SMASHBOX ‘Love Me’ Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Tutorial…
When there’s a new palette on the market that I’m fortunate enough to preview before it’s release date, I’m always genuinely excited about creating a tutorial. Especially when I come across a palette this good! There have been many times that I’ve got halfway through a tutorial and found that, sadly, I’m just not enjoying the product, or I don’t think it’s of the best quality. I don’t ever feature those products, as I’d prefer to showcase items I’m excited about sharing with you, rather than spend time talking about something in a negative light. I will state whether I would or wouldn’t repurchase an item, but otherwise, I stick to writing about new beauty discoveries that excite me. Which brings me to Smashbox’s new ‘Love Me’ Eyeshadow Palette. An absolute standout collection of eyeshadows and one that I’ve frequently used since its arrival. I’ve been trialling the colour collection from the Love Me range entitled ‘Entice Me’ and I’ve very quickly become attached to these metallic, jewel-hued shadows.
Essentially what Smashbox has created is a collection of ‘Love Me’ palettes, each containing various colour combinations that all work seamlessly together. My pet-hate is when a company produces an almost perfect palette of colours, and you love most or some of the colours, but you’re left with one or two colours that you know you are never going to touch (yet sadly still have to pay for). Not Smashbox – this palette is PERFECT! There is not one colour in this palette I don’t love.
My verdict… Perfection! The Smashbox Love Me palette is what I would describe as ‘intelligent makeup’. Yeah, I may have just invented that descriptor, but it really is a well thought out palette and I’ve decided that I now HAVE to own the brown colour palette from this collection too. The colour payoff is exceptional, there’s no chalkiness, minimal fallout and the colours are highly pigmented. Oh, and the size is perfect for your handbag so there’s no need to lug around a whole bag of shadows when you’re on the go, which as a makeup artist – we tend to do anyway, but I really will try to stop doing this when I’m going out as its completely unnecessary when you have everything you need in one travel sized compact.
TIPS & TRICKS: There’s no reason you have to use each colour separately, blend a couple of the colours together (which is what I’ve done in this tutorial) to create yet another unique colour to combine with those already in the palette. Don’t forget to bring a small amount of shadow around and under your eye-line to create a blown out smokey eye effect. And if you’re looking for liner shade similar to the colours in your Love Me palette – simply dampen a liner brush or a small eyeshadow brush, and use your eyeshadow as a liner!
SHOP IT: RRP$54 Available at various pharmacies, the Smashbox concept store in Ponsonby or online @ SMASHBOX.CO.NZ
The makeup I’m wearing in this tutorial:
Garnier BB Cream
Benefit Cosmetics – Fake Up concealer
MAC – highlighter (used on cheekbones) in Superb
MAC – mineralize blush in Pressed Amber
MAC – lip gloss in Boy Bait
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