eyebrows in tact.

BLUSH: Posy Pink, Warm Apricot

REVIEW: LOVE LOVE LOVE these two blushes. The texture, color, and color payoff is amazing.

SOFT LIGHTS: Lens, Prism, Shimmer

REVIEW: These are highlighter and I love them also. The color select and texture is amazing.

LIPGLOSSES: Buff, Bitten, Guava, Mulberry

REVIEW: These are ok, they are very sheer and not very long wearing at all.

OVERALL: AMAZING palette! I love the functionality of it and the variety. However, the mattes and lip glosses are the down fall of the palette. If you enjoy having all your makeup with you at all time and are always being asked to do your friends makeup where ever you (like I am!) Then this palette is a goldmine for you!

I hope you enjoyed this review!!


Angie said...

My bf got me a very similar Smashbox palette from Ulta for Christmas, too lazy to look up the name in my post, but I LOVE it! I use it all the time. I think the only differance it mine has 1 more blush and maybe 2 more lip products, and doesn't include so many eyeshadows or the brow powder. Mine also comes with travel brushes, but doesn't come with the plastic cover with the names, sure wish it did!

I agree about the lipglosses, and I still don't understand why they need to be included in a palette. Unlike you I don't carry the palette around with me, so it would do me no good.

Jess said...

OHHH lucky you to get travel brushes!! That is the one thing I wish this came with to make it complete! Your boyfriend is a smart man to get that palette. Enjoy you palette and thanks for the comment

penelope_amor said...

Ooooh! That's a pretty awesome palette!!!! =)

The Peach said...

Wow! There is a ton of great colors in this palette! Love the blushes and highlighters! Thanks for the swatches!

Amalia J said...

Awesome review! What a beautiful palette, I love the brow shades and the eyeshadows especially!

Mz. More said...

Gorgeous palette with great color pay off!