Insomniacs Should Have a Ball with the Smashbox Masquerade Palette

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smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review
Here I’m wearing makeup from the Smashbox Masquerade Collection for fall 2010: The Eye Palette in Masquerade on my eyes, Creamy Cheek Color & Brush in Intrigue on my Cheeks and Masquerade Lip Enhancing Gloss in Reveal on my lips.

Friends, citizens, insomniacs, lend me your eyes; I come to bury complicated eye looks, not to praise them. πŸ™‚ Put down that Sleepytime Tea for a second, Caesar, and take a look at the new Smashbox Masquerade Eye Palette ($35) — enemy of complicated eye looks everywhere!


You don’t have to be an aeronautical engineer to put together fly looks with this palette of nine powder shadows in neutral and jewel-toned shades. In it, Smashbox cleverly placed complementary colors in three horizontal rows, basically taking the guesswork out of color matching. It’s a breakthrough of epic proportions, yo! — particularly for lazy chicks and insomniacs (oh, hai!) like me.

After three consecutive nights of absolutely no sleep, I really, REALLY appreciate how easy it is to get ready with this palette.

Of course, if you’re the kind of girl who gets plenty of sleep and prefers to match her own colors, no problem. I think all nine of these shades work together well, and nothing says we have to use them in any specific order.

I used the shades in the second row (the shimmery khaki, gold and bronze) for my makeup today, adding a bit of the shimmery dark blue from the third row for smokiness. To complete the look, I dipped back into the Masquerade collection again, pulling out the Creamy Cheek Color & Brush in Intrigue and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Reveal.

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review
The Masquerade Eye Palette is one of seven items in the Smashbox Masquerade Collection for fall 2010

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review
Swatches of first row on NC35 skin


smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review
Second row

smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review
Third row
smashbox masquerade eye palette swatches review

Smashbox heaped pigment into these shadows and conjured up an easy-to-blend texture that both newbies and full-blown eyeshadow addicts should love. By far, this is my favorite product from the Masquerade collection and a standout piece for fall. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. BlovetBeauty says:

    Wow! I love this look on U!
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  2. Maggie says:

    Wow, the eyeshadows look really pigmented! I think I might need to check this out. πŸ™‚
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  3. amy says:

    Ohh, the blue, plum and green colours look very lovely. By looking at your swatches the eyeshadows look very smooth and pigmented. Very nice.
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  4. Arianne says:

    Dang Karen you so pretty! πŸ™‚

    You totally rock the smoky eyes!

  5. those are great shades! and good pigmentation, too. i’ll definitely have to check this out!
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  6. Aparnaa says:

    You had me at insomniacs. I’m so slow with makeup – this looks perfect for me! Oh Sephora, taking away my income one pretty palette at a time…

    • Karen says:

      GURL, are you having trubs sleeping too? Welcome to my world. πŸ™‚

      • Aparnaa says:

        Oh my Lord, I was so sleep deprived I put the wrong zip code on the order for my special light-blocking eye mask. I then got progressively angrier and sleepier as days passed without its arrival. Until, of course, the completely sweet customer service person unearthed that joy.

        Short answer: yes.

  7. Nina says:

    Why must eyeshadows tempt me so? I want that palette … Le sigh!

  8. Amber says:

    Wow, these are rich! They look awesome on you.
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    • Karen says:

      Thanks! I can’t remember — do you do blues and greens?

      • Amber says:

        I am comfortable with yellow-greens and blue-purples. The only real blue I have is a matte navy that shows up kind of grey on me unless I build it up a lot.
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        • Karen says:

          Isn’t that funny how colors can change on you? So many black shades turn blue on me…

          What are you up to tonight? We’re ordering Thai food and renting a movie.

          • Amber says:

            Sounds like a nice night in! Mark has to work tomorrow so we had asparagus and leftover rotisserie chicken and we’ll be going to bed soon. But first I’m about to cut into a baked s’mores cookie bar thing that I whipped up when I got home!
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          • Karen says:

            S’mores… NOM! πŸ™‚

            Well, the movie we rented turned out to be a complete dud. It was Sherlock Holmes … I made it through about 15 minutes before completely checking out. Then again I’m not a big Guy Ritchie fan.

            Anywho, have a good Saturday!

  9. Paris B says:

    This looks amazing on you! AND another one I’m eyeing from Fall. Fall is going to make me broke πŸ˜›
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  10. Sarah says:

    Oh why must eye shadow palettes always tempt me so?? Also I’d like to point out how incredibly photogenic you are!
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  11. snoopysteph says:

    What a beautiful palette! The colors really scream “fall” to me.

  12. ace says:

    thats GORGEOUS!! so pretty!!! lol its nice of them to make it so simple, especially because i do my makeup early in the morning so i can hardly see what im doing…
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  13. Tiffany says:

    Ok so I tried that blush today. Not that into it. It’s too subtle for me, and the brush is so scratchy/non-soft! I think I might return it and get the highlighter.

  14. Jess says:

    i LOVE this look on you!

  15. Toni says:

    Gorgeous palette! I’m still wanting the Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia palette though. These colors look so good on you. I love that blue color! Thanks for sharing!
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  16. Melissa W. says:

    This is a great look on you! I really like this palette. <3
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  17. Kylie says:

    Hmm…. this palette is eerily similar to one that mark came out with last year. I’m sure the pigmentation is better with this one, but it looks almost identical.

  18. Vonvon says:

    This is a palette I have been lemming for since I 1st saw it. Cute little palette and so versatile!
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  19. Agnes says:

    these colors are AMAZING for fall! hehe although i never really tried out Smashbox’s palettes.. i think this may be the one to get me starteed… πŸ˜€
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  20. Nicole says:

    those look so smooth and silky! absolutely love this look on you.
    just love the colors, i think i might have to buy this one!
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  21. Michelle says:

    Love this look! You should name is Soft -N- Smokey πŸ™‚ I love that it looks like it can create all different types of looks!

  22. Well, once again Karen you’ve convinced me to get out of my Stila habit and try something new! I mostly wear browns and stuff, so this will be a fun departure! I can’t wait to try it.
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  23. Jolien says:

    I am soo in love with the smashbox!

    I really like the look you created.

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