Basically, if a beauty burglar raided a fortified diamond emporium that also stocked jewel-toned eyeshadows and then crammed her beauty booty into a single palette, that palette might look like the new 28-pan Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe.
Clearly designed to entice with endless eyeshadow possibilities and pics of holographic cushion- and emerald-cut bling, this limited edition palette is filled with a nice selection of surprisingly complex jewel-toned shades that are almost as dazzling as a diamond-encrusted tiara.
Smashbox has fun with finishes here, going from matte to sheen to shimmer to high-shine frost to glitter, then even adding undercurrents of pearl to some of the shades.
There’s a lot going on here, but Smashbox manages to keep it all together. It took more than a quick glance at the pans for me to grasp the complexity of these shadows. I had to get them on my skin to really see their potential and capabilities. What we have here is a sophisticated crop of colors .
Thankfully (yay!), Smashbox included a few transitional neutral matte beige and brown shades to ground the jewels and make them more wearable, and this may or may not have made me twirl around with my arms out like Julie Andrews in the opening scenes of Sound of Music.