Ever since I saw pictures of the Smashbox Masquerade collection for Fall 2010 I was smitten. I’ve learnt that I like Fall-Winter colours best because I have a penchant for dark eyeshadow and deep colours. Light shades just work better as highlighters or accent colours but I do much better with dark colours for the eyes. Hence my love for the new Smashbox Masquerade Eyeshadow palette.
I showed you this one before I left on holiday. I used it throughout my holidays but since my camera’s gone, I have no looks to show you 😛 Which is why I had to wait till I got back to work and started using makeup again to show a couple of simple looks.
I’ve got a couple of simple looks and swatches after the jump below.
Here are the swatches of all 9 colours in the same manner in which they are laid out in the pan. In my tilted picture above, tilt your head to your left and you should get it.
The dark colours all tend towards having a touch of shimmer (nothing glittery) and are very nicely pigmented. The matte shades do come out a little flat but they work well with the other shimmery shades. I’d recommend that you use this palette with eyeshadow brushes. Fingers do not do it justice.
And here are a couple of looks to show how it looks on the eyes. In all the looks below I used the Smashbox Illusion blush from the same collection. I thought I’d review it in this post but decided to give it its own post.
Look #1 – Khaki Green and Gold
As you can see, the grids are laid out in such a way that you can easily find a colour match by going across the grid. Perfect for newbies who aren’t sure how to mix and match colours. I only used 2 colours, one light and one dark. Its fast and easy – and I should have blended it more before I took the picture 🙂
Look #2 – Navy Blue and Cream
This was done in a hurry and possibly shows the Illusion blush at its best. I did add a pop of Benefit Coralista on the apples of the cheeks to bring out the colour.
Look #3 – Brown and Cream
The Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette works for day time work looks too! I used the brown and cream for this one. Its not too obtrusive and looks more natural.
At RM149 for 9 colours, you’re looking at just RM17 a colour which is really good value 🙂
Pros: Lovely pigmented colours, Good colour selection, Colours are easy to match, Lovely texture, Best used with a brush
Cons: Limited Edition, Shiny compact case is a fingerprint magnet
I have been using this palette for more than 2 weeks now and am still not tired of it. The range of looks you can come up with is limited only to your imagination and I think its a lovely palette with which to start experimenting with colour.
Yeah I really like this one. Sue me. 😛
Smashbox Cosmetics Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette retails at RM149 at the Smashbox Cosmetics counter at Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. It is limited edition for Fall 2010.