The Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Eye Palette will probably bring back a memory or two from Holiday 2010 as it’s pretty much a very similar palette from last year’s release the only difference being the new packaging.
I don’t have last year’s palette handy but I believe the shades are all different however the packaging, concept, and selection of products is pretty much standard from holidays past.
If you can get jump over the rehash hurdle here you can definitely see the potential of the Click It You’re It Holiday Eye Palette because it’s actually quite a well done selection of colors.
This comes in a festive vinyl-like red box with a flip top lid and a full size mirror. It’s a little bulky but I’d say it’s perfectly travel friendly as the contents are pretty secure inside so no worries about anything cracking or breaking.
It’s probably not the cheapest option around for $49 but it does have quality to back it up as hey, some of these super palettes from various brands can be cheap but they also contain cheap product…that’s not what we want! Cheap price yes but please quality product.
The palette contains 15 shades of eyeshadow, 5 Cream Eye Liners, a mini Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, and a small pocket that houses three get the look cards with six different looks you can create in as little as five steps. I personally like any makeup item that includes instructions particularly one as large as this palette since colors can be overwhelming and sometimes you simply can’t figure out what goes where so the small get the look cards are a helpful extra that I greatly appreciate.
The range of colors here are pretty much dominated by cooler shades. I’d say you’re looking at nine cool shades and six warmer ones. I personally like warmer colors so I was a little disappointed they didn’t get enough love here. Overall, you’re getting a nice range of various shades to create a variety of looks from soft and simple to a step more vibrant. I wouldn’t call any of these colors bold or dramatic as they have softer pigmentation with a silky, blendable formula but they color pay off doesn’t fall into the realms of as amazing as say a MAC Eyeshadow. I didn’t have an issue with any one shade here, all of them had a very good formula and each shade contrasted well without creating muddy eye looks.
One thing I was surprised with was the cream liners which were soft, easy to apply, and glided onto my lash line without a hiccup. I expected a harder texture here but they prove almost as good as what you’d get from a full size potted gel eyeliner from Smashbox. I do worry about the packaging here though since the palette features a flip lid which easily lets air inside so the gel liners might potentially harden within a few months of purchase but I have to wait and see how they fare.
I am not a fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer as it really isn’t my ideal primer of choice since it really doesn’t prevent fading or creasing. It’s nice they included a mini and you might appreciate it’s inclusion if you’ve never tried it before however I would have personally liked a brush of some sort rather than the primer.
I thought the fact that the shadows are embedded in a removable foam palette deserved mentioning as well since this makes for an easy way to remove the entire shadow and liner tray during application. You can slip the tray back in after use. This is also a plus since once you’ve used up all the product you can use the sturdy box as a place to store small trinkets, jewelry, or other makeup perhaps eyeliner pencils or potted shadows.
Smashbox didn’t skimp when they made this palette as it features some very nice shadows and eyeliners which are on par with their standard collection of makeup. I’d have liked to see maybe a $39 price tag on it as this would be a way friendlier way to get makeup junkies interested. This one should appeal to Smashbox fans as well as newbie makeup users as it has a nice selection of products for creating simple looks in seconds.
Not bad Smashbox, I’m impressed.
Available now at www.smashbox.com