Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette ~ Pretty Spring Neutrals

by lyn on June 23, 2011 · 7 comments

in Eyeshadow, Limited Edition, Palette, Smashbox, Spring

The day after I declared an eyeshadow ban, I went out and bought more eyeshadows. I am such a hopeless case and can’t seem to exercise much self-control, especially when Smashbox’s Spring 2011 collection was so hard to resist.
Talking about a spring release now may sound outdated as most of the beauty blogosphere has moved on to fall, but the In Bloom Eyeshadow palette is just too pretty to cast aside.
The eyeshadows are housed in a sleek, black case with a fairly large mirror. It also comes with a brush and although the hairs are synthetic, the bristles seem to pick up colours well. It is a welcomed addition to my brush collection.
The eyeshadow palette consists of ten watercolour-like shades. They are pigmented and are very smooth. There is a mix of mattes and shimmers, dark and light shades. The lighter shades are perfect as a wash or highlighter whilst the darker shades can double up as a soft liner.
I really like Smashbox Spring releases because they are usually so pretty and this year’s collection is no exception. Although this palette consists of neutrals that may seem boring to most, they are such classic, wearable shades and I find them to be very versatile as they tend to suit most skin tones.
Smashbox has arranged the colours vertically in duos to help you coordinate more effortlessly but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match the different shades from one end to another. With such easy and soft neutrals, they can be paired with almost anything.
Today, I used the first duo from left, which are Pink Lily and Soft Orchid.
Soft Orchid may look a little brown on my lids but it has a hint of purple and lavender. I used Pink Lily on the inner half of my eye but it does not show up very clearly on photo.

I don’t wear fancy schmancy shades to work and usually reserve whacky or adventurous colours for weekends or parties. Muted tones that enhance the eyes but do not dominate are definitely more office-friendly.

I would most certainly recommend this palette to any working girl who’s starting out with eyeshadows. However, as this is a limited edition item, it may be difficult to find locally. I purchased this nearly a month ago and the SA was telling me that there were only two palettes left. But I think he was trying to scare me into buying. He probably spotted the word “sucker” stamped across my forehead.
The Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette retails for RM199 and might be available at Smashbox in The Pavilion. And yes, I know… that works out to RM19.90 per eyeshadow, which I’d like to think is value for money so I won’t feel so guilty for breaking the eyeshadow ban :-)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one } June 24, 2011 at 2:51 AM

the colors are really work friendly! should recommend to someone on my floor, who always wears BRIGHT colors on eyes (turquoise/orange) in a combo and like those theater makeup =/


belledemoiselle June 24, 2011 at 3:50 AM

I saw this at Sephora last week and fell hopelessly in love, but couldn't justify the price tag, especially not for someone like myself who is more a lippie girl than an eyeshadow one :( Oh what a pretty palette though! The colours are just perfect for a feminine, soft, neutral and natural look. Sigh. – ksuan


l y n June 24, 2011 at 6:29 AM

prettybeautiful: Hahaha, I should tell someone I work with about this palette too :-)ksuan: If you have a warped brain like mine, you'd probably come back with it. The first thing that crossed my mind was "wah, RM19.90 per eyeshadow!". It is such a classic palette and I'm really loving in. Am wearing the 2nd "duo" today :-)


Rainy Days and Lattes June 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Beautiful! I love this bloom palette! The colors are so gorgeous :) Looks beautiful on you!!


l y n June 25, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Rainy Days: Thank you! I love this palette too. So easy to use and lovely texture / pigment to boot.


belledemoiselle June 26, 2011 at 2:32 PM

plus…it's all full-sized colors right? :D totally justifies the price spent. ps: have you touched your naked palette yet? mine is still sitting there because i can't bear to touch it. -dom


l y n June 26, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Hi dom, I just wrote a rather frivolous post on Naked and I haven't touched mine yet too :-) But I'm gonna have to some day.


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