Hello everyone! Welcome back to my series, Palette Roulette, where each week I randomly select an eyeshadow palette that I will have to use for all of that week.
Each week, I create 4-7 looks from that week’s randomly selected palette. I will share these looks with you, tell you which shades I used and where, and my overall thoughts on that palette.
Last week’s Palette Roulette was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette. If you haven’t already checked out that post, please do!
Alright, on to week 6!
Here is my current list of eyeshadow palettes, excluding the palettes that have already been chosen. As you can see, I have moved those palettes into another “used” column, so that I don’t select them again.
This week’s Palette Roulette is #8, Smashbox Cover Shot: Soft Light Eye Palette
This is definitely a good pick for Palette Roulette since I really haven’t used this palette at all. Maybe once or twice since purchasing it when it first came out. This is why I am really loving this series so far, because it forces me to use all of my palettes, and discover whether I truly like all of them or not.
When these palettes first launched last year I was definitely very intrigued, mostly due to the price point. They only retail for $35 CAD, so as a person new to higher end makeup palettes at the time, I was all over these. I thought that this one looked really pretty with the softer pastel shades ranging from neutrals to pinks and bronzes.
Something that is important for me to include is that this palette is described as an “easy wash of color” and to be “subtle yet stunning…”. It is also said to “work best on medium to dark skin tones or as a light wash of shimmer on fair-to-light skin tones.” I must admit that I didn’t know these things, or do the proper research prior to buying this palette. It was a spur of the moment in-store purchase.
Because this palette is only composed of shimmer shades, I will be pulling in another matte palette to help with the looks that I create. When first starting this series, I made the deal with myself that if an all metallic/shimmer palette got chosen, I would allow myself to use the mattes in the Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette. This palette is a great matte palette that can accompany any look, as it has neutral, warm, and cool-toned browns. I still want all of these looks to be wearable, despite whichever palette is chosen, so this is why I have allowed myself to use mattes in these circumstances.
Something that you will also notice in this series is that I am very rarely going to use false lashes. These are eyeshadow looks that I am wearing on the daily, and I do not like to wear lashes everyday. However, if a look is particularly smokey, then I will.
For every single look in this week’s Palette Roulette I first applied three neutral brown transition shades to my crease (Journey, Terracotta and Timber from Tarte Clay Play), really building up the gradient effect, deepening the outer corner slightly.
3: Pressed all over lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This is a cream coloured pearlescent shade. It isn’t that pigmented, but can be built up by pressing it on a tacky base. Definitely looked pretty!
2: Pressed all over the inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This shade is a pretty iridescent white lilac shade. Again it wasn’t very pigmented but could be built up a bit.
6: Pressed all over the outer half of the lid. In the pan this shade looked more purple, but on the eye it looked more grey which was disappointing.
Barely There Neutral
4: Pressed all over the inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This shade is a light peachy pink. When I first applied it it definitely looked pink. However, towards the middle of the day it looked like I barely had any colour on my lid so it definitely fades.
5: Pressed all over the outer half of the lid. Again, this shade looked like a slightly deeper pink in the pan, but on the lid it was more brown.
Honestly, you wouldn’t know that I put pink on my lid here if I didn’t tell you, so I really wasn’t impressed with either of these shades.
1: Inner corner. This is a white shade with a bit of a yellow iridescence in it. It applied pretty well without being wetted.
7: Pressed all over the inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This shade is a light sandy brown. I was actually pretty disappointed in this shade because again it was lacking in pigmentation.
8: Pressed all over the outer half of the lid. This is probably the best shade in the palette. It is a beautiful shimmery bronze, bordering on metallic. It definitely has the best pigmentation out of all of the shades.
When I first tried using this palette after purchasing it around a year ago, I was very underwhelmed, and that is still the case. Had I known that it was supposed to be a palette that only gives you a light wash of colour, I probably wouldn’t have purchased it, but that is my own fault. This is definitely why I try to avoid making spur of the moment in-store purchases without researching the product first. I’m really not sure why I didn’t return this right away, as I am usually pretty good about that.
Overall, the composition of this palette makes it difficult to do full looks. It is all shimmer shades, and light shimmer shades at that. If you are a person who looks for light, natural, and barely there eye looks, then this palette is for you. But, if you are someone who likes to ground eyeshadow looks with mattes and depth, then that is just not possible with this palette alone. If there were 2-3 mattes in this palette, then creating cohesive looks would be easier. With that being said, I do think you could pull off doing full looks with this palette. But I am just not interested in using shimmers in my crease that are difficult to build up.
The pigmentation of most of these shadows was truly lacking. You definitely need a sticky base if you want to get anywhere. The only shadow with pretty good pigmentation was 8.
Because I wasn’t blending any of these shadows into the crease I can’t really speak to their performance in that regard. Most of them did pack on relatively well on top of concealer, but it certainly took some layering for most. One problem that I noticed is that I did get some transfer from my lower lid to my upper lid throughout the day, even when I used a setting spray on top, which is something that really annoys me. The texture of these shadows is very powdery, so maybe that is why.
For most of these looks, my eye shadow was noticeably faded by the end of the day, which is really too bad. To start out with such light looks in the beginning, and then to have them fade even more is terrible. Why even bother?
Overall, I would only recommend this palette if you love shimmery barely there eye looks. However, these shadows fade throughout the day, so I am really not sure if I can recommend them at all. Live and learn!
Well, that’s it for this week’s Palette Roulette! I can’t wait to see which palette I get to share with you next week!