This pressed powder eyeshadow palette is slightly larger (and about half as thin) as a standard deck of cards. You get 12 small squares of colors, most of which are well-coordinated and, have a strong shimmer finish. The jewel tones of blue, green, and ruby are joined by brushed metal hues of copper, taupe, sand, and gray plus softer pink to lavender shades. The combination is fairly versatile, but the jewel-toned shades are trickier to work with unless you intend to do a very colorful eye design.
The texture is very smooth and easy to blend, and less dry than Kashuk's Eye Couture Palette, which is why the Jewel version is rated higher. Applied with good eyeshadow brushes, the shadows in this palette go on easily, have a moderate color payoff that builds well, the shine tends to cling well unless you really overdo, and the colors resist fading or creasing.
All in all, there's a lot to like here, and the price makes this palette a beauty bargain, especially for those who like creating a variety of eyeshadow designs.
- Sophisticated, metallic and jewel tones with a shimmer finish that isn't glittery.
- Smooth texture and application whose color payoff is easy to build.
- Lasts without fading or creasing.
- Palette is easy to store or travel with.
- None, unless the jewel tones don't appeal to you.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
For more information about Sonia Kashuk, visit soniakashuk.com or www.target.com.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.