Smashbox Cover Shot: Matte & Smoky Eye Palettes Review

img_2159Well my friends, looks like we have another round of new makeup launching from Smashbox in collaboration with actress Shay Mitchell!

I picked up two of the new Cover Shot palettes on Cyber Monday, there are 7 palettes total in this collection with each retailing for $29 and are available on Smashbox’s, Ulta’s, and Sephora’s websites.

Let’s get to swatching!!!

img_2526Matte Eye Palette: Preview, Assistant, Werk It, Publisher, Angles, Supermodel, Editor, & Deadline.

img_2527Smoky Eye Palette: Feature, Instinct, Headline*, Hell Ya*, Rock Me*, STFU*, Slayer, & Big Night*.

* Indicates shadows with shimmer/glitter.


The Matte Eye is my favorite palette of the two, but I am a sucker for good neutral eyeshadow. These had great pigmentation and blended wonderfully, there was a bit of kick up when dipping brushes in so make sure to tap of excess. All eight shades worked well together and was able to create both soft, natural and bolder looks with this little gem. Preview and Deadline were drier than the other six shadows, but didn’t notice it interfering with performance.

The Smoky Eye is for people who like deep, smokey looks and there is no getting around it. It comes with three mattes, four shimmer jewel tones, and the black shade, Big Night, is matte with chunks of multi colored glitter. The jewel tones are beautiful but on the dark side and work better packed on versus buffed out, they tend to lose intensity.

The packaging of these palettes is small and on the flimsy side, the tops appears to be two pieces of thin plastic with a mirror glued together. I could see the lids probably tearing/ripping after a few months, especially with daily use.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed the Matte Eyes and the formula is amazing, trust me not every brand can pull off mattes. They performed beautifully and lasted throughout the day, other than packaging I have no complaints on this one.

The Smoky Eye palette is beautiful, but is really geared towards someone who loves a bold smokey eye. The jewel tones are gorgeous, but on the dark side and not good for anyone who prefers the brighter tones, yes I tried several times to create lighter looks with them!

Do you need all 7 palettes? No! If you do want to buy one, then figure out what you’re needing in a palette and get the one that works best for you.

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