The Smashbox Studio Pop Ultimate Palette features 45 eyeshadows from their Photo Op formula. I reviewed the first half or so of the “trios” of eyeshadows here in Part 2. This part will look at the rest of the shadows, and Part 4 will look at everything else.
The quality on these is terrific, which is unusual for holiday palettes in general. This one actually represents Smashbox in all its usual quality, which is quite high.
- Frost is a very pale pink with neutral undertones and a mild shimmer finish. Pigmentation is slightly sheer, but it applies very smoothly. You can build it to be opaque or you can use it as a highlight color where that slight sheerness really works for you.
- Frambois is abold deep rose satin. This one goes on super creamy, almost like you’re actually using a cream shadow. The color payoff is just terrific.
- Aubergine is a deep black-purple matte that leave me gasping. It’s so beautiful in the pan, and then it goes on just like that on your lid. It’s super creamy and pigmented – great as a liner or shadow.
- Sand is a light neutral beige matte. It’s very smooth and creamy, and blends beautifully. It’s pretty dupable, but it’s one of those colors that makes any palette complete.
- Fawn is a light-medium warm brown matte. This is a really nice contouring color for a light or natural look. Again, it’s very creamy with great color payoff.
- Spruce is a medium fern green with lots of gold shimmer. Unfortunately, something in the texture makes this one a little bit sheerer, so you have to build it up to get the pan color. This doesn’t stop me from working with it, given how gorgeous it is, but it’s one of those things where it just doesn’t apply quite as easily as you imagine from looking at it.
- Oyster is a very light yellow with mild shimmer. It’s almost got a metallic effect in certain light. It goes on smoothly with very good color payoff.
- Carnation is a warm light pink – almost a peachy-pink – with very fine gold shimmer. It’s got that texture that’s so smooth and finely milled that it goes on unexpectedly creamy with great pigmentatoin.
- Asap is a warm medium brown metallic. I’ve fallen in love with it – it’s got a lovely hint of warmth without quite straying into orange or red territory. This is yet another super-smooth, creamy one.
- Bliss is a light yellow beige matte. It’s super pigmented and creamy, working very well as a base or color of its own. I love this one as a no-shimmer highlight.
- Camel is a light brown metallic with a hint of peach to it. It goes on like butter with great color payoff and pigmentation.
- Pacific is a medium blue-green shimmer. This is a type of color that’s often either pigmented or blendable, but not both. This one is both – it goes on very bold and rich, but blends wonderfully. You can even sheer it out to a wash.
- Opal is a white pink shimmer that’s very nearly a duochrome. In the pan, and in some light, it looks more white than pink. But in just the right light, the pink becomes more noticeable. It’s not a full-on color shifting effect, so it’s not something you have to reserve for clubbing nights. It’s a subtle effect that’s really fun to play with. Pigmentation is incredible – the first time I tried to highlight my inner corners with it, I got way too much on my brush.
- Drizzle is a medium gray-brown matte. It’s almost like a warm brown with a gray sheen over it. The pigmentation is superb, and the texture is buttery.
- Velvet is a deep gray-brown with lots of silver micro-glitter. This one also goes on like butter and surprisingly has no fallout, given the amount of micro-shimmer.
- Pastel is a light, blue toned pink matte. Once again, it goes on like silk and the pigmentation is terrific. It’s a subtle enough color that you can use it for highlighting, but it will definitely have a pinkness to it, even if you sheer it out.
- Anchor is a gray with slight brown undertones and a shimmer finish. It’s very velvety in texture – a bit too dry to call “creamy”, but super smooth all the same. Like Cement, this is a gray that doesn’t pull blue on me (and I can pull some serious blue with my grays).
- Ultramarine is another gasping color – a deep navy satin that looks like a fabric. This one is super-creamy and drenched in pigment, which is unusual compared to similar colors in my experience.