Hello lovely people!
Okay, I’m cheating a little bit, I have to fess up. I’m writing this at 11:23 pm on Tuesday, because I know I won’t have time tomorrow. Thank goodness that WordPress has a handy dandy tool to schedule a post to come out whenever you like! I’m going to try to make this quick but informative, because my fur baby really want’s to go to bed.
I can’t resist the cuteness, off to bed we go.
I bought the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette (that’s a mouthful) a couple weeks ago at my local ULTA. Jewel- toned, this palette is versatile and is a great addition to any makeup collection. Originally the palette was $42, but ULTA dropped the price down to $29! With the fabulous color selection, and a discount, I couldn’t say no. I know my ULTA has a couple left, but it’s not available online, so if you really like this palette, your best bet is to check your ULTA as soon as you can!
The Palette in all its glory.
Okay, I have to start off with the most negative thing about this palette. It’s bulky. It’s huge. I should’ve compared it to a Naked palette, in retrospect, but take my word for it, it’s quiet a big larger and wider than your Naked. This palette features 28 different shades, which range from mattes to shimmers and even include a white overlay shade (okay, I made up the name of it, but when I show you the picture, it’ll make more sense).
Look at that color variety!
I’m not a huge fan of the palette size, as I’ve told you, and the set up could be a bit better, so I will probably end up depotting this palette so I can use it for travel. The shadows have a lot variety, not only with colors but with finishes which I absolutely love! What originally drew me in was the purples, since I have green eyes and anything purple just makes them pop. I would say this is a perfect palette for someone who is just starting out, since it includes a lot of neutrals, but also some fun colors like Framboise, Lavender, Zoom, Peacock, and Juniper. Now, on to the swatches!
Swatch Set 1.
Right, so me being the genius that I am, at the end of my picture editing, couldn’t figure out for the life of me why I only had 27/28 shades and then it hit me: Marzipan is EXACTLY the color of my skin, so I accidentally cropped it out. Sorry guys! Anyways, I am going to try to go in some kind of order here, since the diamonds are very hard to swatch in sections.
Totally Nude: this is a matte pinkish-nude that I think will be perfect as a transition color. Pretty, but nothing special.
Sumatra: another matte, this looks a lot darker in the pan but comes out in a milk chocolate brown.
Ambient: I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR! Seriously though guys, look at that. It’s beautiful. It’s gold and sparkly and beautiful and opaque and pigmented and I’m obsessed. I can’t wait to try this color in a Halo Eye look.
Fizz: I like this. It reminds me a lot of Mary-Lou Manizer. It’s a nice light champagne color.
Midas: Oooh, so shiny and pretty. This is another one of my favorites from the palette. It looks a little bit like a warm, shimmery taupe in the pan and I think it would be very flattering on darker skin.
Cream: Light, shimmery color. Nothing special. Most palettes have something close to this. Could be used as a brow highlight.
Sable: Matte light brown, also could be used as a transition color depending on your skin tone.
The “neutral” part of the palette is pretty standard and comparable to the Naked 1 Palette. The mattes were a little “dusty” when I was picking up color but it wasn’t very bad.
Swatch Set 2.
Zoom: I accidentally deleted my individual swatch for this, but as you all can see, it’s a shimmery salad color, which is one of the more unique ones in this palette. I can’t wait to see what kind of looks I can come up with, using this shade!!
Roast: Shimmery, dark brown color, very pigmented and creamy. I like it! Simple but still a useful shade to have.
Juniper: Milk chocolate sheen is how I would describe this color.
Lavender: La-la-love it! Beautiful satiny looking light purple. Just gorgeous. I had this on today and it looked gorgeous. Just a great pop of color.
Peacock: This is such a complex color. It’s a bit blue, a bit grey, some hints of green. It’s amazing! So creamy and smooth, it looks wonderful on the lid! Another one of my favorites.
Purple Mist: I so badly loved this color in the pan, a dark smokey subtle brown/purple color, it was perfect. Until I swatched it, that is. So chalky and hard to pack on, it was a disappointment.
Sapphires: Be still my beating heart, in the pan it looks straight up like a dark royal blue, but when you swatch it, oh my! It’s such a beautiful dark blue with lighter sparkles, I know this will be a staple for me whenever I reach for this palette.
Pastel: A light, matte pink, could possibly be used as a transition shade or highlight, depending on your skin tone. Very pretty and subtle. Pigmentation is a bit lacking, so you’ll have to pack it on your lid.
Swatch Set 3.
Out of order we go again!
Gypsy: a dark gunmetal with beautiful glitter. Very pigmented and easy to apply.
Framboise: My favorite. Perfect raspberry shimmer color. Everything I have ever wanted.
Asteroid: a silver shimmer, very pretty!
Mink: Ooooh, shiny. And I love the name! Very pretty, taupe-ish.
Moonlight: Ugh, I don’t even know how to describe it, and it’s almost impossible to capture it with my camera. It’s basically a chunky, white glitter overlay that you can put over your shadow. It’s very pretty, but unfortunately it seems like it would fallout like no other, though I can’t attest to that quiet yet!
Snow: White, matte, standard. A bit chalky, but I’ve never seen a non-chalky white. Just pat it on your lid instead of swiping. Or use as a highlighter!
Babycakes: In the pan this looks almost like a satin coral, but swatched it’s not as intense, though it’s still a beautiful color and could be a good inner eye highlight!
Royal: Matte black. Not really impressed, chalky. The swatch seems to look more like dark brown though, oops. And I got some glitter in there. Man, swatching is HARD guys!
Lilac: Come to me, my precious. Love this shade. Beautiful, pigmented, perfect spring color. Satin finish, which me gusta.
Navy: Well, what could this be?! Standard dark blue. Needs a couple swipes to be fully opaque, otherwise a bit patchy.
Cabernet: Beautiful, shimmery dark violet/burgundy color.
Smoke: Matte, dark grey.
And another long post from Stay is finished! Yaaaay! Overall, I like this palette. The mattes aren’t exactly something to brag to your mom about, but the other jewel tones make up (get it, make up, get it?) for the lackluster of the mattes. If you can find this palette in stores, I would recommend grabbing it! It’s a win in my book.
Hope you enjoyed the review, leave any questions or comments down below!