I doubt Hollywood’s even looking for a short, sassy Filipino chick without any acting experience to star opposite Ryan Gosling in an upcoming romantic comedy, but if, perchance, I’m ever stopped by a famous director at Petco and asked to play the wind beneath Ryan’s wings, you can bet I’m putting down those 20 cans of gravy, girl, because we’re going to Hollywood!
Logic places the chances of this happening somewhere below 0.000001%, but ya never know… Maybe the new limited edition Smashbox Be Discovered palette (about $60, from the new Snappy Holidays 2011 collection) will improve my odds.
Okay, well, a girl’s gotta have dreams, and if yours happen to involve holiday kits brimming with color, Smashbox would like you to consider this: the 66-piece Be Discovered palette, with its four mini-makeup brushes and shades for eyes, cheeks and lips. At $60, it works out to less than $1 per piece.
Not too shabby, tabby.
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The bulk of the pieces in the palette consist of products for eyes — 45 powder shadows and nine cream liners, to be exact. That’s more color than a girl could shake a blending brush at!
But (there’s always a but), like the eyeshadows in the company’s Click You’re It palette, also out for holidays, these like being babied. Some of them require lots of layering to show up on my tan skin, and more often than not, I also end up sweeping away a considerable amount of fallout.
A few thoughts on the rest of the kit…
- Cheek Products — My favorite pieces in the palette! The Bronzer, Blushes and Soft Lights Highlighters apply smoothly with commendable color, yet despite being packed with pigment, they remain easy to blend.
- Cream Eyeliners — I like the soft, dreamy lines I’m able to draw with these, as well as the variety of colors, but some of them migrate when I forget to pat a powder shadow on top.
- Lipglosses — Preternatural pigment and a three-hour wear time for the win!
- Mini Brushes — They get job done, but I wouldn’t depend on them for everyday use (unless I had a crush on scratchy bristles).
All told, I’m fond of this kit, but I don’t feel that lusty urge for it — or ache, if you will — like I’ve felt from some of the other holiday palettes I’ve seen so far this year (see: Laura Mercier). In terms of value, though, because of the range of colors it contains and the price per piece, I wouldn’t overlook it entirely.
I only wish that the eye products could step up their game.
PRICE: about $60
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Ahh, Wednesday… Sweet, sweet hump day. I hope yours has gone well.
I’m trying my best today to finagle a mid-week movie date with El Hub. I’d originally wanted to see Puss in Boots, but now I dunno. I read some of the reviews, and I’m open to other suggestions. If you have any recs, please let me know. I feel like I need a movie fix tonight.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,