December 19, 2013

Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette

Hello everyone! If you follow me on my blog instagram ( @ budgetmakeupbeauty ) you would know I have fallen in love with this palette. I bought mine back on cyber monday and received it in the mail yesterday. It took long to ship but it was worth it. WARNING: this is a picture heavy post

 Outside packaging, it is very pretty and metallic. Retails for $49. Sold at ulta and the smashbox website. Is being sold for $39 now. The back is pure silver metallic and had a reflective glare every time I tried to take a picture. It said the products contents and ingredients.

 Just like the label before it is triangle metallic with mirror like coloring. It does get fingerprints very easily. The width is about the width of my finger. So  not a super thin palette but not massive. Also after the first few times opening and closing the magnets seemed to have trouble closing.
 Here is the inside. It has a very large mirror, which makes it slightly heavy. There are 30 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, a bronzer, and how-to cards.
 The how to cards are: Drop shadow, wondervision color, Soft cat eye, and smoldering eye. They have a 1, 2, 3 ,4 across the top which can be placed above any four shades to create the desired look.
 I fell that to do my makeup it is best placed sideways so that it can stay-up by itself.
 Here's another look, this time without the color names. The darker black is from trying to wipe off the fallout from one of the shades that came chipped.

SWATCHES: All without primer and one swipe (or noted), from left to right
 ROW 1:
Beige- Matte cream, exactly my skin tone
Almond- very light matte brown
Golden- A golden shimmery shade, a little on the bronze side. Definitely not antique gold
Chestnut- A matte light brown similar to almond, but not as pigmented
Fawn- True matte taupe but on the lighter not super pigmented side
Chocolate- Deep matte brown, average on pigmentation but lighter than in the pan
ROW 2: My favorite row
Taupe- Not very taupe in my opinion. Has glitter but otherwise matte. Very light shade, and I'm not sure how you would wear this one.
Peach- Shimmery almost frosty beige shade, can be used as inner corner hilight or perhaps all over the lid. Not in my opinion a peachy shade.
Citrine- Almost duochrome shiny peachy pink. Reminds me of Urban Decay sin but more peachy.
Orange- Very orangey shade but with a more golden/ red undertone. Not a true orange, but still an appropriate name.
Red- A rust/ coppery red. Surprisingly wear able. I wore it today and didn't get any weird looks, only compliments.
Umber- A true duo-chrome. Shines slightly green in one light, then more of a brown in another. Reminds me of a chameleon.
ROW 3:
Maize- A light yellowy matte shade. Best used as highlight on the brow bone. 
Mint- A light minty green. I'm not sure how to wear this shade but it seems lovely.
Turquoise- A green-blue shimmery shade.
Green- A very blue toned-green. Not as pigmented as some other shimmery shades.
Blue- A silvery kind of slate blue.
Dark Blue- A matte black base with dark blue glitter specks. 

ROW 4:
Pearl- Frosty, perfect pearly shade for inner corner highlighting.
Pink- A matte baby pink base with gold glitter specks.
Lavender- Matte pinky-lavender. The most pigmented matte shade.
Violet- A light but still true violet.
Purple- A deep purple but has to be built up, which can be nice for creating dark looks
Black- A true matte black. Had to be built up, but I like that in really deep shades.

ROW 5 (Last Row):
Silver- Very metallic, pigmented. True true silver.
Grey- Kind of a frost. Not frosty, not matte, and not shimmery.
Slate- Very pigmented taupey-slate shade,
Brown- Pigmented matte dark brown, with copper glitter specks.
Pewter- A true pewter, pigmented and metallic.
Glitz- More pigmented then the black shade. Matte with silver glitter specks.

BLUSH & BRONZER:
Baby Pink- Very light but can add a natural pale flush, matte
Sherbet- Slightly coral mixed with berry shade, matte, use a light hand
Glow- Intensely shimmery light pink. Tap off brush before sweeping onto cheeks so not to end up with sparkles everywhere
Bronze- A matte bronzer. Slightly orangey, and very pigmented. Blends out naturally.

COMPARISON SWATCHES:

The left is Sonia Kashuk Eyes On Neutrals palette, and the right is this palette. The Smashbox is slightly more pigmented but the texture and colors( These shades at least) are very much the same.
Left is Wet n' Wild silver in Don't steal my thunder trio. Right is the silver shade in this palette.
Left is elf twinkle pink, right is smashbox glow.Smashbox is more shimmery and has less glitter chunks.
NYC Sunny Bronzer on the left, Smashbox Bronze on right. Smashbox is a lot more pigmented, a little chalkier feeling.


  • Overally shimmery shades are better than the mattes
  • Large variety of shades- Neutrals, greens, blues, purples, and silvers.
  • Variety of finishes- Mattes, shimmers, satins, frosts
  • All the cheek products are lovely and pigmented
  • not very much fallout with these shades