Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Bold Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Cover Shot Bold eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette opened

Maybe it’s just me, but every summer I always plan on being a bit more adventurous with my eye makeup and trying bright colours. I also always realise that I don’t actually have one palette that has brights in, they’re sort of all over the place, and I just don’t have some colours.

I know that a lot of people wouldn’t do this, but I do end up looking on eBay for makeup if I just want to try something new when it comes to colours or looks. I found the Smashbox Cover Shot Bright Colours Palette for £3.50, pretty much like new, and actually won it. As with all Cover Shot palettes it’s a pocket sized palette with eight eyeshadows in it, six smaller ones along the bottom and two larger ones at the top. I loved the Ablaze palette I got in a set last year so wanted to see if the others in the range are as good as there seem to be mixed reviews depending on the palette.

One thing I love about these palettes is the size of them, I do love a palette you can throw in your bag or fits in a makeup bag for travel as I tend to go minimalist when it comes to packing beauty products. The lids stay on well and I do like the lenticular effect on the front, it always reminds me of things I used to get when I was little.

Inside the mirror is nice, it’s not massive but it is a good size to just check your eye makeup if you want. It does stay up on its own if you want it to but it’s not really big enough to bother with that if you want to use the mirror itself.

A photo of the palette open with the mirror showing a reflection of the eyeshadows. At the top of the palette are two large duochrome shades with six bright colours in rainbow colours from red to purple

In this palette there are six matte bright colours and two that I would probably say are toppers more than shadows on their own, though they do give a duochrome finish and slight sheen if you want a wash of colour on your eye. These are definitely not the most pigmented, I don’t think I’d ever use them on their own, but they do give a nice extra dimension when you use them on the brights. Some of the brights pair better with the light, the others with the dark, and they do work better with the colour they are on top of within the palette, at least to me. They apply evenly and blend ok, just be careful of the shimmer as it can everywhere if you start to try to move it too much.

Swatches of the eight colours, each of them shows the eyeshadow on top of primer and directly on my skin

I think that, over the years, bright matte eyeshadows are one of those things that have been hard to find that are done consistently well, even within one palette. I have some from Sleek that are nice but I wouldn’t call them bright colours really. Most seem to apply patchy, don’t blend and are the kind that will not budge as soon as you apply them. To be honest, these ones do need a primer to show up much at all. They can look ok when you first apply them without it but they just disappear so quickly and you can’t blend them without a primer or they either vanish or become a muddy mess for me. With a primer they’re vivid, stay put and can be blended to an extent. They don’t blend amazingly well but if you put one on top of the other they do a decent job if you’re careful. The colours you put on the actual primer layer though, they’re staying where you put them.

The swatches of the colours again but this time I added the duochrome toppers on each of them. The left side of the swatch has the light colour and the right side is the dark of the two
I wanted to see how the duochromes looked on top of each so the left side of each swatch is the light colour and the right side has the dark duochrome on top

I do love the bright red, orange and yellow, they’re so bright and colourful and really pigmented. I’m not so sure about the green, blue and purple. They’re nice colours but they don’t stand out as much to me. The blue is a bit temperamental too, you do have to be careful when applying it so it doesn’t end up all patchy, and it doesn’t really blend as much as disappear so you have to add the other colour on top of it and blend the second colour into the bit on the primer.

Overall I do like this palette. Would I pay full price for it? No. Am I suddenly going to start wearing bright eye looks? No to that one too. However, it has been fun to play with and it’s made me want to sort through my Sleek palettes and make a colourful one from them. I like the Smashbox formula for this, it’s decently pigmented and works how I want it to, but I’d rather spend £25 full price on a palette I love and will get a lot of use out of. I do think that there are a lot of good bright colour palettes out there now, I’m not sure that I would recommend this over them. If you want to try out brights and can find this one cheap then great, if not then I think the EYN palettes from Beauty Bay look good. I am tempted to get one of the brights ones from there as there are some colour that look more me in it, or the old Sleek matte palette in brights was good and you get twelve eyeshadows in that.

The swatches at an angle, showing the duochrome effect of the two larger eyeshadows

Basically, it’s a nice enough palette but not worth the £25 to me. It did the job I wanted it to, it’s been fun to play around with and maybe I will be more adventurous with my eyeshadows in the future, but I don’t think I’d recommend it to you. Do any of you guys have this? Did you find it good? Or are there better colourful palettes you’d recommend over this?

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4 thoughts on “Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Bold Eyeshadow Palette

  1. Jenn says:

    thank you for this post! I am eyeing one now that’s listed for $12. seems like an okay spend but someone else did recommend EYN’s palette too. only thing is, I’d prefer something smaller b/c like you I won’t wear it all the time. it’s just for when I do feel like it on the rare occasion! have you gotten much use out of this palette or the two mixer shades? I thought they were supposed to be used as a base for the other colors if you wanted to change them?
    nyx’ 12 pan brights palette looked perfect to me except I heard the pigmentation/blendability was not great.
    I have my eye on sugar pill’s fun size and nomad’s harajuku palettes, but still want a traditional small to medium rainbow one as well.
    and if you can still find it, the wet n wild pacman palette is supposed to be super pigmented too! but it doesn’t have all the rainbow colors (most of them tho!)

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! 😊

      I love the size of these cover shot palettes, they’re almost pocket sized and great if you can find them cheaper online. I have used it a bit, still not that much just because I’m getting used to using brighter colours. I have used the mixer shades a bit but they don’t do that much for me when it comes to adding to the colour. The colours on their own are better for how I want to use them. I just found the best way to make the duochrome type shimmer show was on top, underneath it just sort of disappeared and made the colours a bit muddy and weird with the dark one. I’ve seen others use it on top so went with that as I didn’t find anywhere that gave proper instructions other than using them to change the effect and make the colour pop.

      Thanks for those suggestions, I’ve seen the nyx one and got to swatch it in store and it was a bit disappointing pigmentation wise. I’m still tempted by the eyn ones, the 9 pan ones don’t look too big and there’s a few of the other eyn ones I want too. As I live in the UK we’re only just getting wet n wild but I like the look of the pacman palette 😁


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