The limited edition Sonia Kashuk Facing Stardom Face Palette ($19.99) is like a spontaneous red carpet moment. One second I’m sitting at my desk in black stretchy pants (you know, the ones with the hole in the butt?), but the second that first swipe of smokey eye and rosy cheek/lip makeup dances onto my face, BAM! I’m strutting my stuff at a Hollywood premiere, waiting for Ryan Reynolds to introduce me as “his close friend, confidante and shoulder to cry on” to the paparazzi.
Looking like a star with this 12-piece holiday palette, which includes two powder eyeliners, six eyeshadows, two lipglosses and two cream blushes, doesn’t require an actual acting career. All you need are brushes and your imagination.
Eyeliners (upper left), lipglosses (lower left), eyeshadows (center) and cream blushes (right)
Eyeliners: The matte powder eyeliners can be worn wet or dry along the lash and/or waterlines. They have a little fallout when applied dry, so I keep makeup wipes on standby just in case I need to clean up.
Eyeshadows: Cool-toned and smokey is the name of the game. The glitter shadows (a glittery gray, taupe and purplish taupe) are more pigmented than the ones in the What Glitters Glows Palette, which is a big plus. The three mattes (a gray, purplish taupe and taupe) apply sheer and blend with ease.
Cream Blushes: A creamy rose and a pink designed to be worn on bare skin or on top of foundation. The texture’s very thin, slick and slippery, so I dust a blush or translucent face powder on top to help set the color.
Lipglosses: I’m not sure why S.K. calls the rosy shade on the left a gloss because it sure as heck feels and looks like a lipstick, but semantics, schemantics. I think both the unflavored and unscented lip products add the perfect amount of natural-looking color to my pucker.
Swatches, top from from left: dark brown eyeliner, light brown eyeliner, gray glitter eyeshadow, purplish taupe glitter eyeshadow, taupe glitter eyeshadow, gray matte eyeshadow, purplish taupe matte eyeshadow and taupe matte eyeshadow; bottom row, from left: rose cream blush, pink cream blush, rose lipgloss and peachy pink lipgloss
If you showed me this palette without telling me the name of the brand I would swear up and down that it was a $65 Bobbi Brown creation. Not to sound all late-night-infomercial, but would you believe it’s just $19.99? That breaks down to about $1.66 per item.
Sonia put together a near-perfect mix of colors and the textures are pretty easy to work with, and if it weren’t for the minor issue of the eyeliner fallout, Facing Stardom would be epic.
AVAILABILITY: At Target and target.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Don’t cry, Ry-Ry!
Can we talk for a sec about Ryan Reynolds’ recent return to the single world? I was really hoping he and ScarJo would make it (they would’ve made some seriously pretty babies, yeah?), but I’m not gonna lie — if homeboy needs a friend to help him pick up the pieces, I would not hesitate to ask him out for a chai latte.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,