Yet another Targetgate™ item up for review, the Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral shimmer 03 eye shadow palette ($20 Target). I originally was on the hunt for the all matte version of this palette but since they were all sold out, I settled for the shimmer one. The palette contains 12 individual shadows of 0.8g each for a total of 9.6g. The shades range from a light champagne to a deep smokey charcoal. The palette is aptly named as the neutral palette as it has a blend of warm and cool shades but overall, the palette is neutral.
The palette came completely shrink wrapped but for some reason there’s a smudge mark on the middle pan, top row.
The top 2 rows consist mostly of light to medium neutral shades. My favourite of this grouping are the lower 3, especially #4 and #6. Both are smooth and pigmented, and individually, can work as a single shadow eye look.
But my favourites out of this whole palette are contained in the bottom portion – #8 through #11 are my kind of taupey shades (#9 hubada hubada!) These all apply well onto the lids and blend beautifully. A couple of the shades (#8 and #10) are a touch chalkier with less pigmentation relative to the rest, but they’re not terrible by any means.
I’m honestly very surprised at how much I like this palette – I wore it straight for a week to test it, but even after the mandated trial week was over, I found myself still reaching for this palette. Aside from not having any mattes, it’s still a versatile palette for casual looks (top rows) or creating dramatic smokey look (bottom rows). The shadows are good quality – they wore well through the day with slight fading but no creasing – I would compare the quality to that of Inglot or NYX.
• inexpensive ($2.08 per gram)
• smooth formula, easy to blend
• versatile colours
• slim palette, approx 4 1/2″ x 3″ x 3/8″
• all shimmers (and it’s clearly stated in the palette name, nothing a matte transition shade can’t fix)
• some fading after 8 hour wear (on top of eye shadow primer / base)
Stash worthiness: 8/10
Update! Just as I’m updating this entry in preparation to schedule the post, I drop this palette on the floor while being my clumsy self and this is the aftermath:
Warning: this palette may not be suitable for clumsy people or traveling on safari. See how dedicated I am to testing ALL aspects of a product for review? Drop test included. You’re welcome. *cries* RIP not so lucky #7.