Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette

The lovely folks over at Studio Gear sent over their new Holiday Smokey Eye Palette for my to review! The palette retails for $40, but is currently on sale for only $25!! Keep reading to receive an additional discount just for you, my lovely readers 🙂

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Adorable packaging & smokey eye guide for makeup newbies to follow along.

In Studio Gear’s own words “Be radiant for any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades – perfect for creating a classic smokey eye look with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer…With pure color, pigment rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night.” The palette itself is small, .42 oz and definitely travel friendly! It has 4 shadows and 1 blush, all which compliment each other well. I like the inclusion of a shimmery gold, it’s nice and will definitely be used with other looks.

I’ve always been interested in Studio Gear makeup. I see them at Ulta, but never know where to start. This palette is a good jumping off point for me. The four shades + blush are as follows *first swatch done without primer, second swatch with Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion*

Frost – white shimmer with a well, frost, finish. Good for a highlighter. A bit chalky.
Platinum– a lovely soft silver. I think it looks better with primer, but also pretty nice on its own.
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Glimmer – a nice gold that really wows with the help of a primer.
Coal – Primer wasn’t totally necessary to get this color true to pan, but it definitely helped even it out.
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Snowy glow – a nice shimmery pink/coral blush. Use a light hand! Blends beautifully though. It’s picking up more red on my phone, but rest assured, it’s not so clown like in real life :P.
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Swatches indoor, no flash.
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Swatches outside, no flash, a bit overcast (weird Phoenix winter!)

I think the palette itself is nice. It’s not something that screams unique, but I think it’d make a nice gift for someone building up their collections. The colors themselves can work for a variety of skin tones, I’d love to see how the blush looks on someone with a darker complexion. The shades also need to build up a little, which is actually nice as you can go for a lighter smoky eye if full on seems a bit intimidating. Keep in mind, these colors are shimmery, not matte! I’m excited to play around with this a bit for holiday parties coming up.

Now where you can you buy it?? You can get it direct from Studio Gear or at Ulta. Visit http://studiogearcosmetics.com/shop/eye-make-up/holiday-smokey-eye-palette/ to buy it from them! I checked and Studio Gear is having some great Black Friday deals as well, I’m looking at a few of the sets or maybe a blush or two. They’re also doing Cyber Monday with 30% off complexion products! And because Studio Gear is awesome, they are offering y’all a 10% discount off your entire order!

Reader Discount Code: SGHOLIDAY. This code does not expire and is good towards 10% off your whole Studio Gear purchase!

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**FTC: I was provided this palette to review but all opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post from Brand Backer and Studio Gear for an honest review of the product mentioned and I am gaining no compensation for posting.

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