Hi everyone! When I first saw this palette mentioned on Makeup and Beauty Blog I knew this was definitely a palette I could not pass up. Nordstrom had the tester out two weeks ago, but didn't have any in stock so I ordered one online. It retails for $48 and is currently available on the Smashbox website, as well as Nordstrom.com, Ulta and QVC. This is a nice value as the cost of each shadow breaks down to less than $5 per shade when you factor in the value of the primer and brush.
This is a lighter, softer-toned palette along the lines of Urban Decay's Naked palette. There are nine shadows (versus Naked's whopping twelve shades), including seven new colors: Nectar, Lucky Penny, Sugar, Stone, Truffle, Bronze, and Taupe, along with two cream liners, a double-ended brush, and a mini Photo Finish primer.
I haven't had a chance to test this on my eyes yet, but the shadows are incredibly soft and the metallic shades are well pigmented, with the exception of Flirt, which is a little more sheer and sparkly, like a smoother MAC Lustre texture. If you're after a very defined or dramatic look you may need to supplement with a black shadow or your favorite black liner but, otherwise, this is a great selection of subtle neutrals for every day use with a nice ratio of mattes to shimmers.
Photo taken in sunlight:
Photo taken with flash lighting:
The double-ended brush is not bad--one end is for lining and the other is a general purpose shader, which is a bit large for small eyelids, but works OK for overall application and blending.
List of ingredients (click to make it larger). Printed on the back is a video tag you can scan to your phone to view a tutorial by artist Lori Taylor on how to achieve three different soft summer looks. The video is also posted online for those of us whose phones don't have the latest technology...(that would be me!) :)
Swatches from left to right: Truffle, Stone, Flirt, Nude, Sugar, Vanilla, Sienna, Lucky Penny, and Nectar.
On the end are the cream liners: Taupe and Bronze:
|Left to right: Truffle, Stone, and Flirt|
|Left to right: Nude, Sugar, Vanilla|