Smashbox Image Factory Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($39) is a newly launched, limited edition six pan eyeshadow palette in two color variations introduced for Fall 2012.
Of course, I wanted the Muse Palette. Obvious reasons right? But this was also the nude, natural color selection so I also navigated towards it for this reason. The other shade selection is entitled Icon and this has a more smoky look with an added purple twist. Equally lovely but my eyes aren’t doing so well with smoky blacks and purples lately.
Let’s take a peek!
The palette is a plastic snap close creation with a full size mirror, six shadows at 0.02 oz each, and a double sided brush. The design of the palette is funky modern and has a very Smashbox feel due the the photography/magazine element they injected into the print on the casing.
Many of you have raved the new Photo Op Eyeshadow formula and indeed it does deserve to be raved. These are soft, buttery, and offer a smooth application. Even the matte shades have incredible application and you know how I struggle with such a finish. The palette is made up of three satiny shades with a bit of sparkle that have a velvety texture and feel and three mattes.
Although the palette lacks a get the look guide Smashbox is always terribly helpful about including a QR code on the back of the palette. Simply scan with your photo and poof instant video and step and step get the look help!
The palette includes the following shades:
Ok, now here’s where I get a little honest with myself….
As much as I enjoyed the color variation here and the smaller size of the palette I couldn’t help but remind myself that for $39 I could make my dollar stretch oh so much more. For example at the moment Smashbox has a Master Class Palette that feature 28 shades of eyeshadow, plus blush, highlighter, and much more for $20 more. Or even the Urban Decay Naked Palette for $10 more which features a slew of natural shades.
Overall, the performance, formula, and quality is here. I’m not questioning it at all. The Smashbox Photo Op Palette contains some very nice natural shades that apply easily and flawlessly. But a break on the price would make it a bit more tempting….$39 feels a little too high for the amount of product you’re getting and the limits to the looks you can create using it. Let’s say $20 maybe $22 and I’d be more inclined to rave.
This is available now at Sephora.