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October 27, 2011

The Body Shop 4-Step Smokey Eye Palette for Christmas 2011: First Look and Swatches

Yesterday we gave you the lowdown on The Body Shop’s Christmas collection and also the brilliant tips International Make-Up ArtistKarim Sattar shared. One of the most exciting releases we saw from the highstreet giant this year is the 4-Step Smokey Eye Palette, available in Silver Blackand Golden Brown.

These eyeshadow quads are a real gem andperfect for the Christmas party season. Small and compact with two cream shadesand two powders, you can create a myriad of different smokey eye looks. But, ifyou are one who equates a “smokey eye” with spending too much time fieldingmisdirected plumes in the smoking area of a pub, then worry not as there is astep-by-step guide on the back of each box to help you on your way!

Each quad comes with a mirror,  a smudge penciland a mini brush. Karim assured us that, after much feedback, the mini brushesare now made using the same quality materials as the larger brushes from the permanent line. I have the quad in Silver Black to show you so, read on for swatchesand first impressions.




All four shadows have a brilliantly smooth texture. There is no grittiness even in the more shimmery shades and they seem to be quite densely packed so, with any luck, fallout won't be too much of an issue with these! They are all also incredibly pigmented, as most shadows by The Body Shop are. Pay-off is great and all shades swatch true to the colour in the pan.

From L-R: 01 Ice White Base, 03 Marble Grey Shadow, 02 Charcoal Black Shadow, 04 Silver Highlighter


The palette comes with a mini Eye Definer in Black and a mini shader brush. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of the Eye Definers but, I did always like how they had a smudger on one end. However, probably due to space restrictions, the mini Eye Definer has no smudger which is something worth noting. The eyeshadow brush included is gorgeous and perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. It's literally just a scaled down version of the full sized brush and no expense has been spared in terms of quality which often happens when brands release travel brushes.

From L-R: 01 Ice White Base, 03 Marble Grey Shadow, 02 Charcoal Black Shadow, 04 Silver Highlighter. Top: Eye Definer in Black



I need to double check the price but, I think it was around the €24.50 mark. This is amazing value for money in my book. For that you get a lovely sleek black compact with a big mirror, 4 great quality eyeshadows, each 2g, a mini eye pencil and a mini brush. The colours all work beautifully together and can be mixed and matched in many different ways to create different looks. If you have been hankering after creating a smokey eye (Tutorial here!) this is definitely worth picking up as it has all you need and more.

Will you be taking a closer look at these palettes?



4 comments:

  1. I got the Golden Brown one and happily spent a few hours messing about with it yesterday, it's gorgeous.

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  2. I don't think I've bought anything from The Body Shop's make-up but that pigmentation looks amazing! Love the silver highlighter! x

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  3. I want it! I really like the Body Shop make-up too. You've featured so many lovely things on your blog recently and I wan't them all! x

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