Tis the season to be bright and bold!
I have a review for you guys today on the Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette. Before I give you my thoughts on this review. I want to throw out there that this review is a sponsored post and this palette was sent to me. However, I am reviewing this with 100% honesty! Let’s get started!
The packaging is your basic simple cardboard palette, it is pretty thin in width. Great size for traveling and it will fit nicely in your purse. There is a cover (above photo) that pulls out as well. I’m not impress with the packaging. Since this is a holiday palette i think they could have done a better job with the design.
It opens up to a step by step inspirational diagram with 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush.
First thing I noticed was the diagram has a mishap with the names for the shadows, they aren’t in the correct order when you are looking at the actual pigments ( maybe it was just mine?) Included in this palette is 4 shadows and 1 blush. The finishes range from satin finish, to metallic/ shimmer. The step by step is very easy to follow for those that are beginners.
Unfortunately, this is where the palette truly lacks. The eyeshadows are quite sheer and chalky. The pigmentation on these isn’t as good as I expected either. You will definitely have to use a base and work to build the color up. When you try to blend the lighter shades they will actually disappear and don’t show up at all. They did not preform well when you wear them. They began to fade very quickly and didn’t have any lasting power. The only person I can see this being good for is someone who is just beginning in makeup or trying to build a collection.
Left to Right
Frost- Very chalky metallic white
Coal- Sheer shimmery black. I think This shade should have been a matte finish.
Glimmer- Sheer shimmery gold. This color would be so beautiful if it wasn’t so sheer.
Platinum- Satin silver, the only pigmented shadow in the palette and the texture is smooth.
I do wish there was a matte color for blending.
Snowy Glow- Highly pigmented pinky coral with hints of gold shimmer. ( I recommend using a light hand when applying) I see myself getting a lot of use out of this blush.
*On the site this Smokey Eye Palette is on sale for $25 as of now, but originally it is sold for $40*
Close up of how I used this palette.
Face: SG Matte Foundation
Crease: Coal /Platinum ( used lightly for blending)
Inner corner: Frost
Lower lash line: used a black eyeliner pencil a base for Coal, smudge out to get that smokey effect.
Blush: Snowy Glow
Lips: line lips with Deep purple (NYX) | Rebel (MAC) on the outer part of lips, Unapologetic ( Revlon Matte Balm) in the center.
Added false lashes for more drama.
As you can see it’s an over all sheer look. I do think this palette is best for someone that is wanting to experiment with makeup. If the formulation and texture of the eye shadows were smoother and more pigmented with a matte shade included for blending it would perfect! Also, for the price that it is, a sample of their eyeshadow primer would have been nice or sample size of anything that was mention in the diagram.
I hope this review was helpful and if you are interested in purchasing Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette I have a discount code for my readers. Use discount code: SGHOLIDAY this will give you 10% off. You can also find this Holiday Palette at selected Ultas. Happy shopping!