It couldn't be helped especially when the Smashbox #Shapematters Palette was a star gift with Boots, so instead of paying €76 this was on offer at €38. Bargain! The offer ends tomorrow so if after reading this you think it's just what you need for your makeup collection then get down to your local Boots pronto.
So what are you getting for your money:
The wax is protected from the powders with a plastic covering which is a bonus, and the wax feel soft but holds all day. The two brow powders are not too soft and work into the brows really well and give a natural look to your brows.
The contour is the perfect shade for my pale skin and doesn't pull orange, it's blendable and also buildable. The Bronzer also doesn't pull orange on my pale skin, so far so good, and it does warm up my complexion especially with the colder months coming in quick and my face needs warmth! The highlight does not show up on my skin and nearly works like a setting powder with sheen but I'll keep working away on it. The other highlighter "Glow" is very pretty but if you prefer a pink or gold highlight this may not be for you.
You also get 9 Photo Op Eye Shadows, and the shades are gorgeous, but there are some pro and cons to these shadows. They create a lot of dust within the palette (thank goodness the wax is protected with the casing) especially with the colours Totally Nude, Champagne, and Posh.
The lighter colours also are in need of a really good primer to get the day out of them, or within hours you will be wondering if you even put any on. I like the colour selection they put in, and with a mix of shimmer, glitter and mattes it works really well to make a day or night look.
The last row of darks did not swatch well at all but don't let that put you off as these work differntly when applying to your eyes. Aubergine is my favourite and blends lovely on my outer V. The darker shades last the longest on the lids too.
Other Features to the Palette:
The palette houses a beautiful full mirror, which gives weight to this palette. You also get a really nice double ended brush that has your shadow and brow brush, and usually I'm not a fan of brushes inside palette but I do like this one. The palette feels sturdy and safe and I like the sleek matte black casing.
You also get "How to" inserts and you can go online for tutorials, I haven't tried them yet but it's a nice idea to have them in the palette.
Overall I really do like this palette, I have nothing else like it in my collection. It's a perfect travel piece for any makeup lover and I'm delighted that I got this on offer. Would I pay the full price? Maybe not but then again I would ask Santa!
Is this a palette you could see yourself using?