I find myself gravitating to eye shadow palettes that have neutral colors in them alot lately. Browns, taupes, golds and bronzes, I have too many to count. For that reason, I was surprised at how ecstatic I was when these landed on my doorstep. These vibrant colors have enabled me to really explore and experiment with different makeup looks then I'd normally go for. I can't wait to share some new makeup tutorials making use of them as well.
Smashbox has had these Photo Op Eye Shadow Trios around for a while. These ones are more recent additions for the Spring and Summer time. Here's how they describe them: "Our Fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich bold hues in just one swipe. Each Includes three coordinated shadows- base shade, contour color and highlighter- so you'll never wonder which shadows to wear together again."
Here's what I think of them:
Color Variety: The color choices are what has excited me most with these two palettes. I love the vibrant blues, chartreuse, yellow and coral pink! Each color does coordinate well with one another the only thing each of these trios is lacking is a highlight shade in nude, beige or ivory and a good light brown as a blending shade. These are both shades I need for any look I will create so that was a slight let down. It is easy to grab another palette but I like when everything I need is in one place.
Consistency: The texture on these is quite interesting to me. The shadow goes on nicely and blends well, but it is quite powdery and crumbly which means alot of fallout if you aren't careful and also equals quite messy packaging when the product dusts everywhere.
Pigmentation and Finish: Almost all of the shades in these trios have a slight shimmer to them. The sparkly bits don't show up much at all when applied though which doesn't really bother me much personally. The pigmentation is definitely lacking here. They look as though they'd have fantastic color payoff but unfortunately they fall short with just one swipe. They definitely need a base underneath them like NYX's jumbo pencil in milk and then need to be built up about 2-3 times to appear as vibrant as they are in the packaging.
Lasting power: Once again an eye shadow base of some sorts is a must with these to ensure they stay put all day. Otherwise they do seem to fade and move around a bit at the 4-5 hour mark. Using my Mac paint pot beneath these did the trick and helped them stick around for 8+ hours.
Packaging: I really like the packaging on these. They are small and round in size so they don't take up too much room in a makeup drawer or travel bag. The lid snaps shut and the rest of it's encasing seems quite sturdy too. Everything I've come to expect from Smashbox in looks.
Price: These go for $28 for 2.76 g on the Smashbox website. This is very comparable to what Mac and other high end brands will charge for this amount of product. For 3 shadows I'd say that's not all that bad at all.
Overall: These aren't my choice shadows in consistency and pigmentation but they do go onto the lid alright and blend evenly. They build up nicely with a cream shadow under them as well. The chartreuse color is my absolute favorite and I've gotten loads of compliments on it while wearing it. The price is decent and the packaging is superb. I'd say I like these but don't completely love them. These will still get alot of use as the weather warms up and I plan to do video tutorials shortly utilizing each shade.
Have you tried these shadows? What did you think of them if you did? If you haven't will you?
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