Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Palette

Self-Purchased

The Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette is now on sale at Ulta for $18 (it was originally $36). I got the bigger palette when it came out and still need to post the review, but I wanted to get the review for this one out before it sells out. The review of the larger palette will follow in a day or two.

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette packaging

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette packaging

The palette is in a hard plastic case unlike the larger palette. This makes it less shock absorbent and one of my shadows was chipped on arrival. The case has holographic jewels on it – it’s quite pretty, and has a mirror inside.

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Insert

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Insert

It comes with a booklet naming all 12 shadows and with steps for 3 different looks. It also has a plastic overlay naming she shadows on the palette itself which I personally really hate. Note, the palette’s a tiny bit messy from the chipped shadow.

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette with overlay

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette with overlay

This palette contains 12 eyeshadows 0.04 oz. each. Smashbox usually doesn’t offer single shadows so to try to calculate value, there’s .48 oz. worth of shadow in the whole palette. Their eyeshadow trios are .097 oz for $28. Going by this, this palette is worth roughly $138.55. I don’t really feel like I have a $138 worth of eyeshadow in my hand with this palette, though.

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette close up

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op palette close up

The shades around the perimeter are all deep jewel tones, most of them glittery, while the inner 4 shades are lighter shades better for highlighting and blending. Generally I find the glittery shades very powdery and needing quite a bit of building up. The metallic/shimmer shades are smoother and more pigmented. The 4 lighter shades are somewhere in between the other two groups in terms of both smoothness and pigmentation.

On to swatches! I swatched these in the same order listed in the booklet which is left to right, top to bottom.

The first 6 shadows are: Blacktop, Coronation, Nutmeg, Opus, Vanilla, and Chianti.

The first 6 shadows are: Blacktop, Coronation, Nutmeg, Opus, Vanilla, and Chianti.

This set didn’t photograph very well, unfortunately.

Blacktop is a black shimmer with a hint of glitter in it. It’s powdery and not very pigmented. This is the worst performer in the palette to me.

Coronation is a purple shimmer with micro-glitter. It’s also powdery and lacking in pigmentation but builds up better than blacktop does. It’s a fairly jewel toned purple but would probably perform better over a good light base to pump up the impact.

Nutmeg is a metallic golden bronze. This is one of the smoothest and most pigmented shadows in the palette. It’s also the one that chipped in my palette. It blends pretty well, too. If the whole palette were this quality I’d be happy but unfortunately it’s not.

Opus is a matte pale pinky off white. I’m so pale you can’t see it very well in these swatches, but it’s a nice color if a bit powdery and thin. It builds decently.

Vanilla is a matte pale peachy off white. Again, it’s hard to see against my paleness but it’s about the same pigmentation and powder level of Opus. Compared, Opus is more pink and Vanilla is more peach, but on the lid someone standing a decent pace away probably couldn’t tell the difference too well, at least on someone as fair as me.

Chianti was the color I wanted to love most in the palette. It’s supposed to be a wine shimmer with tonal micro-glitter but it’s a ¬†bit on the brown side for me which is disappointing as I really love wine shadows (even before Pantone named Marsala color of the year and wine got popular all of a sudden). Like Blacktop and Coronation it’s powdery and a little thin but unlike them it builds up far better.

The last 6 shadows are: Sapphires, Confectionette, Mist, Bourbon, Midnight Emerald, and Obsidian.

The last 6 shadows are: Sapphires, Confectionette, Mist, Bourbon, Midnight Emerald, and Obsidian.

Sapphires is probably the second best performer in the group. It’s a blue shimmer with micro-glitter. It’s a bit powdery still, like the other glittery shades but isn’t quite as thin and powdery as they are.

Confectionette is a pale gold metallic shimmer. It’s not as smooth and pigmented as Nugmeg and needs to be built up a bit but is still one of the better quality shades in the palette.

Mist is a beautiful pale lavender shimmer. Like the other near white shades it’s hard to see on me, but I like it much more than I was expecting to. Still a bit thin on the pigmentation but buildable.

Bourbon is a shimmery brown with micro-glitter. It’s decently pigmented compared to the other glittery shades but still a bit of a powdery let down.

Midnight Emerald is a shimmery emerald green that is also one of the better performers. It’s not as smooth and pigmented as Nutmeg but is still pretty nice compared to the rest of the palette. It’s a better green shimmer than some of my UD green shimmers which are more dark and smokey.

Obsidian¬†is a shimmery black. It doesn’t have the micro-glitter that Blacktop has and is the better for it. It’s more shimmer, less glitter, and is smoother and a bit more pigmented.

Overall, this palette definitely isn’t worth the full price, at least to me, but for the $18 sale price it’s a decent buy.

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