November 23, 2010

Sonia Kashuk What Glitters Glows Eye Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Sonia Kashuk What Glitters Glows Eye Palette for Holiday 2010 should be available at your local Target, if not, give it time it should be there shortly. Yes, it is a tad bit of a rehash on Sonia’s normal releases. She does favor releasing this style palette for the Holidays and actually it’s kinda a seasonal release for her as well but I do like exploring these palettes regardless as they are inexpensive, make great gifts, and are elegant palettes for a nice price.

I picked up the Sonia Kashuk What Glitters Glows Eye Palette, let’s have a look!

A festive clutch style palette featuring three eyeliners and three eyeshadows.

Last year this palette was released in black sequin style clutch and featured taupe shade of pink, pewter, and cream. This year they went for more traditional colors in a white clutch. One of the main differences is this year they included eyeliners rather than shadows but psssttt…you totally can use them as shadows in my humblest.

The palette includes the typical loosely packed glittery pigment shadows in shades of brown, gray, and gold plus liners or shadows depending how you use them in brown, black, and gray.

The liners are a little scratchy when applied as a shadow I guess this is because they have fine glittery bits embedded in them but they do have great color pay off and I personally think that the best option for application is to select one as a lid and crease color and proceed to blend some of the shimmery shades of shadow on top. You can of course go with the intended look which I believe is using the shimmery shadow on your eye and lining with a liner shade but I think the shimmer shades do have very subtle pay off plus they tend to run messy as an all over shadow so I’d stick to doing the reverse but it’s entirely up to you.

I have a love, hate relationship with Sonia’s shimmering shades of shadows. Indeed, I love the shimmer but hate the fall out. They are loosely packed so they really do cause a fair bit of drama during application and are best suited as an over base. Apply some other shade of shadow and proceed to follow up with one of these to add a bit of sparkle, particularly great when you want to liven up matte finishes.

The white silver clutch style packaging is divine but I am worried about it getting dirty after a few uses. White is such a magnet for dirt isn’t it?

  • Those who want a shimmery, festive Holiday look!
  • Anyone wanting a smart little pressie that’s budget friendly for a friend or a secret Santa at work, school, etc…
  • Anyone who enjoys collecting Sonia Kashuk for Target palettes (what? I fall into that category!)

  • Anyone who has little patience with glitter, shimmer, and sparkle (these are hardcore shimmer in the realms of flakier pigments such as Kitschmas)
  • Anyone who simply can’t cope with fall out woe (these kick up a fair bit fall out when the shimmery shadows are used).

The palette has a downfall or two but it’s still a very budget friendly piece that can create some very nice Holiday looks when showing a little patience and used carefully. Although the colors and general idea does seem little a rehash, I can say that the shades are quite different each time Sonia does this palette as I do have the past releases but on occasion a color does crop up that’s been done so this can get a bit boring or lead to dupes in your collection. The shimmery shades can prove a disappointment sometimes considering they all swatch and apply pretty much the same and it’s hard to tell them apart but as a overshadow they work a treat. The design of the palette is equally lovely as well as it resembles a small, elegant evening clutch! At $14.99 (or less in cases of sales at your local Target, for some reason line it is showing as $16.99 but I did indeed pay $14.99) you can’t really go wrong here.

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  • sparklingpinkgorilla

    I just got back from Target and went specifically to look at these (and an ottoman they have on sale). I didn’t purchase either. In person they really just didn’t wow me. I didn’t know the bottom ones were eyeliners though! I did find a sonia kashuk mini travel pink ribbon brush set for only $3.24! It’s not the one on the website but I believe it has the same type items. It has a small clutch type holder for your brushes, a mini powder brush, mini concealer brush, mini crease and mini eyeshadow brush. I love the crease brush! It’s very small and I have hooded type lids and this brush fits in there like no other I’ve found. I wish they had more than the one set because I would have purchased several!

    • the Muse

      that’s an awesome deal sparkling! I seen them on sale too, but not that low!

  • KimiErin

    I like the packaging… but I have soo many eyeshadows and nothing screams “different” to me. So personally, I would like it as a mirror and nothing else.

  • alli

    adorable! love the colors!!! look really pretty on your eyes! i likey and need-y!

  • katrosado5

    The shadows look lovely on you my dear! I’m not wanting that for the contents but I really like the outside of that palette. Wooo, shiney and sparkley…love it!

  • tina

    thanks for the reivew! this looks like something i’ll pass on :T
    the colors don’t interest me much
    BTW, is that a lush bottle in the background?

  • Eileen

    The case is gorgeous as are the liners …. too bad it’s all spoiled by the big chunky glitter shadows.

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    I love the darker colours on you, especially with your amazing eyebrows.
    That palette looks very smart indeed.
    I’ve heard it is a good quality brand for the prices.
    Love the bottom three eyeliner/shadows.

  • Jennifer Lam

    I paid about $8-9 dollars for mine, it was on clearance. I just had to buy it because of the packaging. (: