The Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette features 15 eyeshadows, 5 cream liners and a sample of Smashbox’s Photo Finish Eyelid Primer in a red reinforced cardboard box with a mirror. It also comes with cards showing you how to get six different looks using the set.
The formula on these shadows reminds me of Mac: there’s plenty of pigment, but you don’t get it from barely touching your brush to the powder like you do with Urban Decay or Stila. With Smashbox, you may need to get a decent amount of powder on your brush. You may also need to add a second layer. This gives you flexibility, because you can start out with a slightly lighter color than what’s in the plan, but you can also build up to exactly what’s in the pan. They’re long wearing even without primer.
Both the UD type formula, where barely touching the powder sometimes gives you enough color for both lids, and this type are good – it’s a matter of personal taste and how you apply shadow which one you’ll prefer. These shadows are pigmented, blendable and easy to work with. This is a great kit for a beginner, or someone who’s unsure about wearing color shadows.
I love the color selection here. They’re not too bright, but they are definitely colorful and fun to play with.
Finishes. There are two colors (9 and 11) I’d classify as “glitter” in this kit (it’s very fine glitter – see swatches below). The rest are shimmer, satin or matte. The shimmers and satins have a fantastic knack for playing with the light that’s very flattering. Some of the mattes are pretty average – Stila mattes are far more pigmented – but these perform well. And it’s always nice just to get a few mattes in a holiday palette, where so many lines seem to assume everybody wants glitter, glitter, glitter.
While I always prefer waterproof liner products, Smashbox’s cream eyeliners do a decent job of staying put (which is my typical problem with non-waterproof liners). The texture glides on very smoothly, and the color is opaque. You have some time to smudge them before they set. They can also be used as eyeshadow or colored bases (the Get The Looks give you instructions on both techniques). I tend to use them more as bases or as eyeshadows than liners, but I do think they’re good as liners for anyone who doesn’t prefer waterproof.
The top line of shadows is on the pale side, so a couple of them are very close to my skin color. Don’t worry – they are pigmented, and they do show up.
The palette just numbers these colors 1-5. I’ll describe them in order: matte beige pink, shimmered light pink pearl, shimmered gray-blue, matte apricot and matte ivory.
These are: shimmery cool pale pink, vibrant matte rose (this matte is VERY pigmented), shimmered steel gray, shimmered orange with gold glitter and shimmered bright golden yellow.
The final shadow colors are: deep shimmered taupe, satin plum, satin blue that glints purple, shimmered bronze and shimmered green with yellow undertones.
Now for the cream liners. The thick and thin lines are to show you what it looks like as an eyeshadow or base, and as a liner.
The purple cream liner has a shimmery quality to it that’s really pretty. If you smudge it, the edges end up a sort of brownish plum.
The black cream liner is very matte black, and if you smudge it (see right edge of first swatch), it will sheer out to a deep brownish color.
The blue cream liner is a deep sapphire with similar shimmery qualities to the purple liner. If you smudge it out, the edges become a dark gray.
The brown cream liner is matte, but it has a nice dimension to it. It’s a warm chocolate color, and smudges out to a lighter version of itself.
The yellow cream liner is a shimmered gold that smudges out to a lighter version of the same color. It’s a gorgeous gold eyeliner, and it also makes a terrific shadow or shadow base.
The eyelid primer
The eyelid primer is also good. I used it recently when I had a patch of dry scaly skin on one of my lids (oh thank you, winter), and it did a shockingly good job of evening out the texture. This one is heavier than Urban Decay’s primer potion, but it dries to a powder/dry finish much the same way UDPP does. It does lay down some pigment to even out lid colors. I think it would look a little ghostly on someone with darker skin, so be sure to apply it only where you’re going to apply other color products.
I’m very happy with this palette. It’s a great way to try a big sampling of three Smashbox products at one go. I recommend it for beginners and people who want to experiment with color but aren’t so confident about it, because these colors are so blendable and easy to work with.