19th January 2011

Smashbox All in Bloom Palette

By Get Lippie

Pastels schmastels.  If there is anything I really don’t like about spring, it’s the insistence that we’re all going to be prancing around in pastel shades on eyes, nails and lips and clothes.  I don’t do pastels.  I think pastels only really suit six years olds.  There, I said it.

And … breathe

Now I’ve got that off my chest, I’ve been made very happy that so many of this season’s releases have been a little more … muted.  Some might say dull, I say wearable, tomaytoes, tomartoes.  Smashbox isn’t a brand I buy from very often, but I’ve been happy with this little palette.

It contains ten shades, of muted pinks, purples, peaches, greens and browns, which I, for one, find very wearable.  It’s meant to be laid out in pairs so that you can wear the colours together.  There are no shade names available, so I’ve numbered them for you.  Shades 1, 2, 4, 9 & 10 are matte, and 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8 have shimmer.  Here are the swatches:

All were swatched on bare skin with a slightly damp brush.  Initial thoughts are that shades 3 & 4 are very similar, only number three is more shimmery than number 4 so it looks a little lighter in the swatch.  I think my favourites are 7 & 8, I’ll be wearing them today.  I found that the paler matte shades (1 & 9) were a little chalky, especially the pink shade, so I urge a little caution when you’re using those ones.

All in all, I think this is a great little multi-purpose palette suitable for a variety of skintones, and it’s exceedingly versatile.  Shades are well-pigmented overall (ignoring the two pale chalky mattes), and it’s a palette I expect to get a fair amount of use out of.

So tell me, how do you feel about pastels?

The Fine Print:  Palette was received as part of an event goodie bag, not sent for review purposes, I just liked it.

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