Sunday, October 6, 2013

Smashbox Master Class 2 | Review & Swatches

The first time I had ever walked into a Sephora was when I first eyed this beauty.. the Smashbox Master Class 2 palette. I wasn't sure about it but when I found out the value I knew I had to have it. Definitely something that would come in handy for traveling (next time!) & in a makeup kit.

The Smashbox Master Class Palette 2 offers a huge range of eyeshadows, cream eyeliners, blush & highlighters; a great set for a beginner who is not really sure how to put together colour combinations &so they also don't have to spend up on lots of different products. 

Packaging: Encased in a hard case that is very similar to a book with how it feels & how it opens up with eyeshadows on the left, cream eyeliner, blush & highlighters on the right. The magnet is strong enough to keep the palette from opening by itself in your makeup bag. The colours are named on the plastic sleeve that protects the products on each side from coming into contact when it is closed,
which can be tucked underneath out of the way when using the palette.

Pigmentation: Although the shimmery & darker eyeshadows are pigmented they do need a base as I find it doesn't take long for them to start fading & they need a bit of a kick to get started. The lighter matte shadows do take a few swipes to show up. Cream eyeliner applies a bit patchy but it just needs a couple of layers & should be set with similar coloured eyeshadow. The Blush & highlighters are extremely pigmented & show up on first swatch.

Texture: Matte eyeshadows can come off a bit chalky & but the shimmery ones apply really smoothly & everything is easy to blend. Cream eyeliners have a perfect consistency where they glide on really easily & make for great bases underneath shadows. Blush feels very similar to the eyeshadows & the highlighters have a very shimmery finish without chunky glitter.

 Swatches
 Column 1 'Head Shot': Linen, Golden Orchid, Chestnut
    2 'Heliograph': Nectar, Peacock, Mocha
           3 'Focal Point': Champagne, Flamingo, Java
       4 'Quick Take': Vanilla, Ambient, Serpent


 1 'Cover Shoot': Flirt, Dusk, Haze
2 'Hyperfocal': Mist, Rose, Obsidian
3 'Vignette': Parfait, Amethyst, Aubergine
4 'Aristotype': Opal, Anchor, Ultramarine
 Top (bottom of left side in palette): Bliss, Wheat, Sable, Blackout
Bottom (Top of right side): Bronze, Midnight Purple, Picasso,Caviar
 Top: Carnation, Flush, Geranium
Bottom: Rosy, Suntan, Warm Apricot


 Lens, Shimmer
Overall, my favourite thing in this palette would have to be the blush. It would be so much more easier to go traveling and not having to bring 4 different blushers with you! I also like how the eyeshadows are set out in groups of 3 for a lid, brow bone & crease colour & each group has their own name for the type of look they could present, and then they have the classic blending colours that can be added to any look.
Something I don't get is the peachy toned highlighter, it looks like you've applied your blush too high, but the skin toned one is perfect. Instead of that highlighter, the bronzer which is among the blushes would be perfect in that place because of all things probably needs to be a decent size.

I am pretty sure this palette is limited edition so I apologize for that but I'm sure if you do miss out, they will release another one in the future.
You can pick this up from Sephora (once again, sorry to those in the Southern Hemisphere) for $59 and it has a $275 value, which means you get 40 different products for $1.47 each! I've also seen it on eBay for $79 which is still decent but it will most likely go up, so it pays to shop around.

I'd recommend this palette if you feel the need for extra shades & for a convenient palette but honestly I think many are very dupable as well, or f you'd rather have everything in one palette then this would be perfect!

xx

10 comments:

  1. This looks like such an awesome palette for value! I don't own any Smashbox products since nothing has really spoken to me yet but I see that might change soon, since apparently their primers are amazing. Great review Ashii :) x

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  2. I don't remember if I tried their makeup, but I love the blushes and nude highlighter and nice that it doesn't have lip stuff hehe :)

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  3. This palette has a nice range of color and everything you need for face and eye makeup. I purchased one of their holiday palette a few years ago when I was starting out with makeup and to my disappointment only half of the eyeshadows were actually of decent quality and the other half was kind of a waste cause they were either too sheer, applied blotchy, or faded too quickly. Ever since then I just completely avoided all of their eyeshadow palettes. Even though it's a great value, personally if I can't use at least 3/4 of the products in it, I don't feel like I'm getting my money's worth.

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  4. great post!
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  5. Freaking amazing palette my dear! I've seen another where on both sides of the blush there are shadows! It was a bigger one with gel liners too! But I love how they did it and those blushes are to die for! The first things I thought was I want all the blushes! Hope you do loads of looks! I can't wait to see!

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  8. I have had this since July and I honestly didn't notice that the eyeshadows are set out in 3s! I just flip the plastic thing over as soon as I open it. I love this palette. I never think about it because the colours aren't overly special as a whole, but I reach for it almost every day because it is so easy to use and the quality is great! I have grown to love it.

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  9. I have had this since July and I honestly didn't notice that the eyeshadows are set out in 3s! I just flip the plastic thing over as soon as I open it. I love this palette. I never think about it because the colours aren't overly special as a whole, but I reach for it almost every day because it is so easy to use and the quality is great! I have grown to love it.

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