Sunday, December 13, 2015

Smashbox Shape Matters Palette

When Boots brought out this product at half price, I had no choice other than to succumb to my materialistic frugal self and buy this palette. It was down from £60 to £30 and then an extra 10%, making it £27! I even chose click and collect to avoid paying for postage. I've filmed a video of me using it as well, it's at the bottom of the post if you wanted to watch!

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I am a huge fan of the Smashbox Full and Double Exposure eyeshadow palettes, so I had no reservations on the quality of the Shape Matters palette.

What caught my attention from this palette were the contour and highlight powders. I've been wanting to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette but just couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that I had no idea if I'd like or not. Also, HOW different could a bronzer be in a palette in comparison to a normal bronzer.

The contour and highlight powders include: a grey toned contour, a more orange bronzer contour, a pale matte highlight and a pale champagne shimmer highlight. My favourite is definitely the grey toned contour, I love putting it on my cheekbones. Both of the contour powders are really easy to blend and they don't look cakey at all. 

As for the highlight powders, I do think that the matte colour does need to have some concealer underneath. It is not the most pigmented of powders but when coupled with the concealer, it works as a fab setting powder whilst giving you the desired colour. The highlight is a little bit too light for me but I do still like it. I prefer more golden highlighters but that's just my own preference!

There are also 3 brow products, one wax product and two brow powders. The wax is so easy to use and it holds really well. I just pop it onto my brows and then put the middle brow product on. The powders are both ash toned and suit my brows. Now that I'm only filling in my brows, I have found that lighter colours suit me. I seldom use the other darker brow powder. Unfortunately, as with the contour colours, these colours may not suit you but I have been lucky.

On the right hand side, there are nine eyeshadows. All of which are pigmented and don't have too much of a fall out. The colour range is good, you can create a neutral eye or a smoky look really easily. There are three shimmer colours and six mattes. I love the neutral colours, especially when I'm in a rush I will go for those ones. But the darker colours and more colourful are also a great compliment, ensuring that there is enough variety into the palette. You can have it all!

It comes with a double ended brush, a brow brush and an eye shadow brush. I don't like the eye shadow brush much but I do like the brow brush. The eye shadow brush is really rigid and neither soft nor hard, I just don't get on with it. The brow brush on the other hand, is a really good thickness, angled and really easy to use.

All in all, I am really happy with this palette. I've had it for around two months now and I use it almost every time I do my makeup, it really has become a staple! I do think that my opinion would have changed if I had paid £60 for it though, but for £27 it was worth every penny. I've had a look and it seems to be sold out on the Boots website!

What do you think? Do you have this palette? Do you like it?

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day.

Love, Gweni xxx


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