Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows “Smoky” | Review + 3 Eye Looks

Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you a review of the Fenty Beauty Snap Shadow mini palette in the shade “Smoky”. When these first released I covered them in a Wow or Waste? and I wasn’t so sure they were worth the price. I was still curious however, so I decided to give one of them a try.

Up until recently my go-to palette for smoky eyes has been Stilazzi Stellar. I don’t love that palette (mainly because pigmentation is lacking in most of the shades) and I really don’t use it a lot, but I do actually like the smoky eyes it is able to create! I pretty much only use it for that purpose. However, I have been doing a lot of decluttering lately and it seems a shame to keep such a large palette just for a few shades. So, I am on the search for a compact smoky eye palette that can get the job done. Is it this one?

Packaging and First Impressions

These palettes come in white plastic packaging that is similar to other powder products offered in the Fenty line. On the front of each of the different eye palettes is the number of the palette in a mirrored reflective silver. I don’t love the aesthetic of this packaging. I think it would look a lot cleaner and prettier without the number.

On the back of the packaging there are grooves so that you can attach two palettes together. While functionally I think this could be cool, when you only own one palette it cheapens the look, in my opinion.



Inside the palette you get six shades. There are eight different varieties of this palette, and I chose the 6-Smoky palette which includes mattes, satins and a metallic in a grey-purple-black colour scheme.




“Snap ‘em & stack ‘em. The first mini palette of its kind, Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palettes snap together, letting you customize your perfect combo to take with you on the go.

Each mini 6-pan palette serves up a unique color story, from smoky to pastel to the perfect lowkey neutrals for your skin tone. Packed with rich, smooth, blendable color in a rainbow of matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes, each shade was specifically chosen by Rihanna to deliver just the colors you’ll actually want to use—no more wasted shades!

Create limitless looks with one palette, or snap two palettes together to double your collection while keeping it perfectly compact. Mix & match as you please: True Neutrals + Rose = Rosey Neutrals. Smoky + Peach = Smoky Peach. The combos are endless! Finally, a customizable, pocket-perfect shadow collection—that’s 12 shades!—all in the palm of your hand.”


That Deep?: Matte black
Chestnutz: Matte cool brown
You Up?: Beige satin
Second Date: Blackened metallic royal blue with silver microglitter
Patti Cakez: Satin/slightly metallic plum
Tan Linez: Matte taupe



Second date has a metallic royal blue base that really doesn’t show up on the eye or in swatches, but did show up on my finger.

Price and Quantity

These eyeshadow palettes are priced at $33 CAD ($25 USD) each and have 0.21 oz of product. You do get the small deal of $45 USD for a purchase of two palettes, saving you $5 or $2.50 each.

Because I already covered these palettes in a Wow! or Waste? I will let you visit that post if you are curious how the price and value of these palettes compare to other high end minis on the market.

Pigmentation and Performance

So far I have used this palette three times. While I do think it is well-equipped to produce a few different smoky looks, I found it very time-consuming to use with underwhelming results. All of the shades did have good pigment, but the performance was either problematic or lacklustre.

My biggest issue with this palette is how much the mattes skip. While I was able to produce some fairly well blended looks, it probably took two to three times as much blending as usual to get them looking even halfway decent. I always started with Tan Linez as my first shade in the crease, and that one was particularly bad. I do think Chestnutz was a bit better, but overall this was a serious issue for me and made the palette very unenjoyable to use.

As for the metallics, I just found them underwhelming. Two of the three appeared more like satins to me than metallics, with very little shine. You Up? was by far the worst and it did not look very good in person. I do think Patti Cakez is pretty on the eye, I just wish it had a bit more of a wow-factor, whether that be a sparkle or more of a metallic finish. Lastly, Second Date was pretty good, it packed on the lid well and I didn’t notice a lot of glitter fallout as I wore it (although I did not wear it for an extended time). I do wish some more of the blue came through.

Below are three looks that I created with this palette. While you can see that the end results look pretty well blended, believe me when I say that this is the most effort I have ever put into creating an eye look. But, at least you do get a pretty good result in the end.

Look #1





Shades Used
Tan Linez:
Crease and lower lash line. This taupe shade easily gave me the most trouble in the palette. It had a lot of trouble with skipping and I had to blend it over and over with itself and some transparent powder to get it to a decent blend.
Chestnutz: Crease. This cooler brown blended a bit better and did help me salvage all of my looks so that they blended a bit smoother.
You up?: Lid. This is a beige satin that has very little reflect to it. Honestly, it was nothing special and left me fairly disappointed. Even though I packed it on to tacky concealer, it ended up looking a little transparent.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Rockstar” is on the waterline.

Look #2



Shades Used
Tan Linez:
Crease and lower lash line.
Chestnutz: Crease and lower lash line.
That Deep?: Outer corner and crease. This matte black does have some good pigment to it. I didn’t experience a lot of issues with blending, which is fairly remarkable.
Patti Cakez: Lid and lower lash line. This is a very pretty plum, however it appears more satin than metallic which is a shame. If it had more reflect I think I would be totally in love. It did pack well onto a tacky base though.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Rockstar” is on the waterline.



Shades Used
Tan Linez:
Crease and lower lash line.
Chestnutz: Crease and lower lash line.
That Deep?: Outer and inner corners, crease and lower lash line.
Second Date: Lid. After swatching this shade and seeing that it has a metallic blue base I was a little disappointed to not see that show on the eye. However, as a smoky lid shade it is pretty nice. The silver glitter added a nice touch.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Perversion” is on the waterline.

Final Thoughts

While I was able to create two pretty, smoky looks, I am just not happy with the experience of using this palette. When you are purchasing a palette that comes with so few shades, you probably want all of them to perform pretty well. I know I do. Because of this I think I will be returning this palette. I just can’t see myself ever wanting to reach for it, knowing that it will be a challenge to use.

Have you used any of the Fenty shadows yet? Do you have a recommendation for me as to which smoky palette I should try next on my search?

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12 thoughts on “Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows “Smoky” | Review + 3 Eye Looks

    1. Thank you. Yes, it’s hard since you can actually create some pretty looks. The palette is just not enjoyable to use so while I know I can create these looks, I just know I won’t reach for it to avoid the headache.

    1. Thank you so much! It was definitely hard to work with but at least you can go into it knowing that you can get some pretty looks out of it!

    1. By the way they are being marketed, they absolutely are gimmicky. Perhaps some of the other colours perform well but yes this was subpar for me.

  1. Oh wow, these are so affordable & I was totally interested in picking one up but, not anymore. The mattes sound like too much work & that metallic blue would have been gorgeous if it showed up on the eyes. The looks you created turned out beautifully, as always, though!

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