I think it’s going to be easy to go glam this summer, thanks to Smashbox. Their new Shades of Fame palette boasts some pretty impressive eyeshadow shades, partnered with two gorgeous creme liners (along with a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer and brush too). Let’s take a closer look!
The palette itself is about the size of an evening clutch, and it’s wrapped in a print that’s of very signature Smashbox-style. Inside you’ll find nine eyeshadows, two creme liners, and a dual shadow/liner brush. (The mini Photo Finish Lid Primer that it comes with isn’t stored inside of the palette, but it’s in the original packaging.)
- Bliss — matte pale golden beige
- Honey — soft yellow with pink flash
- Sandstone — sandy beige shimmer
- Nude — matte soft caramel
- Sherbert — coral shimmer
- Safari — golden green shimmer
- Pacific — aqua shimmer
- Praline — bronze shimmer
- Mocha — deep brown shimmer
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I’m kind of nuts over a few of the shades in this palette, and when you see the swatches in a second, I think you’ll understand! This has to be one of my favorite Smashbox palette releases by far. I’m not sure if they changed their shadow formula or not—but in my opinion, these definitely pack a punch of pigment and have staying power. The two shades that were the least pigmented were Nude and Bliss. Coincidentally, they’re both mattes. The shimmer formula is another story!
They feel super satiny, but the only problem with them being so soft is—darker shades like these can give some fallout. I had a little bit of that issue with Safari and Mocha, so I’ll just be more mindful of that in the future. I also have a tendency to try to build up intensity right away, instead of being patient by layering and blending my way into eyeshadow bliss. I also really like the creme liners, they’re gorgeous; but they could go a little migrate crazy on a sweltering day. I’ve worn the bronze shade while out and about in the heat last week, and it moved around a little. (The gold seems a little more forgiving.)
Top to bottom: Praline, Sherbert, Honey, Pacific, Nude, Bliss, Sandstone, Safari, Mocha
Top to bottom: Bronze, Gold
With the exception of two of the shades (which were coincidentally mattes), I was actually quite impressed with the formula of these eyeshadows. They all felt buttery-smooth to the touch and were easy to blend. The remaining seven were very pigment rich, although those that were darkest had a little bit of fallout. It wasn’t too horrible, I typically have dark fallout regardless—so I’m not going to ding it terribly in that regard. This is one of the better Smashbox palettes I’ve tried by far, and there are some stunning shades included. Not to say that all of them aren’t pretty—but Sandstone, Safari, and Praline steal the show!
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