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I have been wanting to do another makeup review post, but I have been too busy with the wedding season. Now its calmed down a little I have time to write about my thoughts on the Smashbox #shapematters palette. I got mine in Boots for half price so only £30, which I thought was a bargain, so I could resist it. I have been using it for a few days and overall I like it. I am not familiar with Smashboxes makeup, as they don’t offer makeup artist discounts in the Uk, but I do have their contour and highlight stick ,which I like.
The palette is black with a large mirror inside.It has a magnetic feel when you close it so it seems sturdy. It looks stylish and will look good in my makeup kit.
The palette contains 2 brow powders, brow wax (.04oz each), a contour powder ( .370z each), highlighter powder (.120z each), bronzer and a glow. It also contains 9 eye shadows (.440z each) with 6 matt shades and 3 shimmer.
The eyeshadow colours are neutral colours that could de worn each day, but you can then go darker for the evening too with blackout, aubergine and sumatra, as they can be built up to give a dark striking look.
I find the eyeshadows do have some fall out and they crumble in the palette, so some of the product is wasted. They have a good pay off and seem to last well. I would have liked to see a more medium blending colour, as stripped and totally nude are very light blending colours.
I think the contour colour is a great colour for pale/fair skins.It is a cool shade so no orange stripes. There is a bronzer, which could be used as a contour for warmer skins, but it might not be dar enough for a lot of medium skins. I am not that keen on highlight powders myself, as I would rather use a concealer or a cream based colour and then set it with powder, but it does feel light on the skin and doesn’t seem to clog.
the glow is a shimmer highlight. This is a light, but warm highlight. I like it. It doesn’t sow up as much as Mac soft and gentle on my skin, but I think its a good colour for most skin colours.
The palette contains 2 brow powders and a clear wax. The light one called Taupe is great for blondes and the medium colour is called soft brown, which is slightly too light and warm for my brows, but it does go on well without a lot of fallout on the brows. You can use the wax before hand to deepen your colours or after to set the powder.
The brush that comes with the palette has two ends. The one end had a brow angled brush and the other is a flat eyeshadow brush. The brow end is nice and firm and not too thick, so you will have nice control when using it. The eyeshadow side is a bog standard brush. quite big so good for the lighter colours.
I think if I paid £60 for this set I may not like it as much as getting it half price. Compared to my Mac shadows, these do have fall out, but they have good staying power. The contour powder I will be using all of the time and I like the highlight/ glow. Overall I think this is a good palette to buy if you are doing your own makeup. It has lots of choice and you can do a number of looks from day to evening. As a makeup artist this is a good addition to your kit, but maybe not worth £60 if you can’t get it half price.
I hope you liked this review. Please comment below and let me know what you think of this palette and if you would like me to review any other makeup products.
Have a great day. 🙂
For smashbox makeup check out their website: http://www.smashbox.co.uk/