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.
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.
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