Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Makeup Review: Smashbox Master Class 3 Palette

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Product: Smashbox Master Class 3 Color and Contour Palette

Review: I bought Smashbox's Master Class 3 Palette as a treat for myself a couple months ago, because I was enlisted to do a friend's sister's wedding makeup and I'd been trying to find a good excuse to get it for a while. It's one of the most expensive makeup treats I've bought, but look at all the pretty colors!

Overall, I like it so far and am getting a lot of use out of it. The color selection is great, and I use the neutral half every other day or so for work. The more "loud" colors are fun, but I'm not a bright colors kind of girl, so I only use them for accenting the neutrals. I find the formulation of the eyeshadows, contour shades, and blushes to be pretty decent overall. They have a smooth texture and are finely milled enough to blend well with minimal fallout.

As for pigmentation, it really depends on the type of finish. I found most of the matte eyeshadows and contour shades to be kinda weak in the pigmentation department. For example, Naked, Nectar, Vanilla and Pebble are very sheer and need to be packed on for any opacity. The contour, bronze and highlight colors were just ok and didn't blow me away. I don't know if I got an off-batch, but they're just not as pigmented as the official Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit. On the other hand, I love the pigmentation of the blushes and the shimmer/metallic eyeshadows. Some of the lighter shimmers like Rose Petal, Lavender, and Golden Orchid are rather sheer but it's easy to build them up and they look great layered over other shades. Other than that, the rest have great pigmentation and I can get some great looks out of them. Out of the blushes, Carnation is my favorite. It's such a pretty, slightly shimmery peach shade that reminds me of NARS Orgasm, and I wear it all the damn time. And I would say that the average wear time for the trifecta of blush, eyeshadows and contour colors is standard for the price point, meaning that it has solid all-day wear with primer.

Other than some spotty pigmentation, there are a couple other things to be aware of. First off, the palette is fucking tiny. It's about the size of a DVD case, which for $65, feels really small to me. But it opens up into 2 removable halves, so that's kinda cool. Very nice for little gigs here and there. The overall packaging is actually pretty awesome, because it's sturdy and each half has a hard plastic shield to protect the shadows etc. and it flips up for convenient use. So great for travel! Secondly, the pan size for the contour colors is waaay too shallow. I managed to hit pan in the contour and highlight shades in just a couple months which is unheard of for me. I think I've only hit pan on mineral foundation powders and... 3 eyeshadows in my whole life? and these are contour and highlight colors, so it's not like I'm caking them on. Funny that this is the "color and contour" palette and they give you so little contour product. I'm sure it's a ploy to get you to buy their full-size contour kit, but I don't approve.

These things aside, I do think it's a good value and worth getting if you like a ton of color options and travel convenience. Like I said, I use it all the time and it's my go-to palette for trips, so I'm getting some mileage out of it. I don't plan to retire it any time soon, but  thanks to the hit-or-miss pigmentation, I have to dock some points.

Rated Beauty Grade: B

Price: $65 at Sephora

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