The palette's packaging consists simply of an outer sleeve, pictured above. The actual palette cover is a simple black, white, and gray, which I was actually a little disappointed in. Overall the packaging isn't too big of a deal to me, but I think it would have been fun if they kept the design consistent with the bokeh lighting on the outer sleeve, especially for a holiday product.
The palette contains four eyeshadows and one blush, which could also double as an eyeshadow if you wanted it to. The shades are (going clockwise from top left): Platinum, Frost, Glimmer, and Coal, and the blush is Snowy Glow. Well, at least, that's how they're listed on the inner flap (pictured below). I think this is mislabeled, though, and that the order should actually be: Platinum, Coal, Glimmer, and Frost. This caused me a brief moment of confusion when trying to recreate the look they have on the inner flap, but I'm pretty certain I'm correct in thinking that it was mislabeled.
I think this look is perfect for a holiday party, or really for any night out. It's a little too dark for my work routine, but I had fun playing around with the different shadows when trying to recreate this. My eyes are monolids, so shading in the crease doesn't work quite as well for me, but I can definitely adapt it to fit my eye shape.
- Purchase a Holiday Smokey Eye Palette on the Studio Gear website (currently on sale for $25). Use code SGHOLIDAY for 10% off; this coupon never expires.
- The palette will also be available at select ULTA locations starting this month!
- Enter the Studio Gear Cosmetics "Holiday Hottie" contest to win even more free makeup!
Bottom Line: I wouldn't say I loved this palette, but I wouldn't completely disregard it, either. I think it's a good starter palette for people who are just getting into makeup, and it has fun colors to play around with. I do wish that the shadows had a smoother texture and more pigmentation.
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