Spring’s Awakening with Sonia Kashuk’s Latest Limited Edition Makeup Palette

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette

Yesterday marked the first official day of spring here in the northern hemisphere, a fact not lost on Tabs. He was up early this morning, perched up high on his cat tower by the windows, to watch the birds outside.


On our walk around the neighborhood today, we saw that the branches of one of our favorite trees, which sits at the bottom of our hill, are now dressed in coat of beautiful pink blooms.

My spring allergies are already kicking in (thank goodness for Zyrtec!), but I wouldn’t trade this time of year for anything. Early spring is like getting a post card from a friend who’s coming to visit. You know there’s something fun right around the corner, but you’re not quite there yet. You know that if if you can be patient a little longer, the fun will start soon enough. πŸ™‚

Sonia Kashuk’s new limited edition Spring Awakenings Palette ($19.99) feels like early spring to me. The palette of neutrals for eyes, lips and cheeks doesn’t hit you over the head with obvious spring pastels. Instead, its brown, coral and rose colors whisper promises of warmer days ahead.

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette in box

The four powder eyeshadows — a cool-toned mix of browns in matte, shimmer and glittery finishes — and dark chocolate powder eyeliner are the stars of this show. With the exception of the glitter shadow, which is more like a translucent base with champagne flecks, all of the items apply with dense, rich color that looks like the color you get from products considerably more expensive than typical drugstore eyeshadows.

I wasn’t expecting to be moved by the glosses (that they’re located so close to the powder products is kind of a pain), but they’re actually quite nice. Non-sticky and pigmented with a light vanilla scent and flavor, they’re like kissing cousins of the MAC Cremesheen Glasses.

See the rosey one in the middle? That’s my fave of the crew for the natural kiss of color it gives to my lips.

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette tabs

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette swatches
Swatches from the left, top row: eyeshadows (swatches one through four) and eye definer (fifth swatch); bottom row: blush (first swatch) and lipglosses (swatches two through four)

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette

Oh, the shimmery coral blush and I didn’t hit it off. I tried to use it a few different times last weekend, and every single attempt left me with patchy, uneven color on my cheeks. I spent a while buffing it down with a kabuki brush to even it out, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re often in a hurry.

All in all, I still think Spring Awakening is nifty little palette. SK packed it with lots of wearable shades for naturally pretty looks. I can see most of the products working well for busy college students, on-the-go moms, or even seasoned makeup junkies looking for a streamlined palette to take on vacay. And it might be a good one to keep in your emergency makeup stash at work..


PRICE: $19.99
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Target stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (would’ve been an A if it weren’t for the blush)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Hope your Monday hasn’t been like this…

sonia kashuk spring awakenings face palette tabs


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  1. larie says:

    Cute hair! And omgosh, Tabs suddenly become very scary!
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  2. Camikatze says:

    Tabs looks amazingly beautiful πŸ˜€
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    • Karen says:

      I’ll let him know. πŸ˜‰ He’s sitting on my lap as I type this with his girth draped over my right arm. It makes it a little hard to work the keyboard, LOL!

  3. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    AMAZING Tabs photo! πŸ™‚

  4. Nina says:

    i almost bought that yesterday. self control prevailed but taht is going on my boitday wishlist! πŸ™‚

    i am having the same patchiness issues w/ the Physician’s Formula Mood Boosting blush. im not sure if its the shimmer or something else causing the patchiness. luckily, i got it on sale and w/ a coupon so i dont feel so bad w/ it not working out.

    Tabs is soooo adorable! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hey Nina!

      When is your boithday? I’ll have to send you a virtual cupcake. πŸ™‚

      Good to know about the Physician’s Formula blush. I was just looking at the display this afternoon (yes, I was at Target!) and admiring a few items.

      • Nina says:

        not for quite a while (sometime after easter) πŸ™‚

        i wanted to go to Target at lunch to get new cat food bowls. Linus broke another one of those glass bowls we use for their wet food. ended up having the Hubs buy the bowls instead!

        i was actually going for some life saver gummies of the easter candy variety. omg sooooo goooddd! πŸ™‚

        yeah … im just glad i got the blush for 4 bucks and change. its super cute on the pan … i need to figure out what brush to use so it doesnt look patchy!

        • Karen says:

          Oh, Linus! What the heck is he doing to break his bowls? I guess he’s eating with “enthusiasm.” πŸ™‚

          You know I love me some Life Saver Gummies. What are the easter ones like? They don’t have a funky candy coating or anything do they?

