Beauty Without Fuss

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Smashbox All in Bloom Palette

Pastels schmastels.  If there is anything I really don't like about spring, it's the insistence that we're all going to be prancing around in pastel shades on eyes, nails and lips and clothes.  I don't do pastels.  I think pastels only really suit six years olds.  There, I said it.

And ... breathe ...

Now I've got that off my chest, I've been made very happy that so many of this season's releases have been a little more ... muted.  Some might say dull, I say wearable, tomaytoes, tomartoes.  Smashbox isn't a brand I buy from very often, but I've been happy with this little palette.

It contains ten shades, of muted pinks, purples, peaches, greens and browns, which I, for one, find very wearable.  It's meant to be laid out in pairs so that you can wear the colours together.  There are no shade names available, so I've numbered them for you.  Shades 1, 2, 4, 9 & 10 are matte, and 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8 have shimmer.  Here are the swatches:

All were swatched on bare skin with a slightly damp brush.  Initial thoughts are that shades 3 & 4 are very similar, only number three is more shimmery than number 4 so it looks a little lighter in the swatch.  I think my favourites are 7 & 8, I'll be wearing them today.  I found that the paler matte shades (1 & 9) were a little chalky, especially the pink shade, so I urge a little caution when you're using those ones.

All in all, I think this is a great little multi-purpose palette suitable for a variety of skintones, and it's exceedingly versatile.  Shades are well-pigmented overall (ignoring the two pale chalky mattes), and it's a palette I expect to get a fair amount of use out of.

So tell me, how do you feel about pastels?

The Fine Print:  Palette was received as part of an event goodie bag, not sent for review purposes, I just liked it.

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  1. Pastels in general aren't my friend - for the same reason as you, I look about 7 when I wear them. But this palette looks different, I'm glad you've swatched the colours as they look better than they do just in their pans. xoxo
    See The World

  2. That's a really pretty palette. Great swatches too.

    I like looking at pastels but don't really wear them. As I'm older than 6 and (mostly) past the Disney Princess stage, I don't think they look very good on me either.
    Jane x

  3. I totally agree with you on pastels, I think that they look too fake. Love this palette, the colors are all so gorgeous :)

    Charlene xxxx

  4. Great swatches,some lovely colours there.This is a palette i would get some good use out of. The actual palette (not the eyeshadows) looks alot like the sleek palettes.

  5. Hm. I liked the idea of this palette but I doubt I'll be buying this. Not really my kind of colours...
    lovely post though :) maybe a FOTD to inspire me?

  6. I know what you mean about pastels. This looks like a great day wear palette though. Might need to try this one out:-D another one to add to my ever increasing wish list.

  7. I really wana get this one now! I love to wear such muted shades everyday :)

  8. Ooh, that's actually lovely!

  9. I don't do pastels as they tend to wash me out since I'm so pale, but these swatches make it look not so scary. Might have to check this out!

  10. Thank you for the swatches! I don't buy Smashbox very often either but there's something about this palette that is appealing. I'll have to try some of these colors on to see if they work on me.

  11. it quite reminds me of Sleek's Storm iDivine palette... going to pass more due to the high price of $48


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