Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette


Studio Gear says "Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades – perfect for creating a classic smoky eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!" This limited edition palette contains .42 oz of product and will retail for $40, though its currently available for $25 (see the end of this post for more savings!). I received this palette for review. Studio Gear does not test on animals. This palette was made in America. Studio Gear products are available through the brand's website, and at Ulta.

Studio Gear's Holiday Smokey Eye Palette comes in a very pretty slip cover featuring the Studio Gear logo against blurred lights. The black cardboard palette slips out, also bearing the SG logo. Opening the palette reveals four round pans of eyeshadow with a larger blush in the middle. A tutorial and diagram are included on the inside of the palette, as well as a plastic cover for the shadows. This palette has a magnetic closure. No mirror is included in this palette, which is fine by me. Packaging for Studio Gear's Holiday Smokey Eye Palette is attractive, sturdy, practical, and storage friendly. Packaging is recyclable.
[over primer, no point swatching otherwise]
[blush swatches, no primer]
Frost is a silvery off-white with larger, chunky silver shimmer particles. Frost has a very glittery finish. This eyeshadow feels quite gritty in the pan, surprisingly it doesn't kick up much, if any residual powder. Color payoff for Frost is fairly sheer, though a good primer can really boost it. Frost is blendable and seems to wear well. This eyeshadow is great for layering over other colors. 
Coal is a matte black peppers with flecks of silver glitter. My God is coal dry and hard in the pan, it gives up almost no pigmentation until a base comes into the picture. Used over a primer, Coal can really pack a punch. Like all blacks, Coal is versatile - it makes a particularly nice eyeshadow. Despite the matte base, this eyeshadow is very blendable. I haven't noticed any creasing while wearing Coal.
Platinum is a very cool, blue based grey with small specks of silver shimmer. Platinum has a frosty finish. This shadow has a smooth, easy to blend texture and is adequately pigmented. This is the only eyeshadow in the Holiday Smokey Eye Palette that doesn't suck without a primer or base. I experience a bit of creasing after six or seven hours of wear. Platinum is very easy to work with, blending well and causing no fallout or excess powder. 
When I saw Glimmer for the first time, I thought "oh what a gross color", but it turned out to be my favorite of the bunch! Glimmer is a antique gold that has a little bit of a greige hint to it. This shadow is incredibly dry in the pan and not very pigmented at all - on it's own. However, whenever this shadow is applied over primers the color payoff explodes and it becomes a very flattering color. Like Platinum, Glimmer creases just a little after 6 to 7 hours. 
Snowy Glow is a basic peachy pink blusher with itty bitty bits of golden shimmer that come across as more of a sheen on the skin. This blush has a soft, easy to blend texture and excellent color payoff. This blush really gives life to the skin without being too strong. Snowy Glow really does give the look of "just in from the snow" skin. 
For me, Studio Gear's Holiday Smokey Eye Palette is only ok. Packaging is great - sturdy, cute design and layout, and small size for easy storage. You NEED a primer when working with this palette. Pigmentation and texture are major issues for three of the four eyeshadows. Often times limited edition palette don't have the same high quality formula as permanent range items. I hope that's true for Studio Gear's eyeshadows because the ones in this palette are under pigmented to say the least. I have to say that this palette can create a really pretty look - I like the look I created above. In my opinion, Snowy Glow, the blush is the highlight of the palette. Whether or not Studio Gear's Holiday Smokey Eye Palette is worth checking out depends on how picky you are with application and texture. Personally, I don't think the quality matches the price point. 



Coal Ingredients:
Tricaprylin, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Retinyl Palmiate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorpheneisn, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide Green

Platinum Ingredients:
Tricaprylin, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Retinyl Palmiate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorpheneisn, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, 

Frost Ingredients:
Tricaprylin, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Nylon 12, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Retinyl Palmiate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorpheneisn, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine, Manganese Violet, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Green, Chromium Hydroxide Yellow, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Aluminum Powder, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1

Glimmer Ingredients:
Talc, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Tricapyrlin, Ceresin, Lanolin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Managese  Violet, Ultramarine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Green, Chromium Hydoxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine, Aluminum Powder, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1

Snowy Glow Ingredients:
Tricaprylin, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Ultramarine, Manganese Violet, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Red 6, red 7, Red 28, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1 


Disclaimer:
This product was provided to me by BrandBacker and Studio Gear for review purposes. This post contains NO affiliated links. 

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