[Press Sample]I recently had the opportunity to test out the Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Smokey Eye Palette and wanted to quickly share my thoughts with you all! This palette retails for $40 but it's currently on sale for $25; it comes with 3 eye-shadows and a blush, all in a small compact which is perfect for on the go.
Here's what Studio Gear says about the palette: "Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades – perfect for creating a classic smoky eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!"
The quality of the shadows are OK, they didn't WOW me but they're not bad either. I did have issues with the white shadow being way too powdery and flaky, probably because it is very glittery and a bit hard to work with. The other 3 shadows are also frosty but applied beautifully and are pretty soft and smooth which made the application process fairly quick and easy.
My favorite part of the palette is the blush, it is such a pigmented coral color, perfect for any skin color. It applies very smoothly and it blends very easily as well, and since it is very pigmented you only need just a tad to achieve a pretty and subtle color to the cheeks. Another favorite part of this palette is that it is pretty compact so you can take it literally anywhere on the go!
In terms of lasting power, with eyeshadow and face primer these shadows and blush last a good day's worth with the same intensity as it did in the beginning of the day.
Overall I have mixed feelings about this palette, although the blush is amazing and majority of the shadows are pigmented and apply wonderfully the $40 (even $25) price tag is a bit hefty for what the palette comes with. I would have preferred that they included a matte color for the brow bone and also a matte color for blending in the crease. If you are interested in this palette, either for yourself or as a good holiday gift for a makeup beginner, you can use this coupon code: SGHOLIDAY for 10% off; click here to check out the palette.
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Press sample; all opinions are my own.