Smashbox heard our gripes and complaints about the less than satisfactory packaging of last year's Master Class II Palette and totally redeemed themselves with this one. This is an absolutely lovely product that almost totally makes up for last years lackluster offering. First let me explain that the failing of last years MC palette was not in the quality of the make-up but in the extremely poor quality of the packaging and it's inability to protect the precious product inside. Mine sits in a drawer with rubber bands around it as this is the only way to keep the thing closed as it was made from cheap pressed and padded cardboard that warped as soon as it was taken out of the box. The warping has made it impossible for the magnetic closure to hold the palette shut and this has made it impossible to use anywhere but at my vanity. Enough said about MC II.
This years palette, Master Class III, is book-like with two heavy duty, removable palettes inside. Each palette is it's own covered plastic box and this one will travel well for extended trips in which I want to take a vast selection of colors. Yes ladies, I said covered. Each palette has a clear, hard plastic cover that is hinged, no more clear plastic sheeting that is way too similar to Saran Wrap!
The colors are a great selection from their large make-up offerings that range from natural earth tones and nudes on the left and vibrant bright colors. The left palette includes a contour kit in lieu of the traditional blushes and the right palette contains very natural bronzers and blushes.
Price wise this was a bit more expensive than previous years' but well worth the money just for the improvements made to packaging and presentation. I have had this for about a month and have already used it more than MC II which I have owned for a year. Definitely worth serious consideration if you are a Smashbox fan and like their Master Class palettes.