          • Nina says:

            Linus is a very, very, very enthusiastic eater! LOL! he likes to eat in the 2nd tier of his perch. im guessing he or napoleon tipped it over while fighting for the last dregs!

            no candy coating — theyre just gummies in pastel colors and bunny and easter egg/basket shapes. theres orange. melon, watermelon and lemon flavors! yum!

          • Karen says:

            So is Tabs. His food bowls (yes, multiple bowls) are on the floor, so he can’t knock ’em over. He does like to drag his dry food bowl across sometimes when he’s mad at us… it’s his way of acting out.

            Okay, I need those candies in my life like NOW!

  5. Cassy says:

    Um, Tabs needs to stop being scary. I really jumped a little lol! j/k Tabs, I know you’re not a meanie face.
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  6. I’ve never tried any Sonia Kashuk makeup. I probably won’t start with this because I HATE having lip products packaged with powders. I am super clumsy and and most of the powder ends up caked up in the glosses. I want to try that Sonia Kashuk bush you reviewed the other day, though!

    P.S. Tabs you are the manliest, most beautiful creature i have ever seen!
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  7. Lily says:

    I luurve the color of the blush! Will get this palette for the blush alone, I’ll just apply it with a light hand πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Good idea, Lily. Do you have a fan brush? Those are great at laying down sheer color on the cheeks.

      • Lily says:

        I have a gorgio armani blush brush with a tapered and thinned out head ( like how hairdressers hold the scissor vertically and thin out the end of ur hair, which i hate, btw). Anyway, this brush picks up the right amt of blush, and you cant be heavy handed cuz its thinned out , hopefully ill get it to work.
        You could print out tgat photo of tabs as a “beware! Angry cat” warning sign hihi

  8. Ana says:

    That is too bad the blush gave you a hard time becauase that was the first thing I noticed about you in the photo. The color looks gorgeous on you!

  9. Alice says:

    Oh, this getting bought. So bought. It’s just too pretty a package to pass up.

  10. Shannon B. says:

    Hmmm. I can’t figure out anything exceptional in this palette. Was hoping for more bright, spring colors.
    P.S. Your hair is looking sexy!

  11. Sarah says:

    They only had one at my Target and the lip glosses were all falling out. Even as it sat on the shelf so that was enough to talk me out of it. But my Tarte finishing powder and brush and the Smashbox masquerade palette came today so I’m happy.

  12. JJ says:

    Karen, you always look gawjus, and I’m not sure how much this palette had a hand in it. That said, I kinda have these colors already. I guess at some point in one’s makeup collecting everything starts looking the same… Though, this is a very comprehensive palette for makeup beginners πŸ™‚

  13. Kate & Zena says:

    Ain’t that such a purdy picture of Tabs? Zena can look pretty scary in some photos too!

    Somehow I’m feeling the itch for darker colors! My fingers and brain don’t seem to follow the seasons. I’m wearing a navy smokey eye today for heaven’s sake! Tomorrow it’ll be my new standard neutral eye for school a la Naked Palette. Seriously, my brain needs to get in tune with the seasons!

    It’s a pity that the blush didn’t work out!

  14. Fieran says:

    This palette looks really good on you. I really like the eyeshadow neutral shades.
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  15. Kim says:

    The case is really cute and the colors definitely look wearable. Unfortunately, I know I’d have everything mixed together in a gooey mess after using it twice. πŸ™‚

    Tabs is prepping for his guest spot on True Blood, isn’t he? I think he’s nailing it! Btw, did he ever return your Shu? Oh, I mean, did you ever find your Shu? πŸ™‚

  16. Meghan says:

    I WANT THIS! Lol!
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  17. Stacy says:

    OMG Tabs! Please don’t yell at your assistant.

  18. Jen says:

    Eeek scary Tabs! *hides* lol!

    I saw this in Target over the weekend. I got the limited brush set. Love me some neutral but I wasn’t moved. However that might change lol! Looks good on ya!

  19. Yuki says:

    Tabs, you’re acting like Garfield on a Monday.

  20. CJ Wright says:

    Do they have it in other colors besides the neutral/browns shades? I will be hitting Target on Thursday God willing!!! It’s a really good one in St. Petersburg Florida. Tell your kitty I really like
    him a lot!!! Does he have God parents? Thanks.

  21. Lizzard says:

    this is soo pretty! and what a natural look πŸ™‚ I like seeing brown tones for spring
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  22. Chloe says:

    How bad was the blush?… I just got the last one from target today… patchy? does it have good staying power?

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