Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte/Shimmer Limited Edition Palette for Holiday 2013

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This palette is a neutral lovers' dream! It contains 24 shadows: 12 matte and 12 shimmer, all neutral colors. It retails for $29.99 at Target. It is a combination of the Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Matte and Eye On Neutral Shimmer palettes, which each retail for $19.99 (they have 12 shadows each, and the shadows themselves are larger than in this palette).
The shadows give great color payoff. I was pretty surprised because this was my first time trying Sonia Kashuk shadows, and I was happy with them. While the mattes aren't ALL the greatest, they are far better than a lot of drugstore mattes that I've tried. Some of them are creamy, but some have a drier texture and take a little work to make them look good. Most of the shimmers are almost creamy feeling, and crazy pigmented. It seems the creamier they are, the more pigmented they are. Most of the matte shades in the palette make excellent transition colors, and I have been using them for just that.

The palette itself is sleek. It is plain, cream colored, and just says "Sonia Kashuk" across the bottom.
Inside the shadows are layed out so that they alternate between matte and shimmer - I'm not sure that was the greatest idea, as I think I would have liked one side to be all mattes and the other side to be all shimmers, but that's pretty much my only complaint.

Without flash:
With flash:

Now, none of the shades have color names so let me show you the swatches...
First row without flash:
First row with flash:
A couple of the mattes blend so well with my skin tone that you can't even see the swatches - these are the ones I like to use to clean up and fade the edges of my looks. There's also a shimmery cream, a shimmery champagne, and a shimmery bronze in this row that are all great.

Second row without flash:
Second row with flash:
The 3 mattes in this row have been my favorites so far to use as transition colors. And there's also a couple more shades of bronzey brown, and a gold.

Third row without flash:
Third row with flash:
This is a deeper row - all browns. Again, some great transiition colors for darker looks.

Fourth row without flash:
Fourth row with flash:
This is the most dramatic row in the palette and also my favorite. You get a shimmery brown, a matte dark tan, a gorgeous taupe, a matte gray (which is awesome and it's so hard to find matte grays!), a black with silver shimmer, and an AMAZING matte black. Like seriously, the black is the star of this palette. SO PIGMENTED.

I will say that the shadows are very small (about the size of a dime if they were circular) and I don't think it's worth $29.99. Since they are so small a $19.99 price tag would have been much more reasonable. The matte palette and shimmer palette by themselves are $19.99, but the shadows are bigger. Yes you are getting 24 different shades, but they're pretty tiny and that's a steep price for a drugstore palette.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review! I also did a video about this palette:

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