In today’s blog post we are talking makeup, specifically the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in the shade Ablaze. My boyfriend gifted this to me at Christmas time, and boy oh boy was I proud of him because a. he bought makeup for the first time in his life and b. he bought my new favourite palette.

This palette has a gorgeous shade range of fire-y colours (hence the name, Ablaze). It has 3 matte shades, 1 semi-matte shade and 4 shimmery shades, of which all are super warm-toned. The eyeshadows themselves are super pigmented, so pigmented I panicked the first time I used them because I had never tried anything so pigmented. The panic didn’t last long however, because as soon as I got my blending brush out I realised how blend-able they all are.

At first, I thought this would be a ‘fancy’ palette. You know, the eyeshadow palettes you reserve for those makeup days or nights where you want a full glam and bold eye look. I was right, but also wrong because this palette is both. The matte red looks gorgeous when blended out into the crease and left like that but looks amazing when layering with other colours. My only slight miss with this palette was there was no matte warm toned brown. However, I feel like that’s in every palette now, plus you can just use your bronzer, so that isn’t really a big downside for me, however if you like everything in one palette, you might not like it.

It’s also so small I can carry it everywhere, to work? yep. Travelling? Yep. Popping to the shops? Yes. Which is hard to find with the ever-growing size of eyeshadow palettes lately.

This palette is a whole lot of yes. So yes, you should go and buy it and enjoy its warmth (pun intended).

Love always,

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