Sunday, December 10, 2017

Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches

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Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
For Holiday 2017, Smashbox has teamed up with Brazilian artist Ana Strumpf to create a festive holiday collection that's all about fun and colors. The cheery range offers quite a few makeup sets so today I want to share with you some swatches and a review of the Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette ($45 CAD). To learn more about this six-shade face palette, click......
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette
Packaging:
Made with a combination of cardboard and plastic, the Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette is sleek and travel-friendly. There is a large mirror on the inside and the lid features a lenticular artwork designed by artist Ana Strumpf. Included are six cheek powders, totaling 20g in weight. Also included is a sheet of fun stickers that can be used to personalize your holiday gifts. Overall, the packaging is really colorful and well-made but I do find the shades "Bronze" and "Rosette" to be a bit small. Their pans are approximately 3cm by 4cm in dimension, which is just under the circumference of a standard blush brush. Therefore, I find it very hard to properly swirl my brush and the fallouts end up landing right onto the other shades in the palette.
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette
Formulation:
The palette is divided into two rows with three contour shades on top and three blush and highlight shades on the bottom. For the contours, you get "Contour", a cool medium brown, "Bronze", a light neutral bronze, and "Highlight", a light neutral beige. Both "Contour" and "Bronze" are matte while "Highlight" has just the subtlest hint of satin. In terms of pigmentation, "Contour" and "Bronze" are just sheer enough for an easy application and blending while "Highlight" is nicely pigmented yet still easy to work with.
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette
On the bottom row, we have two blushes and one highlight. "Yes, Queen" is a beautiful pearly coral peach, "Rosette" is a satin baby pink, and "Turn It On (Pearl)" is an intense pale champagne shimmer. All three shades are beautifully pigmented. They are not super heavy so it's hard to overapply and the formulation blends just seamlessly. In terms of texture, all six shades are soft and finely-milled. They are a bit powdery and messy to pick up from the pan but I had no issues with the application. All six shades had a decent wear. They aren't super fade-resistant but will look reasonably presentable at the end of the day.
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
Smashbox Holiday 2017 | Drawn In. Decked Out. Sculpting Cheek Palette
Overall, this is a great everyday, travel-friendly cheek palette. I don't like the smaller pan sizes of "Bronze" and "Rosette", but aside from that, everything is well-executed. I'm no longer seeing this palette listed on any of the Canadian online retailers (including Sephora) so hopefully, you can still pick it up in stores before the holiday season ends!

Availability:
Smashbox is available online at Sephora, Beautyboutique.ca and in stores at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.
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