April 24, 2018

Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette ($29) launched with the Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection for Spring/Summer 2018 and will be available for a limited time so if you’re lemming this one you might want to take advantage before it disappears.

I purchased this pretty much immediately after it launched. Well, I actually purchased about 95% of this collection when it launched. I can’t remember the last time I purchased everything from a collection nor can I remember being so excited about a launch. I think Smashbox did a great job presenting this release with great packaging and a unique round up of rose gold shades which not everyone is doing at the moment. I admit I do find makeup releases a bit uneventful lately and I’m not always as excited as I used to be when something new launches. But this collection really stirred up my excitement for makeup.

Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette (0.21 oz) arrives in lightweight metallic rose gold rectangle compact with a holographic face plate which has a rose dripping in metallic lip color that’s held in a pair of lips. Since Vlada is legendary for her lip art the face plate is a nod to that. Inside you’ll find 8 shades which are set into two quads or two looks as well as a fairly large mirror. The back of the palette has the names of the shades printed on it. Sadly, the only thing missing from the palette are a few instructions for application but Smashbox does have how-to-get the look videos up on their site which are helpful plus the shades just go well together and creating a look wasn’t challenging in the least.

At first, I felt like the shades weren’t rose gold enough. To me they appeared as a selection of coppery metallics and rose taupes. But after playing with them a little I’m starting to see a bit of the rose gold they are going for. I also noticed after seeing a few looks people created using the palette that the shades are going to either pull pink or coppery rose on your eyes depending on your skin tone. It seems like fairer tones get a lot more rose from the shades where as deeper skin tones it seems like the shades pull more copper.

Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Opal Rose, Rose Rocked, XO, Vlada, Coffee Blossom)

Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Fresh Stem, Nude Rose, Rose Quartz, Floral Support)

The finishes do vary here with mattes, metallics, and as well as duochrome iridescent shades but metallic does dominate and thankfully proves very wearable. I tend to avoid metallic shades as I find the shimmer makes them look very frosty on my lid but I experienced no such issues with these metallics. They apply quite like a liquid metal and look really smooth. I do think the metallics were a little difficult to blend and apply with a brush and I found myself going on with a finger and gently patting them on my lid for the best application. There was a good deal of fall out with these but when I used my finger for application it did lessen that fall out. The mattes were silky and not too powdery with smooth blending that wasn’t dry nor patch. The pigmentation was very good on all of the shades. I’d say I had a good experience with all the colors.

The one thing I loved most about the palette is the fact I wasn’t at a loss which colors worked together. Smashbox groups them into two different quads and it’s pretty much easy to figure out from there which you’ll use in your crease, lid, and outer v.

All in all, the Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette didn’t disappoint. I had fun playing with this. I liked the shades, liked the formula, and had overall, good application with the shadows. I do think it is worth picking up if you like shades like this.

Smashbox Petal Metal Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette is available now at smashbox.com, ulta.com, and sephora.com. And on sale now at macys.com for $14.50!

Did you buy it?

What are your thoughts on it?

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Carol

    I did buy it and it’s supposed to be delivered today from Smashbox. I pre-ordered it from them then it got delayed for some reason. I’m glad it reviewed well as I did see a review on another site complaining about the longevity even over primer. But everyone’s skin is different so I don’t pay that too much mind unless every single review mentions the shadow has no staying power.

    • Isabella Muse

      I actually tend to not mention the wear unless I really notice something super bad about it because it really depends on skin types. I mean if you have oily lids it likely is going to cause issues. I have drier lips and most everything wears quite well for me. I’d be curious to see how it goes for you! I didn’t have issues with creasing or fading all through the three looks I created using it the past few days ;-D Let me know how it goes!!!!!!!

      • Carol

        I did receive my palette yesterday and am wearing it today. I really think the colors are pretty. I also think the pigmentation is excellent and the way the palette is laid out is nice, like you said, so you can see what shades go with the others. Very happy I bought this even though it was delayed in shipping from Smashbox. The shades blend nicely and are buttery soft.

  • Maria

    These look so pretty on you Muse. I like the shades. I do not like using my fingers for applying eyeshadow. I always use brushes or sponge applicator. Is there another way to apply them? Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      you can use a brush or a sponge applicator that’s no problem! I just felt I got a smoother finish with the metallics using my finger 😀

  • Maria

    This looks beautiful on you! I’m really torn about this – I feel like there might be quite a bit of overlap with the UD Naked 3 and the Too Faced Natural Eyes (loved the old one but it fell apart so I recently purchased the newer version). Do you think this palette is worth getting for someone who has those two in their collection?

    • Isabella Muse

      Mmm not really, the shades don’t really look like anything in either of those palettes!

  • Jen

    I hauled this and the new Punked palette on Friday with my Ulta 20% coupon. I was so impressed with the texture and pigmentation of the swatches in store I bit the bullet on both. If they relaunch the permanent range with this formula (like the Ablaze palette, please and thank you), I will be sooooo happy…and broke

  • BonBon

    I love this little palette. However, I realized brushes do not work for shimmer shades. They look terrible unless I use my finger to apply.

  • Celine D

    Really pretty look you did here Muse. I think I might just get this palette as I love the rose gold ,
    cooper bronzey shades on me. Also love the lipgloss you’re wearing . What is it?
    I also want to check out the highlighters from this new collection. I was a big fan of Smashbox
    eye palettes from years back. I haven’t purchased anything from them in awhile so this might just do it for me . ; )

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh thanks! It’s one of the new Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipglosses in Ruler of Rose! I was playing with the highlighters I purchased and I like them! They give a nice subtle glow but nothing too shimmery or glittery! I used one as a blush!

  • Debra Voigts

    Awesome review!
    Are you going to review the other products in this collection? I’m particularly interested in the difference between the collection primer and their Photo Finish Radiance.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yes! I have the highlighters, lip products, liner, and liquid shimmer! I didn’t get the PF Radiance though sorry! From what I’ve seen the new primer has quite a metallic glint!

  • Chris

    Great review! I mentioned somewhere else here, that I caved & bought this palette & the 24K rose gold liquid eye liner. I liked them both. I used the darker shades the other day.

  • Silvia

    These shades are so pretty! I think I have duped for them all but very tempting still. Awww!