Smashbox 'Muse' Artist Eye Palette
My first thought when I saw the packaging and shades in this eye shadow palette was "How Pretty!" -- and after using it I had the very same thought. This is a wonderful palette to achieve a nice soft pastel effect (which means if you are looking for very bright, intense eye shades this is not for you). There are 10 shades included, all very neutral, spanning from very wearable greys and light pinks to deeper purples, blues and browns*. All of the colors were silky smooth and easy to blend, and upon application, I noted that they were all nicely subduded and had a lovely "soft glow". The shadows are soft, smooth, pigmented, and not chalky despite them being pastels, which was very impressive. The eyeshadows were very wearable and perfect for everyday looks or for a more casual evening eye. The effect is sheer and though they are pigmented and you can build the color, it's more luminescent. There is a light dusting of shimmer in the shadows that is perfect. I loved that no matter what combination of shades I used, everything blended nicely together and gave me a lovely look. The colors lasted throughout the day with a light layer of primer with no creasing or fading. The shadows are very close to their regular sized shadows and the palette also includes a nice brush. The purple and brown shades in particular were my favorites and I got a lot of different looks from them. Beause of how neutral and soft all of the shades are, this will also work for all skin tones! The palette is great for travel and perfect for a quick dash of color in the morning that you don't have to think to hard about and then get out of the door! *The neutral (not too cool or warm) colors included in this palette are : Biscuit, Chocolate, Soft Green, Dark Celery Green, Light Silver Blue, Dark Blue Grey, Sheer Lilac, Deep Orchid, Rose Copper, Coffee.