Smashbox Studio Pop Ultimate palette review, photos, swatches {Part 4}

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Smashbox Studio Pop Ultimate palette

Smashbox Studio Pop Ultimate Palette

The Smashbox Studio Pop Ultimate Palette features 45 eyeshadows which I reviewed in Part 2 and Part 3. This part covers the blushes, highlights, bronzer and cream eyeliners. Side note: I found all the powder products in this grouping (blush, highlighter, bronzer) are deeper on skin than they appear in the pan – which is good, since they all look pale in the pan and they’re actually more varied than you’d think.

Blushes, bronzer, highlights

Closeup of Lens Soft Lights powder highlight

Lens Soft Lights

Closeup of Lens Soft Lights swatch

Lens Soft Lights swatch

Lens Soft Lights is a pale apricot with a light shimmer. You can use this as a highlight or blush. It’s very finely milled, and does not call attention to any flaws in my skin. The pigmentation is high, but the texture is extremely blendable, which is a great combination in a highlight product. It can be very subtle if you apply it lightly – you’ll be able to see the difference it makes, but others won’t quite know why they think you look great. This one should look good on just about any skin tone, including very dark and warm ones.

Closeup of Warm Apricot Blush

Warm Apricot Blush

Warm Apricot is a soft orange blush that tends toward coral the more you diffuse it. It’s got a very fine gold shimmer that’s subtle yet noticeable. It doesn’t highlight any flaws in my skin. It will work for warm skin tones and any cooler skin tones that can take any degree of peach. It’s deep and pigmented enough to work for many deeper skin tones.

Closeup of Prism Soft Lights powder highlight

Prism Soft Lights

Closeup of Prism Soft Lights swatch

Prism Soft Lights swatch

Prism Soft Lights is the second and final highlighter in this collection. It’s a cool toned lilac pink that could perhaps also be used as a blush on some skin tones, but not mine – I’m light and slightly warm toned, and it looked an odd bluish pink on my as a blush. But as a highlighter, it’s something else entirely – it’s got a lot of shimmer, but it sheers out as much or as a little as you like, making it very easy to achieve just the effect you want. And as a highlight, it worked well with my warm undertones – it should work well with cool skin tones and most warm ones, but on some it may turn ashy.

Closeup of Passion Blush

Passion Blush

Closeup of Passion Blush swatch

Passion Blush swatch

Passion Blush is a medium deep rosy matte – which I wasn’t expecting, given how light it looks in the pan. It’s finely milled, so it’s both blendable and buildable. This is highly pigmented, so start with just a tap of your brush and add more if you want the color deeper. Sheered out, this one is great on lighter skin tones. Not sheered out, it should work for many deeper skin tones.

Closeup of Petunia Blush

Petunia Blush

Closeup of Petunia Blush swatch

Petunia Blush swatch

Petunia Blush is a light coral matte. It’s got more pink than Warm Apricot, and no shimmer. This one is a good neutral that can work for both cool and warm skin tones and should be almost universally flattering.

Closeup of Sunkissed Matte Bronzer

Sunkissed Matte Bronzer

Closeup of Sunkissed Matte Bronzer swatch

Sunkissed Matte Bronzer swatch

Sunkissed Matte Bronzer is a peachy matte bronzer. At first I thought it would be Oompah Loompah city, but it’s more yellow than orange based, and that keeps it from looking peculiar. That said, no bronzer is the right shade for everybody, and I think this will be best on fair skin. I’m light skinned with a lot of redness, and find cool-toned bronzers more flattering than warm. However, I can wear this as a matte blush, and a lot of deeper skin tones will find it flattering in that capacity too. I was also able to use it as a contour for my cheekbones.

Cream eyeliners

Closeup of Ivy Cream Eyeliner

Ivy Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Ivy Cream Eyeliner swatch

Ivy Cream Eyeliner swatch

Ivy Cream Eyeliner is a shimmery aqua green. It’s got plenty of pigment and color payoff, but it’s a rather light color (as eyeliners go) that reflects a lot of light. It applies very smoothly and didn’t migrate, smudge or fade on me during the course of the day.

Closeup of Caviar Cream Eyeliner

Caviar Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Caviar Cream Eyeliner swatch

Caviar Cream Eyeliner swatch

Caviar Cream eyeliner is a soft matte black. It’s rich in pigment and opaque, but it’s not a super-dark black so it looks more natural but still vibrant. It glides on easily so you can apply it more softly or more heavily, as you prefer. It wears surprisingly well in the waterline, lasting as long as many pencil eyeliners I’ve tried (though not as long as some – but you can set it with a powder eyeshadow and the combination will last very well).

Closeup of Fortune Cream Eyeliner

Fortune Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Fortune Cream Eyeliner swatch

Fortune Cream Eyeliner swatch

Fortune Cream Eyeliner is a deep golden bronze shimmer. This one has a tendency to squish out from beneath your brush and end up a little bit sheer. With a little patience, you can still pack it on. It’s really beautiful as a tightline overtop of Caviar for your main liner.

Closeup of Picasso Cream Eyeliner

Picasso Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Picasso Cream Eyeliner swatch

Picasso Cream Eyeliner swatch

Picasso Cream Eyeliner is a navy blue matte. It’s got plenty of pigment and applies very smoothly, like Caviar. It also wears well through the day without migrating or fading.

Closeup of Midnight Brown Cream Eyeliner

Midnight Brown Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Midnight Brown Cream Eyeliner swatch

Midnight Brown Cream Eyeliner swatch

Midnight Brown Cream Eyeliner is a deep matte brown. It glides on nicely and wears well, like the other mattes in this collection. This one has plenty of pigment, but can also be smudged or applied lightly for a soft look.

Closeup of Taupe Cream Eyeliner

Taupe Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Taupe Cream Eyeliner swatch

Taupe Cream Eyeliner swatch

Taupe Cream Eyeliner is a shimmery gray brown. This one performs every bit as well as the mattes, gliding on smoothly with plenty of pigment. It wears well through the day.

Closeup of Deep Purple Cream Eyeliner

Deep Purple Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Deep Purple Cream Eyeliner swatch

Deep Purple Cream Eyeliner swatch

Deep Purple Cream Eyeliner is a deep shimmery purple with blue and burgundy undertones. The more sheer the application, the more burgundy you see, and the more heavily it’s applied, the more blue you see. This one can be a little fussy – the pigment is there, but applying it over powder (as on the upper lashline) seems to make it sheer out.

Closeup of Gilt Cream Eyeliner

Gilt Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Gilt Cream Eyeliner swatch

Gilt Cream Eyeliner swatch

Gilt Cream Eyeliner is a shimmery golden yellow. It’s got pigment, and it applies and wears well. This is a nice color for an inner corner highlight.

Closeup of Smoke Cream Eyeliner

Smoke Cream Eyeliner

Closeup of Smoke Cream Eyeliner swatch

Smoke Cream Eyeliner swatch

Smoke Cream Eyeliner is a charcoal gray with silver shimmer. It glides on as well as the mattes and stays all day. You can pack it on to get more shimmer effect or sheer it out a little to get a soft gray with just a hint of shimmer.

Stay tuned for Part 5. {See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 5.}

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