I picked up this new shadow palette by Smashbox a couple of months ago and I am (finally!) getting around to reviewing it now. I really have soooo many posts to write up, piles of makeup sitting on my floor and lots of other photos and goodies to blog about — I have lots and lots of free time over the next few days (YAY!), so I’m going to try to catch up on blogging as much as I can!
This is actually the mini version of the new Smashbox palette, which is part of their “On the Rocks” Holiday 2014 Collection. This version comes with 12 (super pretty) jewel-toned shadows and the full-size version has 28 different hues. I actually picked this up in the Impulse Beauty section at Macy’s when it first came out a couple of months ago — the super pretty diamond and gem packaging (naturally) caught my eye. I paid 36 bucks for it but it looks like you can get it for $29 on the Smashbox website, and it’s also on sale for $29 at ULTA (these palettes are not currently available at Sephora).
I kind of wish I got some better photos for this post, but I waited so long to write it up so I don’t really want to stop and try to take better pics right now. I took all of the photos in this post at night so I’m kind of iffy about them because I definitely prefer to take photos during the daytime when I can get a good amount of sunlight.
I’m also pretty new to posting photos of myself/how the makeup looks on me so I’m a little nervous about posting these photos of my face. I think it’s just one of those things that you have to get used to … and I’m sure that my photos will come out a lot better after I get some more practice. So please excuse them for now because I am still learning 🙂
Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette ($29 for .04 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “limited-edition palette with 12 party-perfect shades” of Smashbox’s “best-selling, super blendable” Photo Op eyeshadows. The highly pigmented shadows have a “super blendable, velvety formula” for even color and lasting wear.
I honestly do not have one bad thing to say about this palette. I’m usually pretty picky when it comes to eyeshadows, especially because my eyes tear a lot so the shadows I wear have to stay put. These definitely had great staying power — I used Smashbox’s Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer, which I love and it definitely helps the shadows stay in place all day.
These shadows are SUPER blendable. I actually tried out a new shadow palette after using these for a few days and I saw a HUGE difference. These go on very smooth and they blend together really well. Even though I bought the smaller palette, I think it still has a great range of colors that you can wear day and night, both dramatic looks and more toned-down looks.
This is the first time I’ve ever really taken photos of my own eyeshadow looks. They’re not the greatest pics but, like I said before, I’m sure I’ll get better with practice! My eyes were tearing a LOT when I did this look (above) so that’s why you can see the crease a little bit and the silver color looks really faded. I just couldn’t fix it as much as I tried. Also, I took these photos at night with super flash and I think they would have come out better if I took them during the daytime.
I actually liked the On The Rocks palette a lot better than Smashbox’s Full Exposure Palette. I’m pretty sure that the Full Exposure palette doesn’t come with Smashbox’s Photo Op eyeshadows. I just found that the shadows in the Full Exposure palette didn’t blend nearly as well as the Photo Op shadows in the On The Rocks palette. The On The Rocks colors also seem a lot more heavily pigmented, so they came out a lot better when I applied them.
So this was my first real review post where I posted photos of myself wearing the makeup … I’m not going to lie, I’m actually a little nervous to post this! I have a new eyeshadow palette from Julep that I’m going to review next and a bunch of other new makeup to practice on soooo stay tuned !
All products in this post were purchased by me. All reviews are my 100% honest and truthful opinion.
Pricing & Availability:
The Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette costs $29 at Smashbox.com and ULTA.com. It can also be purchased in Macy’s Impulse Beauty department, ULTA stores and select retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics (this particular palette is not currently available at Sephora).