PRODUCTS: All 3 shadows are very pigmented. Just as good as any of the top eyeshadow brands like MAC or UD. The Eye Bright works really well for inner corner highlighting but you have to make sure your finger is super clean before you use it-- otherwise it gets gross. The tweezers are cheapo but they work for traveling. The tiny double-ended brush is surprisingly functional. The eyeliner pencil is okay but very hard and uncomfortable to apply. I prefer the darkest shadow in the palette for eyeliner and could do without the pencil.
I usually never use the instructions that are included with palettes like this because I'm pretty good with makeup, but for some reason smokey eyes have always been difficult for me. So, I tried using the instructions and I was VERY pleased with the results. I have fair, rosy skin with gray-green eyes and I found the pewter color contrasted with the pale pink highlight color to be quite flattering. It does look really dramatic though because my skin is so fair. Definitely more of an evening look.
PACKAGING: I don't really like the graphics on the outside of the palette. It's kinda tacky. But in terms of functionality, it works really well for traveling. There's a magnet that keeps the top shut, and it also keeps the tweezers in place so you don't lost them.
PRICE: $36, not bad for all of the products that are included
Have to say this, I didn't buy this myself, I got it as a gift.
Mirror - Large and clear mirror, I like it.
Pink shadow - You can barely see it when you put it on. Almost useless.
Silver shadow - Looks a bit dirty, not pigmented enough. Makes lids shiny but not in a nice pretty way. I don't really know how to describe it. I would say this is ok overall.
Dark brown shadow - Its ok for an outer corner colour but it would be nice if it was darker.
"Smokin" liner - I found this average, nothing to shout about really. The lasting power isn't too great.
Double ended brush - The fluffy brush is good for blending, but I didn't really like it too much for putting the colour on. I liked the angled brush though, I use it for both the brow wax and using it with the dark brown shadow as liner.
Brow wax - I find it good, easy to apply, looks nice and natural. Good product.
Highlighting wax - Gets really grubby and disgusting, after the first use the product started grouping together in clumps which makes it harder to apply afterwards. Its a good highligher for the inner corner though but its not amazing.
Tweasers - Very sharp which is a good thing for pulling the hairs from the root, but extremely hard to use as they are so short, so I tend not to use them.
At first I felt a bit mean about writing a bad review about this product but when I looked at the price (£28) I'm not anymore because its supposed to be way better than this. Sometimes I think that the high price tag benefit puts on its products is because of the nice packaging and novelties, and if you think about it, it's a bit of a rip off. Overall I would not recommend this there are many many similar brow gels out there that do the same job. The only unique thing is that it puts everything in one compact place and the packaging is cool.
This is a pretty palette that's good for a weekend away or if you're the type to touch up your makeup a lot during the day. However if you're looking for a dramatic smoky eye then there's no way the shades are pigmented enough. It contains a shimmery pewter and pink shadow duo, a matte dark grey shadow, eye bright, brow zings, black eyeliner pencil, double sided brush (fluffy/slanted) and a mini tweezers. The standout is the highlight shadow which gives a beautiful non-glittery sheen to cheekbones, browbones and cupid's bow and is probably the best powder highlighter I've used to date. The other shades are pretty for an inoffensive day smoky eye which you can layer up for a light evening look. Eye bright works well but can be hard to dig out. Brow zings is too reddish-toned for me. The blender brush is quite good though the slanted brush is too thin. The tweezers do a good job and the eyeliner is pretty meh, though decent in a pinch. It comes with an excellent mirror (something I always appreciate in a palette). Overall I wouldn't be rushing out to buy this again (although I'd love to get my hands on an individual pink shadow) but I suspect I could be swayed as it's quite a handy thing to have in your bag and can give a very pretty finish.
I received this product as a gift from a friend and I really like it a lot. The eye shadows that it come with are very pigmented and soft to the touch. They go on really well. The deep charcoal shadow is soft like butter. It also comes with a brow wax which unfortunately is a bit too dark for my brows. It's brown and I have blonde lashes. I wish they had a kit with lighter wax. It also comes with an eye bright which is very good. A few other things in this kit are little tweezers which are really nice to have, a double sided brush and a small black eyeliner. The kit also has a mirror. Benefit's packaging is really cute and I think that is one reason why their prices are so high
I love this product mainly because the eyeshadows are just perfect. The pink highlight shadow and pewter grey are gorgeous colours, they are very subtly shimmery and soft looking, and very easily blendable. I'd buy these on their own if Benefit did these shades (which they may well do, I'll have to look into this). I don't really use the black eyeshadow as I find the first two are usually enough. The eyeliner is nice and I am already a fan of Brow Zings wax so that's a nice bonus. The only things I would change about it would be the eye bright, it's way too hard and chalky to apply with fingers - maybe a mini pencil would have been better. I've never really been a fan of the Tweezies either, they're too small, sharp and stiff. Also the price is definitely too steep for this tiny little kit. Overall though, it's great quality stuff and does what it says on the box.
Also gals - be careful of buying cheap from eBay! I bought this kit from there and it turned out to be counterfeit (as many of the Benefit products on there are). I got a refund and treated myself to the real thing!
Great value, great product. I love benefit products, and this one does not disappoint. The shades in this kit were my staple smoky eye shades for a while. Great for beginners! The only reason I wouldn't purchase this again is because it was a gift, and I have found similar shades that are not in a kit - still a great product though!
another great benefit product! love how it comes with an instruction guide showing you how to apply. i just dont get the eye bright...it is so so dry. but the colors are wonderful...i love the light pink accent shadow!
When I worked at Sephora I used this to do smokey eyes on very fair-skinned girls, on the smoky-eye first timers, and/or those who did not want it too dark (black). IMO, this is an absolutely perfect gray. It does not turn light blue like so many grays do.
I never used the brow stuff because the color is too odd, so I'm not sure I'd buy this. It's something like $32 at Sephora and that is definitely too expensive. However, if you are looking for a perfect peweter gray ...
Really good product-especailly if your not all that experienced with applying make-up. Not sure of the exact cost as it was a present, but for what you get I think its probably ok value for money. the little step by step guide is really helpful, and i love the eyebrow colour too! good for evening wear.
Smokin eyes is a lovely little eye and brow makeover kit which includes three shadows to create a gorgeous smoky eye which would suit any eye colour. It has Eye Bright in a cream form which, used in the corner of the eye, is great for making the eye appear wide open and awake. It can also be used as a highlighter for the brow bone. It also includes a brow wax in brown but i have blonde hair and it suits me fine. There's a double ended brush (fluff brush on one side and hard angle brush on the other side) which is a good quality brush but small - i like the hard angle side for using the brow wax. You also get a mini pair of tweezers which are great for the odd straggler! The price is a little steep at £28.50, but will last a long time. All in all a very nice product - great to give as a gift.