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.
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.
Transition colors, y’all. They make me break into song. 🙂 Never underestimate the power of a good transition color.
As for fallout from these shadows, yeah, there’s a little, but even with the darkest shades, it’s easy to clean up with a makeup wipe.
Plus, who knows? These shadows are so smooth that they make beginning blenders look like seasoned pros (well, you know), so maybe you’ll have such a good time blending that you won’t even notice.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now online and at Smashbox counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (slight fallout)
Boo! It’s raining.
Two days ago it was 70-something and sunny. Today it’s rainy and cold.
Welcome to fall in the Bay Area, LOL!
I remember getting so bummed as a kid when it would rain on Halloween… I still went trick-or-treating, of course. I’d stay out until either the umbrella started to cramp my style, or until I felt like I’d gotten enough of the “good” candy, which usually meant Blow Pops, Dum Dums, Tootsie Pops (I was all about the Pops) and (you know this) Snickers.
As far as I was concerned, everything else was basically filler.
What are/were your favorite treats to get on Halloween?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,