There are some pretty gorgeous holiday collections out there, and in addition to some great value sets from the brand (check out the liner one on Swatch and Review), who can say no to a holiday palette? Especially one as gorgeous as the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette*, with diamond packaging and jewel-toned shadows.
There’s actually a massive “Luxe” version of the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette which looks gorgeous with 28 shadows, but the one I have still contains 12 shades. The packaging is sturdy and pretty, and the shadows themselves are diamond-shaped–in other words, rotated squares–and seem to be in a bit of a random order. There are no names directly on the palette, but instead it’s labelled on a plastic insert which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. There’s also a plastic gem in the centre. I think Smashbox manages the perfect balance between something special for the holidays, and something that isn’t too Christmassy to use year-round.
Blacktop is a matte black with silver sparkle that unfortunately was the biggest dud of the palette it’s actually fairly creamy in the pan but applies unevenly. Coronation is a dark purple filled with silver sparkle that’s incredibly glittery with a better application than Blacktop although still not flawless. On the other hand, Nutmeg is a bronzey gold with an absolutely perfect formula that is buttery and opaque, an easy favourite. Opus is a pearly white that applies nicely, it’s just very close in shade to my skintone. Vanilla is warm, creamy pale peach that is actually a little too soft in terms of the amount that gets picked up. Chianti is a dark sparkly burgundy that is really pretty and unusual and someday I will find an excuse to wear it.
Sapphires is a buttery metallic navy that is also quite soft but is really gorgeous applied. Confectionnette is an antique gold shimmer with fantastic formula, definitely another standout in the palette. Mist is a very pale shimmery silvery lavender that is quite subtle. Bourbon is a dark brown with glitter in it, although less obvious than some of the other sparkly shades. Midnight Emerald is a metallic emerald green with a black undertone to it that is creamy without being too soft and absolutely gorgeous. Obsidian is a blackened grey with a pigmented, buttery formula.
I’m still a bit/lot nervous over colour, but I didn’t want to create a totally neutral look using a palette as pretty and colourful as the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette. Instead I went for a mix of gold and green, using Vanilla on the inner corner, blending out to Nutmeg and finally into Midnight Emerald. There’s also a bit of Confectionnette in there. I wore this look out for the day doing errands and honestly kept looking at it and thinking how pretty it was!
In general, these shadows are creamy, buttery, and almost a bit too soft on occasion, so you may have be careful with application of a few shades to avoid fallout. I think the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette is a great mix of jewel-toned shadows and more neutral ones to help it balance out, so that you could use it for both day and night looks, although both matte shades are quite light. The shadows are very pigmented, and the packaging is sleek but with a unique twist. My personal favourite shades are Nutmeg, Confectionette and Midnight Emerald!
What do you think of the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette?