Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Review and Swatches


The Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette hit the shelves this spring boasting a whopping 14 matte shades with a 3-in-1 formula that can be used as eye shadow, eye liner and brow powder. A combination of neutral, warm and cool matte shades from soft transitional shades to deep vibrant shades allows you to create effortless looks from day to night for any occasion.

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Review

The first thing I noticed and love about this palette is that they doubled up the pan size of the two neutral base shades. As these shades are generally applied all over the eye you will use more product so having a larger size is so great!

Can we talk about the packaging for a minute?…This palette is sooo sleek! The all black design had me hello. It is just so gorgeous and posh! Plus it comes with a dual-ended synthetic brush which is great for convenience as well as traveling. One side of the brush is angled for creating defined eyeliner, as well it works great for creating the perfect cut crease. The other end is a flat all over shadow brush with a rounded top that can be used to blend out any harsh lines.


But looks aren’t everything πŸ˜‰ it’s the insides that count! Haha. Well, I am happy to report that this palette preforms just as fabulous as it looks. Buttery, pigmented, smooth, silky and beautifully blendable, the Photo Matte Eyes Palette gets an A+ from me.

Aside from using this palette just as dry eyeshadow, I tested all of it’s claims, from using it wet for a more vibrant look, on my brows as well as an eye liner. All applied effortlessly with little to no fall out and when worn with the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, my look lasted all day even in the heat of the summer.

smashbox-24-hour-photo-finish-shadow-primer-reviewAs if this palette wasn’t complete enough, it also comes with a #SHAPEMATTERS lookbook insert with how-to’s for 6 eye shapes and 5 brow shapes. Great Bonus!


Overall, I think this palette is just all round a great palette. It’s practical and impeccable quality. I find myself reaching for it on most days and no doubt it will be front and center on my vanity for a long time to come.

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Swatches

I created the swatches below using the angled liner brush that is included in the palette.


Left Side: Desert | Heirloom | Dune | Earthy | Suede | Canyon | Vanilla


Right Side: Wheat | Grounded | Rosehip | Haze | Jolt | Ditch | Blackout

The Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette retails for $58.00CAD
and is available at your local Shoppers Drugs Mart!

Cheers, Victoria! kiss

Beauty Blogger from Vancouver Canada

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9 thoughts on “Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Review and Swatches

  1. This is a great in depth review! Matte shadows are so good to have in your collection, they work the best for hooded and deeper set eyes I’ve found. Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed it, and those swatches look amazing. I have to get my hands on this!


  2. Ooh those swatches are gorgeous! I love when they have those booklets to get you started with some ideas for looks with a new palette! I usually try them all out then adjust them all to my liking. Beautiful palette!


  3. I’ve been using this palette for a while now and I love it! Very versatile and perfect for daily use. For once I might actually hit pan on a palette lol


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