When I first saw this little palette from Smashbox, I was a bit underwhelmed. Meh, I thought. It has some neutral shades. It has some fairly uninspiring packaging. Meh.
Turns out it's not actually meh at all. It's actually oh, really quite nice. Yes, the shades are neutral - three matte and three shimmers. No, it's not as hype inducing as an Urban Decay neutral palette. Yes, you get a rather nice double ended brush, which has a fluffy shadow brush and a more stiff-bristled brush perfect for liner.
Swatching and wearing these shades really changed my mind about their level of meh. They're all pink/purple/bronze toned, which happens to be a really perfect set of tones to go with my hazel eyes. Each and every shadow is complimentary and oh so flattering on my skin. Also, that purplish taupe (fourth from the left) is amazing. Definitely not meh.
So, plus points: really lovely, usable colours; buttery soft shadows, excellent quality brush, small sizes mean you actually have a chance of using it up someday (unless you own 200 eyeshadows like I do). Pretty good, really. On the negatives front, the shadows are so soft that they crumble if you're not really careful, and you can get some fall out as a result. Oh, and that packaging is still a bit uninspiring.
You can find it at the Smashbox website, where it costs £31.50 (which is a little high for such small pans of colour).
Disclosure: Press sample