Today, the sun came out for most of the afternoon, which was exciting for a variety of reasons. It was so nice to have a decent amount of light in my apartment without having to turn on any lights, and it makes swatching so much easier!
Today I swatched my Show Pony palette, which I ordered a few weeks ago from Sephora. When I ordered it, it was on sale for $20, but now it's on sale for $16. The Urban Decay Preen Shadow Box, available online at Ulta for $20, contains the same shades.
The packaging is sturdy cardboard and stays closed with a magnet. I was skeptical of the magnet at first, but it does its job well. I'm not in love with the actual look of the palette's packaging, it seems a bit brash to me.
For your $16 dollars, you get:
- Snatch Eyeshadow (peachy-pink with glitter)
- Painkiller Eyeshadow (turquoise shimmer)
- Mildew Eyeshadow (deep green)
- Flash Eyeshadow (electric purple)
- Smog Eyeshadow (deep bronze)
- Toasted Eyeshadow (copper)
- 24/7 Eye Pencil: Zero (black)
- Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
(color descriptions from Sephora)
Let's talk about formula.
Shadows: I primarily use loose shadows, so I'm not quite an authority on the formula of pressed shadows. However, I was pleased with the application of most of the shades. Flash was difficult to work with, it look a lot of work to build up the color for the swatch. Snatch has some chunky glitter in it, which can be a bit of a challenge.
See the glitter?
Eyeliner: This pencil applies like a dream, and doesn't budge once it has had a moment to dry.
Primer: I haven't played with this much (yet), but I like the formula so far. However, I don't like the packaging. I much prefer the squeezy tube of Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
The swatch photos were taken in natural light, shadows applied over the Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Top row, L to R: Snatch, Mildew, Flash
Bottom row, L to R: Painkiller, Smog, Toasted
I'm quite pleased with this set, and it seems like a good deal for $16-20. I know many people already own the pencil, primer, and some/many/all of the shadows, but as someone who did not already have the above in their makeup arsenal it was a great purchase.
What are your thoughts?